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Quilt Connection March 2017 Newsletter

March is National Quilting Month!

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Great Machine Offer for National Quilting Month

One only--Pfaff creative sensation™ pro II Sewing and Embroidery Machine
. Offer includes:

  • Price reduced by $3,500
  • Free PREMIER™+ EXTRA Embroidery Software
  • 0% Financing for 60 Months available
  • Get brochure here
Stop in the shop for a demo on the Pfaff creative sensation™ pro II to learn the great features and benefits. You can also learn more about the creative sensation™ pro II here.

Check the Machine Specials of the Month section below for more great offers/rebates for National Quilting Month.

Strip-Smart Class -- March 25th 10 am to 4 pm with Toniette Heidorn

This beginner-friendly class with Toniette is on March 25th 10 am to 4 pm. You need only basic knowledge of your sewing machine and simple quilt piecing techniques. Create mesmerizing designs with speed and accuracy using the Creative Grids 90° Double-Strip Ruler all while learning tips and techniques of putting together your quilt. See these examples of two possibilities: Quilt 1, Quilt 2.

JoAnn Hoffman Workshop -- April 8th 9 am to 3 pm

We will be having another JoAnn Hoffman Workshop on Saturday, April 8, 2017, from 9 am to 3 pm. The cost is $35 plus supplies. Come and spend the day with us as JoAnn Hoffman shares her tips and tricks. You can work on any of JoAnn's patterns. She will be here to help you. We will have kits for sale or you can bring one that you have started and just need some help. We are limiting the class to 8 students so JoAnn can give all students personal attention. Sewing Machines will not be needed.

Fabric Collage Workshop with Melissa Grote -- March 30th and April 20th

Back by popular demand! Join Melissa for our second two-part workshop to plan and prepare a fabric collage. We have patterns specifically designed for the collage technique or you can adapt any pattern or design of your own to the technique. The first session is Thursday, March 30, 1-3 pm and the second is Thursday, April 20,10 am to 4 pm. Stop in or call 355-0178 for more information or to register.

See examples of beautiful collage patterns designed by Laura Heine of Fiberworks by clicking on the titles. (Cora Common Owl, Abilene Cow, Hip Hop Rabbit, and White Buffalo.) You are welcome to purchase a pattern in our shop or use one of your own or any designer you like. We just want to give you an idea of what can be done. Toniette Heidorn participated in the Collage Workshop last month and chose to use the Cora Common Own pattern. See her beautiful Cora here!

Cosmic Space!

Two free patterns (Cosmic Space Quilt 1, and Cosmic Space Quilt 2) are available for this fun new fabric collection from Blank Quilting Corporation. It has a 24" panel and even a glow-in-the-dark constellation. See the entire collection on the Fabric page of our website.

Mount Rushmore Fabric

We have beautiful Mount Rushmore Fabric already packaged in 1-yard cuts for easy pickup.

Here a Chick, There a Chick Precut Kit

Fully pre-cut quilt kit (36" x 42") with pre-fused appliqué featuring Maywood Studio’s Woolies Flannel. Kit includes 100% cotton fabric for one quilt top, binding, 6-month pattern set, and coordinating button pack. Fusible used is Soft Fuse Premium Web.

Just Arrived! New Rulers and Patterns from Studio 180 Design

Make quilting easier and more fun using these new rulers and patterns from Studio 180 Design. Add accuracy and precision for the best results in all your quilting projects. The following items are in the shop now:  Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star Ruler, Rapid Fire Hunter's Star Ruler, Tucker Trimmer, Wing Clipper and V Block trimmer along with companion patterns, Rangeley Stars, Masquerade, Star Shadows, Southern Hospitality, Lemoyne Trails and Tumbling Triangles.

Good News! Pilot Frixion Pen Refills Have Arrived

You loved the pens and now we have refills! In case you haven't used one, here's the scoop. The Frixion pen comes in several colors, writes beautifully just like a regular roller-ball pen and can be used on fabrics. The Frixion Pen uses a heat sensitive ink which means a quick blast with steam or an iron and it disappears. Magic!

Pillow of the Month is Welcome Spring!

The recent spell of nice weather has us yearning for spring and this month's pillow reminds us we will soon Welcome Spring! It's ready for pick up now. If you are needing to catch up, the previous month's pillows are still available. (See examples here--Month 3, Let's Go Fly a Kite;  Month 2,  Valentine's Day; and Month 1, Penguin Snowmen.)  These fun pillows can be purchased as a kit or pattern only. We also have the pillow form for sale for $21.00 if you do not want to make your own pillow form. You only need one, as the cover can be changed each month. The kits vary in price, depending on the amount of material and embellishment that is needed but are very reasonably priced.

March 18 -- Strip Club Meets at 10 am

March Madness at its best!!
Come have fun, be inspired, chat, have treats and share your "Show and Tell." Special sales in the shop on Strip Club Saturday--don't miss them!!

Quilted Hugs4Kyds Meets March 11 9 am to ??

