Country Quilts and Bears

September 18, 2014
Scheduled Classes and Updates
Message from Marilyn
Carol's Hand Applique Class
Becky's Hand Applique Class
Brick-A-Brack Quilt Class
Whatnot Club!
Punky Pumpkin Class
Button Bear Class
Wooly Wonderfulness Class
Scrap Attack Class
Beginning Quilt Class
English Paper Piecing
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~Country Quilts and Bears~
At Last, 
Welcome Fall!

Shop Announcements
 A Message from Marilyn

Scrap attack weekend was a great success!  Thank you all so much for making it such a fun weekend!  You folks told us over and over how much you liked the event!  We've listened to your request for more good times and we already have an idea.  We will keep you posted!
Congratulations to Donna M. - she is the lucky winner of the scrap attack door prize!  
Meet Skelly!
He's the coolest dude you've met 
in a long time!

We've brought out all our Halloween fabric and Skelly is very anxious to show it to you!
Come by the shop and pick up your Skelly kit before they are all gone!   
Christmas is only 13 weeks away so it's time to start thinking about Santa and all the sewing he needs to get done in that time!  We are bringing out our Christmas fabric and starting to think like elves.... Come by and see if we can't inspire you to get the sewing done early!

(P.S. This photo of Santa making a quilt is NOT a panel!  It is merely clip art used to enhance this please don't call the store!  
wink know who you are!)
And don't forget, 
Let's Go Rays!!!
We still love you!
Thanks so much, Marilyn


"Like" us on facebook!  
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
Beginning and Intermediate Applique with Carol Clarke
Clarke Applique

Carol's Applique Club

and Beginning and Intermediate 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 and intermediate applique.  Fun for all!   

The Beginning and Intermediate 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 and intermediate applique is $20 per class. 


Saturday, October 11th

Saturday, November 15th


10-2:00   $20 

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, October 8th

Wednesday, November 12th

$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?   You should see the Kaffe Fassett version she made... 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.

Saturday, September 20th.   

10:00 to 3:00


Kim Diehl's Simple Whatnots Club with Becky and Linda
Henry Glass Fabrics and Kim Diehl have teamed up to bring you a new club featuring miniature quilts stitched from Kim Diehl's new fabric line, Vintage Farmhouse. Each month you will receive a pattern to complete a miniature quilt.  
Starting in October, the group will meet the 2nd Friday or the 2nd Saturday of each month.  Becky Madasz will teach on Fridays, and Linda Zebrowski will teach on Saturdays.

Friday, October 10th
Saturday, October 11th

Friday, November 14th
Saturday, November 15th

Supply list available at the shop.   

10:00 to 12:00


Francy's Punky Pumpkin Class
Saturday, October 4th
Bring your sewing machine,and hand sewing needles as well as everything you would normally use in a sewing class.
Any other questions, call Francy's cell

10:00 to 2:00


Francy's Button Bear Class

Bring your sewing machine and hand sewing needles as well as everything you would normally use in a sewing class.
Any other questions, call Francy's Cell

Kit Available.  

Saturday, October 11th

9:00 to 4:00


 Wooly Wonderfulness with Susan Freebery 

Beginning in October, on the third Wednesday of every month, Susan will be teaching a wool applique class.  This class is geared to all skill levels and styles, ranging from the beginning wool appliquer to the advanced, and the very primitive to the modern style.  We will begin with tracing and appliqueing methods for getting the wool onto wool, wool onto cotton, etc., and in each session there will be at least one new stitch being taught.  Some of the wonderful stitches on the calendar are bouillon stitches, double cast on stitches, and the ever popular drizzle stitch.

You choose your own project or we can help you find one that suits you!



This will be an ongoing class and we will be focusing each month on different stitches and techniques, as well as focusing on the wool applique style ala` Sue Spargo.  Students are encouraged to make any project they wish, and again, it can primitive to contemporary, embellished or simply blanket stitched down.  Whatever style suits you!      



This is an ongoing class and you can join us at any time.  


We will meet the third Wednesday of each month, beginning Wednesday, October 15th

Wednesday, November 19th

Book required

10:00 to 2:00


 Scrap Attack Class with Susan Freebery 

Beginning in October on the 4th Saturday of every month, Susan is going to help you use up those scraps!!  The first class will focus on using your "chips", those little pieces of fabric that are just too big to throw out, and too small to use as a charm.  We will use adding machine tape and create a fabulous quilt similar to the quilt you see in the photo above.


For the November 22nd class we will be making a Scrappy X-String Block quilt similar to the one pictured below that is being held by Susan's daughter-in-law.  This pattern is fun and easy!  It makes a wonderful floor quilt for a baby or a larger quilt depending on how many blocks you make.  



This will be an ongoing class and you can join us any time!  We will be focusing each month on different style blocks that bust those scraps and diminish our stashes!  


We will meet the fourth Saturday of each month, beginning Saturday, October 25th

Saturday, November 22nd

Saturday, January 24th


Supply lists available at the shop.

10:00 to 3:00


Beginning Quilt Class with Becky Madasz 
Becky Roni Beginning Quilt


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


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.

Monday, October 27th

Monday, November 3rd

Monday, November 10th

Monday, November 17th


Supply lists available at the shop.


English Paper Piecing Class with Linda Simons


6-POINTED STARS  - English Paper Piecing

with Linda Simons
January 24th

10:00- 3:00
 Why is this old hand sewing technique the new craze?   Because it's addictive AND we get to use our fabric stash in a new way.   Learn about fabric selection, cutting, glue basting, and hand stitching.  Plus all the tricks I've learned along the way.  

A March followup class (date to be determined) will discuss layout options and finishing the quilt top.



Supply lists available at the shop.


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