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December 2019
The Baby Lock Holiday Helpers are Here!
Having a hard time figuring out what to get that special someone? Interested in the latest Baby Lock accessories and projects? Maybe you've heard about the new Baby Lock Regent quilting machine?
Check out the Baby Lock Holiday Helper E-Book . This book breaks down all the holiday specials we're offering for the Holidays, including all the special bundles coming with new machines. Make sure to come in soon to get those machines before Santa arrives!
Special Events
Techniques, Techniques, and More Techniques!
With Joyce Hughes
Wednesday, April 8th and Thursday, April 9th
10:00am-4:00pm
$250
You've thread painted with her, now learn all about her art quilting techniques! In this class, 8 Techniques will be covered and applied to a beautiful panel. You will learn step by step basic instructions for: 1) Free Motion Quilting, 2) Dimensional Thread Painting, 3) Trapunto, 4) application of multiple Overlays, 5) various 3D Layering, 6) Bobbin Work, 7) Blocking and Squaring a quilt and of course, 8) applying Crystals! More importantly, you will learn the proper steps of creating these numerous techniques, But also why and when to apply them to a quilt!
You will see the effects of various techniques and supplies, and how they can create added interest of texture and dimension to a piece of Art! Price includes class kit with fabric. 
New Notions Arrivals
New Baby Lock Sewing Feet!
Check out these brand new Baby Lock sewing feet! The first is a Clear 1/4" Quilting Foot. We love being able to achieve that perfect 1/4" while being able to see our fabric. The second new foot is especially for our garment and crafting sewers--an adjustable 5/8" Adjustable Seam Guide Foot. Perfect for achieving those exact 5/8" seams when sewing garments, or adjust it to use for a larger or smaller seam allowance.
Even More Pam Damour Notions
Can't get enough of the Decorating Diva after Sew Fair? Don't worry--we've got you covered (and zippered!). We now carry a larger selection of all of Pam's favorites--from zipper tape to bag clasps to books and more!
New OESD Embroidery Designs
Brand New OESD embroidery designs have just come in! We now have an expanded selection of holiday themed designs--including the Freestanding Holiday Train.
Sewing Classes
Slice Rug with Lisa Cowan
Wednesday, December 4th
10:30am-4:30pm
$60
All Skill Levels
Jelly roll rugs are taking the sewing world by storm, and Lisa is back with another class! The Slice Rug pattern is a crescent-shaped rug that makes a great addition to any room. You'll learn how to fold your jelly roll strips, tips for piecing everything together, and most importantly, how to keep your rug flat and tidy! Start the day with strips of fabric, and end the day with a fabulous new rug!
Snuggler Shawl with Pattie Otto
Monday, December 9th
10:30am-2:00pm
$55
Intermediate
This unique shawl is made from soft and cuddly Polartec® and keeps your shoulders and arms warm, has loose sleeves with cuffs and fun yarn finish edges. This clever wrap can be sewn quickly and embellished with a crocheted finish, blanket or whip stitch or Wavy Blade. Learn to sew on outerwear fabric, apply a cuff and hand stitch the raw edges. Note: This class will not teach crochet but students who know how to crochet can finish the shawl with a single crochet. Other students will finish the shawl with hand stitches. Class fee includes Polartec® fleece, long prong snap, yarn.
Quilter's Caddy with Lisa Cowan
Monday, December 16th
10:30am-3:30pm
$50
All Skill Levels
Turn a paint bucket into a handy quilting caddy! You'll learn how to work with screen and how to ease around a curve with no problems. You'll be making them for everyone on your holiday gift list! 
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Organizer Bag with Pat Brousil
Wednesday, January 22nd
10:30am-3:30pm
$50
All Skill Levels
