Erica’s HOURS Monday, Tuesday, Craft & Sewing Center Wednesday & Friday 9:30-5:30 South Bend, Indiana Thursday 9:30-8:30 Saturday 9:004:00 574-233-3112 Sunday 12:00-4:00 Where You’ve Come to Expect the Best Celebrating http://www.ericas.com our 37th year! Mid-March thru’ Mid-June 2011 Erica‘s Happenings page 1 pages 16 - 19 Happenings at Ericas New & Noteworthy Fun Stuff page 2 pages 19 - 21 Serger Fun with Margaret!! New & Noteworthy Machine page 3 Embroidery January Sew-ers of the Month page 21 page 4 Whimsicals is Coming to Erica’s! February Sew-ers of the Month Visit our Blog! pages 5 - 9 page 22 People & Projects Knitter’s Notes page 10 page 23 - 44 Testimonials & Gift Cards Local Happenings page 11 Crafter Kitty is lonely! Watch for pages 12 - 15 our next newsletter New & Noteworthy Books & Patterns in June. Go to our website www.ericas.com and click “New Items” on the left to see what we add as we add it! 2 S e r g e r F u n w i t h M a r g a r e t ! Margaret Tully will show you a good time! I had a professional photo of her, but I asked if she had one with a serger, and she sent me this one. That pretty much tells it all! Even if you haven't used a serger, or haven't used yours for a while, you'll really enjoy her sessions. We waited an extra year to be able to have her in the store. Don't miss Margaret! Serger Fun with Margaret Tully Friday, April 8, 2:30pm or Saturday, April 9, 9:45am In this first seminar and Trunk Show, Margaret will take you where you've never gone before with your serger. See how easy it is to create out-of-this-world ruffles, crocheted serger lace, cover stitches, piping and lots more! Explore the possibilities through the use of serger accessories and special techniques. See the unbelievable "jet air threading" in action! Get ideas for serger projects including, but not limited to, quilt piecing, home dec., and quick gifts. More Serger Fun with Margaret Tully Friday, April 8, 6:00pm or Saturday, April 9, 1:15pm Let Margaret take you on an adventure with the chain and cover stitches. We will show you the amazing serger pleating and smocking (a smocked project finished in less than half an hour,) bias binding (that's right you can even make your very own fusible bias,) or just bind the edges of your projects effortlessly, stretch straps in an instant, we'll use a lot of those lovely decorative threads, and sew much more. You don't want to miss this. The Baby Lock "jet air threading" chain looper will change your life.......well, in the sewing room at least. Projects are completed so beau- tifully and quickly, that you'll be making more projects and enjoying them more. Just $10 for each session! ( o r s av e u p t o $ 2 0 ! I f y o u d e c i d e y o u h av e t o h av e a B a b y L o ck s e rge r, w e ’ l l g i v e y o u b a ck w h at y o u p a i d f o r t h e s e m i n a rs ! ) 3 the Month S e w- e r s o f January Connie Riddle, Granger, got a request to make a Peace Sign quilt for her granddaughter at practically the last minute, and look what she turned out! (She had to borrow it back to show it in club, as many members do.) It earned her first place in the evening group. Runner-up was Joan Duval, South Bend, who got her customers’ quilts done in time to quilt this holiday wallhanging for herself, even though it didn’t get done for last Christmas. Sharon Young, Plymouth, IN, made this quilt for her husband, and made herself Sew-er of the Month for our morning sew-ers. Nice job, Sharon, we like it, too! Runner-up was Jo Ellen Jongkind from La Porte, who has been finishing up old projects. This one was from a class we had several years ago with Nancy Odom, and it’s beautiful. Runner s - up 4 the Month S e w- e r s o f February Davina Borlik, North Liberty, IN, was our evening Sew-er of the Month. She made the quilt and quilted it on her Handi Quilter Sit-Down machine, and did a great job with the feathers in the sashing of her Strawberry Quilt. Runner up for the evening was Jo Ellen Jongkind from La Porte. She made the lovely Tossed Nine Patch quilt below. Evening winner was Judy Sulok, South Bend, with her Crazy Compass quilt done all in the embroidery hoop. It is beautiful in green and yel- low. Runner up was Dianne Talboon, also from South Bend. Her place- mats from an old issue of Fons & Porter used Jinny Beyer fabric as striped borders. Runners - up 5 People and Projects in our News Haiti Blanket Project The Notre Dame bookstore donated unsold 2009 football t-shirts to Susan Soisson, director of the Haiti project to use how she saw fit. Initially some of the smaller sizes were sent directly to Haiti for use as is. The largest sizes however were much to big , so Susan approached Judith Overmyer, the sewing instructor at that time at John Adams High School to see if there was a way to convert the t-shirts to receiving blankets. Through trial and error , a blanket prototype emerged. With sleeves and necklines cut off and shirts opened out as a flat pieces, 2 shirts could be serged together along the bottom hemlines resulting in a nice size blanket. Judith contacted Erica’s to inquire if the group could use (our) sergers and classroom facilities to do the serging. When a couple of boxes of the small t-shirts were found, the Lakeville Homemakers Extension club made “pillowcase” sundresses under the direction of Diana Kuhn. The finished project will include 120 dresses and approx. 250 blankets. Most of the cut off portions of the shirts are being passed along to various other groups to be used as stuffing in pillows, draft dodgers, etc. Other groups involved included Quilters’ clubs and Michiana FACS ( Home Ec. ) and women from Christian Life Center. Approx. 300 + volunteer hours were involved in com- pleting the t-shirts to blankets and dresses project. This is an example of how a large number of people donating a few hours can collectively achieve a big result for the ben- efit of others not so fortunate. Judith Overmyer Retired F A C S Teacher Retired Director/Sponsor J.Adams Mock Trial State & National Championship Program in photo Standing: Judith Overmyer Denim Jacket: Anita Brown Blue Sweater: Chris Urbanski 6 More People and Projects in our News Bernadene Adams from South Bend, at left, brought in her beautiful. Fabrics are from Gypsy Rose Quilted by Louise Moon from Berrien Springs Virginia Kirchhoff’s Floral Illusions embroidered quilt is outstanding with its soft colors and embroideries. Virginia is from Elkhart. Judy Starasinic, from Chesterton, made these two pieces for her lucky father-in-law! The fish is from a pat- tern called Gotcha. It hangs on his wall with all the pho- tos of fishermen (or women-Judy’s there) with their catches. and the sign was done with her Letter It. 7 More People and Projects in our News Janet Alles brought in this wonderful quilt in to show us. It’s called “Snake River,” and Janet’s from Portage, IN These dresses are going all the way to England! Pat Olive from South Bend made them for a friend there. What a beautiful gift! Sue Hirschler from South Bend has been taking classes with us for many years and is one of our more prolific quilters! Here are her “I Believe in Angels” and “Turning Twenty” quilts. 8 Our Staff Works and Plays! Jane Stuart in our Receiving Department made this scarf with our Bernat Bamboo yarn...3 skeins...just Knit 2, Purl 2 with size 13 needles. She said this yarn “knits up really nicely and has a nice drape to it!” Nancy Fullen, who greets and helps customers in the store, made this fun quilt “Man’s Best Friend” from Henry Glass using the free pattern link on our fabric page. She also made this great placemat from the book ABC 3-D (A10940) using Stonehenge fabrics. Linda Ullery has been a familiar face at Erica’s since 1987! She used a Charm Pack for our “No Experience Necessary Class.” (Even though she’s had lots of experience!) The pattern is And Your Point Is…(30400) Becky Adams, our Sewing Department Manager, shows off her Simply Charming Four Patch quilt that she made using Bliss by Bonnie & Camille for Moda. The pattern is in the book Simply Charming Collection, 44666. 9 More Staff! Kim Wilson, who also helps customers, made the striking quilt for her nephew, Dillon! Lucky kid! And she made the Chicago Bears quilt for her husband’s friend who is obvi- ously a Bears fan! We all want to be on her gift list! Darleen Davis man- ages the Receiving Department and is sewing up a storm! She made the 1-2-3 Down by the Sea quilt for one of her granddaughters, then went on to finish up all these previous ufos! 10 Email Testimonials Thank so much for your attention to detail and prompt service. Also just wanted you to know It sure is nice of peo- how much I appreciate your reward certificates ple to take time to tell - it effectively takes care of shipping! Just the us they appreciate us! fact that you are willing to look up any We all love a pat on "unused certificates" and apply them is great. the back, and sometimes it even makes our day! Thanks so much! 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I have a bunch of photos I’m going to use on my blog one day, call- ing it “Kassi Everywhere.” Here she wanted to go with me to one of my clubs so she sat with everything I was gathering to take along. Where are our Guest Craft e r K i t ti e s ? ? ? ? Photos needed here! After having a backlog of wonderful Crafter Kitties, I have none! So, feline companions, get out your cameras, and immortalize that sweet fur-purrrson who allows you to live with him or her, and start snapping photos! Please email them to me as attachments, at firstname.lastname@example.org For a great selection of over 7,000 embroideries, go to www.myembro ideries.com Take 25% off all designs March 21-March 28! Enter Promo Code: HVGIFT25 Please choose Erica’s, South Bend, as your dealer. 