Country Quilts and BearsAugust 28, 2013
Scheduled Classes and Updates
End of the Bolt Sale
The Shop Challenge
Hand Applique Class
T-Shirt Quilt Class
Lemon Chiffon Quilt Class
Hand Quilting Class
Spring Fever Quilt Class
Begining Paper Piecing Class
Little Bow Ties Quilt Class
Beginning Bear Class
Louise's Bag Class
Basket and Placemat Class
Mug Tool Skirt Class
Beginning Quilting Class
Sew Together Bag Class
Quilted Wallet Class
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Fall Classes, Labor Day Hours, End of the Month, End of the Bolt Sale, 
and Kim Diehl Book Sale

Shop Announcements
End of the Month, End of the Bolt and Kim Diehl's on Sale!
A note from Marilyn to remind you of our customary End of Month - End of Bolt Sale.  Since we are closed Saturday, Sunday and Monday for Labor Day, we will honor this sale Thursday, August 29th and Friday, August 30th, 10:00 - 4:00.  Buy the remaining fabric on the bolt and receive a generous 30% discount, keeping in mind that fabric for Christmas gift projects at this 30% discount, makes gift giving easier!  
To help inspire you we have decided to put ALL of our Kim Diehl books on sale at 50% off.  We choose Kim Diehl because she has such wonderful, smaller projects that are fun to sew.  In addition to her small projects, her quilts are fabulous!  These books would also make fabulous Christmas Gifts, so come and pick out a couple at 50% off!  And while you are here, remember to help us name our new Buddy and maybe you will win the "naming prize" of your choice of 2 yards of fabric!
Here's a few of our Kim Diehl books
It's Shop Challenge Time!  
It's challenge time again!  For the first time ever we have chosen a Civil War grouping for our challenge.  So, to all of our Civil War groupies, this challenge is for you!  To our quilters who have held back from dipping your toe in the Civil War waters, maybe this is the time for you to do so.  And lastly, to all of you bright and light girls out there, maybe the real challenge this year is to turn these fabrics into a light and bright fiesta! 


We look forward ever year to seeing your creative projects and this year is no different!  


**And just so you know, Becky was trying to make a challenge entry using the pseudonym, Rebecca Midas.  I caught her.  Epic fail.  As can be expected, now she won't talk to me.  It might have something to do with her having laryngitis, but I think it's has more to do with the disqualification...  you decide. 


Country Quilts and Bears Challenge Rules

1.  Must use some of each of the four challenge fabrics.

2.  Can include up to four more fabrics.

3.  Please create smaller items.  No large quilts.

4.  Must have personal quilting either hand or machine.  No professional longarm quilting.

5.  Embellishments are allowed.

6.  Your entry must be returned to Country Quilts by November 15, 2013.

7.  Entries will be on display so customers can vote for their favorite from November 15, 2013 through December 15, 2013.

8.  Winners will be announced and prizes awarded December 16, 2013.

1st Place:    $75.00 Gift Certificate

2nd Place:  $50.00 Gift Certificate

3rd Place:  $25.00 Gift Certificate

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Late Summer and Early Fall Classes
Beginning and Intermediate Applique with Carol Clarke
Clarke Applique

 This course is designed to teach and refine your needle turn applique techniques. Both beginners and intermediates are welcome.  You can choose your own patterns and or use the class samples. This is an ongoing class.

The fee is $20 per class. Class is held from 10 - 2.  Carol currently has three classes scheduled for the fall and early winter. 


Saturday, September 14th, focus on stems.

Saturday, October 12th, focus on leaves and grapes.

Saturday, November 9th

focus on the butterfly.

10-2:00   $20



T-Shirt /Memory Quilt Class with Roni Hunt 

Saturday, September 21, 2013 10a.m. -3 p.m.


Buy your lunch or bring a Brown Bag.


This quilt is a great gift for anyone at any time during their life! Get a jump start on Christmas gifts! During this session you will learn how to empty out your t-shirt drawers and create an heirloom at the same time! You should leave at the end of the day with your top ready to be quilted. Some prep work is required if you wish to complete your quilt top during class.

Supply List and pre-class work sheet available at the shop.   

Lemon Chiffon Quilt Class with Diane Hosman

This quilt pattern is from the nationally known designer, Sandy Bonsib. 

She has been here in the shop several times and leaves us with nifty ideas to improve our quilting.  We will be using her technique for making 1/2 square triangles.

The quilt was originally done in 1930's fabric.  If you like the overall pattern but want a different look, choose from many other styles.  I recently made the same quilt using Civil War Reproductions and love it!!!

Saturday, September 28th

10-4:00  Class $35

pattern required.   


Hand Quilting with Diane Hosman
Hand Quilting D Hosman

The domestic art of hand quilting is back in vogue and in full swing. More and more people are expressing a desire to finish off their pieced and appliqued quilt tops with beautiful hand stitches. Join us in small classes where you learn the values of fabric, needles, thread, hoops, and thimbles.

You'll also learn how to avoid carpel tunnel syndrome while quilting.

