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Sassy Stitches!

Sassy Stitches!!!!!  
We are very excited to share our new shop name with you!  Signs and logos will gradually change to Sassy Stitche and we plan to have all the changes made by January 1, 2017. Not many other things will change. We have the same FABULOUS staff, the best FABRIC you can find, and more FUN going on than ever!      

Thanks to all who attended Open House!  Long distance customers will notice that we have scheduled a Breakfast Club just for you!  If you see another class you would like us to add in the Spring, let me know and we will try to make it happen. Anyone who lives away from Franklin and didn't attend Open House can email me to join the Birthday Club.  More on that below. 

With Open House, new machines to learn, and the holidays, we aren't offering quite as many classes in November. We will offer a few in December and then get ready for lots of classes and clubs for 2017!

Remember that we carry all of the Creative Grids rulers and tools you will need for Deb's upcoming events so call or come by the shop to get all of your supplies! We will be glad to ship them to you if you don't live close by. And as usual, we will have specials just for the attendees.  Have a great week and come see us!

Ryan's Case for Smiles
Our charity focus at Sassy Stitches is Ryan's Case for Smiles. This is an organization that provides fun pillowcases for sick children .  ALL of our donations will be used in Asheville, NC at Mission Children's Hospital. I volunteered for this charity for several years and have personally delivered pillow cases to kids at Mission Children's Hospital and assure you it brings great joy to sick children to pick out a fun pillowcase. When you read the story about Cindy and her son, Ryan, you will understand what a great cause this is. It's the perfect charity for anyone who sews! Here is a link to the organization's website.
We will accept pillowcases, fabric donations for making pillow cases and monetary donations. If you choose to make pillowcases, there are tips on the website (see link above) about making them. The volunteers who take the pillowcases wash them before delivery. Something so simple as a fun pillowcase really does bring a smile to a sick child.  THANKS!

November Class Info
"A Twisted Christmas"
Join us to learn how to use an older tool with many possibilities. You will learn to use the Lil' Twister and then be able to use all sizes to make many different projects.  Plus you will have a new Christmas decoration for your house or to give as a gift. Choose between the Christmas wreath or the Christmas Tree. 

Date:  Tuesday, Nov. 15
Time:  10:00 - 12:00
Class Fee:  $20
Giving Back
 We collected over $120 for our local " Shop With A Cop" Christmas program! Thank you so much for your contributions. Sassy Stitches added enough to make our donation an even $200 from Sassy Stitches and Customers. The Macon County Sheriff's Department was very appreciative of your donations. Way to go!

Jerrie Tacia, one of our staff members, has worked with Operation Christmas Child through her church for several years.  She has some great ideas to share!

"Operation Christmas Child Shoe Boxes touch not only the life of the child who received the box, but also their family!  At one of our coordinator's meetings last year it was shared that when a child receives a toothbrush in the box, it is shared often shared by the whole family, because none of them have access to one otherwise.  ( So now, instead of one or two, we encourage participants to put several in the box!)

Mini sewing kits can be easily created. A mid-size to large empty prescription bottle (completely washed out so it's free of any residue from the pills it contained ) is a great container.   Put in some needles, bobbins or small spools of thread, safety pins, some buttons---and you may have made it possible for the recipient or their family to repair their clothing.  Pack some fabric in the shoe box , and you may make it possible for there to be an extra skirt, or top or simple market bag to be created.  (If you pack a drinking bottle or pair of shoes ...roll some fabric up and put it inside.)

Some families count on fish for their meals. A simple fishing kit may enable them to be more successful. The medicine bottle is again a great container to make use of.  Pack in some fishing line, hooks, small bobbers, weights...and you may help feed a child's family!

Clean containers are available at the shop.  Feel free to pick some up to create kits, or bring in items and we'll put them together for you.

Our shop is collecting items for packing boxes, as well as filled shoe boxes to be sent out.  If you are not close enough to come to the shop, check around your local area.  There are businesses, schools, and churches all over the country participating, and they would be happy to accept your contribution."