This very popular bag will become a staple of your wardrobe. You'll be amazed at how much this small purse can hold with its many zippered pockets. 
Denali Vest with Pattie Otto
Friday, January 24th
10:30am-4:00pm
$85
Confident Beginner
Create a stunning zipped front vest or jacket with curved pockets using the new Denali Vest and Jacket pattern from Great Copy Patterns. During class you will have access to try-ons to aid in selecting the correct size, fitting advice before you cut out your vest and construction tips as you sew your fleece vest. Class will also include applying fold over elastic, inserting a front zipper and stitching an easy baseball style ribbed collar. Class fee includes Polartec 200 fleece, black zipper, black fold-over elastic, and stabilizer.
Extra fabric will be available for purchase for those who choose to make a jacket instead of a vest or add a hood. The vest/jacket pattern is sized XX-Small (chest 30") to 3X (chest 54") for Petite, Average and Tall body types. Contact Pattie at info@greatcopy.com if you have any questions.
Beginning Sewing with Pattie Otto
Saturday, January 25th
10:15am-3:45pm
$70
Beginner
Are you new to sewing or looking for a refresher? This class will introduce you to the inspiring world of sewing while you create a versatile Ten Pocket Tote. Class will begin by familiarizing you with the basics of your sewing machine as you learn the mechanics, practice threading, how to wind a bobbin and use seam guides to sew simple seams. After you have selected your fabrics, you will then proceed to cut out your tote using both patterns and rulers. Sewing techniques will include simple seams and hems, seam finishes, topstitching and tips for accurate sewing. Pattie will also demonstrate quick seam finishes, handle variations, easy embellishments and optional closures. Class fee includes fabric and thread for the 10 Pocket Tote.
Serger Classes
Knits for the Absolutely Terrified with Pattie Otto
Monday, February 17th
10:30am-12:30pm
$20
Beginner
Racks are filled with them, as are your closets and drawers. Knits are everywhere, so why aren't you sewing with them? Are you a little hesitant? Are your palms a bit sweaty? Admit it. You're terrified of sewing with knits. Put these fears to rest with this fun and exciting class. Included will be advice on how to select the right knit for your tees, tanks, cardigans, pullovers and more as well as layout and cutting pointers and super quick construction tips for professional results every time. Pattie will also share her tips for handling the new ITY and other curly knits. You'll be amazed at how easy knits really are to sew. This is a lecture class.
Knit Serger Techniques Class (also How to use the Knit Binder) with Pattie Otto
Monday, February 17th
1:00pm-4:00pm
$30
Beginner
Master the four basic techniques needed to serge knits: seaming, neckbands, hems and applying elastic. This hands on class covers basic seaming on a variety of knit types and where and when to use stabilizers and topstitching. Practice four different neckband techniques including how and when to use the Knit Binder. Several hemming options will also be covered including cover stitch basics on a variety of knit fabrics. Simple elastic waistbands for pull-on pants will be explored as well as a professional cover stitch option. You will complete multiple samples with detailed class worksheets that you can apply when making knit garments. There is $15 kit fee payable to Pattie at the time of class. The kit includes Knits for the Absolutely Terrified booklet, worksheets and fabric for samples. 
Quilt as You Go with Lisa Cowan
Saturday, February 22nd and Saturday February 29th
10:30am-2:30pm
$80
Intermediate
Ever wanted to try quilting on your serger? Now's your chance! Join Lisa as she shows you how to create a fabulous quilt top on your serger. It's easier than you think!
Embroidery Classes
Hoopsisters Sisterhood Retreats 2020: Book Nook with Terri Miller
Thursday, January 30th and Thursday, February 6th
1:30pm-5:00pm
$100
Confident Beginner or Intermediate
