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Quilt Mercantile and Quiltagious Quarters Fall Information

Quilt Mercantile & retreat center information

As summer comes to an end (at least for school kids)--we hope you are able to stay cool indoors sewing up some of your UFO projects.  See below for our two open retreats that will give you the opportunity to escape from everyday tasks that slow down your ability to shorten the lists of kits waiting to be finished!  If you would like to be added to our "extras" list for any retreat group that is a couple short of the minimum required---please send us a note in reply to this newsletter.  (There are several times throughout the year that we need a quilter or two.)

Mark your calendar--We are CLOSED the Saturday of Labor Day weekend--Sept. 5th.  We close the Saturday of International Quilt Festival--October 24th.  We will close during Thanksgiving and the week between Christmas and New Year's Day.  Make sure to check our Facebook page for information like this.  Our goal is to stay active on Facebook for both the quilt store and the retreat center.  We would love for you to post pictures of your visit to our facilities.  We will post pictures of new fabrics, notions, and more as they arrive.  Use this link to add to our Quilt Mercantile facebook. 
  At the bottom of this newsletter is the facebook link to the retreat center website.  Please post a picture from your retreat with us!  We appreciate all of you that have come in 2015.  Make sure to reserve your retreat date in 2016 asap.  We are booking now.

Congratulations to our caterer Laura Brooks--She is having a GIRL this December.  This happy news brings a job opportunity for someone out there reading this newsletter.  We are currently interviewing candidates for the position to be the caterer for Quiltagious Quarters!  If you or someone you know are interested--please respond to this newsletter and we will be happy to talk to you about this wonderful opportunity to cook for the best people in the world---Quilters!

For those of you with a long arm quilting machine, we have scheduled Jackie Brown to have another long arm club meeting September 26th.  Cost is $20 per person per meeting.  She will also have an afternoon hands on class for a limited number of students.  Please send us an e-mail if you want more information and do not currently receive our group e-mails for these club meetings.  REMEMBER:  We are a Handi Quilter dealer if you are in the market for a long-arm or a sit-down unit, come take a test drive! 

We are excited to have Pearl of P3 Designs returning this October for a day class in our store and two retreats at Quiltagious Quarters.  We currently have her Baltimore Spring and Happy Trails quilts hanging in our store.  These quilts will be shipped back to Pearl next week so come see her beautiful handiwork soon!  We have some day class and weekday retreat openings so reserve your spot before we fill up again!

Fall Quilt Mercantile activities

Long Arm Quilting Club Meeting September26th
This club's goal is to bring together long arm quilters in our area.  Club is open to everyone--any brand long arm on table or sit-down units.  Just trying to decide IF you want to be a long arm quilter--join us on club day.  We want to educate, share ideas and have fun.   Jackie Brown is our lead educator for this club.   At 9:30 we will begin with a Show-n-Tell so bring any project you want to share.  At 10:00 Jackie will begin her discussion and demonstration of her featured ruler and favorite rulers by Handi Quilter. (20% discount on the new featured ruler on club day.  If you want any held for you please send an e-mail). Club day is Saturday September 26th from 9:30-12:30.  Cost is $20 per meeting per person.

***Want hands on experience?  Jackie is offering an afternoon class to work on small continuous background feathers from 1:30-3:30 for $35 per person.  (Did you see the awesome quilting on Linda Neal's cake quilt at the Plano Quilt Show?  Awesome detail!) The afternoon is class limited to six students.  Sign up now!

Freezer Paper Starch applique class by Pearl October 15th, 2015 from 9:30-4:30 for $55  "The" Pearl Pereira of P3 Designs is coming (from California) to the Quilt Mercantile classroom.  She will be available for a one day class teaching her freezer paper starch method.  We currently have space in the class but it usually fills quickly.

Doug Rising--Scissor Sharpening--October 17th; 10-3 -come shop while Doug sharpens your tools.

Long Arm Quilting Classes by Jackie Brown

(click here for dates:  If not already booked, Jackie will teach any of these three class on any given Wednesday.)
Level 1:  Basic Pantograph Long Arm Quilting class  Wednesdays 9:30-3:30 for $150. Learning to stitch a pantograph pattern on your quilt is an easy and fast way to make your quilt look like you had a professional quilted it.  The basic steps will get you started on learning how to put a nice pantograph design on your quilt.  Jackie will teach the six steps to get started becoming a confident long arm quilter.
Level 2:  Custom long arm quilting class  Wednesdays 9:30-3:30 for $200.  Would you like to learn how to make your quilts stand out with some custom quilting?  This class will teach you the basics of custom quilting. It’s fun and you can use your creative mind to enhance your quilt. You can say you quilted it and had fun doing it.  Jackie will teach seven steps to get started becoming a custom long arm quilter.
Level 3:  Artistic Custom Quilting class  Wednesdays 9:30-3:30 for $250.  After completing Level 1 and Level 2 classes you are now on your way to Artistic quilting.  This class will take you to the level of a professional quilter, with lots of practice, patience and determination! You can make your quilts stand out in a crowd.  Your family and friends will ask if you had a professional quilt it, and you can proudly say, “I quilted it”!!  Jackie will teach the six steps to getting started to becoming a Artistic Long Arm Quilter.

Retreat opportunities
Sept. 11th-13th Open retreat.  This group needs a couple more quilters to join their retreat.  Please send an e-mail if you want more information about costs.

Sept 24th-27th UFO Retreat. 
This annual Quilt Mercantile retreat is for small groups or individuals who would like to join.  No project just a weekend of fun making new friends while you whittle down your UFO stash.  E-mail for more information about costs.

October 19th-21st  Freezer Paper Starch Retreat with Pearl of P3 DesignsWe have a couple openings for this weekend retreat.  Let us know if you want to reserve a spot.

Are you interested?  Our retreat with Eileen Urbanek teaching Judy Niemeyer paper piecing technique at the end of August is full with a waiting list.  We would like to know how many ladies would like to see a retreat with Eileen to be scheduled during the first quarter of 2016 (Jan., Feb., or March).

Vickey Dees and Jennifer Tenney
Quilt Mercantile
215 US HWY 69 North
Celeste, TX 75423
Tues.-Friday 9-5
Saturday 9-3 

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