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Quilt Connection April 2017 Newsletter

April Showers???

Summer Hours Begin April 1!!

Reminder:  Look for Links that will take you to images or more information.

In the Shop

Beautiful Wool Bundles and Kits - from WoolyLady Now in Stock!

You will "o-o-h and a-w-w" when you see these beautiful wool bundles and kits! Go to the Fabric page to view all six different bundles and four beautiful kits. Here are a few teasers--English Garden Candle MatTwining Tulips Wool Applique Wall Hanging and 6-Pack: WoolyLady's World

Where the Buffalo Roam - from Quilting Treasures

Father's Day is just around the corner. Where the Buffalo Roam may be perfect for the man in your life! The beautiful 24" bison panel is the focus of  a 64" x 46" wall hanging designed by Karla Schulz. And the pattern is free! See our sample in the shop to get you motivated.

Garden Splendor by Wild Apple - from Robert Kaufman

The Garden Splendor collection features beautiful florals that are great for creating collages. See the entire line on the Fabric page of the Quilt Connection website.

Sweet Tweets Quilt Kit - by Kim Schaefer

While in college, Kim spent a semester studying in Mexico and was influenced by whimsical folk art created by artisans in the Oaxaca area. The Sweet Tweets fabric collection was inspired by the colorful, whimsical wood carvings found in that area. This 66" x 66" quilt of bright colors with black and white will definitely brighten your day! See it here.

Floriani Spring Into Savings Offers - In the Shop Now!

Spring is here and Floriani has sprung into action with some great savings offers.

Item Name Retail Value Savings Price
Spring Summer Trending Thread Colors $59.99 $39.99
Essential Variety Pack $160.00+ $49.99
Creative Variety Pack $180.00+ $59.99
Educator Favorites Tool Set $149.99 $99.99
Spanish Floral Fantasy Thread Collection $320.00+ $169.99
Rainbow of Color Thread Collection $220.00 $99.99

From the Notions Department

Elan 4" Embroidery Scissors - Small but Mighty!

These great little scissors have sharp, short points for intricate cutting needs and a serrated-edge blade to grip threads, ribbons and silky fabrics. They are made of high-carbon stainless steel and have Florine non-stick coating (great when using fusible backings.)

Thread Magic Cube

Thread Magic is the ultimate thread conditioner. Safe for all machines, leaves no residue in machine or tension disks. 400% less thread drag and 400% less hand fatigue. Makes thread stronger for less breakage, less fraying, and less tangling. Two pieces to use on your sewing machine. Peel off paper backing, apply cube to machine in front of thread spool. Acid free.

Bobbin Clips from Sew Easy

Connect your bobbin and thread for at-a-glance organizing. Assorted colors.

A Flock of Feathered Stars Book - Back in Stock

In this popular book Carolyn Cullinan McCormick, inventor of the Add-A-Quarter ruler, has turned 17 difficult Feathered Star patterns into manageable paper piecing patterns for quilters who have shied away from making these exquisite blocks. If you have been looking for a fabulous Feathered Star Sampler, A Flock of Feathered Stars is the book for you.

May Flowers -  Pillow of the Month!

Crocus, hyacinths, daffodils--all are out and we are ready with this month's pillow--May Flowers! It's available for pick up now. It's not too late to catch up with this fun Pillow of the Month group as the previous months' pillows are still available. These fun pillows can be purchased as a kit or pattern only.

Workshops and Classes

Only One Space Remains for JoAnn Hoffman Workshop -- April 8th 9 am to 3 pm (Please call for availability.)

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 number so JoAnn can give all students personal attention. Sewing Machines will not be needed. A wait list for another workshop at a later date has been started so if you missed out on this one, be sure to add your name!

Fabric Collage Workshop with Melissa Grote -- March 30th and April 20th (Filled but we have a wait list for another class at a later date.)

This two-part workshop to plan and prepare a fabric collage with Melissa has filled but call 355-0178 to add your name to a wait list for the next class. You will find some wonderful new florals in the shop (Garden Splendor from Robert Kaufman) that are great when creating these collages. We have two new collage patterns designed by Laura Heine of Fiberworks. Click to see Potpourri (Giraffe) and Making Fish. Toniette Heidorn participated in the first Collage Workshop and chose to use the Cora Common Owl pattern. See her beautiful Cora here!

