Country Quilts and Bears
November 13, 2018  
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Annual Sample Sale and Gift Bazaar!

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Happy Thanksgiving!
Sample Sale and Gift Bazaar
It's nearly here!  I can almost smell the turkey roasting...
This year we are having our Annual Sample Sale and Gift Bazaar the Saturday BEFORE Thanksgiving.  
Saturday, November 17th

We will have many, many quilt store samples for sale as well as handmade gifts from a couple of local craftsmen.  It's time to start thinking about your Christmas shopping, so come by and pick up some unique gifts. 
Tom Martin WoodCrafter

We are having a

25% off ALL Japanese Taupe Fabrics
25% ALL Pre-cut Fabrics (Jelly Rolls, Charm Packs and Layer Cakes)

$2.50 each!
Christmas Mystery 2018!
Happy Holidays!  Yes, it's time to begin planning for the joyful, but busiest, time of the year.  
All decisions and plans have been finalized so we can now announce our annual Christmas Mystery Quilt Class.  The class dates for this year are either 
Thursday, November 29th
Friday, November 30th
Saturday, December 1st
Remember  that our Christmas Mystery classes begin at 9:00 a.m. and go until 4:00 p.m.
This year you have a choice of style, either "Modern Lodge" or "Country Christmas".  
The price this is as follows:
$92.00 kit
$32.00 class
$6.44  tax 

If you have not signed up already, please call the shop at 727-461-4171
and choose your day.  Payment can be made by mailing us a check or you can come into the store and pay with a credit card, a check, or cash.

~~Supply List~~
A small cutting mat & rotary cutter, and a t ravel iron & ironing pad, would be useful if you have them.
Small Ruler
Pencil or Frixion Pen
For Country Christmas bring tan thread
For Modern Lodge bring light gray thread
Sewing Machine, Foot Pedal & Cord
Straight Pins
And all your typical sewing supplies

The shop will provide a salad for lunch and we ask that you all bring a 
Finger Food to share so we can munch all day!

Marian's Woven Star Class
Come make an easy Christmas decoration with Marian Smith!  Great for the tree, on a package... or hang it in the window!  Make some for all your friends!  Once you have mastered it, you can make these from paper or cloth.  They are beautiful!

~Supply List~
$3.00 kit required - available at the shop
Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
Small ruler
Small Cutting mat and rotary cutter
Clover Clips (optional)

Wednesday, December 5th
10:00 - 12:00

Classes and Clubs
Club Kaizen with Becky and Susan
Club Kaizen!
A Japanese principle of continuous improvement.
This will be a time to Sew & Share, with Becky and Susan as the facilitators.  We will learn from each other.  
 Becky and Susan have decided to "join forces" in Club Kaizen.   The club is going to expand - it will include all types of handwork - wool, embroidery, Japanese taupe projects, applique, and even some hand quilting.
If you have a hand work project that you would like to work on and you would like to do it with a wonderful group of ga ls, this is just the club for you! If you do not have a handwork project, Becky and Susan can help you find one that suits you. We have many hand applique books and patterns, we have a great deal of wool and we have pearl cotton and embroidery floss if that's what you want to use.
We have fabrics, books and Cosmo Threads available that are designed and/or authored by Yoko Saito.
 Our meeting dates are as listed.  Note:  We try to meet the second Saturday of each month, but due to vacations, holidays, etc., there could be changes.  
SO, watch our newsletters for upcoming dates and announcements.

Saturday, December 8th
Saturday, January 12th

10:00 - 1:00
Beginning Applique with Becky Madasz
UPDATE!!  New Day for Beginning Applique***
Learn from one of the best! Becky will teach you her method of hand applique.  Kit's are available for this class.  Let Becky know your two favorite colors and the kit will be waiting for you.  You will learn how to mark the pieces for cutting, the proper needles and threads to use, as well as first hand needle turn instructions...    This class will meet the second Thursday of each month and will go from 10:00 to 1:00.  It's an ongoing class and you can hop in at any time. 
Cost of class is $12.00 per session 
plus the cost of the kit.

Thursday, December 13th
Thursday, January 10th

10:00 - 1:00
Call the shop today to put your name on the list and learn from the master!

Beginning Quilting with Becky Madasz

This class will take you from fabric selection to binding your projects with the beautiful sample shown above.  You choose your own colorway and fabrics.  


This is a four session class with the dates listed below.  

Cost of all four classes $40

10 - 2:00

Book required  


Monday, January 21st

Monday, January 28th

Monday, February 4th

Monday, February 11th


 Supply list available at the shop.

Paper Dolls with Susan Freebery
The Paper Dolls
Love that name!  
We are calling all you quilters who like to paper piece!  
Susan's method for paper piecing is simple, logical and it WORKS!  Continuing on from her very popular Beginning Paper Piecing Class, we are starting a club to explore this technique further.  Each month we will work on a different skill, or project, building on what we have already learned.  Very soon we will be working on some pretty ambitious patterns!  Start looking through all those patterns you have passed by because you thought you couldn't do should pick them up again and hear us tell you that,  "YES you CAN!"  

Again, this is a club with a minimal fee - $5 each class to cover the cost of club materials, handouts, etc.  
A Note about Paper Dolls:  The intention for this club is that it take the form of a stitch-along rather than a classic class.  Susan will help us get started each session, but then we will be stitching along together and helping each other.  

