Blocks of News, Scraps, and Threads of Information - Winter 2012 Winter Greetings Everyone! The year 2012 is just around the corner and we are looking forward to starting a brand new year! The first item I would like to talk about is our 2012 Charity event. We have chosen to raise money this year for our local animal shelter, the Fox Valley Humane Society. Most of us Quilters are also animal lovers and you all know how Nick & I love our 1 year old pups…. we are sure you feel the same way too. So for something different we have chosen this as our fundraiser. Look for the details inside this newsletter. We are excited to announce several new opportunities for you to come visit us. Check our website to see if we are vending in a town near you! We still have a few more places we have not quite finalized but they would include...Raleigh NC, and Chantilly VA to name a few. We are trying to get to some East Coast locations! Here is a little inside information. I have recently sent off my next line of fabric designs to Moda. We will be featuring a new line at Spring Market called “Old Glory Gatherings” This was so fun to do! I can ‘t wait to see the strike-offs and see how it turns out! Look for Seasonal Little Gatherings to hit the stores in late April early May. This is a Fall & Christmas line with over 50 skus. You can pre-order fabrics and fabric bundles, charms and whatever else you want to add to your fabric collections. You also can sign up for Home for the Holidays, our newest BOM starting in June 2012 featuring this fabric line. Stay warm!!! Lisa Bongean & the Staff of Primitive Gatherings Winter/Spring Events At Primitive Gatherings! Jan. 19th-21st Road to California– vending and teaching Feb. 12th– 18th Carnival Cruise– teaching Feb. 23rd-25th Original Sewing and Quilt Expo– Lakeland, FL Mar. 8th-10th Original Sewing and Quilt Expo– Duluth, GA Mar. 22nd-24th Original Sewing and Quilt Expo– Schaumburg, IL April 10th-15th Spring Quilt Festival– Cincinnati, OH April 30th–May 5th Primitive Gatherings 8th Anniversary Sale Don’t let the price of gas get in the way of you enjoying your favorite pastime…remember we ship. Visit our site or call us. We can ship for a little more than what a gallon of gas will cost you! Primitive Gatherings, 850 Racine St. Menasha, WI 54952 920/722-7233- phone www.primitivegatherings.us or [email protected] e-mail Join a Club or Block of the Month....This is a sample of the blocks of the month we offer. Some are new and some are continuations of our ongoing offerings. Sign up soon as space can be limited. Stitcher’s Gathering: We are inviting all of our Block of the Month participants to join us on the third Thursday of each month with Joanne to sit and hand stitch on your current Block of the Month or catch up on one of your previous Blocks of the Month ! This is a fun group and we do lots of demonstrating, talking… covering everything from the latest books we’ve read to the care and feeding of our families. For a little something extra this year some participants in the group are going to start making six inch blocks from the book “Sylvia’s Bridal Sampler” from Elm Creek Quilts and bring them in for show and tell along with other projects they are working on. We love show and tell! Joanne wants you to enjoy doing Blocks of the Month as much as she does. There is no charge for participating in this group. Wool Gathering: This is a group that meets and works on the newest wool patterns offered by a variety of designers. The sign-up fee is $25 for 12 months, and this includes an automatic 20% discount on any hand-dyed wool cut pieces or strips that you purchase as well as a discount on each monthly project. Project kits are optional, but you need to let us know on a month-to-month basis if you’re interested so we can have enough prepared. Scrappy Sewing Night Come join Debbie Sievert and Lori Kabat for a fun night of sewing! Are you in a sewing rut? I know I am. It’s time to mix it up a bit, and we are forming a new club for Primitive Gatherings that will revolve around scrap quilting, hence the name