Country Quilts and BearsDecember 26, 2013
Scheduled Classes and Updates
Message from Marilyn
New Store Hours
The Shop Challenge
New Pattern
Hand Applique Class
Hand Quilting Class
Disappearing 9 Patch
Quilted Jackets Class
Hexie Quilt Class
Beginning Bear Class
Beginning Quilting Class
Bow Tie Class
Clothes Line Baskets
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New Years Hours, End of Year Sale and 11 Years of Joy!

Shop Announcements
 A Message from Marilyn!
So Long 2013, Hello 2014!
As the year ends we reflect back on good times and good friends.  Granted there were a few "hick-ups" in 2013, but there were also many wonderful times as well and we have much to be thankful for.  What a fabulous year it's been!  
May 2014 be kind to all of us, granting good health, prosperity and joy.     
End of the Month, End of the Bolt, End of the Year Sale
 We also wanted to remind you of our customary End of the Month - End of the Bolt Sale.  This time around it's ending 2013 as well.  Wow!  Did this year ever go fast!  
This month our sale days are Friday, December 27, and Saturday, December 28th, 10:00 - 4:00 both days.  Buy the remaining fabric on the bolt and receive a wonderful 30% discount! 
Christmas Fabric Sale 
Also worthy of noting - all Christmas fabric is currently 30% off through the New Year!  
Pattern Clean Out 
Becky just cleaned out the pattern display and we have marked many, many patterns 50% off.  Out with the old, in with the new!  Come by and see some of the other items we have marked down to make room for new merchandise in 2014!
Christmas Mystery 2013
This month we finished our 2013 Christmas Mystery Class and we've had an overwhelmingly positive response to all 3 days!  Many, many ladies have already signed up for December 2014!  Please stop by and see our Mystery Quilt as it is now on display along with any remaining fabrics from the line.  This was the 11th year for our Christmas Mystery Class and it has become quite the holiday tradition here at Country Quilts and Bears!   


11 Years of Joy!

We must give credit to one of our ladies who last week said, "Why don't you have a day open to all who have attended these Christmas Mystery classes during the past 11 years and that still need some time to finish their quilts?"  We agreed (Thanks Teri!) that this is a great idea and we are calling it, 

"11 Years of Joy"  

 Friday, January 17, 2014

10 - 4:00 p.m.

no charge - just fun!  

Please call ahead to sign up and reserve your seat and let us help you finish those Christmas UFOs of the past!


New Years Hours  

Friday, December 27 - Open, 10 - 4:00

Saturday, December 28 - Open, 10 - 4:00

Sunday, December 29 - Closed

Monday, December 30 - Open, 10 - 4:00

Tuesday, December 31 - Closed

Wednesday, January 1 - Closed

Thursday, January 2 - Open, 10 - 4:00



Thanks so much for a fabulous year, Marilyn


New Store Hours Have Begun!!!
It has come to our attention that it might be a bit difficult for the quilter that works 9 to 5 to make it to our store within our current business hours.  As a result we have decided to stay open until 6:00 p.m. on Wednesdays. We are hoping this will be helpful and will better accommodate our working quilters!
The 2013 Shop Challenge Winners! 
And the winners are...
First Place goes to Joy Martin!  
 Second Place goes to Clarisse Cramer
 Third goes to Diane Friedman

Congratulations to our 2013 Challenge winners!
Below are the fabrics that were included in the challenge pack.


Thank you to all who entered.  As is always the case, we love to see the various creations that are sewn from the same packs of fabric.  The creativity is always inspirational.   


"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
Harlequin Star Pillow - New Pattern!


 Harlequin Star 

Pillow Pattern 


 This wonderful new pattern can be made into a pillow or a pincushion.  It whips up in a jiffy and makes a great gift.  It's very Jelly roll and charm square friendly!  We made our sample using the Classics by Kaffee Fassett charm packs in red and blue.  

Beginning and Intermediate Applique with Carol Clarke
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.  . 


Saturday, January 11th

topic reveled when it comes to Carol in a dream...

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!  

Next session Saturday, January 11

.  10:00-2:00. $30.00.

Supply list available at the shop.

Disappearing 9-Patch with Diane Hosman


Roses are Red

Violets are blue

Watch this nine-patch 

Disappear from view!!!



This is a quick scrappy quilt to whip up in one day.  Perfect for a gift, using fabric you love but didn't know quite how you might use it.  Or you might want to walk through the shop and pick out new fabrics just for you.  Either way, you will go home with a lovely quilt.



Saturday, February 1st

10:00 to 3:00


Quilted Jackets with Marian Smith

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 (Wal-Mart currently has a large supply of these sweatshirts, so get one before they are gone!).  These sweatshirts are a bit difficult to find, so be on the lookout for yours before class!

There are several jackets to choose from so come into the shop and choose yours today.  She's even added two new jackets to her repertoire so stop by to see the Hexie Jacket and the new (light weight) Origami Jacket.  We will then give you the supply list for the one you want to make.

Quilted Sweatshirt Jacket 

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

Hexie Quilt with Marian Smith 
A wonderful, fun new quilt!   This quilt is super easy to construct and a fabulous scrap buster.  As if that wasn't enough, the quilt blocks are in the shape of the newest trend, Hexies!  No set in seams, no "Y" seams - just fun!  
Join Marian, with a little help from Susan, and come have a great day of sewing.  The construction is very quick and you will have a finished quilt top in no time at all! 
Be sure to stop by the shop and see the Christmas version.  It's fabulous!  Supply list available at the shop.  
Class date will be in February
Exact day to be announced soon...
 Template required.   
class $25
10 - 2:00
Beginning Bear with Francy Gordon
Learn basic Teddy Bear making skills and have a fun day with Francy Gordon.  

Chocolate will be provided. 


Saturday, January 25th, 2014

9 - 4:00

$40 plus kit 

Call Francy for details




Beginning Quilting with Becky Madasz
Becky Roni Beginning Quilt

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


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, February 3rd

Monday, February 10th

Monday, February 17th

Monday, February 24th

Hexagons - Traditional and Not So Much! with Becky Madasz

A new trend in quilting is the resurgence of "old" (traditional) patterns made "new".


In this class you will make a small flower in the traditional English Paper Piecing method and a modern version using your machine!


Come and experience the old made new again!  


Monday, March 3rd




Supply list available at shop.


Bow Ties with Linda Simons

Join the little bow tie craze with our award winning quilter, Linda Simons! 

Learn great sewing and design techniques so your two inch bow ties go together perfectly to make this stunning quilt. 

           Warning:  this is not a quilt-in-a-day project, but we'll complete a block or two to get you started!



.  Saturday, January 18th, 2014

10:00-3:00   $40.00.

Supply list available at the shop.

Pattern included in class price.


Clothes Line Baskets, Placemats & Rugs with Susan Freebery

On Saturday, February 8th 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!    

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!

Stop at the shop to see the samples and get 

your supply list.

Saturday, February 8th, 
10:00-3:00  $25  

Susan Basket

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