Have you wanted to try a HoopSisters design, but were reluctant to do it on your own? Then join us for our Book Nook Pillow Class.This 2-part class will get you started with Hoopsisters. In the first class we will quilt in-the-hoop to get started making the blocks for our pillow front. In the second class we will assemble our Book Nook pillow. 
Quilting Classes
Quilter's Math with Pat Brousil
Tuesday, December 3rd
10:30am-1:00pm
$25
All Skill Levels
Quilting and math go hand in hand, and sometimes it can be a struggle to get all those calculations turned into a perfect quilt. Pat Brousil is here to save you from all your quilt math struggles! In this class you will learn about straight setting, lattice setting, borders, backing, and binding. You will also calculate two different types of quilt blocks--half square triangles and flying geese set on point. Bring your favorite calculator and colored pencils and you'll never fear quilt math again!
Rotary Magic with Pat Brousil
Thursday, December 5th
10:30am-3:00pm
$40
All Skill Levels
How many times have you measured twice and cut once only to accidentally make the wrong cut in your beloved fabric?? This class with Pat Brousil will teach you all the finer points of rotary cutting. You will draft and cut a variety of different shapes, including squares, rectangles, half-square triangles, quarter-square triangles, trapezoids, hexagons, and more! Join Pat and learn how to rotary cut with confidence.
Beginning Quilting with Pat Brousil
Tuesday, January 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th
10:30am-12:30pm
$80
Beginner
Pat’s 30 years experience of teaching quilting will give you the confidence and knowledge to make beautiful quilts. You will learn all of the basics you need to make your first quilt.
Shanandoah Quilt with Lisa Cowan
Monday, January 13th
10:30am-4:30pm
$60
Confident Beginner
Lisa will walk you through the steps to create a stunning wall hanging using Creative Solutions’ Shenandoah quilt pattern and a fabric panel. This simple pattern goes together quickly. Perfect quarter inch seams are not required, there are no points to match, and adjustments are easy to make. Pick your favorite panel and coordinating fabric and let Lisa guide you through the process.
One Block Wonder with Pat Brousil
Thursday, January 23rd, 10:30am-3:30pm and Thursday, January 30th, 10:30am-12:30pm
$70
Confident Beginner
Back by popular demand! You've seen it, you've heard about it, now come make it! Using Maxine Rosenthal's technique, Pat will show you everything you need to know about this trendy technique. Movement, texture, swirl--Pat will cover it all, and then some! Bring your favorite ruler and get ready to design like a pro.
Intro to English Paper Piecing with Margaret Cureton
Wednesday, January 29th
10:30am-12:30pm
$20
Beginner
Back by popular demand! English Paper Piecing is taking the quilting world by storm, and Margaret is here to show you how it's done! Join her for an introduction to this traditional hand quilting approach. Class will feature both an overview of English Paper Piecing tools, techniques, and applications, as well as how to make a Grandma's Garden pincushion. Crack into your scrap pile and join us in learning all about this meditative (and addictive!) technique.
Let's Get Fussy! Fussy Cutting for English Paper Piecing with Caitlin O'Hare
Wednesday, January 29th
1:30pm-3:30pm
$20
Confident Beginner or Intermediate
Fussy cutting and English paper piecing go hand in hand! This technique class will feature two shapes, hexagons and diamonds, and will explore the tools and methods used to achieve perfectly precise pieces. Part one of class will feature the basics of fussy cutting and the importance of fabric selection, and part two will be all about meticulous cutting and advanced matching techniques. Bring your favorite thimble and let's get fussy! 
Techniques and Toppers: Double Dresden Pillow with Margaret Cureton
Friday, February 7th, 10:30am-3:30pm
$50

