Wow! April 1st has arrived and here I am, Jeri Daniel, the new owner of Blue Iris Quilt Shop! I have had the opportunity to meet many of you who came to the “Meet Jeri” reception hosted by Lynette and I am honored that so many of you took time out of your day to come in and meet me.
When I first considered buying Blue Iris, I looked up the meaning of the flower. I found that the Iris has several meanings….Faith, Hope, Wisdom, Courage, Admiration and Cherished Friendship.
I moved to this area last September from Southern California and buying a quilt shop was not part of my plan. My relocation was a bold move for me as I have lived in Southern California for most of my life and all of my family still resides there. I had a long career in Human Resources and for the past six years I worked for a Sew and Vac dealer in Apple Valley. I was first introduced to sewing during my Junior and Senior high school years where my primary focus was on clothing. I quilted on and off during my working years but I became more involved in quilting and machine embroidery over the past 15 years or so. There is something very therapeutic when working with fabric and yes I am a fabriholic! But I am straying a bit…I wanted to talk a little about the meaning of the flower.
Courage – it took a lot of courage for me to make the move to the Redding area and even more to embark on a journey that would land me as the owner of Blue Iris Quilt Shop. Faith – I’m stepping out with faith that God won’t let me fail in this venture. Hope – I am full of hope that I can continue serving all of you in the manner that you are accustomed to at Blue Iris. Admiration and Cherished Friendship – That pretty much sums up what a Quilt Shop should be….a place to gather, to admire the beautiful works of art and creativity that each and every one of you produce and a place where friendships are made, nourished and cherished by all.
I fell in love with Blue Iris the very first time I walked through the door and this is just the beginning of our journey together. I feel blessed that we have a very talented group of ladies working at Blue Iris and we will all work hard to make your experience here a special one.
Here are some of the classes and events that we have coming up in the future. You can find more specifics on the website www.blueirisquiltshop.com or you can always call the shop at (530) 547-2228.
BLOCK CHALLENGE – Before we get into classes just a reminder that the Block Challenge is just around the corner! All blocks must be turned in by 4pm – Sat. April 19th. We have some gorgeous blocks that have been turned in so far and are on display in the shop. If you are interested in participating in this fun challenge, stop by the store and pick up a piece of the green fabric that must be used in your block and the directions! It’s not to late to participate but remember only 19 days left to get them done!
LITTLE THINGS w/Pauline -Tuesday – April 8th – $15 – 10am-2pm – This months project is a Pouch to hand around your neck…good for Guild, or just when you need to take a few things with you and don’t want to lug around your purse!
FRIDAY NIGHT OPEN SEW/BROWN BAG – Friday, April 11th - 5pm – 10pm – Bring your projects and sew, visit, and laugh!
CIRCLE QUILT w/Cinda Olsen – Thurs 4/10 - $30 – 10am-4pm – Cinda will be teaching a technique for inset perfect circles to use to make a beautiful Batik quilt or a cute “I Spy” quilt for kids. Come join the fun…space is limited.
IT’s A WRAP w/Mary Brunn – Saturday, 4/12 – 10am-4pm - $30 + Book - Come learn to make a basket or purse of your choice with Mary. This is a fun class with great techniques…use what you learn to make a purse or basket for yourself or to make a great gift for a special friend! Sign up soon.
ELLIE CLASS w/Lynette – Thurs, Fri and Sat – 4/17, 18 and 19 – This class is currently full, but we are taking a waiting list for another class at a later date.
APPLIQUE CLUB w/Pauline - Monday – April 21 –– No Charge – 10 – 2pm – This club was started to allow those of you who do hand or machine appliqué, to have a place where you can sit and sew and share with ladies who enjoy the same type of sewing. It is open to beginners as well as, the very advanced. Good club to learn techniques, make new friends and share your knowledge with others!
WEDNESDAY OPEN SEW – 10-4pm – Open sew is held every Wednesday of the month with the 2nd Wed combine with a Birthday Potluck. This month’s Open Sew/Birthday Potluck is 4/9
WEDNESDAY OPEN SEW – 10-4pm – 2nd Wed (5/14) is Open Sew/Birthday Potluck
TWISTER w/Margie McGraw (your choice of pattern/size) – Mon & Tues, May 5th & 6th – 10-4pm – $40 + Pattern and template. This is a fun class and you can choose the pattern you want to make and the size you want to make it! Whatever pattern and size you decide to make will determine the size of template to purchase. Our Blue Iris staff will be happy to help you figure it out! Sign up soon!
KOOL KALEIDOSCOPE w/ Cinda Olsen – Thurs - May 8th and 15th – 10-4pm - $45 + Book – This is a fun class using strata’s to make a beautiful Kaleidoscope wall hanging or quilt. Sign up soon…limited amount of spaces.
FRIDAY NIGHT OPEN SEW/BROWN BAG – Fri May 9th – Bring your project and sewing machine and come enjoy an evening of camaraderie and laughter and maybe get some sewing done too!
LITTLE THINGS w/Pauline – Tues May 13th – 10 – 2 pm - Project to be determined
FINISH YOUR UFO’S W/Linda Ballard – Saturday May 17th – 10-5pm -$25 – Calling all of you with UFO’s…don’t be shy…we know you are out there!!! In this class, Linda Ballard will be here to help you out with those UFO’s . It doesn’t matter whether the UFO’s are Linda’s or just one that you’ve started, put away, and now need help getting back on track….Linda will be here to help you get re-started andre-energized to get those UFO’s done! Come join a day of fun and learning , space is limited so sign up soon to reserve your spot!
APPLIQUE CLUB w/Pauline – Mon - May 19th – 10-2pm
Playing with Crayons w/MaryAnne Melmoth – Tues May 20th – 10-4pm - $25 - Come explore the kid in all of us! Using crayons, MaryAnne will guide you in exploring your creativity with crayons. Come see the sample at the shop or on-line…this is a truly fun class with endless possibilities!
SCRAPPY STRIP QUILT w/Lois – Tues May 27th – 10-4pm - $30 - Got Stash? Got Scraps? Come and have a great time with Lois and make a fun scrappy strip quilt top….What better way to spend your day and use up some of those scraps? Sounds like a good way to clean up the sewing room without working!
Thank you from all our staff for choosing Blue Iris Quilt Shop:
Jeri, Audra, Janis, Janie, Judy, Pauline, Natalie and Sally