FEBRUARY 2011 Newsletter 10012 Franklin Avenue (located across from Campbell’s Music) Fort McMurray, AB T9H 2K6 (780) 743-2992 email@example.com www.suzyqsquiltshop.com Tuesdays – Fridays: 9:30 am to 4:30 pm Saturdays – 10:00 am to 5:00 pm; Sundays – 11:00 am – 3:00 pm Mondays – closed. Please note: We will be closed on Sunday, February 20 for the long weekend HAPPY VALENTINE’s DAY HAPPY FAMILY DAY BLOCK OF THE MONTH CLUBS The Night Before Christmas I know – we just finished Christmas – but we are quilters and we plan…..right? I must say, this Block of the Month is stunning. It is a nine month program – starts in April with the first pick up. It can be hand appliquéd or machine appliqués – totally your choice. BUT if you ‘like’ hand appliqué but not sure how – I highly recommend that you take Lynn’s class in March. She is one of the very best hand appliqué people I know. It really isn’t difficult once you learn how and this quilt – really, is beautiful. Stop in the shop to see the pattern picture and register today! There are only a couple spots left. Trail Mix This Block of the Month starts at the end of March and is also a nine month program and consists of 13 blocks and one very cute little machine appliqué bear on a bicycle in the center. Limited Spaces available – so come on in and check it out. Quilt Shop News Classes are rolling along and filling up fast. Pick up your copy of our classes/event schedule in the shop or download a copy from our website at www.suzyqsquiltshop.com Lots of new items in the shop – these really cool Doorknob Tips came in, along with Heat N Press – batting together; surgical seam rippers; tool aprons and so much more. More books, more patterns (in fact over 30 new patterns arrive next week) and of course NEW FABRICS and kits available!!! We will be getting a new member in the store – LUCEY – a beautiful new Longarm machine. Bet you can’t guess who is extremely excited!!! She should be here in early March. My “baby” is going to a new home – her Auntie Lezlees! At least I will be able to visit her often. New machine means faster service! We are still offering 25% off cross-stitch supplies (excluding floss); and 50 % off Needle Felting and Punch Needle supplies until they are gone. Chenille – 50% off (minimum one meter cuts). 2011 Calendars available – 50% off while quantities last New Fabrics that arrived include MAXINE!!! We have also welcomed the wonderful 76 colors of Kauffman Marbelous; the entire line of 102 Northcott Colorworks; Daily News; Quilting PURRfections, All around Town, Mid Summer Magic; Baby’s First Friends, Counting Sheep; several new Essentials Flannels and Springy Flannels; FabriQuilt Easter line (cutest little chickies ever); and new black and whites too! UNITY HOUSE YARD SALE – let us know if you plan to donate an item for the auction or if you would like more info on this event – give us a shout, drop by the store, or drop me an e-mail. New Cutting Dies have arrived for the Accuquilt Go! Soft Fuse seems to be a good product and quite popular- but no fear – we will still carry the Steam-a-Seam Lite II. I’m going to Salt Lake City to the Spring Quilt Market – will be ordering all the lines for next fall/winter/Christmas (that I haven’t already!!) Lucie Heins, the Assistant Curator/Western Canadian History from the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton is requesting quilters complete a survey – if you would like to participate, let me know and I will forward you the survey. This is her request: The Western Canadian History Programme at the Royal Alberta Museum is embarking on an Alberta Craft Research Initiative to document the material culture of craft production, including stylistic and technical origins as well as the dissemination of production methods within the Alberta context. Quilting is a component of this research project.The Alberta Quilt Project will look at heritage quilts; quilts made in Alberta or brought by immigrants to Alberta and, contemporary quilts made in Alberta over the last 25 years. At this time we wish to capture the current trends in quilting. There is no doubt that there is great diversity in the types of quilts made today, from traditional to contemporary art pieces. This is where we need your assistance. We are calling all Alberta