12 New & Noteworthy Books & Patterns Beloved Baltimore Album terns and raw edge applique make these proj- Quilts features 25 beautiful ects a breeze. Giraffe A11880, Zebra A11881, blocks. These lovely Elephant A11882, Owl A11883 ($15.00 each) applique blocks often include Attention horse lovers! embellishment to make them We have a lovely even more special. needlepoint kit featur- Instructions are also given for ing a beautiful horse turning your blocks into 12 titled Gentle Strength. possible quilts. Birds, fruits and flowers are The subtle shading of beautifully depicted in traditional style. Lots white, grey, blue and of instructions and illustrations make this a tan give this piece a great book. A11627 ($29.95) dimensional feel, while the face of the horse is Quilts Made Modern is a beautifully portrayed. The kit includes the wonderful new book. If you printed canvas, floss, needle, instructions – like tradition, you'll still everything you need! A11893 ($8.49) want to take a look, as the Too cute! Cute and quilts inside have can walk Easy Costumes for that fine line between mod- Kids will have them ern and traditional. Fresh dressed up all the time. fabrics make the simple 35 designs are includ- piecing look new. And the simple piecing will ed, with full sized pat- make easy work on the 10 projects included. terns. Let her imagine There's also loads of information about color herself a fairy, princess and design choices, so besides making inspir- or nurse. Let him play at being a gladiator, ing quilts, you'll be getting a great lesson too! cowboy (complete with horse) or knight. A11684 ($29.95) You'll have as much fun making these creative Just beautiful! Every animal costumes as they will playing in them. Perfect lover will be anxious to make for any Mom or Grandma. A11924 ($19.95) one of these gorgeous applique A follow up to the lovely wall hang- Sewing with Whimsy is ings of a More Sewing with Strolling Whimsy. This second Giraffe, book continues with more Zebra of the fanciful and trendy Crossing, Elephant boutique style projects Thunder, found in the first volume. and the Make flowers, add ruffles Block and trim, create wonderful cutwork. Any Barn Owl. young lady would be thrilled with something These ani- from this book. A12019 ($29.95) mals have Do you love the quiet look of neutrals? Take a realistic look at Japanese Taupe Quilts. This book is features filled with 125 pieced and applique quilt with an artistic touch. Full size pat- blocks that use very subtle taupe, tan and blue 13 New & Noteworthy Books & Patterns (continued) hues. The blocks have of the image. their Japanese names Quilt Shop listed, having come A11992; Baby from a variety of tradi- Quilt A11996; tional oriental themes. Quilting Bee Besides the individual A11991 blocks, there are ideas ($9.00 each) for combining them “Who” will into quilts, and a small- love these pat- er project or two. Certainly a great source of terns? Everyone “who” sees them! We have a inspiration! A12032 ($26.95) (Just a note, we trio of beautiful applique owl patterns. Mellow carry fabric lines Evening Mist from Moda and Meadow shows an owl European Taupe from Clothworks which both sitting in a wheat field, have that subtle Japanese flavor.) staring at the viewer Keep those extremities warm with something A12018. Whoo's the from Quick Nordic Cutest shows what Knits. Inside this vol- appears to be a cute ume you'll find 50 young owl, perched in projects that include a tree A12017. socks, hats, and mit- Midnight Glide is tens. Many make use stunning! The owl is of more than 1 colors, gliding with majes- but there are a few tic wings outspread basic styles as well. A11904. The three And the multicolored versions only use 2 colors are done in neutral in simple ways. Projects vary in levels of diffi- toned Bali fabrics, culty, so there's something here for everyone. making the designs A11977 ($16.95) shine even more. For fans of the lovely simplicity of redwork, we (12.00 each) have a new series of patterns. These depict old EEEEK! Get ready fashioned for a spooky Halloween with this cute applique scenes such as pattern. Frankenstein is here, as is Dracula, a The Quilt mummy, owl, with, crow, haunted house and the Shop, A Vintage Baby Quilt, and The Quilting Bee. These hand embroi- dery patterns include an outline pattern that can be used for redwork, or con- sider using a different color other usual Halloweens. Bold colors and simple (or a combination of col- shapes make this one fun project! A12092 ors). You could even ($24.00) choose to color in portions Contributed by Cathy Mark 14 New & Noteworthy Books & Patterns (continued) great addition to a quilt. Additions This unique free-motion machine quilting book from Erica: combines inspiration, how- The to, and patterns. A11625 Anything (26.95) Goes Totes New York Beauty pattern Simplified by Linda J. caught my Hahn has developed simple paper-piecing foundation method to sew a gentle arc that guarantees a perfect New York Beauty block every time. I especially like that she shows quilting patterns for all her designs! A11925 (26.95) eye because I had used the DesignMagic My next favorite thing is Stencils to make a panel for another Margo reading with my Kindle, purse. That didn’t get done, but I think this will (or having it read to me be the perfect home for that panel. (I showed it while I quilt), so I really to you in one of my blog posts like the new pattern, E- a while back.) It has complete Cozy, E-Reader Cover instructions for using Paintstiks, and Carry Case from one of my favorite embellish- Whistlepig Creek ment techniques. Of course, Productions. It’s a fat quarter friendly you can use any other panel, project that is great for E- readers. A11679 whether it’s quilted or embel- $8.00 lished or just a favorite fabric in either of the two sizes. A11983 (9.95) McKenna Ryan’s Home Tweet Home Just one of the several books I’m highlighting patterns are Building this time is Everyday Quilts by Rita Fishel. It’s Blocks that can be a fun, entertaining book, with easy machine put together any way pieced patterns. There’s a wide variety of quilts, you like. You can all of them quick enough that you like seeing pick out your them used, rather than hanging on a wall. There favorite bird and are anecdotes and recipes for frame and display it each quilt. I especially like separately, do several blocks and arrange one called “Feel the Love,” them however you like or do them all and which would be a perfect gift sew them togeth- for a friend battling illness. er for a unique A12174 (24.95) multi-block quilt. I added Freemotion They use her soft Quilting by Judy blues and laven- Woodworth to my personal library as soon ders to make a as it came in! She has great tips, tech- peaceful scene, niques, and secrets in this book for domes- no matter which tic, midarm, and longarm sew-ers of any way you choose skill level. She really make the quilting a to use them. We 15 New & Noteworthy Books & Patterns (continued) have packs for the blocks, and embellish- by "fussy cutting" the Northcott ment packs ro make them extra special. Stonehenge Fabric Panels. Instructions are I was so pleased to see the in booklet form with full color graphics Inside Out Jacket from and the framing templates. So simple to Four Corners come back! follow Jewel Box tools Gem Ten and Gem I seldom make the same Five are required. A12161 (9.00) check project more than once, out all the varieties. There’s something for but I made two of these. everyone! That was years ago, and I Eeny, Meeny, Miny & still get compliments on Moe pattern from Eazy them when I wear them. I had done Peazy makes bags in 4 use- machine embroidery down the front of one ful sizes and it’s fat quarter of them and Kassi thought that moving friendly. It uses the new hoop was an amusement park ride. My Soft & Stable interfacing first opportunity to use Cindy Losekamp’s and has a variation with the great tip for taking out machine embroidery popular Double Diamond gone wrong! See it on our product video Ruler. A12171 (9.00) page. 79301 (8.00) Everyone loved the I hadn’t made a vest for a Whimsical Flower Patch while, but loved the Bryce Tote Pattern by Melinda Canyon Vest pattern, from Pirone when it came in. It’s Morning Glory Designs, so I a fun and easy patchwork made this one. The yoke tote that helps you explore was a perfect place to put all the great decorative Texture Magic. And I might stitches on your machine that you may not just make a second. It’s a classic quilt-as- use too often. 48625 (12.99) you-go vest for casual wear. 48176 (10.00) Cathy chose another beautiful pattern that I saw the Saratoga Jacket will allow me to do some intricate quilting, & Purse pattern, also from which I like. It could also be done with Morning Glory Designs, simple quilting like echoing and other and want to do it with backgrounds. Random Flowers from Texture Magic, too. Why Random Threadz uses simple techniques. aren’t there more hours in The applique can be done by hand or the day?! A11907 (12.00) machine. A11690 $10.00 We have made a The Jewel Box designs fabric pack that uses the Serenity fabrics from Phillips Fiber Art have been popular, shown on the cover. The red ombre fabric and Cheryl keeps adding to her collection. achieves the subtle color gradation in the The Ten Point Star is the easiest of the border arcs and flower petals. A green Jewel ombre fabric is used Box for the stems and designs. applique leaves. It’s The 60" x 60". A11743 cover (68.80) quilt is Sign up for our made regular emails! 