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Original quilt by Gael Boyd.
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The Longest Day

Please join us again this year in supporting the Alzheimer’s Association’s THE LONGEST DAY

Now through June 21 (the longest day of the year), we are collecting donations for the Alzheimer’s Association’s THE LONGEST DAY fundraising event. When you make a purchase in the shop you will be given the opportunity to add a donation of $1 or more to your total purchase. We hope you will help us reach our fundraising goal of $500!

So many of us are touched in one way or another by Alzheimer’s. We want to contribute to the fight to end this debilitating disease.

More information about the Alzheimer’s Association and THE LONGEST DAY can be found at the South Central Wisconsin Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Foundation:

Chris' quilt will be on display in the shop until the end of June.

Sam Hunter is coming!

Sam Hunter of Hunter’s Design Studio will be at the shop on Saturday, June 1, with her Big Star Braid Modern workshop and on Sunday, June 2, with her new Dingbats Redux! workshop!

Sam is a quilt pattern designer that likes to create projects for you that are easy and fun to make. Join us for one or both of these classes and learn directly from Sam all the tips and techniques to make these cool quilts.

Vote Viewer's Choice!

There are two weeks left to vote for Viewer’s Choice in our Power of 2 Anniversary Quilt Challenge. All 20 quilts are on display in our hallway gallery through May 31. Stop by, check them out, and vote for your favorite!

Featured Classes

Skill Seminar Series: Rows & Borders

Instructor: Trish Frankland

Thursday, June 6

Brush up on your quilt-making skills (or learn the basics if you're a beginner) in a fun, informative skill-building series. Whether you've been sewing for a while or you're just getting started, any 2-hour session will give you vital info to become a better sewist. Plus, we promise you'll laugh. Each topic is a stand-alone session: pick and choose the topics you need!
Register for Rows & Borders

Bag of the Month
with Sew Hungry Hippie:

Iris Messenger Bag

Instructor: Natalie Santini

Saturday, June 8

The Iris Messenger Bag is designed for confident beginners to advanced level sewing. This bag has customization options to pick and choose from, including zipper pockets, slip-in pockets, adjustable strap, cross body styling, and also a recessed zipper closure. Approx finished size is 16" w x 17" h x 5" d. YES this is a large bag-- the feedback has been really positive that it's a useful bag for many reasons: roomy purse, diaper bag, library, electronics, market, etc...
Register for Bag of the Month

Creating & Using Thermofax Screens

Instructor: Pamela Niebauer

Tuesday, May 21

Learn how to design and use your own custom thermofax screens. We will discuss the best uses and designs for thermofax screens. Then each student will have the chance to create 4 screens and print with them.
Register for Thermofax Screens

Quilt As Desired

Instructor: Cheryl Schenck

Thursday, May 23

Three of the most ambiguous words in a quilt pattern can be "quilt as desired." Even though you may feel confident in your machine quilting ability, how can you determine the best way to quilt a particular quilt? No need to bring your machine to this class, but bring a quilt top that you're not sure how to quilt. You will learn from each other's projects as well as come away with some ideas for your own quilt.
Register for Quilt As Desired

The Memory of Stitches Retreat

Instructor: Maday Delgado

Saturday, June 1

Every stitch has a memory attached to it -- its own space in time, intention and frame of reference -- just like the stroke of a brush on canvas. "Art becomes meaningful because it has the power to express important things that would in all likelihood remain unstated." (Modern Art, Preface by Sam Hunter/Daniel Wheeler 2004).

Hand-stitching is the perfect tool for bridging the gap between fine and textile art. Textile art moves us in cloth in a way that connects to our ancestors to reveal their struggles and triumphs through generations. In this workshop we will explore intuitive composition guided by diverse textile substrates and organic geometric forms to create an intricately textured work of art. You may apply rich layers of straight-line stitches that invoke years of traditions and pay tribute to a surface design form, often viewed as utilitarian (the straight stitch), but no less powerful than brush strokes.
Register for Memory of Stitches

Intro to Foundation Paper Piecing

Instructor: Cheryl Schenck

Tuesday, June 4

Foundation paper piecing is a technique that will open up your patchwork world. If you've ever looked at a complicated or tiny pieced quilt and wondered how they did that, it was probably with paper piecing! Once you learn this technique, you can use it for any number of projects.

Choose from two designs from Flying Parrot Quilts, either Gossamer Wings dragonfly or Tiny Jewel hummingbird and you'll be hooked in no time!
Register for FPP

Surface Design with Thickened Dyes

Instructor: Pamela Niebauer

Saturday, June 8

We will start this class with pure play, exploring the dyes and tools by experimenting on cloth prepared by the instructor. There are many ways to apply thickened dye and we will probably discover new ones. We will use tools such as scrapers, brushes, stamps, mono-print plates, rollers and some household items. After the introductory play session, each student will get additional prepared fabric to either continue experimentation or may work with your own specific plan.
Register for Surface Design

New Fabrics

from Riley Blake Fabrics

Subtle ombres with small, dotted overlay.
Tonal Stone Blue
Neutral Platinum
Tonal Midnight Blue

from Riley Blake Fabrics

A modern holiday collection.
Flurries Red
Plaid Black
Santa Heads Black
Sprigs Cream
Text Black
Trees Gray
See you in the shop this weekend!
-Gael 🌸
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