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Quilt Connection April 2016 Newsletter

Summer Hours Begin April 1!!

In the Shop

Reminder: Click links to view images or to see more information

Note: Regular Summer Hours Begin April 1st!
More daylight, great ideas, new projects and beautiful fabric--we're hoping these extended hours will make it more convenient and we look forward to seeing and working with you!!

Check Out These Great Specials on Machines

April Specials from Husqvarna-Viking are great.  15% off all Machines and Software, except for the brand new Jade 20 which is $200 off MSRP.  THIS OFFER RUNS APRIL 1-9 ONLY.  There is also 60 month 0% financing on purchases over $3000.00.  10% off all cabinets  April 1-30.

Pfaff Specials include $200-$300 off the MSRP price on the ambition line of machines. Plus 24 months 0% financing on the performance 5.0.

Tracy's Service Tips

When bringing your Husqvarna Viking or Pfaff machine for service, you do not need to bring the power cord, foot control, accessory tray, or bobbin. You do need to bring the standard zig zag foot. With all other brands of machines, please bring the power cord and foot control. All services are performed with Mettler Silk Finish 50 weight thread. If you are dedicated to a specific brand or weight of thread, please bring a spool with you.

Starting in the Month of June Tracy will be less available as he will be helping to keep the "entertainment alive all across the Black Hills for the summer months". Please call ahead for projected repair times and one day service --- or where you might find the best upcoming shows. This of course will impact turn around times and availability to answer service-based questions. We will try to keep any inconveniences to a minimum. Tracy has set up a new email address for service-related questions that he will have access to while away from the shop. 

Please feel free to use this address for your questions:

General Cleaning and Service
Time flies by so quickly -- when was the last time your machine had some special attention? We offer this service for $79.95 for all machines. (You will note this is a modest price increase to accommodate increasing costs.)

River Rock Primo Batiks BOM Begins April
There's still time to sign up for this class to make this 77 1/2" x 85" quilt. (Click on the link to see this beautiful River Rock BOM quilt.) This 9-month project utilizes a unique concept using precut 10" squares.
Cost is $27.99 per month, with the first and last month paid at the time of sign up.

Shop Hop 2016 Starts April 1st!!!

Stop by each of the nine participating shops April 1-16 to pick up their block pattern, then use them all to complete this year's quilt. Every shop will have their own interpretation of the pattern using a floral theme. (Click to see our example of A Perennial Sampler done with country prints from Kim Diehl, Primitive Gatherings and Kansas Troubles. It was a joint piecing effort with everyone in the shop.) While you're there, be sure to sign up for door prizes. Remember, visit all nine shops for a chance to win the Grand Prize--a $450 value!

Featured Machine of the Month

Brand New Husqvarna Viking JadeTM  20

Great Features and Modern Design All in One!
Top  6 Features
  1. Large Sewing Space - Sew large home decorating projects, quilts or garments easily thanks to the large area to the right of the needle, 200mm (almost 8").
  2. Sewing Guide - Conveniently located in the lid. Just find the fabric type and the sewing technique and it will tell you the perfect stitch and settings to use to achieve the best results.
  3. More than 80 beautiful 7mm wide stitches - From quiliting to decorative sewing, your creative options are endless.
  4. Includes 7 HUSQVARNA VIKING® original snap-on presser feet -  including the One-Step Buttonhole foot.
  5. Presser foot recommendation button - With the press of a button, you can easily determine the right presser foot for the selected stitch shown on the LED display.
  6. Large assortment of optional accessories - The possibilities are endless! HUSQVARNA VIKING® features the largest assortment of optional accessories and presser feet for every sewing need and creative possibility.

Click here for more information on the Jade 20.

News and Happenings

Belle Fourche Quilt Show - April 1-15
Quilts presented by the Northern Hills Quilt Guild will be displayed at The Butte County Post, 614 State Street April 1 through April 15.