Jerrie will be taking our boxes to be shipped with the ones from her church. The last day to donate at the shop is Saturday, 11/12.
Here is a link to an article from the "Franklin Press" about a young lady who received one of these Shoe Boxes when she was a child. Wow!                             Franklin Press Article
2017 Clubs and Classes!!!!!
We are so excited about our 2017 Clubs and Classes at Sassy Stitches!  For me, this shop has always been a place to fellowship with quilting and sewing friends.  It's a place where you are greeted when you enter and taken care of while you're here.  We want you to come SEW!  It's fun to hear about the new fabric and notions that come in.  We will still share that with you.  But we want to focus on sewing and working towards completing projects. The only requirement is that you have FUN!! So come join us for some fun and sewing.  It wouldn't be the same without YOU!!!

Be My Neighbor
Welcome to the Moda Hood!  This is a pattern from Moda especially designed for quilt shops. This club will meet for 10 months, January through October. You choose your own fabrics to make your blocks and create this beautiful quilt. We will provide your patterns and all the help you need. It's always fun to work on the same project with your friends and see the different outcomes!

Meets the 4th Friday and Saturday monthly
Jan - Oct

10:00 - 1:00

Club Fee
Beginner Quilting
101, 102, 103
Our Beginner Quilting classes are ongoing.  We will start a new class on Monday, January 9.  The class lasts 6 weeks and will meet the following Mondays from 10:00 - 12:00.  We are also starting an evening Beginner Quilting class on Thursday, January 12.  This class will also meet for 6 weeks and the meeting time will be 5:30 - 7:30.  We also offer free sew days for our beginners as needed.  The fee for the beginner's class is $75.00.  You will receive two 15% off coupons to use for class supplies and fabrics while you are in the 101 class. 
Beginners who take 102 will choose another more difficult pattern to complete.  The 102 students meet at the same time, mornings or evenings, and the fee is $75.00.  Beginners who continue on to the 103 class take an even more challenging pattern and continue to receive help from our instructors.  The fee is $75.00.  Each class member for 102 and 103 will receive three 10% off coupons to use for class supplies and fabrics while you are in either the 102 or 103 class.  After you complete the 101, 102, and 103 classes, you may come back to join any of the 101, 102, or 103 classes for free but will not receive a discount past the 103 class.
We offer our Beginning Quilting Class throughout the year so if you can't make this session, keep watching our newsletter for future dates.  The dates for the first two sessions of 2017 are as follows.   
Beginning Quilting on Mondays from 10:00 - 12:00
January 9
January 16
January 23
February 6
February 13
February 20
(In case of a cancellation due to weather or for any other reason, you will be notified by email or phone and we will make up the class.)
Beginning Quilting on Thursdays from 5:30 - 7:30
January 12
January 19
January 26
February 2
February 9
February 16
(In case of a cancellation due to weather or for any other reason, you will be notified by email or phone and we will make up the class.)
The Breakfast Club
Join us on Saturday mornings for the Breakfast Club.  We will have yummy breakfast treats, recipes, and a fun "kitchen/cooking" themed project to make each month. We will start the same Breakfast Club later in the year for our seasonal customers to enjoy.  Class fee includes breakfast and patterns. Bring your machine and fabrics of your choice to make projects.  Information and instructions for the next week will be provided at each meeting.
Meets the 3rd Saturday monthly for Jan. - June.
Meets the 2nd  Saturday monthly for
Apr. - Sept.
10:00 - 1:00
Club Fee
Grids Girls 3 - One More Time Around
Join Deb to begin the third quilt in the "Grids Girls" Series and find out what's new with Creative Grids. This club will meet twice a month to offer a total of 6 classes beginning in January and going through March.
Deb's Block of the Month
More information will be provided on this club later in the year.  Registration will open in March.  This club will meet from April through June.
Meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays monthly.
10:00 - 12:00
Club Fee
$60 for both clubs.  $30 for one club.
Grids Girls Tool Time
Did you join the rest of us and buy lots of really cool Creative Grids rulers/tools? Have you taken these cool tools home only to forget how to use them? Do you need a refresher class on how to use the rulers you bought?  This class is for you.  Each month, January through July, will be dedicated to one Creative Grids ruler.  You get to pick a pattern from a book, a single pattern, or a CLP (Cut Loose Press) pattern to make.  You will use fabrics of your own choosing and come to class prepared to work on your chosen project while you review that month's ruler.  Bring your tool if you already have one and if you don't, come try one out before you purchase it. You will have all the assistance you need to review how to use the ruler and will also have the chance to start sewing your project together. We will use the following schedule for the Ruler Review Club.
     January:  Curvy Log Cabin
     February:  Strippy Stars
   March:  Log Cabin
   April: Scrap Crazy
      May:  Straight Out of Line
   June:  Dresden 
The first Tuesday and the first Saturday monthly from Jan. - June
10:00 - 1:00
Club Fee
Handwork Honeys
Come enjoy our new handwork room, "The Handwork Hive!" This club will explore and teach you about Wool Embroidery, Needle-Turn Appliqué, Raw Edge Appliqué, English Paper Piecing, and Hand Embroidery.  Kits will be provided for learning each skill.  If there is enough interest, we will schedule a Saturday or evening class.
M eets
the 3rd Wednesday
monthly Jan. - June
10:00 - 1:00
Club Fee
Janome Education Classes
These classes are FREE to anyone who purchased their Janome machine at Sassy Stitches after July 1, 2016.  It is a 6 month class provided for you to learn about your new machine. If you purchased your machine prior to July 1, 2016 you only pay $5 per class.  If you purchased your machine at another store, your fee is $15 per class.

