Country Quilts and Bears
June 28, 2014
Scheduled Classes and Updates
Message from Marilyn
New Store Hours
Wool Pumpkins
Carol's Hand Applique Class
Hand Quilting Class
Becky's Hand Applique Class
Brick-A-Brack Quilt Class
Clothesline Basket Class
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Country Quilts and Bears
End of the Month, End of the Bolt 
and It's Nearly Summer and Time to Sew!!

Shop Announcements
 A Message from Marilyn
4th of July Hours
We will be closed Friday, July 4th, and Saturday, July 5th so that we may enjoy the holiday with our families.  
Have fun everyone!

Can you believe it - now June is almost over!  This month, as we typically do, we are offering you the opportunity to pick up some excellent buys on the 
End of the Month, End of the Bolt Sale. 
 This month the sale will be Monday, June 30th.  Buy the remaining fabric on the bolt and receive a wonderful 30% discount!  
A Note from Marilyn:
A New Style of Applique
When the trend started, I was very skeptical and hesitant ordering in any quantity.  To what am I referring, you ask?  WOOL!  Wool has become one of the better selling product lines in the store.  We have greatly increased our wool supply recently and are currently carrying wool from several different vendors.  We have a large selection of primitive and traditional wool with pieces large enough for backgrounds as well as much smaller wool pieces for smaller shapes.  We also have a beautiful selection of much brighter and livelier wool, all hand-dyed and saturated with color for the more modern wool appliquer.  This wool also comes in many sizes, ranging from large cuts all the way down to small pieces.  Some color examples are shown below:    
And don't forget,   
Let's Go Rays!!!
Thanks so much, Marilyn


Summer Hours!


 The lazy days of summer have arrived so we've decided to roll back our Wednesday hours to 4:00. It's time to stay out of the heat and in the cool air-conditioning and sew, sew, sew!
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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
Winter Classes and New Products
Wool Pumpkins with Francy Gordon

Let's Make Wool Pumpkins 

with Francy


Another way to use up small pieces of fabric and wool.  Remember, it's never too early to think about the fall.


Saturday, July 7th


10-2:00   $30 



Pattern and kit for first pumpkin provided.

Beginning and Intermediate Applique with Carol Clarke
Clarke Applique

Carol's Applique Club

and Beginning Hand Applique Class!


Carol teaches applique on the 2nd Saturday of each month.  She now has several quite advanced students along with her beginners.  Consequently, the idea has developed to divide her class into two groups.  


The advanced group, hence the name "Carol's Club", will come to sew and kibitz while Carol proceeds teaching beginning applique.  Fun for all!  


The Beginning Applique is designed to teach and refine your needle turn applique techniques.  You can choose your own patterns and or use the class samples. 




This is an ongoing class.

Carol's Club is $10 per class and the beginning applique is $20 per class. 


Saturday, July 12th


August 9th


10-2:00   $20 

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 July 19th


.  10:00-2:00     $30.00

Supply list available at the shop. 


Beginning Applique with Becky Madasz

Learn from one of the best! Becky will teach you her method of hand applique and it will begin with selecting the right fabrics and designs, as well as marking 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 Wednesday of each month and will go from 10:00 to 2:00.  It's an ongoing class and you can hop in at any time.  






Wednesday, July 9th

Wednesday, August 13th

$20 per class

 Brick-A-Brack Lap Quilt with Linda Zebrowski 
This fun scrappy Brick-a-Brack fat-quarter-friendly lap quilt pattern is a breeze to piece! Spend a wonderful afternoon with Linda, have some fun and do some summer sewing! 
Wouldn't this make a great gift?   Hmmmm... Christmas will be here before you know it!   



Lap quilt measures 55" x 55" but can easily be made larger to suit your desire!


Supply list available at the shop.

Monday, August 18th

and a Saturday date will be announced asap!  Watch the newsletter for an update!

10:00 to 3:00


 Summer Clothesline Basket Class with Susan Freebery 

On Saturday, August 16th 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!    

Susan Basket  

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 2014?  These projects make marvelous gifts when given, full or empty!

Rope Place Mat


Supply list available at the shop.

Saturday, August 16th

10:00 to 3:00


Country Quilts and Bears is open Monday through Saturday, 10:00 to 4:00, Wednesdays 10:00 to 6:00.  
Marilyn Humphries
Country Quilts and Bears
1983 Drew Street
Clearwater, FL 33765