July/August 2011 Newsletter

Dear Sisters in Thread,

            Welcome to heat, sun and the joyous time of summer in Michigan!  We hope you all had a wonderful Fourth of July and are ready to stretch your creative hands with some new classes.  We have some beautiful quick classes that will tempt you to keep your machine humming this summer. We have a special tote bag class for teachers, an evening crazy quilting class, paper piecing techniques, table runners with a twist, a nighttime embroidery club, and even a bead-weaving bracelet class on our schedule! We are planning a quilt show, Traditions in Quilting, in early September, and are in the planning stages of Halloween Week beginning August 29 with treat bags, table runners, throws and more to celebrate. There is even a Quilt Show at the Octagon House in Washington Twp. on July 30!

            There are also new blocks of the month ready to debut.  "Farm Fresh" from the Buggy Barn is a sentimental quilt with flags, flowers, pumpkins, wagons and more. "The Night Before Christmas" by Bunny Hill is sweet with all the excitement of a child anticipating Christmas. These are just two of our wonderful BOM's, so please come in and see the whole range available.

            Knit Club has been busy this summer. Several of us are making the Mystery Shawlette from Wendy Knits' blog. What fun.  But, of course, you can knit on whatever pleases you at the club meetings on the first and third Tuesday of each month from 6:30-8:30 pm! Breakfast Club, which meets once a month on Saturday morning, is encouraging you to bring your UFOs for a fun day with help available.

            If you have ever wanted a tote bag that could hold just about anything (teachers, I'm talking to you!), the Chubby Charmer is for you.  Made with those wonderful 5" charm squares, it is incredibly sturdy. If you always wanted to try Crazy Quilting but couldn't make our usual afternoon classes, Deanna is coming for an evening to give you a taste of the Victorian art with a simple but exquisite pin cushion to make.

            If you recently purchased a Lil' Twister ruler from us, I have put together two original fun table runner projects that are quick but will give you a good taste of what the ruler can do.  Both runners are on display at the shop and you get both patterns when you sign up for my class. Gina is also offering a Cottage Flower Table Runner from Kim Diehl that will be lovely to make.

            If you want to learn a new skill, Paula's Fusible Appliqué class and Gina's Paper Piecing Wall hanging classes are for you.

            We also have a couple of SALES that might interest you! From July 5-30, if you buy any one regular priced pattern, you can get another (same or less priced) for half-off! This includes the very popular Crabapple Hill Patterns, too!! This is good on in-stock patterns only.

            You can buy one fat quarter and get a second FREE the week of August 2-6! This is a great bargain, so don't miss it!

            And it is not too early to start planning for our Good Old Days "Traditions in Quilts" quilt show, Sept. 6-10. We will have 3 professional quilters judge your quilts entered. There will be a $100 Gift Certificate to our shop for a grand prize and a $50 Gift Certificate for the runner up.  We will be accepting quilts for display August 30-31 (Tuesday & Wednesday). Quilts should be new (not antique) and show their traditional roots. We are looking forward to your entries!


So here is a look at our class schedule for July and August:



Tues. July 5                  6:30-8:30                 Knit Club, work on your own projects with help

                                                                        available. $5 per session or $35 for entire year.

Wed. July 6                  7-8 pm                         Handi Quilter Club with Jeanette. Explore the use

                                                                        of your personal long-arm machine. Free for those

                                                                        who purchased your machines from us or $5.

Fri. July 8                     5-9 pm                         Fun Friday, work on your own projects, $5

Sat. July 9                    10-noon                 Hand Appliqué with Katherine Delicato, class 2

                                                                        of 3.

Wed. July 13                11-2                             Dear Jane Club for Civil War enthusiasts. Patriots

                                                                        in Petticoat Quilt makers welcome, too!

Fri. July 15                   10 am to ???               Calling all teachers! Come make a Chubby Charmer

                                                                        Tote bag that will hold all your items for the day!