Scrappy Sewing Night..or Scrappy Women...or WHAT should we call ourselves? Come to our first gathering and help name this sewing group. If we choose your name, you will receive a surprise! We are going to share ideas for a new scrap quilting project every month, exchange fabrics, (OK, we might be working at stash elimination...but who doesn’t like more fabric?), possibly form a block exchange and offer you some sort of surprise every month. What would a sewing group be without food? If the group decides to, we can take turns bringing in a treat each month to share with everyone. In December, we will have a potluck Christmas party. This is a great time to share ideas and get some sewing done. Maybe you have a scrappy quilt from the past you haven’t been able to finish. You can bring THAT and work on it every month if you like, and the rest of us will entertain you with our show and tell….Oh yes. Please bring any scrappy show and tell you have from the past, and all projects you will finish during this club. We will start meeting in September once a month on the third Tuesday and every month thereafter through May 2012. We will meet from 5:30-8:00pm...maybe later????? Near the end of the year, we will discuss (at that time) if we want to continue through the summer or take vacation and resume the club again next fall. The cost of joining the group will be $25.00. Come sign up and we will have a list of what you will need to bring to the first meeting. We are designating September “Ugly Fabric Give-Away Month!” Bring your uglies and plan to take from others, THEIR ugly fabric! Flower Penny Block of the Month: Starting this January 2012 This is our newest design from our popular summer block of the week...the quilt finishes 81x96. The cost is $30 per month and includes all 12 wool appliqué blocks, fabric sashing and all the fabric and wool for all the borders. Kansas Trouble Favorites: Started in November 2011, this is a 12 month program...the 1st month will be $55 the following months will be $20 per month. This quilt celebrates KT’s 10 year anniversary. It will include their popular fabric and our hand dyed wools...join in.. Sweet 16 Cotton Version: will be starting once again in January 2012. It is a Laundry Basket design and consists of 16 – 16” stylized floral blocks. We are only offering this BOM in all cotton. The first month will be $48 for the cotton on cotton version and includes 4 yards of Lisa’s Vintage Muslin for the block backgrounds and kit for the first months block. Pattern is sold separately. The remaining 15 months will be $8.50 each for the cotton version and includes the border and binding fabrics that will be shipped the final month. Appliqué tracing templates are also available. Join a Club or Block of the Month...continued New! Wool Gatherers Club: This club is a 12 month commitment. You will receive a variety of 8 different textured and mottled hand dyed wools each month starting in October 2011. The price will be $15. Join now and save big $$$ while collecting great wool. You save while we bundle! NEW! Heart & Home Block of the Month program: This program is from Heart to Hand and will be run like our previous BOM’s from them...Starting in January 2012, you will receive your first 3 blocks for $55. March May and July you will receive additional sets of blocks. September will be the month you receive all 4 borders for $65. This is another great quilt in the series of Heart to Hand wool quilts done in our hand dyed wools and Japanese fabrics, that can be displayed year round. NEW! Blind Man’s Fancy: Starting Feb.2012. This 16 month program comes to us from the new book...History Repeated by Betsy Chutchian & Carol Staehle. Each month will come with descriptions and lots of scrappy fabrics. The blocks measure 18” and will have scrappy flying geese sashing and border fabrics. Book must be purchased separately. Cost is $20 per month. NEW! Civil War Journals BOM: Starting in January 2012 this 12 month program features reproduction fabrics from Marcus Brothers designed by Judie Rothermel. You will have the