Country Quilts and Bears
May 29, 2019
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Christmas Mystery Finishing Class!

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Christmas Mystery 2018
Finishing Class
It has come to our attention that there are Christmas Mystery participants that haven't finished last year's Christmas Mystery Quilt.  And, yes, we are as shocked as you!
So, if you are one of the procrastinators, round up your pieces and bring them in for a finishing day.  We will help you!

Thursday, July 18th
10:00 - 3:00
no charge!

2018 Christmas Mystery Left-Over Challenge

The Challenge is to use some or all of your leftover fabrics from your 2018 Christmas Mystery kit making anything your creativity can come up with. You are allowed to add up to ONE YARD TOTAL of additional fabrics. Bring your completed projects into the shop, labeled, and we will put them on display after July 1. The winner will receive a $50 Gift Certificate and Bragging Rights for a year.

End of the Month, End of the Bolt Sale!
When you purchase the remaining fabric on any bolt you receive a 30% discount.  It can be half a yard, or 15 yards.  It doesn't matter.  Simply buy it all and you get 30% off! 
~~Friday, May 31st~~
Saturday, June 1st
10:00 to 4:00 
Classes and Clubs
Beginning Teddy Bear Class with Francy
Beginning Teddy Bear Class!
Learn basic Teddy Bear making skills and have a couple of fun days with Francy Gordon.  This is a "make and take class".  This will be a wonderful play day with lots of giggles, and you will take home a new fuzzy buddy at the end of day two. 

Chocolate will be provided. 

Tuesday, June 25
Tuesday, July 2
9:00- 4:00
$40 plus kit

Supply List
Sewing Machine,  Scissors, Pins, Wonder Clips, Hand Sewing Needles, Doll Needles, Thread 
and Imagination

Additional Supplies
(If you have them, if not, Francy has these items to share)
Awl, Short and Long Needle Nose Pliers 

Tuesday, June 25
Tuesday, July 2
9:00- 4:00
Class $40 plus kit

Call Francy for details
Club Kaizen with Susan
Club Kaizen!
A Japanese principle of continuous improvement.
This will be a time to Sew & Share, with Susan as  facilitator.  We will learn from each other.  
 This club has now expanded to include all types of handwork - wool, embroidery, Japanese taupe projects, applique, and even some hand quilting.
If you have a hand work project that you would like to work on and you would like to do it with a wonderful group of ga ls, this is just the club for you! If you do not have a handwork project, we can help you find one that suits you. We have many hand applique books and patterns, we have a great deal of wool and we have pearl cotton and embroidery floss if that's what you want to use.
We have fabrics, books and Cosmo Threads available that are designed and/or authored by Yoko Saito.
 Our meeting dates are as listed.  Note:  We try to meet the second Saturday of each month, but due to vacations, holidays, etc., there could be changes.  
SO, watch our newsletters for upcoming dates and announcements.

**SPECIAL DATE** Saturday, June 29th
Saturday, July 13th
Saturday, August 10th

10:00 - 2:00
Beginning Applique with Becky Madasz
UPDATE!!  New Day for Beginning Applique***
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 second Thursday 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.

Thursday, June 13th
Thursday, July 11th
Thursday, August 8th

10:00 - 1:00
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  


Watch the newsletter for upcoming dates.


 Supply list available at the shop.

Paper Dolls with Susan Freebery
The Paper Dolls
Love that name!  
We are calling all you quilters who like to paper piece!  
Susan's method for paper piecing is simple, logical and it WORKS!  Continuing on from her very popular Beginning 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.  

It has become evident that we need to add a monthly Sit-N-Sew so the Paper Doll Club can have a work day.  This will take the form of a Sit-n-Sew session and the fee will be $5.  Get in here and get some of your Paper Doll Projects done!!

Saturday, June 1st - WORK SESSION
*** SPECIAL DATE*** Saturday, June 22nd - Paper Dolls
Saturday, July 6th - CLOSED!
Saturday, July 20th - Paper Dolls
Saturday, August 3rd - WORK SESSION
Saturday, August 17th - Paper Dolls

10:00 - 3:00ish
Country Quilts and Bears "Row by Row"
Our Row by Row 2018
Sew Musical

This year's theme - Sew Musical - came easy for us since music has always been important to the owners of Country Quilts and Bears, Marilyn and John Humphries. Therefore, we were excited when this years theme was announced. We were equally as excited when we learned that we could chose from various shapes for our 2018 Row. Being Florida, where sunshine is prevalent, it also came easy to chose, "You Are My Sunshine," for our Row by Row Foxy Boxy entry. We are looking forward to see all the Row by Rowers this summer! 
Complete Kit $12.00
License Plate $5.00
Our Row by Row 2017

Country Quilts and Bears has been a fixture in the Tampa Bay quilting world for more than 30 years. John and Marilyn Humphries have been the proprietors for 22 of those amazing years. Marilyn bought her dream car, a bright red VW Beetle, in 2008. That was her inspiration for this year's Row by Row, On The Go design. Now, her little red bug is featured in this year's design as it heads down Drew Street, bound for Country Quilts and Bears in sunny Clearwater, Florida!
Our 2017 kit is $12.00 
Row by Row 2016

Our 2016 License Plate is on Sale - $2.50 each!
This was our 2016 Country Quilts and Bears Row by Row pattern.  The theme for 2016 was 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.
Row by Row 2015

Remember, if you didn't get your 2015 Country Quilts and Bears Row by Row kit, you can still do so.  They are $12.00 each.  Don't dilly-dally.  Supplies are limited!     

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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
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