February 4, 2016
Well here we are in February, an in between time of Winter and Spring!
I was surprised that my Iris's are in bloom already..I can almost see them stretching and yawning and stretching some more.....it makes me think that Spring will be here sooner than later. I must say that while our much needed rain was nice, I am READY for spring and some much needed sunshine!
This is the time of year I make my way down south for a much needed visit with family and friends and I am hoping that the weather is indeed sunny for my drive!
But enough of me...I really would like to thank all of our great customers who supported our Pantie Raid this year. One Safe Place was delighted to receive all of the donations from you. They were equally excited that everything was new..which I'm guessing doesn't happen too often with clothing items. We figured that all of you together gave about $500 worth of underware, bras, and pajamas in many different sizes. It is definitely a good cause as many of the people who show up at One Safe Place arrive with only what they are wearing on their back. Thanks again to all of you who supported this wonderful cause!
This month we are already receiving some of our new fabrics. Yesterday we received a shipment of about 20 bolts of Batiks (I know that's a surpise!) from Island Batiks and Robert Kaufman. Some beautiful colors and patterns and several great light batiks as well.
We are expecting deliveries soon from Moda (more Grunge), Northcott (Burlap Blenders), Kaffe from Westminster Fibers, and a little later in the month, we are getting in 50 Bolts of Stonehenge from Northcott and of course we still have more Batiks coming in......just can't have too many!
We began our Quilter's Academy Freshman Year this week. It is a six week class taught by Margie McGraw. We've had a great response to these classes and they are not just for beginners.
We still have a few openings in our Super Sunday Sew-in, 2/7, if you are so inclined to come. All we ask is that you call and put your name on the list and bring your favorite appetizer or dish to share. Sewing hours are from 9am to 3pm. Remember to sign up as space is limited. The shop will not be open to the public that day.
Other classes this month:
Amish with a Twist BOM, Sat-2/13
Imaginary Day BOM, Sat. 2/20
Paper Piecing Club Wrap-up/Party, Monday 2/22 10am
Ellie Class w/ Janis Merryman, Thurs, Fri & Sat., 2/25, 26 & 27...10am to 4pm - there are still openings in this class and while we call it Ellie..you can actually do any of the BJ Design patterns that you would like. We have many different patterns in stock,so if you've been wanting to learn this technique, pick up the phone or come in and sign up!
Wednesday Open Sew - 2/10 (Potluck/Open Sew); 2/17 and 2/24. We always have room for one more................bring a project and enjoy some great comraderie!
Classes coming in March:
Mexican Star with Margie McGraw - Wed. 3/2, 3/9 - 5:30pm to 9:30pm - You've been asking for evening classes so Margie has scheduled this class with a surprising technique. Sign up soon!
Classmates with Pauline Short - Thurs & Fri, 3/3 & 3/4 - 10am - 4:00 pm. This little bag can be used to hold all of your notions or makeup or jewelry............it's a pretty versatile item to have. Opening still available.
Buggy Barn Party with Natalie Larson - Using Buggy Barn Patterns, stack, whack, shuffle and sew your way to a delightful quilt top with a bit of laughter along the way as only Natalie can provide!
Green Tea and Sweet Beans BOM with Pauline Short - 10am - 2pm - Monthly class for 10 months. Sign up fee plus monthly kit fee.....all fabrics included. We still have a few openings.............this is a cute quilt designed by Australian Designer Jen Kingwell. Hand and Machine piecing with many techniques to learn.
Donna Greenwald Landscape Class - Mar 15, 21 & 22, 28 & 29. This class is full.
Sampler Shuffle with Natalie - This is a 7 week class. There will be 2 classes, afternoon, 1-pm-4pm and an evening class, 5:30 - 9:30pm. This is a great class for beginners to learn how to make many different blocks. All block patterns are included in the price of the class. This class will be on Thursdays beginning on 3/17.
Spring Shop Hop - Fri & Sat., 3/18 & 3/19.....4 shops to visit for the Grand Prize, Blue Iris Quilt Shop, Stitch by Stitch in Red Bluff and The Sewing Room and Hokemas in Redding.....Mark your calendar!
Imaginary Day BOM #3 with Karen Gonzales - 3/19, 10am - 4pm
That's it for classes for Feb. and March. Hope to see you soon and remember you can get more details on all of our classes by going to our website, www.blueirisquiltshop.com and clicking on the calendar or classes page.
Thank you for choosing Blue Iris for your quilting needs......Jeri, Janie, Janis, Judy, Natalie and Pauline