                                                                        Uses Charm Squares. Class $10 plus pattern

Sat. July 16                  10-noon                 Class 3 of 3, Hand Appliqué w/ Katherine Delicato

Tues. July 19            `            6:30-8:30                 Knit Club, work on your own projects, $5

Thurs. July 21               6:30-8:30                 Pinwheel Table Runners, uses Lil'Twister ruler,

                                                                        2 patterns to choose from, $15 incl. pattern

Fri. July 22                   1-4 pm                         Crazy Quilting w/ Deanna, $10

                                                            also            Fun Friday, 5-9, $5 work on your own project

Thurs. July 28               6-8 pm                         Embroidery Club, bring your own project. Prizes,

                                                                        Treats & Instruction. 6 months for $25 w/ Gina

Sat. July 30                  tba                               Quilt Show at the Octagon House, Washington twp.


Tues. Aug. 2                 6:30-8:30                 Knit Club, work on your own projects with help

                                                                        available. $5 per session or $35 for entire year

Fri. Aug. 6                    5-9 pm                         Fun Friday, work on your own projects, $5

Mon. Aug. 8                 6-8 pm                         Paper Piecing Wall hanging w/ Gina, $10

Tues. Aug. 9                 10-noon                 Margo Handbag w/ Mary, Class 1 of 2, $10

Wed. Aug. 10              11-2                             Dear Jane Club for Civil War enthusiasts, free

Thurs. Aug. 11            6-8 pm                         Cottage Flower Table Runner w/ Gina, inc. piecing

                                                                        and appliqué, $10

Sat. Aug. 13                 1-3 pm                         Fusible Appliqué w/ Paula, learn the tricks to great

                                                                        blocks, $10

Tues. Aug. 16               10-noon                 Margo Handbag, class 2 of 2

                                    6:30-8:30     also            Knit Club

Wed. Aug. 17              6-8 pm                         Crazy Quilted Pin Cushion w/ Deanna. Learn the

                                                                        basics of this Victorian art, $10

Thurs. Aug. 18            6:30-8:30                 Pinwheel Table Runners, see July 21 details, $15

Fri. Aug. 19                  5-9 pm                         Fun Friday, work on your own project, $5

Sat. Aug. 20                 11-1                             Woven Bead Bracelet w/ Deanna, kits avail., $15

Tues. Aug. 23               6:30-8:30                 Pinwheel Table Runners, see July 21 details, $15

Thurs. Aug. 25            6-8 pm                         Embroidery Club with Gina (see July 28 details)

Sat. Aug. 27                 10-3                             Breakfast Club, Bring your UFOs! Prizes, lunch,

                                                                        help provided! Fun, Fun day!


Beginning Aug. 29: Halloween Week with great ideas, classes and more! Stay Tuned!!!!




 Patterns are buy one, get one half-off in July!

Buy one Fat Quarter and get one Free August 2-6!


We will also travel to your Quilt Club meetings with lots of ideas, samples and even classes! Call us for more information!     



Class Policy


Be sure to call 586-727-1555 to register for a class today!  Our class policy is that we offer all our students a 15% discount on all regular priced merchandise with a paid class fee.  You MUST REGISTER EARLY FOR CLASSES since we must notify the teacher with the number of registered students.  Please don't assume we know you are coming.  Classes without the minimum number of students registered will be cancelled.  Make sure we have it in writing in our class registration book!  If we have to cancel a class, your registration fee is fully refundable.  There are no refunds if you cancel a class with less than a week's notification unless there are special circumstances.  In-store credit will be given under special circumstances but Gina or Sue must personally Okay this.




Our hours are:

Tuesday-Thursday   10-5 pm

Friday                        10-7 pm

Saturday              10-4 pm


We are closed Sundays and Mondays (except for special sales and classes)



Thank you and God bless all of you for your continued friendship and support!

Gina and Sue, the Sew Together Women
Sew Together Quilt Shop


















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