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Quilt Connection April 2015 Newsletter

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Downtown Rapid City Gift Card
Quilt Connection is one of the 80 locations accepting the Downtown Rapid City Gift Card. Bring yours in and find a special treat for yourself! To learn where/how to purchase a gift card or find answers to other questions, click here.

Summer Hours Return April 1st

Summer Hours
Monday-Friday 9:00 am to 5:30 pm
Saturday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday Closed
Open Thursday nights until 7:00 pm
June through August

Patriotic Fabrics
Been meaning to make a quilt for the Quilts of Valor Foundation? We are continually adding to and updating our selection of patriotic fabrics perfect to use for QOV. The most frequent remark from a QOV recipient is "I didn't know anyone cared." Wounds that qualify our Armed Forces Members are those that are both seen and unseen. You can find more information on sizes, etc. here.

90" Cuddle Coming--More colors are coming in all the time!
Have you been looking for a microfiber fleece fabric with that is super-soft, warm, and plush? We carry both Minky and Cuddle brands so you are sure to find your favorite. Ideal for a cuddly baby quilt!!

Check out this Rolling Sewing Machine Tote
Perfect for storing all your sewing supplies! See this beautiful tote that comes in turquoise and chocolate. Tote has a stabilizing strap for your sewing machine, 4 outer storage pockets and 2 clear zipper pouches under the lid, as well as hidden side handles for easy lifting. Features a locking telescoping handle and dual wheels for sturdiness.

Therma-Flec Heat Resistant Fabric
This 44" wide fabric from James Thompson is heat resistant to 360 degrees. Make your own ironing board covers, hot pads and BBQ cooking mitts, costumes and other crafts.

Bosal IN-R Form Fusible Stabilizer
Have you been considering making a bag? Your next project will be a snap using this one-sided fusible foam stabilizer! It's easy to purchase just the correct amount since it comes on a bolt rather than in pre-cut sizes.

Sale Fabrics Downstairs
New fabrics are always being added to the sale fabric collection downstairs. Remember, if they are "downstairs" the price is "down" to $6/yard!!

Floriani Software
Floriani Software Class--April 2nd
with Leann Lauer 10 am to noon--$5 class fee
Do you have questions and/or struggle using your Floriani Software? Bring your Computer and Floriani Book and join us on April 2nd. Leann has worked with the software extensively. Let Leann be your guide in finding answers to your questions!!

 News and Happenings

The Great Black Hills Shop Hop--April 3-18

It's time for the annual Shop Hop once again. Stop by Black Hills area quilt shops, pick up each store's "square" and complete it. Assemble the blocks in your desired pattern to see your own beautiful creation. Get your Passport stamped at participating shops when you pick up the free pattern for their store's block and remember to register for door prizes while you are there! After visiting all 10 shops, turn in your Passport at any of the shops to be eligible for the Grand Prize.

BHQG Susan Cleveland Special Event--April 30-May 2
This three-day event is being held at the Adobe Eco Hotel in downtown Rapid City. "Happy Daisy", "Marvelous Miters", and "Piping Hot Binding" will be offered as full day workshops. Evening programs will include "Precision & Panache" and "My Eclectic Quilt Pageant". For more information on Susan's workshops please visit her website,

Click here for more information and registration forms.  Registration is limited and will be on a first come basis.

Upcoming Quilt Shows
April 17-19--Chadron Festival of Quilts
June 5-7--Black Hills Quilt Show and Sale
July 24-26--Custer Piecemaker's Quilt Show

Coming Soon--EmbroidaBlock of the Month Club

Hoop Sisters Jacobean Journey Machine EmbroidaBlock of the Month Club will be starting soon. Just call the shop to sign up now (605-355-0178). You will learn a unique technique of combining embroidery with piecing and quilting to make perfect quilt blocks in the hoop of your embroidery machine. What fun!!!