16 Fun Stuff, Cool Tools, & Nifty Notions Put a little Charm squares. zip in your wardrobe! Indygo Junction has some really cute patterns and zippers that you turn into stylish acces- sories. Make a neck- lace or floral brooch with a zipper! Too cool! The patterns feature two themes, brooches of flowers or Each template includes a free pat- bugs, and jewelry. The tern for a runner or table topper. zipper packs include Have fun and whip up something five 1 yard pieces in new! Templates make cutting your assorted colors. My pieces so fast & easy. Half- Garden Zips A11426, Square/Quarter Square A11930, Zipper Jewels A11427 Hatchet A11927, Whirligig ($9.99 ea.) Classic A11928, Snowball A11926 (13.75 Zippers A11670, Vintage Zippers each) A11671 (12.99 ea.) They've reinvented the thimble! Contributed by Cathy Mark Actually it's Additions by Erica: a new tool that will save your fingers when One of my friends asked if we had you’re hand quilting. This little the Edge Perfect Blade yet. She thing, Quick Quilter, looks like a wanted it for some of her wool proj- spoon, but when you hold it under ects. I had to search for it, but your quilt, it will help maneuver now we have it. I your needle back up through the love it when cus- layers. A neat concept. A11894 tomers tell us about (15.94) new things they want. Thanks, More fun with 5” fabric squares. Carol. It’s a great Creative Grid has new templates to blade for your rotary give you new ways to use those 5” 17 tomize New & Noteworthy your Fun Stuff, etc. rotary (continued) cutter's cutter if you do much hand work. It handle makes even holes near the edge of with your fabric to use with overcasting, your blanket stitch,even crochet. It own designs, photos or fabric. It works best with non-ravel fabrics. has a unique handle design that A12173 (17.99) aligns your wrist naturally, placing all cutting power directly over the Small & medium blade and eliminating stress in the and large& extra wrist and arm. I haven’t had a large Flower chance to try it yet, but I really Frill Templates appreciate an ergonomic cutter join Clover's when I’m cutting a lot of fabric. family of fabric A12208 $27.99 manipulation tools. These flip-and-fold flower We have several makers make it quick and easy to styles of laminat- embellish your jewelry, wardrobe, ed fabric for the and home accessories. 3" and 4" new raincoat pat- A12237 (4.95) or large, 5" and 6" terns that are so A12238 (5.95) popular now. If you’re in our If you like area, check our class schedule and puzzles join Abby in her class. Wonders of His Love, Have you with 500 seen our pieces by Bali Brenda Building Harris Tustian is a beautiful wood- Blocks & land scene with Santa and his ani- Logs? mal friends. A12164 (12.00) These are collections that we Well known quilt artist make up here at Erica’s, Diane Phalen has cre- and they’re really ated a beautiful 1000 beautiful! Just one piece puzzle called the example is our Rose Sampler that is Quilter's Building a wonderful piece of Logs, which have twenty 2 1/2" x art! A11975 (16.00) the width of the fabric strips There’s a new ergonomic rotary A11779 (15.99) cutter on the market, and it has a We have new Large 3- customizable handle! With the My Compartment Solutions Boxes, Comfort Cutter, you can cus- 18 For lots of ideas to New & Noteworthy use the Nautilus Fun Stuff, etc. Feather Tools, (continued) there’s a book with complete step-by- my favorite, of course being the step instructions and Purple. They are molded in beautiful embellish- translucent polypropylene with 3 ing ideas. A12242 fixed compartments plus 20 remov- (14.99) able dividers, with secure slid- Other new additions ing, lockable from Quilters Rule latches. The are the Small Rope large ones are Tool 8.5” x 14” x 2”. for 1- A12258 (9.79) 1/2" & 3" Rope, We also A12241 (17.00) have new and the Nested yarns, Star Set of 6. 1 with oth- 5/8" thru 11 ers com- 1/2". A12240 ing in $37.99 regularly, so check out I talked our yarn about this department! before, but I A fun gift for used the HQ a knitter or Mini crocheter is Circles the ten ounce Template Black Sheep Mug. on my last quilt and just loved it. It It has one black makes circles in 1/2", 3/4", 1", 1 sheep with a 1/2". This template was designed shamrock among with slots leading into each circle the flock of white so it will work for all mid-arm and sheep, covering longarm machines that have a hop- the entire mug. 57951 (10.99) ping foot. A11096 (28.95) This photo shows how I used the Catch For mid- and long- ‘n’ Cut scissors with a hooked end armers, we’ve to pull up the bobbin thread. It’s added the 1/4" really good with Ruler work, thick clear because you don't have to move acrylic Nautilus the ruler, and it’s also good for Feather Tool machine embroidery! A11981 that creates 3" & (21.95) 4" spirals A12241 (17.00) 19 in front of your machine and does New & Noteworthy not require any form of marking or Fun Stuff, etc. complex setup. A12244 $51.99 (continued) You need the arm to go with it, The Cross and we have the 18" Arm in stock, Hatch Ruler but will be adding a longer arm and base pro- some wavy arms. I was surprised vides an at how easy it makes cross hatch- accurate 30°, ing. A12243 (17.99) 45°, 60°, 75° To hear about new things and 90° guide for long and specials, sign up arm machine quilting to use from for our email newsletters. left or right. It allows you to stay New & Noteworthy Machine Embroidery, etc. Sam's Love Hearts was together. Full instructions are on the CD. named for Jenny Haskins’ 25090 (49.99) daughter Samantha, aka Yet another exciting new Sam. It’s is a collection of collection from the Haskins 40 romantic designs, which embroidery mother-son introduces double fabric team, is 3D Embroidery applique and buttonholes in Magic. This collection uses the hoop. It includes the their Krinkle Magic with complete instructions for her latest quilt: embroidery! It’s made of Windmills of the Heart using Jenny’s When floral and quilting designs Dreams Flower fabric collection. Creative that literally spring into life when steam Expressions 30, (84260 and heat are applied to the embroidery, 12.95) recently arrived, because of the Krinkle features a double-sided Magic. What fun! 48018 quilt, Double the Love, (39.99) There are several using Sam's Love Hearts. new ideas here, with more She has lots more planned to come in Creative for this collection. 25140 Expressions 31 which you (119.99) can preorder. 48019 Fabricadabra is a new col- (12.95) lection in the Special Edition We have several new col- series. Simon Haskins has lections from Smith Street created this quilt with Designs, including embroidered patchwork Greetings! There are ten strips that make up the greeting cards to make on blocks. He introduces a your embroidery machine, technique which he calls 5 for the holiday season Magic Seams that makes them easy to put and 5 for special occa- 20 Girls has twenty-four 9” blocks for popular New & Noteworthy home embroidery formats. A11999 Machine Embroidery (60.00) (continued) The Quilters Set 1 and 2 also has twenty- four 9” blocks A11998 (60.00) sions, plus complete printed instructions and PDF files to print applique pieces on fusible web. A11902 (24.00) Pin Cushions give you four options to make pin cushions on your embroidery machine. Each one measures about 4 ½” before stuffing. Use The cotton, silk, wool, etc. Needleworkers has A11903 (24.00) twelve 9" Redwork blocks A11997 Classic Beauty is a (35.00) beautiful embroidery machine applique quilt with a dozen applique designs, and complete Vintage Scarf Ends was instructions for lap, twin, a popular Anita and bed size quilts. It Goodesigns collection, so includes a printable PDF files for fusible now they’ve added Floral web and cutting lines. A11428 (30.00) Scarf Ends There are 12 Grandiflora Rose different designs and also has directions each design comes in for lap, large lap and two different sizes and 13 bed sizes. Combine different individual designs to add to your 12 designs in 2 differ- scarves. Instead of a scarf project you can ent sizes in a variety also embroider tea towels that would be a of ways to make 19 perfect accessory to brighten your kitchen different blocks. The or bath. A12232 (29.95) blocks can be made one at a time or by re- Anita Goodesigns Special hooping. It has both tack-and-trim and Editions are always just fusible web techniques with printable PDF that: special. Floral Rings files for fusible web for all the applique is no exception. The col- pieces. Design sizes are: 4 x 4, 5.7 x 5.7 lection starts out with 9 and 5 designs 8 x 8. A10201 (36.00) unique floral rings that are Quilting Bee Designs has charming simple created by sewing 4 indi- redwork vidual designs together. Each of the indi- collec- vidual quilt blocks is created entirely in tions is your hoop! There is absolutely no piecing various of fabric on any of the projects. The themes. unique part of these blocks is that quilt bat- Little ting is inserted into the design while it is Boys & being embroidered for a truly dimensional Little effect. There are fully stitched blocks, 21 New & Noteworthy Machine Embroidery (continued) blank blocks. Individual designs and 3D flowers. A12029 (89.95) The Quilter's Dream Collection has two different design themes; butterflies and floral fans. Each of the themes comes with a large 4-block scene, Earn Rewards Dollars with 2 individual blocks, and 2 regularly priced items multi-part borders. All of these design elements can purchased in our store be combined to create a or online. quilt of any size. Each of the quilt blocks come in 4 sizes. A12027 (59.95) We appreciate Sign up for our embroidery emails! your shopping with us! This map shows the 2923 locations of people who have visited our blog. Were you one of them? blog.ericas.com Guest Star Alert Whimsicals' Terri Degenkolb With a style that teeters somewhere between folk art and tradition- al, Terri designs quilts, projects, and fabric that looks aged and loved, yet in a fresh new way. Her most recent hit was the book Tangled Up in Threads and the coordinating fabric line with Red Rooster, Tangled Threads. She’ll be here with her new Christmas fabric line, Winterberry Lane, her new book, Make it Merry, and new winterberry lane patterns. Whimsicals' Terri Degenkolb Saturday July 30th. . We’re finalizing the details and will give you all the information in our June newsletter. 