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February 25, 2016
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End of Month, End of Bolt Bash! 

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 A Message from Marilyn
 End of Month, End of Bolt Bash! 
It's that time again!  The End of the Month, End of the Bolt Sale is here again!  When you purchase the remaining fabric on any bolt you receive a 30% discount.  It can be half a yard, or 15 yards.  It's doesn't matter.  Simply buy it all and you get 30% off!

Saturday, February 27th
Monday, February 29th
She's Baaaaaaaack...
Marion Smith, the Jacket Teacher, from Minnesota is back in town and it's just in time as the temperature is dropping.  Marion's jackets will feel perfect for Florida and keep those damp chills away.  Come by the shop and see her display of jackets and see below for details...
Marian also has a few quilt classes planned - see below for the details on Marian's fun, new classes!  
Kim Diehl's Sunday Best 
Her Newest Line, Number 4
We are pleased to announce that the new line from Kim Diehl is in the building!  She has outdone herself this time and we can't wait for you all to see it!  It's called "Sunday Best" and it's gorgeous!  Come see it for yourself.  
The Minions Are Here!

Come get yours before they are all gone!!!
We have the panel you see above and two other fabrics from the line. 
Country Quilts Clubs!
See below for details on The Mod Squad, The Paper Dolls and the Kim Diehl Whatnots Club.   
Remember, if you didn't get your 2015 Country Quilts and Bears Row by Row kit, you can still do so.  They are $9.00 each.  Don't dilly-dally.  Supplies are limited!     

"Like" us on facebook!  
We have entered the world of social media.  Come on by and like our facebook page!  We will be posting class photos, shop events, and new stock items on our wall as these things occur.  Can't wait to see you there!  Click the link below to go to our wall:
Country Quilts and Bears Facebook Page
Classes and Clubs
Jacket Class with Marian Smith
Marian Jacket
The Northerners are back at Country Quilts and Bears and they are looking for Marian's popular Sweatshirt Class!
Here it is.  If you've made one, come on back and make another.  If you've never made one, come in and have fun making a jacket that you will wear out the door at the end of the second session.
If you are interested, you will need one UNWASHED sweatshirt with set-in sleeves that is one size bigger than you normally would wear (Wal-Mart currently has a large supply of these sweatshirts, so get one before they are gone!).  These sweatshirts are a bit difficult to find, so be on the lookout for yours before class!
There are several jackets to choose from so come into the shop and choose yours today.  She's even added a few new jackets to her repertoire so stop by to see them.  We will then give you the supply list for the one you want to make.
For $30 you can come in on ANY two Thursdays, from 10:00 to 2:00, until the spring.  It takes two sessions to make your jacket.  Sessions begin Thursday, February 4th.  

**PLEASE NOTE:  There will not be a jacket class on Thursday, March 17th

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  

 Supply list available at the shop.

Monday, March 7th

Monday, March 14th

Monday, March 21st 

Monday, March 28th

A Modern Twist on a Traditional Pattern with Marian Smith
This is a fabulous quilt for all skill levels.  You will also learn a wonderful, easy machine binding method!  Marian will help you hone your skills with the proper squaring up of a Half Square Triangle as well as illustrating some fabulous methods for laying out a quilt.    
This is a two session class with the dates listed below.  
Cost for the two session class is $20
10 - 2:00
 Supply list available at the shop.
Saturday, March 12th
Saturday, March 19th 

Brick -A-Brack Beginning Quilt with Bec Madasz

This class is perfect for a beginning quilter as well as those students who have just completed Becky's Beginner Quilt Class.    
This is a two session class with the dates listed below.  
Cost for the two session class is $20
10 - 2:00
 Supply list available at the shop.
Monday, April 4th
Monday, April 11th 

Folded 9 Patch Quilt with Marian Smith
This is a great beginning quilt class and a wonderful skill builder for anyone!  The skills Marian is going to focus on include a new "quilt as you go" method as well as squaring up your blocks.  It's a quick, easy and economical new approach to quilting!  
Pre-cutting is required so stop by the shop for the supply list and cutting instructions.

10 - 2:00
 Supply list available at the shop.
Class date  is 
Saturday, April 16th 

Paper Dolls with Susan Freebery
The Paper Dolls
Love that name!  
We are c alling all of you quilters who say you can't paper piece!  
Susan's method for paper piecing is simple, logical and it WORKS!  Continuing on from her very popular Basic 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.  

Saturday, March 19th
Saturday, April 23rd (DATE CHANGE)
Saturday, May 21st

Mod Squad with Susan Freebery
The Mod Squad
The first Saturday of every month The Mod Squad will descend on Country Quilts and Bears.

This is a club for Modern quilt lovers or wannabes!  We will be working through Tula Pink's fantastic book, 100 Modern Quilt Blocks.  You will love this book,  the 6 ½" blocks are sorted by shape, and numbered only - enjoy adding your own name and meaning to the blocks you make.  We will be starting with Block 1 (unless your name is Becky, and then you will be hopping all over the place, all pell-mell helter-skelter) and working our way through the 100 Blocks - making all of them, or just a few.  It's up to you! 
Marilyn has generously agreed to minimize the cost for this club - your entrance fee will be as follows:  
1st Month that you attend:  Purchase the book, 100 Modern Quilt Blocks
2nd Month onward:  Purchase of any 2 fat quarters you want!  That's it!  No class fees, and who doesn't need a few more fat quarters?
We can't wait and are all busy choosing our fabrics.  What will you come up with?
 Oh - one more thing - you don't have to make these blocks out of modern fabrics!  Oh no!  They are so cute and would be marvelous in any style fabric from repros to seasonal.  Simple piecing, lots of choice - this is a book for beginners and advanced stichers alike. 

It's going to be a fun Saturday Sewing club, and a nice chance to hang with other quilters and do something different.  If you can't make it for October, no worries.  You really won't miss anything.  We will see you in November!
The Mod Squad will meet the first Saturday of the month, except for December, which we had to change due to a conflict with the Christmas Mystery weekend.  

Saturday, March 5th
Saturday, April 2nd
Saturday, May 7th
From 10-2:00
Call today to reserve your book and chair!

A Note about The Mod Squad:  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.  

Kim Diehl's Whatnot Club with Becky or Linda
Henry Glass Fabrics and Kim Diehl have teamed up to bring you a new club featuring miniature quilts stitched from Kim Diehl's newest fabric line, Gathering Baskets.  Each month you will receive a pattern to complete a miniature quilt.  
Starting in October, the group will meet the 2nd Friday or the 2nd Saturday of each month.  Becky Madasz will teach on Fridays, and Linda Zebrowski will teach on Saturdays.
It's a 6 month program.  Each month club members receive a new pattern of Kim Diehl's that is not yet on the market.
At the club meeting, patterns will be distributed.  Helpful hints will be given by teachers, Becky or Linda. 

Friday, March 11th
Saturday, March 12th
Friday, April 8th
Saturday, April 9th
Friday, May 13th
Saturday, May 14th
Supply list available at the shop. 
10:00 to 12:00
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