option of creating a larger quilt that finishes 84”x102” or 4 smaller quilts that are approximately 45’x 52” . Pennies from Heaven BOM: Starting in February 2012. Join us making in making this wonderful wool on cotton quilt, which combines piecing and applique with a very folk art look. Costs differs each month...see website for more information. Home for the Holidays BOM: Starting in June 2012. Join us in making this 7 month quilt. The first you will get all 27 fat quarters for $75. The next 6 months you will receive 2 applique blocks each month and the final month will include the finishing borders & binding for $20 each month. Quilt is 64”x 64”. Join a Club or Block of the Month...continued SMALL QUILTS CLUB New for 2012! This Lori Smith Block of the Month is a series of small pieced quilts, intended to decorate your home, that you will find are fun and easy to make. Create small quilts, pillows and runners, or save all of your 12” blocks and make a large quilt. The ideas and decorative potential are endless. Available by mail or join Char Schafer and Cindy Johnson as they team up in the classroom to share helpful tips and short cuts for completing each block – as well as decorating ideas for your small quilts. Fabrics used will be a scrappy assortment of reproduction fabrics and timeless prints with color unity from month to month. This runs for 12 months with optional classroom time the second Tuesday of each month at 1:00 p.m. Cost is $20.00 per month and includes 6 patterns with 6 blocks per pattern as well as an assortment of 10 fat eighths each month. Beginners and advanced piecers will find this fun and enjoyable! Start date is February 14. Just a friendly reminder…. When calling the shop to sign up for BOM’s or questions about your order, please remember to call Monday-Friday CST during normal business hours. Our shipping department does not work nights and weekends...Thank you! Winter/Spring Classes from Primitive Gatherings Cinched Patchwork Satchel Instructor: Nancy Dey Easy to carry with the perfect strap length to fit snuggly under your arm and the elastic top with magnetic closure will help to keep your valuables secure. Our sample is made from 2 medium wool bundles but you can use just about anything from recycled menswear wool, flannel, Jelly Rolls or your stash. Sorry…charm packs are ½” too small. Size is approximate: 15” high x 13” wide x 3 ½“ deep, excluding the handles. While making this bag, you will learn how to add a magnetic snap and grommets to the project. Your strap can be made from fabric, pleather, an old belt or cotton strapping. This class will be held at the new classroom within our warehouse at 1860 Bud Drive on Thursday, January 26th 9:00am to 4:00pm Class Fee: $15 plus pattern and supplies Big-Stitch Hand Quilting Instructor: Lisa Bongean Do you want to learn to hand quilt your quilts? The big-stitch quickly allows you to complete your quilts with the benefit of completing the whole quilt yourself. This style of hand quilting is not the tiny little stitches. The stitches are 1/4” in length and made using perle cotton. Class will cover, basting, tools, battings and learning the stitch. This class will be held at the new classroom within our warehouse at: 1860 Bud Drive Saturday April 21st. 12pm to 4:00pm Class Fee: $25 plus supplies. Winter/Spring Classes from Primitive Gatherings (cont.) Buggy Barn Class Instructor: Jeanine Drzewiecki If you have never done a Buggy Barn quilt before, now is your chance to learn. Select from your favorite Buggy Barn pattern and come to class to get your blocks done. I will show you how to stack your fabric, cut through your layers, shuffle your piles and sew them back together, with fast and easy tricks along the way. We will also be eating lunch so you can bring a dish to pass and share with your fellow quilters. Sunday, February 12, 9 am Class Fee: $25 Punch Needle Embroidery Instructor: Lisa Bongean Join Lisa in making your first punch needle project! The little projects are wonderful framed, worn as pendants or given as gifts. You can choose one of the