22 Knitters’ Notes ~ Fearless Lace Don't panic at the word “lace.” There are lots of ways to experience the pretty patterning caused by deliberate holes. See, you can have holes in your stitching and be good! Lace seems to intimidate people, but as long as you can knit and purl, you can do lace. It does require (usually) a bit more attention, but there are simple patterns with just one or two row repeats that can be memorized once you've worked them a few times. The openwork that results makes the piece look that much more complex and elaborate. One of the simplest techniques is knitting two together followed by a yarn over. The knitting stitches together creates the hole, while the yarn over adds back the stitch that you just decreased. This produces an openwork mesh type design that is great for scarves or wraps. You could even use this at the cuffs or hem of a sweater. Where is it written that you must use lace-weight yarn and itty bitty needles? I think this is another aspect that frightens people. I personally prefer working with finer gauge yarns and smaller needles, but Debbie Bliss, in her books “The Big Easy” (46310) and “Donegal Tweed” (38282, currently on sale) uses bulky weight yarns and larger needles for a scarf and sweaters that feature lace patterns. Use a worsted weight and size 8 needles for a scarf, you'll move along a bit faster (rather than lace weight yarn and size 2 needles) and the effect will still be stunning. You'll want to use a yarn with a smoother finish, so that you can see the stitches. If you like knitting socks, use a sock yarn and the appropriate needles for a new wrap or shawl. The yarns are beautiful in themselves, and you're already used to using the smaller needles. For ideas, see “Nature's Wrapture” (27315) which has a variety of wraps that use lace style patterns in a variety of yarn weights, “Shawls Two” (40435) which again has quite a variety of patterns in various weights, and “Simple Hip Knit Scarves”(A11819) which offers scarf patterns, several using a lace type pattern. For a great reference on lace knitting, be sure to check out Vogue's “Stitchionary 5” (59199). The Vogue series is wonderful with all sorts of information, and this volume is no different. Choose a lace pattern and then simply knit for a while to see what you have. Try different yarns and different weights. Make scarves: a great learning tool and you'll end up with something useful (start that Christmas list). Don't be afraid to try your hand at lace. It really is easier than it appears. Find a comfortable yarn and needles and just knit. You'll be amazed at what you can do! by Cathy Mark 23 Erica’s HOURS Monday, Tuesday, Craft & Sewing Center Wednesday & Friday 9:30-5:30 South Bend, Indiana Thursday 9:30-8:30 Saturday 9:004:00 574-233-3112 Sunday 12:00-4:00 Where You’ve Come to Expect the Best Celebrating http://www.ericas.com our 37th year! Mid-March thru’ Mid-June, 2011 Erica‘s Local Happenings page 24 page 31 Ericatorial We Need a Full Time Person page 25 page 32 National Quilting Month Baby Lock Spring Promotion Diamond Rebate thru’ March page 33 pages 26 Club Dates 3D Embroidery special thru’ March page 34 Gently Used Machines Erica’s Credit Card page 27 Michiana Spring Fling page 35 Notes About Classes pages 28 & 29 Teaching Staff Block of the Month Clubs pages 36 - 44 page 30 Class Schedule and Descriptions We Love our Handi Quilters! Watch for our next Newsletter in June Go to our website www.ericas.com and click “New Items” on the left to see what we add as we add it! 24 Another great way is to “like” us on Facebook. (Almost 2,000 already have!) Cheryl from our web department is now in charge of our Facebook page, and she’s doing a fantastic job. She talks about new arrivals and frequently highlights staff and customers’ projects, which is always fun! Thank goodness winter is pretty much over! We haven’t had to cancel so many classes for Our Blog continues to be a favorite way for as long as I can remember. Here’s to spring me to communicate with you. I generally flowers and (just enough) April showers! have something to share with you every other week or so, and Cheryl and other guest We have lots going on in our Sewing bloggers are filling in inbetween. That way Department, so be sure to stop there when you get more than just cats and quilting (and you’re in next. that squirrel that sneaked in there a while And don’t miss Margaret’s Serger Shows back), which are my frequent topics. I know April 8th or 9th. Be ready to have some there are a lot of quilters and animal lovers fun, and even learn something in the process. out there, but I know there are other things to We’re really looking forward to it. do, too. So now we’re well rounded. (Pun intended.) You can also have our blog posts Then there’s the Spring Fling Shop Hop delivered to your inbox, like almost 1200 May 19 thru’ 21. Goodies at each of the people do. Michiana stores, including food. And again, a good time will be had by all! For those who have asked about our cats, our Beethoven turns 20 in May. We’ve had Meanwhile, be sure to look at our class this kitty longer than any of our children schedule. Some of the classes were shown lived at home (continuously, anyway). Any in our last newsletter, so they may have just devoted pet lover will understand that we a few spots left, so don’t hesitate and miss have received more from his presence with out. There are good classes through out our us than we’ve been able to give him, in spite session, all the way through June, so we of the cat walks and stairs and ramps and hope to see you regularly. condos in his world. We treasure each day. If you live too far to come regularly, please Tchaikovsky will soon be 17 and Kassia, pic- visit our website. You get Reward Dollars tured below and online, is already 8 but mis- when you shop online, too! chievous as a kitten! You can find out what’s new by clicking on Until next time, may all your “New Items!!” You can sign up for our stitches be happy ones! email newsletters, too. These are good ways to keep up with us. 25 See the Husqvarna Viking Sapphire 875Q! We have a Free Limited Edition Quilter's Package with purchase through March 31st to celebrate National Quilting Month. Register to win this combo. If you purchase one and are the lucky winner, we will refund your money, so you don’t need to wait! Come in for details. Diamond Rebate Through March 31 Only Husqvarna Viking is offering a $500 rebate when you buy a Designer Diamond, the real girl’s best friend! through March 31st. Stop in the Sewing Department for details. 26 We'll give you $500 of f Husqvarna Viking’s 5D Professional Software with your trade of any other software from any company!* *Get complete details in our Sewing Department through March 31st Previously Loved Machines all checked out by our super technician! These are great machines that were traded in for higher models. Good opportunity for an excellent machine! Viking Topaz ~ $2599 Viking Platinum 955E $999 Bernette 80 ~ $125 Ask our consultants about floor models for sale. This map shows the 2923 locations of people who have visited our blog. Were you one of them? blog.ericas.com M ic hi an a Sp ri ng Fl in g Sh op H op 27 Thursday, May 19th, 9:30 am - 8 pm Friday, May 20th, 9:30 am - 6 pm Saturday, May 21st, 9:30 am - 5pm Our theme this year is Tr a d i t i o n a l B l o c k s . We’re using the beautiful springtime floral “Isabella” fabric from Clothworks. Register today at Erica's Craft & Sewing or online. l be With your $15.00 registration, you receive: e y ou’l ur hop s for o ! ► A Commemorative Bag and Pin We u ing ing g Fl ► A book with all the store information (maps, join Spr in hours, etc.) and Passport. ual ann ► A free gift from each store when you visit. ► A free pattern for a block from each store. ► Visit all six stores and have a chance to win o n e o f t w e l v e b e a u t i f u l g i ft b a s k e ts f i l l e d w i t h a n a m a z i n g a m o u n t o f f a b r i c , pa t t e r n s , books, tools and miscellaneous items worth hundreds of dollars. ► And did we mention, you get fed yummy treats at every store!!! Other shops in our Michiana Jeanette’s Fabric Boutique Spring Fling are: Wakarusa, IN Bernina Sewing Center & Quilt Quilts Plus Shop, Kalamazoo, MI Kalamazoo, MI 49006 Big Island Quilt Company Stitch N’ Time Fabrics Schoolcraft, MI South Bend, IN S i g n u p N O W, i n o u r s t o r e o r online, to be sure you get your bag and pin!! 28 Block of the Month Clubs Prairie Women's Sewing Circle Cathy Mark and Cheryl Nelson help you journey the threads of time with the Prairie Women's Sewing Circle. Each session begins with information on the life and times of women living circa 1840-1900. This period is rich in history, including movement along the Oregon Trail, the Civil War, and into the Suffrage movement. You'll be able to make yo-yos during the history "lesson" to be used in a project later. Each month will also include a small quilt project. Projects vary in size and style, but all will feature a "Make Do" attitude - using what you have available for your quilt. Selections from our Reproduction collection will be used. Third Monday Evening of the Month ~ $30 Membership fee for the six months is prorated since Club started in February. ~ Sign up now! Tiny Town Join Karen for months of fun as you make this "Tiny Town" your own. It's a perfect town with the cutest little neighborhoods! Techniques include applique, basic block construction and a small amount of embroidery. The finished quilt measures approximately 52" X 60". We have a pack with the exact fabrics the designer uses, but feel free to substitute your favorites. Club covers adding borders, squaring, layering, quilting, and adding binding. Embellishments can be used and you can personalize it, making it unique. You'll love making "Tiny Town" your own. Last Monday evening of the month ~ $40 Membership fee for the 9 months is prorated since Club started in January. ~ Sign up now! Tiny Town and Prairie Women’s Club are also available online as well as Welcome to My Cabin, Monthly Minis, Darlene Zimmerman’s Clothesline Club, and English Pathways. 