Fig Leaf News
Dear Friends,
   Following is an updated class schedule for September through November.  We will be adding classes as the months go along and will send you additional emails as we have new information.
    Don't forget Quilt-a-Fair is September 23rd and 24th at the Boulder County Fairgrounds  9595 Nelson Road in Longmont.  Show hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day with a $5.00 admission charge. There will be a quilt show, demonstrations, and over 70 vendors!  What could be more fun? We hope to see you there!
    We are pleased to have added   Floriani products to our inventory this month and even more excited to be hosting a Floriani In-store Seminar October 14th & 15th. 
    We've been rearranging, changing displays and doing a general house cleaning, which means we've found a bunch of books, patterns and notions that need to go live somewhere else and we've marked them down accordingly.   Stop in and check it out, we'd love to see you!  Until next time.
                                                                     Laura Shotwell
Class Policies
  1. You may register for most classes until the day the class begins - exceptions would be classes where we have to prepare a kit for each participant.  Remember that there are minimum enrollment requirements as well as maximum student number limitations.  You may not want to wait until the last minute to reserve your place.
  2. Payment of the entire class fee is required upon registration.
  3. Refunds will be given if for some reason the class has to be cancelled or if notification is given by the student at least one week before the class is to begin.
  4. Classes will be cancelled one week prior to the start date if enrollment is not sufficient.
  5. Students will be given a 10% discount on all supplies purchased at The Fig leaf for classes requiring materials (kits excluded).  Discounts will be given after the class fee has been paid and will last only for the duration of the class.
Year Long Classes and Clubs
Stashbusters Club 
Thursday September 8th                                                                 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
    Is your sewing room piled high with fabric?  Do you have an amazing number of abandoned projects that you need to sort through and finish?  Stashbusters Club is all about helping you get organized and giving you tips on how to make the best use of the time you have available for quilting.  If you want to relieve the guilt associated with too much fabric and too many unfinished projects, this is the group for you!
Instructor: Laura Shotwell
Fee: $5.00 for the year 
Saturday Sampler 2016
Saturday September 17th (date change)                                             10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Machine Embroidery Club
Sunday September 18th (date change)                                                   12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
me and join us for a fun filled afternoon of machine embroidery!  Our project for September is a collection of Halloween cards from Anita Goodesign  - put the designs on cards, or stitch them on tea towels or fabric blocks and stitch them together into a table runner or small wall quilt.  You should be able to complete at least three designs during the class.  All designs fit in a 5x 7" hoop.  Bring your machine or use one of ours (reserve a machine when you register).
Instructor: Laura Shotwell
Fee: $35 .00 (includes design collection and stabilizer)
Fig Leaf Club 2016
Tuesday September 20th
       In 2016 our year long Club project is a sampler quilt.  You will be given a pattern each month to complete a different block of the quilt.  This quilt will be a generous throw size. 
     There will be an extra Club project each month.  Projects will range from notebook covers to small quilts and are being designed by The Whole Country Caboodle.  The patterns will be free to club members.  Club attendees will get a sneak peek at the next months project at each meeting and we will post it on our website for those who weren't able to attend.  Club will still feature the things you've come to love - show-and-tell, door prizes and refreshments.
    Join us for a fun, information packed new year!  Club meets the third Tuesday of the month at 10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.  This is a year you really won't want to miss!  Come and bring a friend.
Instructor: Laura Shotwell
Fee:$15.00 for the year
       $5.00 per month
Fig Leaf 5th Saturday Club
    5th Saturday Club is designed to be a private sale day for those who purchase a
5th Saturday tote bag - one person per bag.  The bag costs $10.00 and on the 5th Saturday of the month (there are two remaining in 2016 - October and December) when you bring your tote bag to the store you receive a 20% discount on all the regular priced merchandise you can fit in your bag.  Merchandise can include kits, fat-quarters, notions, books - the rule is that the majority of the product must fit inside the bag in order for it to be eligible for the discount.
   We print a limited number of 5th Saturday bags and when they're gone, they're gone.  Don't miss out!  Reserve your bag today - 970-495-1766.
Brother Sewing Machine Basics
Thursdays September 8th, 15th, 29th & October 6th                   1:30 to 3:00 p.m.
                                                                                                      6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
    Come learn the basics of your Brother sewing machine.  From threading and basic maintenance to understanding the machines' computer, we'll walk you step-by-step through the operation of your sewing machine.  Bring your machine and your questions.
Instructor: Laura Shotwell
Fee: Free to those who purchased their machine at The Fig Leaf
       $100.00 all others.
Simplified Bias Binding
Friday September 16th                                                                     1030 a.m. to Noon
    If you spend more than 30 minutes making bias binding, this is the class for you!  Jo will simplify measuring, folding, cutting and seaming yards of bias binding.  She will demonstrate application, mitered corners starting and stopping.  As an added bonus, she will explain sleeves and finishing touches for a professional look.
Instructor: Jo Sunderman
Fee: $12.00

Machine Quilting

     Coming up, Charlotte will be teaching a series of machine quilting classes.  Choose the one (or more!) that works for you.  She needs 4 in a class to make it go!  Call and sign up today!  Pick up a supply list for classes at the store.  