The Paper Dolls will be meeting the 3rd Saturday of each month.  

It has become evident that we need to add a monthly Sit-N-Sew so the Paper Doll Club can have a work day.  This will take the form of a Sit-n-Sew session and the fee will be $5.  Get in here and get some of your Paper Doll Projects done!!

Saturday, November 17th - Paper Dolls 
Saturday, December 1st - NO WORK SESSION due to Christmas Mystery!
Saturday, December 15th - Paper Dolls
Saturday, January 5th - WORK SESSION

10:00 - 2:00ish
Reed Johnson
Reed Johnson is one of our favorite quilt teachers here at Country Quilts and Bears and we are proud to announce that he was just named runner up in this year's Accuquilt Block Design Contest. Here he is in the Omaha Accuquilt headquarters, where his block is displayed.  See below for details regarding his upcoming classes.
Reed's Sew Kind of Wonderful Quilt 
Sew Kind of Wonderful
Color Love Quilt

Saturday, January 26th
Skill Level: Intermediate
Learn how to use the Sew Kind of Wonderful "Mini Quick Curve Ruler" to make this gorgeous Color Love Quilt.  The finished quilt measures 42" x 42". This quilt uses layer cakes and fat quarters.

During class you will learn how to cut the curves with your Quick Curve Mini Ruler and how to piece the quilt blocks together.

Supplies Needed:
1.  Sew Kind of Wonderful Mini Wonderful Curves book

2.  Quick Curve Ruler Mini

3.  (24) 10" squares assorted color wheel spectrum prints

4.  (10) fat quarters assorted low volume grays/whites

5.  1.5 yards for backing

6.  1/2 yard for binding

What else to bring to class:
  • Sewing Machine with manual, sewing feet, foot pedal and power cord
  • Thread with bobbin to match
  • Empty bobbins
  • Scrap fabric to test stitching
  • Scissors to cut fabric or snip threads
  • Seam Ripper
  • Pins and binding clips
  • Notebook and pen
  • Rotary Cutter and gridded rulers
  • 1/4 inch foot
  • Marking pens or chalk markers
  • Spare machine needles
Reed's Greek Isles Quilt
Blue Bear Quilt's Greek Isles Modern Quilt

Saturday, March 30th
(New Date!)
If you are dreaming of lounging around on a beautiful Greek Island amid the azure blue waters, this is the class for you. In this modern, calm and easy strip quilt pattern from Blue Bear Quilts, each student will learn the technique to make the jelly roll quilt blocks to finish this 74" x 94" quilt at home. Using batik jelly rolls gives you perfectly cut strips, and make sewing the pieces together a breeze for perfect piecing. If Blue Bear can do it, so can you!
Supply List
1.  Blue Bear Quilt Greek Isles Modern quilt pattern.
2.  For this  quilt, these are the fabric requirements.
~One jelly roll white or (40) 2.5" strips, for blocks and inner border.
~Two Jelly rolls of blue batiks, containing light, medium and dark batiks or (80) 2.5" strips for blocks
~Coordinating 2.5 yard blue batik for outer border and binding
~Backing: 7 yards
3.  Batting 78" x 98" or 7 yards
4.  Quarter-inch foot
5.  12" Square up ruler
6.  6 x 24" ruler
7.  Cutting mat
8.   Rotary cutter
9.  T he usual supplies - sewing machine, thread, pins, scissors, snips, personal iron

Country Quilts and Bears "Row by Row"
Our Row by Row 2018
Sew Musical

This year's theme - Sew Musical - came easy for us since music has always been important to the owners of Country Quilts and Bears, Marilyn and John Humphries. Therefore, we were excited when this years theme was announced. We were equally as excited when we learned that we could chose from various shapes for our 2018 Row. Being Florida, where sunshine is prevalent, it also came easy to chose, "You Are My Sunshine," for our Row by Row Foxy Boxy entry. We are looking forward to see all the Row by Rowers this summer! 
Complete Kit $12.00
License Plate $5.00
Our Row by Row 2017

Country Quilts and Bears has been a fixture in the Tampa Bay quilting world for more than 30 years. John and Marilyn Humphries have been the proprietors for 22 of those amazing years. Marilyn bought her dream car, a bright red VW Beetle, in 2008. That was her inspiration for this year's Row by Row, On The Go design. Now, her little red bug is featured in this year's design as it heads down Drew Street, bound for Country Quilts and Bears in sunny Clearwater, Florida!
Our 2017 kit is $12.00 
Row by Row 2016

Our 2016 License Plate is on Sale - $2.50 each!
This was our 2016 Country Quilts and Bears Row by Row pattern.  The theme for 2016 was Home Sweet Home.  Living on a house boat at Clearwater Beach, FL with it's powdery fine sand, clear ocean water and pristine beaches is a perfect "Home Sweet Home".  Mother Nature has blessed us with the perfect inspiration for this year's design.
Our row kit contains 19 pieces of fabric and we are selling it for $12.00.
Row by Row 2015

Remember, if you didn't get your 2015 Country Quilts and Bears Row by Row kit, you can still do so.  They are $12.00 each.  Don't dilly-dally.  Supplies are limited!     

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Country Quilts and Bears is open Monday through Saturday, 10:00 to 4:00
Marilyn Humphries
Country Quilts and Bears
1983 Drew Street
Clearwater, FL 33765