29 Stitcher’s Garden Do you have a variety of feet for your sewing machine that you thought were really cool when you purchased them, but now have forgotten how to use them? Stitcher's Garden might just be the club for you! Join Becky in Stitch Connection's Stitcher's Garden and learn while you make blocks. Different feet will be discussed each month, as well as a variety of techniques. By the end of the club, you will have a beautiful quilt as well as a wealth of knowledge about accessory feet! We’ll be showing you and letting you try feet like the pintuck foot, piping foot, fringe foot, and many more. We’ll also show alternative techniques if you don’t have specific feet. It will be a great time and a wonderful experience for new and not-so-new sew-ers! Third Thursday Evening of the Month and the Following Friday Morning, starting March 17th and 18th ~ $45 Membership fee ~ Sign up now! Guest Star Alert Whimsicals' Terri Degenkolb With a style that teeters somewhere between folk art and tradition- al, Terri designs quilts, projects, and fabric that looks aged and loved, yet in a fresh new way. Her most recent hit was the book Tangled Up in Threads and the coordinating fabric line with Red Rooster, Tangled Threads. She’ll be here with her new Christmas fabric line, Winterberry Lane, her new book, Make it Merry, and new winterberry lane patterns. Whimsicals' Terri Degenkolb Saturday July 30th. . We’re finalizing the details and will give you all the information in our June newsletter. 30 Only 8 representatives in the world were Erica’s given this award when we were! The award winning inscription says “HQ Way Award ~ Delivering Results through Superior training will Service, Education, and Inspiration, help you really Erica’s Craft & Sewing Center” use your We’re so proud to have earned this award, and I thank my students, whose Handi Quilter! evaluations helped make this happen! We Love Our Handi Quilters! Find out why we’ve fallen in love with our HQ 16 Sitdown machine, our new HQ18 Avante, and our Fusion! * You can pull out all those unfinished tops and get them done, make charity quilts, quilt for friends, or even start a business! * It’s nearly twice as fast as most home sewing machines * It has a full 16”, 18”, or 24” throat depth, over 8” vertical clearance * It has long arm capabilities and optional Stitch Regulator at less than half the price of other long arm systems. * It has a wide variety of the same kind of fun tools, and the ProStitcher computerized option! We have great savings on our HQ Sit-Down Vicky Carter from Elkhart was all excit- demo machine. Come in for a test drive! ed about her new Avante when we worked together, and I look forward to seeing the things she does with it. Let us show you why we love our Handi Quilters! It’s such a pleasure for me to train new owners on our wonderful Handi Quilter machines, and to work with my Handi Quilter Club Members! 31 Full-time J o b O p e n i n g at Erica's for Erica's has an opening in Cathy's department for 40 hours per week, mainly Monday thru Friday, with occasion- al Saturdays. We are looking for CLASSES NOW!! someone who is enthu- siastic and positive minded. This person should have general office skills, be able to work in a fast- so you don’t miss anything! paced environment, be able to multi-task and follow through. If you consider yourself to be detailed, accurate and organized, this position may be perfect for you. If you’re interested, please fill out an applica- tion, and we will call to set a time for you to come in Earn Rewards Dollars with and talk with us. regularly priced items purchased in our store or online. We appreciate your shopping with us! 32 B a b y L o ck P Spring R O M O Have you taken your Owner’s Class yet? Our Sewing Department has on-going classes for all our sewing machine and serger owners. If you haven’t had your class yet, check in the Sewing Department and find out when the next one is. This is part of the reason you bought your machine at Erica’s! And be sure you don’t miss Sewing Club meetings. We’re happy to help whenever you need it. And we love to see what you’re creating! 33 Club Dates Find your Club and put the dates on your calendar NOW so you don’t miss anything! Best of the Bunch* Stitcher’s Garden Club * (Embroidery Club) March 17, 18 Wednesday, April 13, 9:45am April 21, 22 Wednesday, May 11, 9:45am May 19,20 Wednesday, June 15, 9:45am Thursdays 6:30pm, Fridays 9:45am Erica’s Creative Sewing Club * Stitchin' Sisters* March 29,30 ( Embroidery Club) April 26, 27 Saturday, March 26, 9:15am May 31, June 1 Saturday, April 30, 9:15am Tuesdays 7:00pm, Wednesdays 10:00am Saturday, June 4, 9:15am Handi Quilter Club* Tiny Town Quilt Club* April 12, 13 Monday, March 28, 6:30pm May 10, 11 Monday, April 25, 6:30pm June 14, 15 Monday, May 23, 6:30pm Tuesdays 6:15pm, Wednesdays 9:00am Nifty Novices* (Embroidery Club) Vi k i n g D i g i t i z i n g C l u b * Saturday, April 2, 9:15am Saturday, March 19, 1:15pm Saturday, May 14, 9:15am Saturday, April 16, 1:15pm Saturday, June 11, 9:15am Skips May Saturday, June 18, 1:15pm Prairie Women’s Sewing Circle * Monday, March 21, 6:30pm We d n e s d a y ' s W i z a r d s (Embroidery Club) Monday, April 18, 6:30pm Monday, May 16, 6:30pm Wednesday, April, 9:45am Wednesday, May 4, 9:45am Scrap Therapy Club * Wednesday, June 8, 9:45am Cutting Workshop April 5, 7:00pm Cutting Workshop April 7, 9:45 am * These clubs have space Reunion - Friday, March 25, 6pm for new members 34 Why you need an “Erica’s Credit Card” There is no annual fee. You don’t tie up other credit cards. You can pay for every purchase in our store with 90 day terms, whether it’s a pattern or a sewing machine! Option of 6 months no interest with monthly payments on purchases over $100! If you apply by April 30th and are approved, we’ll give you 10% off a purchase that day, of regularly priced merchandise of over $50, using your new Erica’s Credit Card. Easy application, quick decision, any sales person can help you. (New applications only.) Special Offer Go to our website www.ericas.com and click “New Items” on the left to see what we add as we add it! 35 Notes about Classes As more and more people are finding out, Erica's is a really fun place to learn! We take a lot of pride in bringing you the best instruction, in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. We’d like you to help us be sure things go smoothly for you. Please register early so we can be sure to have enough supplies. We accept phone regis- tration, but paying your class fee is what actually holds your place and prevents your being bumped when the class fills. You may pay your fee over the phone with a credit card, send in a check, or come into the shop. If you are reserving a sewing machine, please include $3 per session to cover this service. Some classes require advance preparation as shown in the schedule, so please be sure to get your materials early to allow yourself time. Most classes require materials be purchased for the project. The class schedule shows that. If it lists a class pak, that cost is in the description of the class. Class fees will be refunded if you notify us 72 hours before class. Of course, if we have to cancel a class, the fee is refunded. Unless listed as Kids' or Teens' class, our classes are geared toward adults 18 and over. Many people are taking classes as a break from tending children. We thank you for leaving your children and pets at home. Our classroom is a cologne-free zone. Please don’t use cologne, as someone next to you may have an allergic reaction to fragrances. If the class is at a time we’re normally closed, the doors will be opened 15 minutes before class. If your class involves a sewing machine, you may come to the back purple door. Erica’s is dedicated to needlework, craft, and sewing education and takes pride in pro- viding quality classes at low fees. So that we can continue to offer classes at fees that are as low as possible, it is required that all students purchase class materials at Erica’s. Thanks. Join us and learn a creative new skill! Teaching Staff This Session Erica Broecker, Cathy Young, Becky Adams, Tekla Coar, Mary Ann Lienhart-Cross, Joan Duvall, Sandy Fawley, Linda Gugliotta, Abby Gutierrez, Diane James, Lynn Kinney, Karen Libbey, Cathy Mark, Cheryl Nelson, Judy Nowicki, Angie Ortiz, Mary Parmalee, Mary Ripple, Ginny