many designs we carry. Monday, April 2, 6-8pm Class Fee-$15 plus supplies Piece-ful Start: Beginning Quilting Instructor: Sharon Olski Learn a comprehensive range of basics in piecing and you will be on your way to growing creativity! In this series of four classes you will be making a lap size sampler quilt top. With each block in the project you will learn a piecing technique that is a basic in many quilt patterns. You will work on the techniques taught during class but will have sewing to do at home. In addition, you will learn about handy tools and simple tips that other quilters use and love. When the classes are done, you and your completed quilt top will be ready to move on to the finishing and machine quilting classes. Whether you are looking for a place to start your own quilting journey or for a way to improve your piecing skills, this class can be the place for you. Prerequisites: have your own sewing machine, in good working condition, be familiar with your machine and be comfortable using it be ready to discover just how creative you can be! Class fee: $80 plus book Class limit: 6 (minimum of 4) 4 Saturdays: Feb. 18, Mar. 3, 17, and 31 10 am-1:30 pm Working With Wool Instructor: Lisa Bongean This class is for you if you have never worked with wool before or if you are dissatisfied with your wool projects. We will cover tips and techniques to help you create many beautiful wool projects. Price includes wool kit, pattern and all the supplies needed to do a scrappy tablemat. Tuesday February 7th, 1-4pm or 6-9pm Class fee-$40 Bring a scissors What Color is Light: Instructor: Sharon Olski Whether you are a beginner or an experienced quilter, you may look at a list of fabrics needed for a project and wonder…what is considered light…what is the difference between light, medium, dark…do I really know? …or… Why do my quilts look “dull” or “flat” when I choose fabric? If you have questions like these, this class will help you find your answers. We will talk about ways you can make the right choices for your next project. This would be a great addition to any Beginning Class or simply a class to give you personal confidence in fabric selection for projects of any size. Wednesday, February 15, 6:00-8:00 pm Class fee $15 Winter/Spring Classes from Primitive Gatherings (cont.) Mystery Class Instructors: Deb Sievert and Lori Kabat This year we have chosen the fabric for you already, saving you even more time! You can buy a fabric kit for one of 2 versions of this year's Mystery Quilt. You won't see exactly what the quilt looks like... but you will see the fabric choices... one version is flannel and the other is cotton. Both quilts are queen sized. This year's pattern is not the usual... It is from a new designer, and has a new look. If you choose to pick out your own fabric, we can help you with that. Take home the first 2 steps of cutting, and come ready to sew. Debbie & Lori will do all your pressing for you. Class price: $40.00 Tuesday, March 27, 2012 5-9 pm Clothesline Tote Bag Instructor: Deb Sievert Not your usual 'fabric wound around the clothesline method!" This tote is made a different way. Easier on your wrists, and quick to construct. Come and see the shop sample. Start now to collect or cut your ¾" to 1½" strips. Class price: $25.00 Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012 5:30-8:30 pm Wool Applique Lamp Shade Instructor: Lori Kabat Join Lori Kabat in sewing a new Lily Anna Stitches Design on a lamp shade. If you have run out of room for another table mat, why not learn how to apply wool applique to a lamp shade? The sample will be in the shop. The cost of the class will include a black lamp shade. Class price: $40.00 Tuesday, March 6th, 2012 6-9 pm Pocket Full of Posies Instructor: Nancy Dey This fun little bag is made from wool, is sewn by hand and was so much fun to make. The penny flowers are on both sides of this ‘snappy’ little number. Bag measurements are 7.5” H x 10.5 L x 3.5” W. This is not a class in wool applique, you must know how to work with wool to take this class. Kits will be