Beginner
Make and take a trendy table topper and learn everything you need to know about dresdens! Learn all about measuring and designing your own dresden plates. This class will feature piecing, appliqué, and finishing techniques.
Clubs
Introducing
Kid's Club
with Caitlin O'Hare
Learn all about sewing and make a project each month with Kid's Camp instructor Caitlin. Beginners are welcome, but kids must have a basic understanding of how their machine works (threading, winding the bobbin) and should have some light sewing experience.
January Project: Stuffie Bear
Saturday, January 11th
1:30pm-3:30pm
$10

All Levels
Learn about pattern tracing, sewing curves, and finishing by hand. Students have the option to customize the bear's tummy, muzzle, nose, and more! There will be a kit fee of $10 payable to Caitlin at the beginning of class. Class kit includes fleece fabric, thread, and polyfil stuffing. 
February Project: The Gobbler Pencil Pouch
Saturday, February 8th
1:30pm-3:30pm
$10

All Levels
Pencils, makers, notions, oh my! There's always so many supplies to store, so we're making a zipper pouch monster to keep everything organized! Students will learn how to insert a zipper and sew tight corners. 
Beginner Free Motion Club
John Anderson
Saturday, December 7th, 10:30am-12:3opm
Saturday, January 4th, 10:30am-12:30pm
Saturday, February 1st, 10:30am-12:30pm
$10

Beginner
Let John show you how to improve your free motion skill in this monthly class! Bring your machine and extension table and prepare to have fun.
Intermediate Free Motion Club
John Anderson
Wednesday, December 18th, 10:30am-12:30pm
Wednesday, January 15th, 10:30am-12:30pm
Wednesday, February 19th, 10:30am-12:30pm
$10

Confident Beginner or Intermediate
Been free motioning for a while and want to learn something a bit more complex? Join John in this class for advanced techniques! Bring your machine and extension table and prepare to have fun.
Serger Club with Lisa Cowan
Thursday, December 19th or Saturday, December 21st, 10:30am-12:30pm
Thursday, January 16th or Saturday, January 18th, 10:30am-12:30pm
Thursday, February 20th or Saturday, February 15th
$10
All Skill Levels
Lisa will show you threading and applications to help you achieve the best results with your serger.
Solaris Club with Terri Miller and John Anderson
Saturday, December 14th, 10:30 am-12:30 pm
Embroidering Quilt Border Patterns with Terri Miller
Saturday, January 11th, 10:30am-12:30pm
Using the Camera to Connect Designs
Saturday, February 8th, 10:30am-12:30pm
Stamp and Fill Block Designs
$10

All Skill Levels
Learn every facet of your Baby Lock Solaris sewing machine with Terri and John! Club is lecture/demo, so bring a notebook and prepare to learn!
Embroidery Club with Terri Miller
December Technique: Kimberbell In-The-Hoop Mug Rug
Wednesday, December 11th, 10:30am-12:30pm
$20
All Skill Levels
In a floppy hat with embroidered pompom this stitched snowman just might pass for a ski bunny. And, he’s guaranteed not to melt under your steaming cup. Mug rugs make a perfect gift paired with hot cocoa mix or coffee cup. Or, embroider a set so the whole family has one to use after a day of snow play. Class fee includes embroidery design, fabric and batting for the mug rug.
Embroidery Club with Terri Miller
January Technique: Kraft-Tex Needle Case
Wednesday, January 8th, 10:30am-12:30pm
$23

All Skill Levels
Kraft-tex is a paper textile that handles like fabric, feels like leather, and softens as it wears. Make an in-the-hoop needle case out of Kraft-tex and felt with Terri! Price includes kit with Kraft-tex and felt.
Embroidery Club with Terri Miller
February Technique: In-The-Hoop Luggage Tags
Wednesday, February 12th
10:30am-3:30pm
$10
All Skill Levels
Who doesn't love an in-the-hoop project? Join Terri and make an in-the-hoop monogrammed luggage tag, complete with vinyl pocket for personal information. Experiment with cork, Kraft-Tex, or cotton--whatever you'd like! Anything you pick will make a fabulous luggage tag for a gift or to keep.
Destiny Club with Terri Miller
Wednesday, December 11th, 1:30pm-3:30pm
Technique: Sensor Pen
Wednesday, January 8th, 1:30pm-3:30pm
Technique: Using the Camera to Connect Designs
Wednesday, February 12th, 1:30pm-3:30pm
Technique: Decorative Stitches in Sewing Mode
$10

All Skill Levels
Join Terri each month and learn all about your Baby Lock Destiny!
Floriani Club with Brad Martin
Monday, December 2nd, 1:30pm-3:30pm
Monday, January 6th, 1:30pm-3:30pm
Monday, February 3rd, 1:30pm-3:30pm
$10

All Skill Levels
Join Brad as he explores all the many things you can do with Floriani Total Control U. Just bring your computer and a USB Drive, he'll take care of the rest.
Sit N Sew
Friday, December 6th, 10:30am-3:30pm
Friday, January 3rd, 10:30am-3:30pm
No Sit and Sew in February and March
Free!

Come in with your projects to finish and enjoy sewing with friends. Seating is limited so you must reserve a spot.