A Perennial Sampler - Shop Hop 2016 - April 1-16

Stop by each of the participating shops April 1-16 to pick up their pattern to complete this year's quilt, A Perennial Sampler. (Click to see our example of A Perennial Sampler.) For more information, refer to the news item above.

Chadron Festival of Quilts - April 22-24
A short road trip will take you to the Chadron Festival of Quilts. The featured quilter is Monty Fralick of Martin, SD. Click here for a schedule of events.

Black Hills Quilt Show and Sale - June 3-5
The 2016 Quilt Show sponsored by the Black Hills Quilters Guild will be held June 3-5 at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in beautiful downtown Rapid City.  The hours are 9:00 am - 5:00 pm on Friday and Saturday and 10:00 am - 4:00 pm on Sunday.  They expect to have around 400-500 quilts on display and about 20 vendors with quilt related products.

2016 Row by Row Experience - Starts June 21st
Quilt Connection's 2016 License Plate has been designed and ordered. Our row is currently "in-progress" and we will be ready to go June 21st for another great project. This year's theme is Home Sweet Home. Check out the Row by Row Experience website for more information.

Quilting in the Hills (Black Hills Quilters Guild Fall Retreat)--October 6-9
Mark your Calendar now! Black Hills Quilters Guild Fall Retreat is October 6-9, at Terra Sancta Retreat Center. More information available at Black Hills Quilters Guild.

New Fabrics (Click the links below to see examples and also go to the Fabric page of the website to view more new fabrics.)
Click here to get the Adobe Reader download that will enable you to view pdf documents such as the links for The Potting Shed and Hometown Girl Fabrics.
   Just Dahlias (Red Rooster Fabrics)
   Little One Flannel Too! by Kim Christopherson (Maywood Studios)
   New Wave by Caryl Bryer Fallert Gentry Collection (Benartex)
   Miss Scarlet (Moda)
   Refresh (Moda)
   Best of Cozy: Strip Club Edition by Daniela Stout and Georgette Dell’Orco
   Simply Jelly Rolls #2 from Moose on the Porch Quilts
   Classic and Heirloom Quilts by Betsy Chutchian from It's Sew Emma

Schedule for April 2016
April 2
10 am

Tonga Gemstone BOM with Anne Meisner--10 am

Feel free to bring your machine to sew.
April 4
10:30 am OR
1:30 pm
Beginning Machine Owners Class with Tracy Miller--10:30 am OR 1:30 pm
Husqvarna Viking at 10:30 am -- Pfaff at 1:30 pm

Free if you purchased your machine from Quilt Connection, otherwise $40.
April 7
10 am, 1:30,
3 or 6 pm
Stitchers Garden with Joni Schauer--10 am, 1:30, 3 or 6 pm
April 9
9 am-??
Quilted Hugs 4 Kyds--9 am to ?

Come sew with us to make quilts for children in foster care.
April 11
10:30 am OR
1:30 pm
Intermediate Machine Owners Class with Tracy Miller--10:30 am OR 1:30 pm
Husqvarna Viking at 10:30 am -- Pfaff at 1:30 pm

Free if you purchased your machine from Quilt Connection, otherwise $40.

April 16
10 am
Strip Club--10 am

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 16
1:30 pm
Simple Whatnots Club with Melissa Goodrich--1:30 pm

Free pattern with the purchase of each month's kit. Projects are all small so cost of kits varies from $15 to $30.
April 18
10:30 am OR
1:30 pm
Embroidery Machine Owners Class with Tracy Miller--10:30 am OR 1:30 pm
Husqvarna Viking at 10:30 am -- Pfaff at 1:30 pm

Free if you purchased your machine from Quilt Connection, otherwise, $40.00
April 23
10 am
River Rock BOM with Anne Meisner--10:00 am
April 28
9:30 am
Floriani Software Class with Leann Lauer--9:30 am to 12:30 pm. Cost $5