guilds, groups and/or individuals to help us document today’s quilting history by completing a survey questionnaire. Again – If you wish to participate- drop me an e-mail and I will forward it to you! February classes/events highlights: Saturday, February 5th BSS Class #2 10am – 11am Saturday, February 5th Essentials 101 Noon – 4pm Saturday, February 5th Blizzard Bunch P/U All Day Sunday, February 6th Beginner Machine Quilting 11am - 3pm Monday, February 7th Guild Meeting 7pm Heritage Park Wednesday, February 9th Even Madder Wednesday Block 2 P/U 10 -2 (no penalty) Saturday, February 12th Lovehearts Noon – 5pm Saturday, February 12th BSS #3 10am – 11am Saturday, February 12th Customer Challenge P/U All Day Saturday, February 12th Even Madder Saturday Block 2 P/U 10 -2 (no penalty) Sunday, February 13th Crochet 101 11:30 – 2:30 Thursday, February 17th BCS Mystery Clue P/U All Day Friday, February 18th Borders Class 11am – 2pm Friday, February 18th LADIES NIGHT 7pm – 10ish Saturday, February 19th BSS #4 10am – 11am Saturday, February 19th Chilly Charmers Block P/U all day Saturday, February 19th In House Mystery Clue #2 P/U all day Saturday, February 19th Design Magic Noon – 4pm Saturday, February 19th Knitting 101 Noon – 3pm Friday, February 25th Essentials 101 10am – 2pm Saturday, February 26th BSS #5 10am – 11am Saturday, February 26th Beginner Madness Block #2 P/U 10am – Noon (no penalty) Saturday, February 26th Banner #5 P/U All Day Saturday, February 26th Tension Knitting 11:30 – 1:30 Saturday, February 26th Knitters BOM #2 2pm – 4pm Monday, February 28th Guild Meeting 7pm SUZY Q’s Knitting News Keep Spreading the word – Suzy Q’s stocks a wide variety of yarns, patterns, books, notions and specialty items. Yarn stock includes: Patons Canadiana, Shetland Chunky, Bohemian, Devine, Astra, Grace, Décor, Tweeds, Beehive Baby Sport & Chunky, Stretch and Kroy Sock Yarns, Sirdar Snuggly, Escape, Crofter, and the newest Baby Snowball. We also have Fibra Natura Yummy, Hacho Merino Wool, Universal Patchwork, Viking Naturgram, and Noro Silk Garden. Recently added yarns include Big Softie, Connemara, Squiggle, Tiny Tots, Baby Bamboo, Snowflake Chunky, Diamond Tweed, and Indie. The Diamond Luxury Collection - Pure Silk Lace is now here as well as the newest colors of Kroy & Stetch Sock Yarn. Lots of new patterns/booklets too! Suede Slippers Bottoms came in and were a big hit – limited supplies left, but don’t worry – we will be reordering soon! Other News: Winner of the $50.00 gift card from our Open House Class Registration Draw is Jillian Mercer! Congratulations to Jillian! Winner of the January Newsletter question is $50 gift card was DONNA STANG – congrats Donna! Winner of the $25 Gift Card for the December Newsletter question is Cindy Pickersgill – congrats Cindy! th th Daphne Greig – workshops and registration will begin mid March. Mark your calendars for the May 28 /29 weekend! Heather Stewart will be back in October 2011! Johnsons Sewing Center will be doing a Service Clinic and Sewing Machine Demo/Purchase in early May – stay tuned for more details. GIFT CARDS/WISH LIST Tell your friends, tell your spouses, tell your children and MAKE YOUR LIST! Suzy Q’s will offer a service where you can list the items that you would like for a gift or special occasion. The gift-giver can then contact the store and we will be able to easily print out/fax your ‘wish list’ for review. The gift-giver will then have the choice of having the items specially wrapped and ready to pick up. A small donation for this service would be appreciated – donations will be given to the Unity House Fundraiser. Gift Cards will also be available in any denomination from $10.00 to $250.00. Perfect for VALENTINES DAY LONGARM MACHINE QUILTING News: We are now accepting quilts to be Longarm machine quilted in the shop. Quilts will be quilted on a first come first quilted basis. When you drop your quilt off, we will be able to give you an approximate turn around time (depending on volume) as well as an estimate. E-mail me back with what you like best about the shop AND what you think needs improvement --- and you will be entered to win a $25 gift card from Suzy Q’s Quilt Shop Inc. Draw will take place on February 5/11 and the winner will appear in the March 2011 newsletter!