Smith, Margaret Tully Sign up for classes now! 36 Classes & Events at Erica’s 378A Strippy Scrap Jacket * + Wed Mar 16 2 weeks 6:30-9:00pm 20.00 + materials Skips March 23 009A Professional Tote * + Thu Mar 17 2 weeks 12:30-3:30pm 24.00 + class pack & materials Skips March 24 596A Kids' Sewing- Stuffed Animal + * Wed Mar 23 2 weeks 4:15-6:15pm 20.00 + class pack & materials 387B Preparing a T-Shirt Quilt Wed Mar 23 1 class 9:45a-12:45pm 12.00 + class pack 133A Sewing-Emaline Skirt * + Thu Mar 24 2 weeks 6:15-8:45pm 20.00 + materials 384B Scrap Therapy Star Light, Star Bright + Thu Mar 24 2 weeks 6:15-8:45pm 20.00 + class pack & materials 386A Scrap Therapy Reunion + Fri Mar 25 1 class 6:00-9:00pm 5.00 (no supplies) 598A Bubble Dress * Sun Apr 3 2 weeks 1:00-3:30pm 16.00 + materials 695A Hand Piecing * Tue Apr 5 2 weeks 6:30-9:00pm 20.00 + class pack & materials 382A Scrap Therapy Cutting Workshop Tue Apr 5 1 class 7:00-9:00pm 12.50 See description 696A Crochet Basics * Wed Apr 6 2 weeks 6:30-9:00pm 20.00 + class pack & yarn 309A Kids' Sewing I, age 8 and up Thu Apr 7 4 weeks 4:15-6:15pm 32.00 + class pack Skips April 21 382B Scrap Therapy Cutting Workshop Thu Apr 7 1 class 9:45-11:45am 12.50 See description 207A How To Quilt-From Start To Finish * Thu Apr 7 4 weeks 6:00-9:00pm 48.00 + class pack & materials Skips April 21 & 28 599A Serger Fun with Margaret Tully! Fri Apr 8 - 2:30-4:30 10.00 seminar fee er Fri Apr 8 ach Te 600A More Serger Fun with Margaret Tully! - 6:00-8:00pm 10.00 seminar fee - e st Gu 599B Serger Fun with Margaret Tully! Sat Apr 9 9:45-11:45am 10.00 seminar fee 600B More Serger Fun with Margaret Tully! Sat Apr 9 - 1:15-3:15pm 10.00 seminar fee 207B How To Quilt-From Start To Finish * Tue Apr 12 4 weeks 9:45a-12:45pm 48.00 + class pack & materials 388A Scrap Therapy Bloomin' Steps * Wed Apr 13 3 weeks 6:30-9:00pm 30.00 + class pack & materials 323A Magic Squares Quilt Top * Thu Apr 14 2 weeks 9:45a-12:15pm 20.00 + materials Skips April 21 388B Scrap Therapy Bloomin' Steps * Thu Apr 14 3 weeks 9:45a-12:15pm 30.00 + class pack & materials 277A How to Sew-A Great Beginning * Wed Apr 20 4 weeks 6:30-9:00pm 40.00 + class pack & materials 573A Knitting-Socks from the Toe Up + * Sat Apr 23 2 weeks 9:15-11:45am 20.00 + class pack & materials Skips April 30 322A Hand Embroidery Basics Sat Apr 30 1 class 12:45-3:45pm 12.00 + class pack & materials 695B Hand Piecing * Mon May 2 2 weeks 9:45a-12:15pm 20.00 + class pack & materials 597A Laminated Raincoat * + Mon May 2 2 weeks 6:30-9:00pm 20.00 + materials 314A Knitting Basics * Wed May 4 2 weeks 12:45-3:15pm 20.00 + class pack & yarn 126A Silk Ribbon Embroidery + Fri May 6 2 weeks 10:00a-12:30p 20.00 + class pack 296A Machine Quilting Basics * Sat May 7 2 weeks 1:00-3:30pm 20.00 + class pack & materials 387A Preparing a T-Shirt Quilt Wed May 11 1 class 6:15-8:45pm 12.00 + class pack 311B Kids' Sewing II age 8 and up + Thu May 12 2 weeks 4:00-6:00pm 16.00 + class pack Skips May 19 696C Crochet Basics * Sun May 15 2 weeks 1:00-3:30pm 20.00 + class pack & yarn 833B Hand Quilting Mon May 16 1 class 9:45a-12:15pm 10.00 + class pack 303A Stuffed Animals + * Tue May 17 2 weeks 6:30-9:00pm 20.00 + materials 099A No Experience Needed Quilt * Tue May 17 2 weeks 7:00-9:00pm 16.00 + class pack & materials 314B Knitting Basics * Wed May 18 2 weeks 6:45-9:15pm 20.00 + class pack & yarn 37 Classes & Events at Erica’s (continued) 387C Preparing a T-Shirt Quilt Wed May 18 1 class 9:45a-12:15pm 12.00 + class pack 595B Sewing Next Step-Make a Shirt * + Wed May 18 2 weeks 6:30-9:00pm 20.00 + materials 802A Michiana Spring Fling Shop Hop Club Thu May 19 - - 15.00 See description any time 5/19, 20, 21 389A Making a T-Shirt Quilt + * Thu May 26 1 class 6:15-8:45pm 10.00 + materials 596B Kids' Sewing- Stuffed Animal + * Thu Jun 2 2 weeks 4:15-6:15pm 20.00 + class pack & materials 145B Knitting-Beyond Scarves + * Mon Jun 6 2 weeks 6:30-9:15pm 24.00 + class pack & materials 594A Apple Core Quilt Top * Mon Jun 6 2 weeks 6:30-9:00pm 20.00 + class pack & fabric 394A Knitting Fancy Socks from the Toe Up + * Tue Jun 7 2 weeks 6:30-8:30pm 20.00 + materials Skips June 14 833A Hand Quilting Tue Jun 7 1 class 6:30-9:30pm 10.00 + class pack * These classes require selection of materials and or preparation before class meets. + These classes have skill level or membership requirements - Please check the individual description. Club Dates are on page 33 Reunion 5 6 pm Ma rch 2 We’ll be serving appetizers and If you aren’t a member yet, come to one of desserts, Erica will demo and answer our Cutting Workshops and bring your stash! questions on squaring your quilt and Get organized, and ready to turn it into fun preparing it to be bound, making and projects from table runners to quilts. attaching binding, many tips and great You’ll learn cutting techniques and get a free ideas. Bring in any projects from scrap bin to start your organizing. Attending a therapy classes that aren't finished and workshop entitles you to take Scrap Therapy work on them, get help if needed, or classes and buy special patterns that are cut more scraps into useable pieces for only for our Scrap Therapy members. your next project. February 2, 7:00pm Bring along anything you’ve made from February 3, 9:45 am your scraps, to show others. $12.50 Class Descriptions that, you’ll learn how 38 (alphabetical by category) to read instructions, and start with a These classes were offered for the first time this session or last, or have not been simple potholder to offered for a while. get you going on a project. Class pack (book & hook) is $11.10 + KIDS’ tax. Wed, Apr 6, 6:30-9:00pm or Sun, May 15, CLASSES 1:00-3:30pm Kids’ Sewing I — Hand Embroidery —Join Mary R as you Becky has taught children learn the fun, relaxing art on a small spring and loves seeing them decoration or ornament. She will learn one of her favorite things to do. We have teach you basic stitches on a small a great textbook with basic information put in a project, to get you started. Hand really fun format, with puzzles, embroidery projects are very sewing games, mazes, and lots portable, great in waiting and lots of fun. We’ll provide rooms, etc. Embroidery is often beautifully the sewing machines, so you combined with quilting. Class pack (most don’t need to worry about supplies) is $16.40 + tax. Sat, Apr 30, 12:45- bringing one. Class pack is $28 3:45pm + tax. Age 8 and up, no Knitting Basics — experience necessary. Thu, Apr 7, 4:15-6:15pm Learn how to knit as you Kids’ Sewing II—Those make a quick and simple “graduates” of any of our Kids’ scarf. The class will Sewing I or Kids’ Sewing teach you what you need to get started: casting Camp can continue with on and off, and knit and purl stitches. Angie has another fun project. If they’re patience and skill as a knitter, so you’re sure to ready to do more, they can enjoy learning. Continental, or European style make a neat little bag to put all knitting is taught in this class. Class pack kinds of goodies in! Completing this project (book and needles) is $10.05 + tax. Wed, May will help build skills in machine stitching, 4, 12:45-3:15pm or Wed, May 18, 6:45-9:15pm following instructions and sewing construction. Knitting-Beyond Scarves —If you can They’ll be using the same book they used in the cast on and knit as a beginner, this class is for original class. Class pack is $10.00 + tax. Thu, you. Angie will help you make small samples May 12, 4:00-6:00pm and concentrate on learning additional stitches Kids’ Sewing-Stuffed Animal— and effects, other ways to cast on, increasing Have your son or daughter join Becky and decreasing, without a large project to finish. to make a wonderful corduroy dog or cat. This After this class you will be ready and confident class will cover basic pattern construction, to move onto a sweater or vest or shawl and she sewing skills and hand embroidery. It will be can help you pick out your project. Class pack, helpful to have had some previous sewing book, is $4.95 + tax. Mon, Jun 6, 6:30-9:15pm experience, but not essential to the success of Knitting-Fancy Socks the project. It will be a great class and students From the Toe Up —Have will have a wonderful friend to take home at the you started knitting toe-up conclusion of the second class. Ages 8-12. socks, but want more than Class pack is $4.75 + tax. Wed, Mar 23, 4:15- stockinette stitch? Try a 6:15pm or Thu, Jun 2, 4:15-6:15pm simple yet elegant lace pattern NEEDLEWORK and cable pattern. The lace pattern is great for showing off those solid- Crochet Basics —Ginny will show you the colored and gently variegated sock yarns. basics of how to crochet in the first class. After 39 Another variation from the basic enthusiasm for sewing and fabric crafting, stockinette toe-up sock features a mock giving you hints, patterns, and sewing and cable stitch with no cable needle required. serging updates. The same presentation is given Great for men’s dress socks, especially when in the evening and the next morning. We have worked in a neutral colorway. This is a a wonderful group of people who share this continuation of the basic toe-up sock class. common interest of sewing, and you can make Skills required: knit, purl, cast on, bind off, toe- new friends while you get new ideas. This is an up technique. We’ll use the book from before, opportunity specifically for our sewing machine and there is homework before class. Tue, Jun 7, and serger customers, but if you have a Viking 6:30-8:30pm or Baby Lock and just moved to our area, or didn’t know about us, please check with us if Knitting-Socks from the Toe Up — you’re interested. See page 33 for Club dates. Learn how to knit socks this way, and you won’t have to deal with grafting or Handi Quilter Club —This is an running out of yarn before the end of a pattern opportunity for Erica to share techniques and ever again. Several different toe cast ons and ideas with our Handi Quilter Frame System heel techniques will be covered. Tekla will also owners. Each meeting will include hints and show you how to determine which one to use tips, a technique or two, and a project to work depending on your needle and yarn choice. on at home. Everyone is encouraged to bring You need to know how to cast on, knit, purl, along quilts they’ve done, or want help with. and bind off. The class pack is $22.95 + tax and Club fee is $30 for 6 meetings, and there will includes a fantastic sock pattern book. Sat, Apr be a small charge for handouts at the meeting. 