Machine Quilting Basics
Monday September 26th                                                          10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    This class is packed with demos and practice time to learn the basics of machine quilting.  You'll build confidence as you learn how to put a quilt together for machine quilting, basting, straight line quilting and free-motion quilting, allowing you to turn those "tops" into quilts! It is very important that your machine is in good working condition and that you have basic knowledge of your machine.  Pick up a supply list.
Instructor: Charlotte Allum
Fee: $40.00
Machine Quilting - Beyond the Basics
Wednesday September 28th                                                      10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    Now that you've learned the basics, how do you get started?  We'll show you!  Class includes picking designs, marking, non-marking techniques (including free motion quilting) , and maneuvering big quilts on yes, your sewing machine!  Lots of free motion techniques with this class.  Class time will be packed with "hands on demos" ad construction techniques.  Handouts?  Yep!
* *No basic instructions for machine quilting are in this class (preparation for putting a quilt together, basting) , it's a "step up".  Your machine must be in good working order and you need to be familiar with your machine.
Instructor: Charlotte Allum
Fee: $40.00

Just Feathering Around

Friday September 30th                                                             10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

    For those of you that know how to quilt, have some experience with free motion quilting and are ready to tackle and learn about quilting feathers, join us as we explore in this hands on class!  We'll talk about the structure of a feathered design, become familiar with the teardrop shape, play with the angles we are stitching from, and practice, practice, just feathering around. 
    **This is not a class on learning how to machine quilt.  You need to have some knowledge and experience with free motion quilting, even if it's some practice and reading.
Instructor: Charlotte Allum
Fee: $40.00
     For all classes, either bring a sack lunch, or go out for a quick lunch.  We'll decide as a group.

Beginning Sewing

Tuesday September 27th (three sessions)                                          6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

   You pick the project - throw pillow, easy blouse or skirt, table runner, tote bag, etc. - and we'll help you put it together. We'll teach you the basics of sewing - selecting the proper fabric for the pattern  layout and cutting, working with grain line, scissor versus rotary cutting, essential tools. You ask the questions and we'll give you the answers .

   This class is for anyone wanting to improve their sewing skills, from the person with no previous sewing experience, to those who have sewn before.  Bring your machine or use one of ours.

Instructor: Laura Shotwell

Fee: $30.00 

Scan n Cut
Sunday October 2nd (two sessions)                                                    1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
    You have a Scan n Cut, you've played with it some, but you have questions and need ideas for projects you can do with your machine.  This is the class for you!  Let Laura show you products that will make working with Scan n Cut easier, techniques for working with fusibles and more.  Bring your machine and we'll practice scanning, cutting, drawing and using the wireless network with the Scan n Cut 2. 
Instructor: Laura Shotwell
Fee: Free for those who purchased their machine at The Fig Leaf
       $60.00 all others
Get to Know Your Brother Embroidery Machine
Monday October 3rd (three sessions)                                   10:30 a.m. to 12:30 pm.
                                                                                                   6:00 to 8:00 p.m.            
    You have a wonderful sewing machine that does beautiful embroidery, but you need help figuring out how to really use it.  This is the class for you.  Let us show you how to edit designs, make embroidered appliques, re-size designs and use patterns from other sources.  We'll also show you how to restart your embroidery when the bobbin thread runs out, what to do when the thread breaks, etc.
    Bring your machine and your questions.
Instructor: Laura Shotwell
Fee: Free to those who purchased their machine from The Fig Leaf
       $100.00 for all others.
Perfect Hand Quilting
Saturday October 8th                                                                     10:30 a.m. to 12:30p.m.
    Relax and unwind as you stitch up and down, in and out, up and down, in and out.  Let us show you the proper technique for hand quilting so you can achieve nice even stitches.  You'll need to bring a thimble, scissors and a quilting hoop to class and we'll supply the rest - design marked on fabric and sandwiched with batting, needle and thread.
Instructor: Laura Shotwell
Fee: $20.00 (includes materials)

Floriani In-Store Seminar

Friday October 14th

            Or                                                                                 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Saturday October 15th

 Morning Session:  Basics to Beautiful   

    Our morning session starts with learning how to create beautifully embroidered garments, quilts and other items starting with the right foundation and combination of stabilizers, threads and designs.  Learn stress-free techniques for hooping, eliminating puckering, understanding embroidery designs and how they effect your garment, choosing the right needle for the thread and fabric type and manipulating designs within software.  This in-depth, three hour session will be full of fantastic information which will make your embroidery creations perfect every time!


Afternoon Session:  Let's Get Creative

    This afternoon we will move into how to use Floriani Stabilizers and their other specialty products for quilting, applique, home decorating items, embellishment and more!  Who knew stabilizers could make such a fun difference in your creativity!  This afternoon session will surely get your creative juices flowing and give you fantastic ideas for gift giving, stitching with your kids or grands, and most importantly having fun in your sewing room with perfect results!


Fee: $49.95 (includes lunch and a gift valued at $499.00)


Basic Quilt Making
Mondays October 24, November 7, 14, 21, 28 & December 5               6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
    Amaze your friends with beautiful gifts, decorate your home with spectacular fabric creations - learn the basics of quilt making and these can be a reality.  We'll show you how to select patterns and fabrics that work well together, how to rotary cut and sew an accurate 1/4" seam allowance, all the quick techniques and tips for making beautiful quilted items from bags to pillows, placemats and table runners or wall and bed quilts.  You pick the project you want to make and we'll guide you through it or make a small sampler with patterns we provide.
    Class time will be spent with lecture and demonstration, with some time for sewing in class and instant gratification if you run into a problem.  Bring your machine or use one of ours.
Instructor: Laura Shotwell
Fee: $60.00.
The Fig Leaf | 2834 S College Ave  Ft Collins, CO  80525 | 970-495-1766 | |