Watch for the Row by Row Experience
We're joining this new kind of shop

Row by Row Experience began in 2011 with 20 quilt shops across New York State. In 2012 the event grew to include 62 participating shops. Pennsylvania came on board in 2013 for a total of 138 shops throughout the two states. In 2014 over 1250 quilt shops participated in 34 states and Ontario. Plans are underway for the biggest and best Row by Row Experience ever in 2015! All 50 states and several more Canadian provinces are planning fun for travelers throughout the summer. Although the quilt shops are organized by area, quilters have no borders. Travel, shop, collect patterns and add rows to your quilt from any anywhere! Check out the Row by Row Experience website for more information.

Quilt Adventure Tour -- April 19-27, 2015

Join fellow quilters and friends on this special Quilt Adventure Tour starting in Sheridan, Wyoming, to Paducah, Kentucky, and back. You will have a great trip with Jennifer Golden and Marilyn Hovland leading the way. Brochures available at Quilt Connection or contact Jennifer at


New Fabrics, Books, Kits, and Patterns - (Click the links below to see examples and also go to the Fabric page of the website to view more new fabrics.) Get free Adobe Reader here.
Fabrics & Accompanying Patterns
Thomas & Friends - Fast Friends (Quilting Treasures) Coming Soon!!!
  Fresh Lilacs by Debbie Beaves (Maywood Studio)
     Lilac Bouquets - Pattern by Debbie Beaves Using Fresh Lilacs Collection
  Whisper (P & B)
  Malam Batiks by Jinny Beyer (RJR)
    Migrations Table Topper - Pattern by Jinny Beyer Using Malam Batiks Collection
  Artisan Spirit Poppy Passion by Elaine Quehl (Northcott)
  Natural Wonders by Elizabeth Isles (Studio e)
  Big Block Quilt by Black Cat Creations
  Oh Sew Simple Tote Bag by Stitchin' Sisters
  Modern Rooftops by Carol Morrissey
  Main Street by Sassafras Lane Designs
  Come What May by Jaybird Quilts
  Piping Hot Curves by Susan Cleveland
  Marvelous Miters by Susan Cleveland
  Stripology by GE Designs


Schedule for April 2015
April 2,
10 am-noon
Floriani Software Class with Leann Lauer - 10 am-noon--$5 class fee

Bring your Computer and Floriani Book and let Leann be your guide!
April 3
Shop Hop Begins!!
April 6,
10:30 am
Beginning Machine Owners Class with Tracy Miller - 10:30 am

Free if you purchased your machine from Quilt Connection, otherwise $40.
April 11,
9 am
It's All About the Kids Sew Day--9 am to ???

This group meets to cut, sew, and press, snack and laugh (not to mention chat) to create quilts for children in foster care in our area. All time is donated as is the fabric. Please join us--everyone is welcome. Please bring your own sewing machine and supplies.
April 13,
10:30 am
Intermediate Machine Owners Class with Tracy Miller - 10:30 am

Free if you purchased your machine from Quilt Connection, otherwise $40.
April 18
April 18,
10 am or
2 pm
STRIP CLUB--10 am or 2 pm

Join us for all that is fun and new in the shop. This is a great opportunity to get inspiration from fellow quilters. Don't forget your "Show and Tell". Special sales on Strip Club Saturday--don't miss them!!
April 20,
10:30 am
Embroidery Machine Owners Class with Tracy Miller--10:30 am

Free if you purchased your machine from Quilt Connection, otherwise $40.
April 22,
10 am,
1:30 pm,
or 6 pm
Stitcher's Garden with Joni Schauer - 10 am, 1:30 pm or 6 pm

Use different feet, stitches, and techniques to create a new block every month. The $60 fee for the year-long series includes all 12 patterns, monthly demos and work days. Joni will have you "growing" great ideas!
April 25,
10 am-4 pm
Stitcher's Garden Work Day with Joni Schauer - 10 am-4pm
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