Country Quilts and BearsFebruary 28, 2013
Scheduled Classes
Woolen Sheep BOM
8-Strip Table Runner
Sweatshirt Class
Paper Piecing
Scrap Busting String Blocks
Beginning Quilting
1930's 9-Patch
Happy Villages
Hand Quilting
Wrap It Up Baskets
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March and April Class Schedule 

Memo from Marilyn: 

    Hello again - We're home, if only for a few days before we take off again for the next quilt show which is in Naples' March 1st and 2nd, and Sarasota's show is March 8th and 9th.  We always love traveling around the state to these various quilt shows but when it's all over, "There's no place like home!". 

    In between these shows we will have our customary End of Month, End of the Bolt 30% off Sale.  While you're here please remember to check out our $4.50 a yard Sale Fabric - it's great for backings!    

March and April Classes
Woolen Sheep Block of the Month with Becky Madasz
Becky Sheep
The sheep is made and now we make the woolen blankets! 
It isn't too late to sign up - call today to reserve your space!  Now we will be making two of the 8" x 8" blankets each month.  When finished you will have a blanket that corresponds to the theme of each particular month.

March 4th, 10-1:00 and April 1st, also 10-1:00

The sheep finishes at 20" x 10" and the blankets finish at 7.75" x 7.5"

Class fee:  $12 per class

Pattern required, Kit available upon request or you may use your own wool.

Marian's 8-Strip Table Runner Class
Marian Table Runner
Fast and Easy,
She promised!!!

Tuesday, March 5th, 10:00 - 1:00



Marian Smith's Sweatshirt Class
Marian Jacket

The Northerners are back at Country Quilts and Bears and they are looking for Marian's popular Sweatshirt Class!

Here it is.  If you've made one, come on back and make another.  If you've never made one, come in and have fun making a jacket that you will wear out the door at the end of the second session.

If you are interested, you will need one UNWASHED sweatshirt with set-in sleeves that is one size bigger than you normally would wear.  These sweatshirts are a bit difficult to find, so be on the lookout for yours!

There are five jackets to choose from so come into the shop and choose yours today.  We will then give you the supply list for the one you want to make

For $30 you can come in on ANY two Thursdays, from 10:00 to 2:00.  It takes two sessions to make your jacket. 

The remaining days are March 7th, March 21st, and March 28th.  Choose any two days before she is gone


Paper Piecing with Lynn Woods
Lynn Easter

In the March 9th class Lynn will be teaching paper piecing techniques using the Easter pattern shown to the right or any pattern of your choosing from the required book. 











For the April 13th class Lynn will be teaching the flowers in a basket piece, or any pattern of your choosing from the required book. 

Both classes will run from 10-2:00 and cost $20 as well. 

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

Call today to hold your spot!  Book required.


Saturday, March 9th  or Saturday, April 13th, 10-2:00  $20

  Woods flower basket

Beginning and Intermediate Applique
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 10-2:00, Saturday, March 16th. The second class being offered will be meeting Saturday, April 13th.  You can hop in this class on any one of the dates that works for you! 


Saturday, March 16th and Saturday, April 13th

10-2:00  $20


Scrap Busting String Class with Susan Freebery
Civil War String

We are going to offer a class on Saturday, March 16th to teach string block assembly.  This class does not require a book or pattern but we are sure that when you complete your first string block quilt, you will be hungry as can be for more patterns and inspiration to use up your stash.  It's a fun and easy project that is as simple and economical as can be.  The quilt you make can be as big as you want, or as small as you would like it to be.  The fabric you use can be brights, civil war, batiks, patriotics, a combination of all, or whatever suits your mood and stash.  


Scrappy StringTo the right is a baby floor quilt using brights (great baby shower gift!) and above is a bed quilt using civil war scraps - both used up a tremendous amount of scraps from Susan's stash! 


Susan will also be showing samples of many different projects you can make using your newly acquired string block skills.  Many of these samples won't even need a pattern for you to create them.      



Call today to reserve a spot for this Scrap Busting String Quilt Class!

Saturday, March 16th   10 - 3:00     $25

Supply list available at store or request via email.  


Beginning Quilting with Becky Madasz or Roni Hunt
Becky Roni Beginning Quilt
This class will take you from fabric selection to binding your projects with the beautiful sample shown to the right.

Becky's class will run on Wednesdays for 4 weeks in March. The dates for Becky's class are Wednesday, March 20th, Wednesday, March 27th, Wednesday, April 3rd, and Wednesday, April 10th.         10-2:00.  $40.


Roni's class will run Saturdays in March and April for 4 weeks. 

The dates for Roni's class are Saturday, March 16th, Saturday, March 23rd, Saturday, April 13th, and Saturday, April 20th.

10-2:00.  $40.


   Call to be placed on the applicable class roster.  Book Required.


Diane Hosman's 1930's 9 Patch
Diane H 30s quilt

Just peeked into Grandmother's cedar chest and found this wonderful 1930's Nine Patch quilt.  

Quilt blocks are set on point.  Pattern is perfect for any small and medium scale prints.


No book required - supply list available at the shop.


Happy Villages with Wally Villalobos
Wally Villages

We're sure that you all remember this wonderful wall hanging from our Shop Challenge.  Wally came in 2nd place and we are thrilled to announce that she is going to teach this exciting method. 

She has assured us that this is a "no stress" method and approach to playing with fabrics! 

Book required and supply list is on page three of the book. 

Call today to book your space!  This is a wonderful and new method and you can use your scraps to make a fabulous project!

Some homework required prior to class - see pages 4 and 5 of the book for instructions regarding the small amount of cutting required before class.


Monday, March 25th

10:00 - 3:00     $25


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, March 30th or Saturday, April 13th.  10:00-2:00. $30.00.

Supply list available at the shop.    

Wrap It Up Basket Class with Susan Freebery
Susan Basket

Wrap, wind, and sew fabric strips into fantastic 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 baskets make marvelous gifts when given, full or empty! 


Rope Place Mat   

 April 27th  10:00-3:00  $25

Supply list available at store

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