the 2nd Wednesday for Sewing and  the 4th Wednesday for Embroidery
10:00 - 1:00
Kid's Closet
Join us to make one of these adorable machine appliquéd quilts. You will see how quick and easy it is to machine appliqué!  This will be an heirloom for that special little girl or boy in your life.  Class Fee includes the pattern.

the 2nd Friday monthly Jan. - June

10:00 - 1:00

Club Fee
Paper Piecing Party
Have you always wanted to learn to paper piece and make those perfect points?  Have you tried it and just given up?  This is a club for YOU!  This club is for beginners or for anyone who wants a refresher course on foundation paper piecing. You will learn how to paper piece twelve blocks with the goal of finishing the small sample quilt using fabrics of your choice. We will provide the patterns and the instructions for making the quilt.  A kit will be provided for the first introductory class on paper piecing.

the 3rd Thursday & the 4th Saturday
Jan. - June

10:00 - 1:00-Thur
1:00 - 3:00 Sat

Club Fee
Sew N Sews
We make quilts and gifts for others all the time.  How about a club to make cute sewing accessories just for you?  OK - you can make these for gifts but be sure to create one of each just for YOU, too!!!!!  Join the Sew N Sews to create useful and adorable sewing goodies you can use for yourself. You pick your fabric and make it to match your sewing room or just pick fabric you like.  Your class fee includes the patterns. 