23, 9:15-11:45am See page 33 for Club dates. Silk Ribbon Embroidery—Come join Embroidery Clubs —These are groups Mary and learn the basics of silk ribbon where you explore more alternatives embroidery. The floral project will teach you for the embroidery aspect of many basic stitches and include a bit of floss your Viking, Bernina, or embroidery as well. Must have basic Baby Lock and try all kinds embroidery knowledge. Class pack, everything of things you might not but hoop and needles, is $41.75 + tax. Fri, May have tried on your own. 6, 10:00a-12:30p We have several groups going now. Members will tell you OWNER’S CLASSES AND how much fun they’re having and how much ACTIVITIES they’re learning! Membership is $30 for the These classes are especially six-month session and club packs average for people who have bought around $15, always including a few or several their sewing and embroidery embroidery designs for your collection. machines at Erica’s, as a Projects feature Judy Nowicki’s embroidery “thank you” for supporting designs especially for our Embroidery Club us. If you’ve recently moved members! You get information on project costs into our area and have a and a list of what to bring before each meeting. Viking or Baby Lock, please There are openings in some of the groups, so let contact us about participating us know right away if you’re interested! (For with us. Note-all other classes shown in other our owners) See page 33 for Club Dates. categories are open to everyone. Viking Digitizing Club —This club Erica’s Creative Sewing Club —If meets the first Saturday of the month. Linda you bought your serger or sewing machine uses prepared projects and step-by-step from Erica’s, a year’s membership is automatic instructions. We include Viking 3D, 4D and 5D for most models, and you’ll get special formats. It is not necessary to have a laptop to discounts at the meetings. Mary Ann Lienhart- join us, but it would be helpful. If members Cross and I share our excitement and have taken the Digitizing Introduction class or have tried digitizing on their own with How to Quilt-From Start to 40 some success this will be helpful but not Finish —This class is planned for beginners absolutely necessary. You will be doing mostly with no experience, but also perfect for those manual digitizing over Linda’s drawings. You who learned on their own and/or would like will receive a paper handout as well as a CD step by step instruction. Karen and Joan will with drawings and a video of the class as your start with discussions of fabrics and color class pack. Come join the fun! See page 33 for choice. You’ll learn proper rotary cutting, club dates. strips and triangles, and piecing by machine. As you learn, you’ll complete a lap quilt or wall If you’re one of our new owners and haven’t hanging, layer it, quilt and bind it, so it’s done! had a chance to take a basic class yet, please For a good, basic foundation in quilting, this is talk to someone in our sewing department. a great way to go! Class pack is $12.95 + tax. QUILTING (Machine required) Thu, Apr 7, 6:00-9:00pm or Tue, Apr 12, 9:45a-12:45pm Apple Core Quilt Top —If you have some piecing Michiana Spring Fling —See page 27 and rotary cutting experience, you’ll Machine Quilting Basics —In this class easily be able to you will learn basic machine quilting on your make this fun quilt home sewing machine. Techniques taught are with Sandy. stitch-in-the-ditch and straight line quilting Though it looks like using a walking foot, free motion techniques curved piecing, the QuiltSmart method is easy including continuous pattern quilting, stippling appliqué‚ that you sew to the background. It’s and meandering, echo quilting, and continuous a clever technique with surprising results. curve quilting. Joan will teach you some Class pack (interfacing, quilt kit with pattern) is simple all-over quilting designs, background $34.95 + tax. (Machine required) Mon, Jun 6, quilting designs, and some sashing and border 6:30-9:00pm treatments that you can use to enhance your quilts. She’ll discuss marking techniques and Hand Piecing —Mary P. will be teaching preparing your quilt top to be quilted. Class hand piecing using the Weathervane pack (book) is $13.25 + tax. (Machine required) block pattern. This pattern has Sat, May 7, 1:00-3:30pm squares, rectangles & triangles. Students will learn Magic Squares Quilt rotary cutting, template making Top —This striking quilt & cutting, and cutting a triangle looks complex but is from a square. Handwork is wonderfully surprisingly easy and fun to portable for those times you’re in a waiting make. The pattern gives room or at sports events, or riding in the car, yardages and layouts for and it’s relaxing at the same time! Class pack throw and twin size quilts but is $16.40 + tax. Tue, Apr 5, 6:30-9:00pm or it can easily be made larger. Mon, May 2, 9:45a-12:15pm You will learn how to work your magic on the squares that you’ll sew for this 3-D optical Hand Quilting —A great illusion look. Joan will share tips that will help love of Mary P’s is hand you complete this quilt with ease using your quilting. In this class you’ll use choice of fabrics. Prior rotary cutting a preprinted wholecloth design. experience is required as cutting will be done in She’ll teach you about using a preparation for the first class. Machine stencil to transfer the design, layering, basting, required. Thu, Apr 14, 9:45a-12:15pm and the relaxing art of hand quilting. Class pack is $17.00 + tax. Mon, May 16, 9:45a-12:15pm No Experience Needed Quilt —In the or Tue, Jun 7, 6:30-9:00pm first class Sandy will go over cutting methods and tools and get you started. We’ll be using a 41 light weight fusible project later. Each month includes a small quilt grid that makes it project. Projects vary in size and style, but all so easy! We’ll even do feature a “Make Do” attitude - using what you “on point” which is have available for your quilt. Selections from considered more our Reproduction fabric collection are used. advanced, but will be Club fee is prorated. See page 33 for Club easy with this method! In dates. the second class we’ll go over easy ways to finish Preparing a T-Shirt Quilt —T- shirt quilts are a great way to preserve up your quilt. Make a baby, lap, or wall quilt memories. Recycle that collection of concert, that will impress your friends in a flash!. (You sports, or vacation t-shirts into a great quilt, or don’t have to be a beginner to take the class, if gather a teenager’s accumulation of t-shirts to you just want a fast, fun project!) Class pack, make a wonderful graduation gift. Any number the pattern, is $10.00 + tax.) Machine required from just a few to thirty or more shirts can be for second class. Tue, May 17, 7:00-9:00pm made into a quilt. Joan will help you get Monthly Minis— started. She will help you plan your quilt, show This year-long club you how to prepare your t-shirts, calculate includes quick, easy fabric yardages, and demonstrate the tools and and cute monthly tricks that will make it easier. Class pack is projects. Each 12" x $4.00 + tax. Wed, Mar 23, 9:45a-12:45pm or 14" mini quilt will fit Wed, May 11, 6:15-8:45pm or Wed, May 18, on a basic table stand. 9:45a-12:15pm Each month there will be a different topper Making a T-Shirt Quilt —If you’ve taken Joan’s Preparing a T-Shirt Quilt for the stand, making these projects class and your T-shirts are ready to be made even more special. Each month you’ll into a quilt, this is the next step. Joan will show receive the pattern, pack, stand topper you how to cut and sew sashing for both (and button set if applicable) for the straight and diagonally set quilts. She will next month - so you can have your mini discuss where to use half square and where to ready to display during the correct use quarter square setting blocks in a diagonally month. Club started in January with set quilt and you will learn how to determine the February project but you can still what size those need to be. She’ll show you catch up. In February, members how to determine the length of your border received the March project and so on strips and how to sew them. She’ll also talk through the year. There is a sign-up fee about the finishing steps of preparing your quilt of $20.00 and monthly charges for sandwich, quilting the quilt, binding it, and supplies are approximately $25.00 We sewing a label for it. You need to have taken give you the basic stand free! Sign up the Preparing a T-shirt Quilt class before taking in the store or online. this one. Machine required. Thu, May 26, Prairie Women’s Sewing 6:15-8:45pm Circle Club —Cathy Mark and Cheryl Nelson help you journey the threads of Scrap Therapy-Bloomin’ Steps—Join Cathy for this Scrap Therapy quilt class. This time with the Prairie Women’s Sewing Circle. is the pattern she