Been thinking you would like to use your talents to "pay forward" your good fortune? Come sew with us to make quilts for children in foster care. We have contributed over 600 quilts in the three years since we began this project. But, that's not all--we have a great time sewing together. See our our projects "Under Construction" here. You can see we can use your help!

Thank you so much for all of the fabric donations, it is greatly appreciated. We would like to ask that that you check your donation bag one last time before you bring it to us. We have found pins, note cards, pencils, a pattern or two, scissors and even some critter droppings. Please be sure of what you are bringing us. We don't always get to the bags right away and would like to avoid any unwanted surprises!

2017 Black Hills Area Shop Hop -- April 7-22, 2017

The 2017 Shop Hop is based on the Nine Mini's Pattern. Stop at each of the nine participating Black Hills Area Quilt Shops and pick up their pattern for a block. You are on your way to a beautiful quilt. Or maybe you will decide to do a baby quilt, bed runner, table topper, pillow or table runner.  Here's a glance at our block for a teaser!

Watch For These Opportunities

Kaleidoscope BOM Starts Soon

Kaleidoscope Block of the Month is designed by Stephanie Soebbing of Quilt Addicts Anonymous and uses fabrics from Northcott's Stonehenge Gradations Collection. Finished quilt is 108" x 108". The cost will be $22.99 per month. We hope to start in April, depending on the delivery of the fabrics. A sample is currently being made and will be in the shop soon. Please sign up now, so we know how many kits to prepare. See a photo of the quilt on the link here, or check the poster in the shop.

2017 Row by Row Experience Begins June 21, 2017

This year's theme is Row by Row On the Go! We have already ordered our License Plate for 2017 and are working on our pattern. Beginning June 21, 2017, visit any of the participating shops and receive a free pattern for a row in a quilt. Combine your rows in any way to create a unique quilt that represents the fun you had traveling to the stores. Travel with friends, discover new quilt shops and have fun collecting rows! Click here for more details.

Machine Specials of the Month

National Quilting Month Specials -- March 1-31, 2017

Husqvarna Viking

  -- Free Extension Table with purchase of Sapphire™ 930, Opal™ 690Q or Sapphire™ 965Q
  -- $300 Mail-in Rebate with purchase of Platinum™ 16
  -- Sapphire™ 930 only $1399 with any trade plus FREE Extension Table

  Mail-In Rebates on Machine Purchases
  -- $100 on quilt ambition™ 2.0
  -- $150 on quilt expression™ 4.2
  -- $250 on powerquilter™ 16.0
  -- $350 on powerquilter™ p3
  -- 0% 60-month financing on creative sensation pro II -- March 1-31, 2017 plus FREE Premier+ Extra Software


Cosmic Space (Blank Quilting)
     Free Patterns for Cosmic Space Collection -- Quilt 1 and Quilt 2 (Need Adobe Reader to download? Get it here.)
La Scala 7 (Robert Kaufman)
Ranch Hands and Cattle Drive by Whistler Studio (Windom/Baum) -- Empty spaces replenished!!
Patriots Americana Panel (Kaufman)
New Cuddle Minky Fabrics -- Blooms, Dream Big in blue,and pink, Deer Tome -- from Shannon Fabrics
Stonehenge Gradations Graphite Colorway (Northcott)

Books, Magazines and Kits

The Big Book of Table Toppers from Martingale Publishers -- 56 Table Topper patterns in one book!
Simple Friendships by Kim Diehl and Jo Morton from Martingale Publishers  -- 14 Quilts from exchange friendly blocks
Scrap It Up by Doug Leko of Antler Quilt Design

Sew Scrappy Magazine Volume 1 from Better Homes and Gardens -- Reprinted due to popular demand.
Simply Moderne Magazine #8 from Quiltmania Editions
Block Magazine - Winter 4 Issue 1 from Missouri Star Quilt Company

Here a Chick, There a Chick Precut Kit (Blank Quilting)

News and Happenings

Sturgis Area Arts Council Quilt Show -- March and April
The Sturgis Area Art Council is sponsoring a quilt show at the Sturgis Public Library during March and April. On the afternoon of April 8, there will be a Bed Turning (similar to a trunk show).

BH Area Shop Hop -- April 7-22, 2017

See above item for more information.

SD Quilters Guild Retreat -- April 7-9, 2017
Join your friends from across the state in Chamberlain April 7-9. Many fun and exciting events are being planned for the weekend.

Chadron Festival of Quilts -- April 28-30, 2017
Two for the Show, A Showcase of 2-color Quilts is the theme for the 2017 show being held at the Assumption Center. More info here.

Buffalo Quilt Show -- May 29, 2017

BH Quilters Guild Quilt Show
-- June 2-4, 2017
Mark your calendar now! Black Hills Quilters Guild Quilt Show June 2-4, 2017. It will be held at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, Rapid City, SD. Deadline for registering quilts is May 2. Find more information and registration forms at Black Hills Quilters Guild.

Row by Row Experience -- Begins June 21, 2017
See above item for more information.

Calendar of Events

Please check the Calendar link on the Quilt Connection Website to be current with all that is happening every month!

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