The 1st Wednesday monthly from Jan. - June
10:00 - 12:00
Club Fee
Sit and Sew
Sassy Stitches will be offering you some sewing time.  Come enjoy the classroom and all of the furnishings for FREE!  We will schedule the following "Sit and Sew" opportunities just for YOU!  Come sew, snack, laugh, and enjoy yourself with friends and meet new ones. Here is the "Sit and Sew" schedule for the first 6 months of 2017.  We will look at how it all worked, get your suggestions, and decide how we want it to look for the last 6 months of the year. Just let us know you're coming and we'll save a spot for you. 
 FREE Machine Sewing at Sassy Stitches
Every THIRD TUESDAY of the month from 10 - 3.
FREE Hand Sewing at Sassy Stitches
Every FIRST FRIDAY of the month from 10 - 3                                       
The goal this year is MORE SEWING!  Instead of popping in, getting your pattern and a commercial of what's new, let's gather and sew and fellowship. Most clubs/classes are scheduled for 2 or 3 hours.  If nothing else is scheduled for the day, students/customers may stay and sew until 3:30.  Your instructor will have to return to the floor to help other customers at the end of the class but you are welcomed to stay and sew a little more on your own. 
Instructions, supply lists, and other information will be sent to you via email.  You may also come by the shop to pick up your information.  All club information will be available beginning Dec. 15, 2016. Dec. 15th is also the last day to sign up for clubs.  We have to get everything totaled up and ordered.  
All club members will receive one 10% off coupon for club supplies.  Each club must have at least 3 members for the club to begin.  If 2 or fewer people sign up for a club it will be cancelled and we will call you.  In that case, you choose whether you want a refund or shop credit.  Shop credit will be issued in the form of a certificate which you can redeem for shop merchandise.
1)   Class/Club Fee is due at registration.  You may register in person or by phone with a credit card. 
2)  Most of the classes and clubs have a 3 person minimum.  In some cases, when a class requires a lot of prep work, we will have the class with fewer people. If we cancel the class, we will either refund your money or issue a store credit.  If you cancel, you will receive store credit. 
3)  Out of respect for other class members and our staff, the following are NOT allowed at class:
     a)  Cell phones that are not turned to silent or vibrate (Also,                please take all conversations outside of the classroom.) 
     b)  Friends who have not paid to take the class
     c)  Pets
     d)  Strong perfumes
4)  Please arrive 10 minutes before the start of class to set up and be ready to begin on time. The back door, closest to the classroom, will be unlocked on class days at 9:45.
5)  You must know your machine unless you are attending a Janome machine education class. 
6)  We are happy to provide extra rulers and other tools for you to borrow while in a class or club.  Due to losing several items lately, we will ask you for your keys in exchange for borrowing a tool. It's so easy to put an item in your bag of stuff when you are packing up so this will prevent this problem and allow us to continue sharing. 
1)  Complete the sign-up form for the Birthday Club 2017.  You will be a lifetime member if you sign up! 
2)  You must sign up by Dec. 31, 2016 to be eligible to participate in the birthday club in 2017.  If you miss this sign-up deadline, you may sign up next year for 2018.
3)  To participate in the Birthday Club, you must come by or call to reserve your day to celebrate.
4)  There are two ways to celebrate:
       a)  Gather 4 or more SEWING friends and come enjoy a                  shopping spree!  You will receive a discount of ½ of your age as        your discount off of your total purchases of regular priced,            in-stock items (excluding sewing machines) and your friends            will receive a 15% discount.
       b)  If you choose not to invite 4 SEWING friends, you may              come in and enjoy a 20% off shopping spree on regularly                  priced, in-stock items, excluding sewing machines during your          birthday month.
5)  Remember that Sassy Cash is only punched for regular priced items.  Discounts do not apply to consignment merchandise, special orders, held items, and items already discounted.
6) Seasonal customers or anyone who doesn't live in Franklin and didn't make it to Open House can join the Birthday Club by email or phone.  You must call or email by Dec. 31.
Show and Tell!
Part of Show and Tell this week is my sweet friends, The Merritts. Lindsay and I taught together for a few years and she still teaches in the Charlotte area.  I love these folks and enjoyed them visiting the shop during Open House!

Here are some quilts that were shared with us.  Thanks for letting us enjoy them!

Walker paid us a visit this week.  He was funny sticking hid head through my sewing machine desk.  We missed getting the picture the first time so we were bribing him with pretzels to get him to do it again! 

Quilt Sampler and Kits
We still have kits ready to purchase for Deb's beautiful Strippy Stars Medallion which is named, "Study in Contrast" in the current Quilt Sampler Magazine.  We are so honored that the shop is featured in this issue and know you will want a copy! We are also offering the kit in these beautiful reds.


Lindy, Anne, and the Best Staff EVER!



Sassy Stitches
106 W. Palmer St.
Franklin, North Carolina  28734
(828) 349-8912


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