One Block Wonder Class -- April 10th and April 24th

Join Tonna Zieske and Joan Davis for this two-part class, One Block Wonder, featuring instruction tips for cutting, sewing and designing unique hexagonal quilts. Part 1 meets April 10th at 9:30 am and Part 2 meets April 24th at 9:30 am. Cost is $35. These talented ladies have so many tips and tricks to share. You don't want to miss this class! See examples here: Quilt 1 and Quilt 2

Kaleidoscope BOM Starts April 22nd

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". Cost is $22.99 per month. A sample is in the shop for you to see. Please sign up now, so we know how many kits to prepare. See a photo of the quilt on the link here,

Coming June 5th -- Tall Pines Class with Sandi Irish -- 10 am to 4 pm

The Tall Pines pattern uses the Quilted Jewel Templates designed by Sandi Irish from The Irish Chain. The template makes cutting the 60 degree angles easy and accurate. This pattern is easy enough for beginners but also will give more advanced quilters a chance to sharpen piecing skills, play with color and just have fun! Cost for the class is $35. Call 355-0178 to register and come join Sandi for the day.

Hunter's Star Quilt Class with Patti Heintz -- July 22 10 am to 4 pm

Patti Heintz, Studio 180 Design Certified Instructor, will be teaching a Hunter's Star Quilt Class for us using the Studio 180 pattern and the Rapid Fire Hunter's Star ruler. Mark your calendar for this fun event. We have the pattern and ruler in the shop now, as well as several others from Studio 180, so stop by and take a look. We also have a sample of Patti's work in the shop. Cost for the class is $35. From Anne, "I was introduced to this technique over a year ago and have just not pursued it so am very happy that Patti Heintz is a Certified Instructor and will be sharing her knowledge with us."

Clubs and Special Events

Quilted Hugs4Kyds Meets April 1st 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.

April 15 -- Strip Club Meets at 10 am

Great ideas will be raining down on April 15th!!
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!!

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

The 2017 Quilt Connection Shop Hop Quilt is on display in the shop. 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. Remember, April 22nd is the final day for this year's Black Hills Area Shop Hop.

Watch For These Opportunities

Tall Pines Class with Sandi Irish -- June 5 10 am to 4 pm

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.

Rapid Fire Hunter's Star Class with Patti Heintz -- July 22 10 am to 4 pm

Machine Specials of the Month

April is National Serger Month

Husqvarna Viking

    Free Serger Accessory Feet with purchase of Huskylock s21 or Huskylock s25 ($100 value)

    Mail-In Rebate Event
--$500 Mail-in Rebate with purchase of Designer Epic™
     --$300 Mail-in Rebate with purchase of Designer Diamond Royale
     --$200 Mail-in Rebate with purchase of Designer Ruby Royale
     --$100 Mail-in Rebate with purchase of Designer Topaz™ 50


     Purchase a coverlock™ 3.0 or coverlock™ 4.0--Receive Free INSPIRA™ Overlock Presser Feet Kit ($109.95 value)

     Purchase a performance 5.2 sewing machine--Receive a FREE AFTERMARKET BUNDLE


Garden Splendor by Wild Apple (Robert Kaufman)
North American Wildlife 4 by Jody Bergsman (Robert Kaufman)
Black, White & Bright by Color Principle (Henry Glass)
     Free Pattern Quilt 1 using Black, White & Bright Collection (78"x78")
     Free Pattern Quilt 2 using Black, White & Bright Collection (29"x39")
River Journey by Holly Taylor (Moda)
Maven by BasicGrey (Moda)
Where the Buffalo Roam (Quilting Treasures)
     Free Pattern using Where the Buffalo Roam Group (64"x46")

Books, Magazines, Notions and Kits

A Flock of Feathered Stars - Book by Carolyn Cullinan McCormick - Back in Stock
Wool Bundles & Kits from WoolyLady
Sweet Tweets Quilt Kit by Kim Schaefer (66"x66")
Spring/Summer Collection of Trending Thread Colors from Floriani

News and Happenings

Sturgis Area Arts Council Quilt Show -- Continues through April
The Sturgis Area Art Council is sponsoring a quilt show at the Sturgis Public Library that runs through April. On the afternoon of April 8, there will be a Bed Turning (similar to a trunk show). Get more information here.

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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