fell in love Each session of this six month club begins with with when she looked at all the information on the life and times of women patterns to chose from! You living circa 1840-1900. This period is rich in can use ALL your scraps; history, including movement along the Oregon brights, floral, tone-on-tone, Trail, the Civil War, and into the Suffrage light, dark, it doesn’t matter! movement. You’ll be able to make yo-yos They all look stunning set during the history “lesson” to be used in a against white, ivory or black, for instance. New techniques will be scraps and sit and sew these neat stars—they 42 taught in this class and the quilt pattern will fit together perfectly, and the pattern uses quite a few of your 3.5 and 2 inch squares includes instructions on which way to press while having 3 different options for borders. your seams for simple assembly. Come in and Class pack, the pattern, is $9.00 + tax. Machine bring your scraps or squares before class if required. Wed, Apr 13, 6:30-9:00pm or Thu, you’d like help choosing the main color (the Apr 14, 9:45a-12:15pm sashing) and border color, if your stash doesn’t have a piece that is perfect for it. Cathy will be teaching this class and will be providing great piecing, border and binding tips. Class pack, the pattern, is $9.00 + tax. (Machine required) Scrap Therapy Cutting Thu, Mar 24, 6:15-8:45pm Workshop —Do you feel like your stash is overflowing and you just don’t know what to Tiny Town Quilt do? Scrap Therapy is the answer! It’s a two- Club —Join Karen for part program that is a proven system to 9 months of fun as you make organize and use your fabric scraps. Put a new this “Tiny Town” your own. blade in your rotary cutter and Cathy will help It’s a perfect town with the you brush up on fast and efficient fabric cutting cutest little neighborhoods! techniques. You’ll cut your fabric into three Techniques include applique, useable sizes and store them in special see- basic block construction and a small amount of through storage bins. (You’ll get a bin free!) embroidery. The finished quilt measures The classes that follow the workshop will help approximately 52" X 60". We have a pack with you convert your cut scraps into fun useable the exact fabrics the designer uses, but feel free table runners, quilts, and other things as we go to substitute your favorites. Club will cover along. If you have already attended a adding borders, squaring, layering, quilting, and workshop, coming to additional workshops adding binding. Embellishments can be used gives you a set time to get your scraps ironed and you can personalize it, making it unique. and cut, learn cutting tips, and enjoy other’s You’ll love making “Tiny Town” your own. company. Tue, Apr 5, 7:00-9:00pm or Thu, Apr Membership fee will be prorated since it started 07, 9:45-11:45am in January. Club dates are on page 33. Scrap Therapy Reunion —To SEWING join us, you need to have attended a Scrap Therapy Cutting Workshop. We will be serving Bubble Dress —Abby chose the pattern “Miss Lily” for appetizers and desserts. Erica will demo and this class. It’s a great project for answer questions on squaring your quilt and the novice sew-er who is looking preparing it to be bound, making and attaching to expand into the world of binding, many tips and great ideas. You can clothing. This bubble-style dress bring in any project from scrap therapy classes is cute, playful, and versatile. No that aren’t finished and work on them, get help buttons or zippers. Just a simple if needed, or cut more scraps into useable slip-on dress that any girl will love. Pattern is pieces for your next project. Fri, Mar 25, 6:00- sized for girls ages 5-10 years. Machine 9:00pm required. Sun, Apr 3, 1:00-3:30pm Scrap Therapy Star Light Star Brite — How to Sew-A Great This Scrap Therapy class Beginning —Join Diane for our How to Sew class will make a 60" x 72" for detailed step-by-step all stunning scrap quilt from you need to know to start the pieces you started sewing. From what tools are cutting in the Cutting needed as basics, to demonstrations of the basic Workshop. Bring in your techniques in sewing. Learn as you work never gone before with your serger. See how 43 on two simple projects; a quick easy it is to create out-of-this-world ruffles, pillowcase and boxer shorts or pajama bottoms, crocheted serger lace, cover stitches, piping and and choose your next project with Diane’s lots more! Explore the possibilities through the guidance. No experience needed. Bring your use of serger accessories and special own machine (and manual) or rent one of ours techniques. See the unbelievable “jet air for $3 per class. Class pack (book) is $15.00 + threading” in action! Get ideas for serger tax. Wed, Apr 20, 6:30-9:00pm projects including, but not limited to, quilt piecing, home dec., and quick gifts. Fri, Apr 8, Laminated Raincoat —The 2:30 or Sat, Apr 9, 9:45am perfect rainy day project! Abby will guide you through the construction of More S erger F u n wit h Amy Butler’s hooded raincoat, Margaret Tu lly! —Let Margaret take focusing on techniques such as: darts, you on an adventure with the chain and cover pleats, flat-felled seams and attaching stitches. We will show you the amazing serger sleeves. Using laminated material, pleating and smocking (a smocked project you can create a unique one-of-a- finished in less than half an hour,) bias binding kind jacket that will keep you dry in style. (that’s right you can even make your very own (Basic sewing experience and machine fusible bias) or just bind the edges of your required.) Mon, May 2, 6:30-9:00pm projects effortlessly, stretch straps in an instant, we’ll use a lot of those lovely decorative Professional Tote —Whether you work in threads, and sew much more. You don’t want an office or just have a lot to organize and to miss this one. The Baby Lock “jet air carry, this tote has it all. threading” chain looper will change your There is a pleated pocket on life.......well, in the sewing room at least. each side of the tote to hold Projects are completed so beautifully and a bottle of water, umbrella, quickly, that you’ll be making more and magazine, baby bottle or enjoying them more. Fri, Apr 8, 6:00pm or Sat, telephone. There are pockets Apr 9, 1:15pm and compartments for everything! On the inside, Sewing Next Step-Make a there is a large center- Shirt —This two session dividing zippered pocket that holds file folders. class is for sew-ers who want There is plenty of room inside for a laptop to learn to sew collars, cuffs, computer. Several pockets are inside for your plackets, and button holes. Diane business cards, keys, pens, PDA, and more. To has chosen the wonderful Amy finish it off, there is a zipper that will close Butler “Liverpool” pattern, which tight to keep the contents secure. This would can be a shirt, tunic, or dress with 4 also work great as a sewing tote with a place sleeve lengths, and you’ll learn the techniques for patterns or books, fabrics and notions. Or as you make your garment. This isn’t a make it a “professional” diaper bag, with a beginning sewing class. You need to know how pocket for all the baby’s needs. Linda G’s got to sew, how your machine works, and how to this one down to a science, to guide you lay out and cut out the pattern. (Machine through it but you’ll need to get your fabric and required) Wed, May 18, 6:30-9:00pm pattern ahead and be sure to have all pieces cut and fused before coming to the first class to Sewing-”Emaline” make the most of it. Class pack (zippers and Skirt —This A-line easy-to-sew beauty features three different skirt vinyl) is $11.99 + tax. Machine required. Thu, options. Abby will help students Mar 17, 12:30-3:30pm create their own, personalized skirt Serger Fun with Margaret using techniques such as Tully! —In this first seminar and Trunk gathering, pleating, hemming and Show, Margaret will take you where you’ve inserting a zipper. During class, we will also focus on tailoring and Stuffed Animals — 44 embellishing your simple skirt, to fit you Learn to make stuffed and your personality. The possibilities are animals! Abby will teach endless. Need basic sewing experience. you the skills needed to (Machine required) Thu, Mar 24, 6:15-8:45pm make any of the fun line of Rumpled Quilt Skins animals. You will be Stitcher’s Garden —Do you have reading the pattern, laying out pattern pieces, a variety of feet for your sewing cutting and sewing. You’ll also be grading machine that you thought were really cool seams, clipping curves, turning and stuffing the when you purchased them, but now have animal to give it dimension and shaping. You’ll forgotten how to use them? Stitcher’s Garden finish by closing the seam with a ladder stitch. might just be the club for you! Join Becky in Students need to have some prior sewing Stitch Connection’s Stitcher’s Garden and learn experience and know how to use their machine. while you make blocks. Different feet will be (Machine required) Tue, May 17, 6:30-9:00pm discussed each month, as well as a variety of techniques. By the end of the club, you will have a beautiful quilt as well as a wealth of knowledge about accessory feet! We’ll be showing you and letting you try feet like the pintuck foot, piping foot, fringe foot, and many more. We’ll also show alternative techniques if you don’t have specific feet. It will be a great time and a wonderful experience for new and not-so-new sew-ers! Club dates are on page 33. Doors open 15 minutes b efore scheduled class time. T hanks for yo ur patience. If your class involves bringing a sewing machine, you’re welcome to use the purple door in the back of the building.