Country Quilts and Bears

August 25, 2016
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End of Summer Blow Out Sale! 

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A Message from Marilyn
You might think this summer's high temperatures have caused us a heat stroke.  You might be correct.  We've changed the August calendar... making Saturday, August 27th the last day of the month.  Now our End of the Month, End of the Bolt Sale can occur on a Saturday and the following Monday, August 29th.    
End of Month, End of Bolt Sale will be Saturday, August 27th and Monday, August 29th! 
 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!

Thinking ahead and looking forward to the cooler days of fall and winter, it's time to start sewing with flannel!  As a result, we want to accommodate you and we have put ALL our flannel on sale for 40% off.  Yes, that's correct.  every bit of flannel in the building is now 40% off!   Enjoy!
Labor Day Hours
We will be closed Saturday, September 3rd, and Monday, September 5th so we can spend time with our families and our gas grills!  

Our applique people are so excited about a new product that we have just received. 
The Lap App!

This small adjustable lap table provides a rest for hands making it ideal for appliqué and handwork. The Lap App is made of Natural Baltic Birch and Pine woods and features special Star Knobs making it easy to adjust. The base, which sits in one's lap, measures 12" x 8" includes 3 spindles for thread storage and an extra strong magnet to prevent needles from getting lost. The center pedestal measures approximately 5" high and can be adjusted in multiple directions - up/down and forward/backward. The rectangular top surface also measures 12" x 8" and pivots to be flat or diagonal to suit the application and the user's preference. It features a non slip area for tracing and marking. Each Lap App comes with a 100% cotton, padded cover that is both removable and washable. The cover features a pocket for a small pair of needlework scissors. An additional ironing cover is also included. This Lap App is proudly handcrafted in the U.S.A. and it retails for $60.
Hey Dot!!!
We just received the entire line of Hey Dot by Zen Chic for Moda.  It's a fun and happy modern line and we have it all, including the Jelly Rolls!  Stop in and see what else is new here at Country Quilts. 

Welcome Wagon, Collection 5 from Kim Diehl is in the building!  Stop in and get yours today.  
Though we aren't hosting the Kim Diehl Club any longer, we have the patterns and if you buy four Fat Quarters of the Wagon Wheel fabric, we will give you a free pattern with that purchase!  You can look the patterns over and choose which one you want.

Country Quilts Clubs!
See below for details on The Mod Squad, The Paper Dolls and the Collage Quilt Clubs.   
~~Summer Saturday Work Sessions~~
We have ordered Laura Heine's wonderful Fiberworks Collage Quilt Patterns and are currently organizing Summer Saturday Work Sessions.  Purchase your pattern here, and then attend these fun work sessions with Susan at no charge!  We will all work together to build our collage quilts.   
The next work sessions are scheduled for 
Saturday, September 10th and 
Saturday, October 8th 

at 10:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m.

Here is our 2016 Country Quilts and Bears Row by Row pattern.  The theme this year is 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.

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
Beginning Applique with Becky Madasz
 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 third Wednesday 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.

Wednesday, September 21st
Wednesday, October 12th

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  

 Supply list available at the shop.


Monday, September 12th

Monday, September 19th

Monday, September 26th

Monday, October 3rd

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, September 17th
Saturday, October 15th
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 stitchers alike. 

It's going to be a fun Saturday Sewing Club, and a nice chance to hang with other quilters and do something different. 
The Mod Squad will meet the first Saturday of the month.

**Saturday, September 24th changed (due to Labor Day)
Saturday, October 1st

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.  

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