One of the many pleasures of hand quilting is the peacefulness that takes over when the fingers begin to move in a quiet rhythm. Come join us in the resurrection of this gentle art. If you have had any doubts about this hand-craft, please remember we all started with big, uneven stitches, but we had to start somewhere!  

Saturday, October 5th or

Saturday, November 16th

.  10:00-2:00. $30.00.

Supply list available at the shop.

Spring Fever with Susan Freebery

This quilt is a marvelous SCRAP BUSTER!!!  Susan made the shop sample entirely from her stash - even the backing is pieced!   You will not believe how fast this works up and how the craziest of fabrics end up looking great together.  This is a wonderful gift for a teenager or even a wedding gift as a picnic blanket.  It would make a fun baby quilt if made smaller or even a fun throw for a shut-it.  The options are limitless with this wonderful Buggy Barn method for stacking and cutting to expedite the whole process.  There aren't even seams to match while making the flowers!   Sign up today for this fun and thrifty quilt class!  Book required.  



Saturday, October 12th

10:00-3:00. $30.00.

Supply list and book available at the shop.

Beginning Paper Piecing with Lynn Woods 

.For the October 12th class, Lynn will be teaching the Halloween Witch or any pattern of your choice.  This Halloween project is a free pattern and doesn't require a book or pattern be purchased!  


Learn to piece with absolute accuracy from a master paper piecer!    


Call today to hold your spot!



.  Saturday, October 12th

10:00-2:00. $20.00.

Supply list available at the shop.

Little Bow Ties with Linda Simons 

Join the  little bow tie craze!
Learn great sewing and design techniques so your two inch bow ties go together perfectly to make this stunning quilt.
           Warning:  this is not a quilt-in-a-day project, but we may complete sixteen 2" bow tie blocks!      


.  Saturday, October 19th

10:00-3:00   $40.00.

Supply list available at the shop.

Pattern included in class price.

Beginning Bear with Francy Gordon
Learn basic Teddy Bear making skills and have a fun day with Francy Gordon.  

Chocolate will be provided. 

Wednesday, October 23rd or 

Saturday, November 9th

9 - 4:00

$40 plus kit 

Call Francy for details




Louise's Bag with Carol Hemmingsen

If you are looking for the ultimate tote, "Louise's Bag" will certainly fit the bill!  The bag is not too big, and not too small - it's just the right size.  Louise's Bag has large zipper pockets (one on the front and one on the back) offering security, roomy pockets on each side able to hold keys, cell phones, etc., and additional pockets inside.  This bag is an organizer's dream.  Construction is easy and, best of all, the zipper installations are absolutely painless - no need for a zipper foot!  


 Friday, October 25th  10:00- 3:30

Supply list is on the back of pattern which is available at the shop.

Pre-cutting of fabric is required.

One session. $35.00 

Baskets and Placemats with Susan Freebery
Rope Place Mat

On Saturday, October 26th come join us at the shop to wrap, wind, and sew fabric strips into fantastic baskets, containers, place mats, rugs, purses or trivets.  Create all those things using cotton clothesline and strips of fabric from your stash or yardage that you cut into strips.  This is a fun, easy and rewarding class and you will leave with a basket you are proud to call your own using fabrics you already have in your stash!    

How about making one from that left over fabric from a baby quilt and it can then be used to hold loose items in the nursery.  Or how about starting early to prepare for Christmas 2013?  These projects make marvelous gifts when given, full or empty!

Susan Basket 


 Stop at the shop to see the samples and get your supply list.

Saturday, October 26th, 10:00-3:00  $25

Mug - Tool Skirt with Pam Evans

Mug - Tool Skirt

Everyone needs a container for all the loose little tools on their desk or work table. This quick and easy Tool Skirt is a great way to coral them. Take a couple of hours, 2 Fat Quarters and an old "ugly" mug...  HEY Presto - A great Gift!    


Stop at the shop to see the samples and get your supply list.

Pattern instructions included in class fee.  


Saturday, October 26th  10:30 - 3:00

One session. $25.00 

Beginning Quilting with Becky Madasz
Becky Roni Beginning Quilt

This class will take you from fabric selection to binding your projects with the beautiful sample shown to the right. 


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.

Wednesday, October 30th

Wednesday, November 6th

Wednesday, November 13th

Wednesday, November 20th

Sew Together Bag with Pam Evans

Oh My !!! It looks so complicated BUT taken step by step - Easy as PIE!  It's a great tool kit, project bag - OH OH - jewelry, make-up shall I go on?  It's great size includes 3 zipped pockets, 4 "open" areas and handles to grab for fast getaways!     

Stop at the shop to see the samples and get your material list.  Some pre-course cutting encouraged.

Pattern required

Saturday, November 2nd

10:30 - 4:00

One session. $25.00

Lots of Pockets Wallet with Pam Evans

Have fun sewing this stylish wallet with lots of pockets and slots for your cash and credit cards.  It's an easy day and you will want to make more for giving.


Stop at the shop and see the sample and get your material list and cutting information.

Some pre-course cutting encouraged.  

Pattern included in class fee.  

One session. $25.00

10:30 - 3:00

Saturday, November 16th

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