available for this class. This class will be held at the new classroom within our warehouse at 1860 Bud Drive. Tuesday, April 17th 9:00am - 4:00pm Class Fee: $15, plus pattern and supplies The Big Shopper Bag Instructor: Nancy Dey Who wouldn’t love a monogrammed bag? You can make this for yourself in a day and you will be the envy of all your quilting friends. This bag is roomy, has a lot of pockets inside and a drawstring closure on the top to keep your things safe. We will not be doing the patchwork or strip version of this bag, you can do that when you make your next bag. If you have already made the Bow-Tucks Bag, you will find this bag to be quite similar...only bigger. This class will be held at the new classroom within our warehouse at 1860 Bud Drive. Thursday, February 23rd, 9:00am to 4:00pm Class Fee: $15 plus pattern and supplies Getaway Bag Instructor: Nancy Dey Going away for the weekend? Grab your bag and fill it with all the necessities! This bag is also perfect for taking on a retreat weekend, you can pack all your clothes in it or your sewing machine and supplies. The Getaway Bag is for the more experienced bag-maker and we will introduce you to a ‘double-sided fusible batting’ which provides a very finished look. This class will take two sessions to complete. This class will be held at the new classroom within our warehouse at 1860 Bud Drive. Session 1: Thursday, March 29th 9:00am - 4:00pm Session 2: Saturday, March 31st 9:00am - 4:00pm Class Fee: $20 plus pattern and supplies Sunday 1 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday 2 3 4 5 6 7 CLOSED— HAPPY NEW YEAR! 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 SCRAPPY 18 19 STITCHERS 20 21 GATHERING 1 pm SEWING NIGHT 5:30-8:30 pm 22 23 24 25 WOOL GATHERINGS 6PM CINCHED SATCHEL 9-4:00 PM 26 WOOL GATHERINGS 1pm 29 30 31 Monday Tuesday FEBRUARY 5 6 7 WORKING 27 28 JANUARY CLOTHESLINE TOTE BAG 6:00-9:00 Sunday ROAD TO CALIFORNIA SHOW Wednesday Thursday 1 2 Friday Saturday 3 4 8 9 10 11 15 16 17 18 WITH WOOL 1-4 PM OR 6-9 PM 12 13 SMALL QUILTS CLUB 1pm BUGGY BARN CLASS 9am 19 26 14 20 27 21 SCRAPPY WHAT COLOR IS LIGHT? 6pm—8pm 22 WOOL GATHERINGS 5:30-830 pm 1PM 28 29 WOOL GATHERINGS 6pm 23 SEWING NIGHT PIECEFUL START 10am-1:30pm STITCHERS GATHERING 1 pm BIG SHOPPER BAG 9-4:00PM 24 25 QUILT EXPO - lAKELAND FL Sunday Monday Tuesday MARCH 4 5 11 18 6 12 WOOL LAMP SHADE CLASS 6-9 pm 13 19 20 SMALL QUILTS CLUB 1 PM SCRAPPY SEWING NIGHT 7 26 27 Monday 2 3 8 9 10 15 14 1 2 8 9 15 22 16 23 PUNCH NEEDLE 6pm-8pm 16 PIECEFUL START 10am-1:30pm 21 22 WOOL GATHERINGS WOOL GATHERINGS 6PM 1pm 29 23 30 30 31 GETAWAY BAG 9-4:00 PM SESSION 2 GETAWAY BAG 9-4:00 PM SESSION 1 Wednesday 24 ORIGINAL SEWING & QUILT EXPO SCHAUMBURG, ILLINIOS Thursday Friday PIECEFUL START 10am-1:30pm Saturday 3 4 5 6 7 10 11 12 13 14 SMALL QUILTS CLUB 1 PM 17 SPRING QUILT FESTIVAL CINCINNATI, OHIO SCRAPPY SEWING NIGHT 5:30pm-8:30 pm POCKET FULL OF POSIES 9:-4:00 PM 18 19 24 25 20 21 27 28 STITCHERS GATHERING 1 pm WOOL GATHERINGS 1 PM 26 WOOL GATHERINGS 6 PM AQS SHOW– PADUCAH, KENTUCKY 29 PIECEFUL START 10am-1:30pm 17 STITCHERS GATHERING 1 pm 28 Tuesday Saturday 1 MYSTERY CLASS 5-9 PM Sunday Friday ORIGINAL SEWING & QUILT EXPO DULUTH, GEORGIA 5:30pm-8:30 pm 25 Thursday Wednesday APRIL BIG STITCH HAND QUILTING 12pm Please help us, help them! This January 2012 we are collecting donations for our Fox Valley Humane Society. For your donation you will receive as follows: For a $5 donation you will receive 5% off 1 reg. priced item $10 donation you will receive 10% off 1-reg. priced item $15 donation you will receive 15% off 1-reg.priced item $20 donation you will receive 20% off 1-reg.priced item $25 donation you will receive 25% off 1-reg. priced item 25% is the maximum % off given. If you donate $50 you will receive 2-25% off discounts on 2-regular priced items. Some exclusions do apply: Tracey’s Tables, Juki Sewing machines, Dovo scissors, prior commitments and Blocks of the Month. Thanks in advance for participating in this worthy cause.
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