It's here! The color on the trees, the mums, the pumpkins- Autumn has arrived both outside and inside the shop! We have added some Fall touches to the shop and changed things up a bit too. We are now OPEN ON MONDAYS from 10 am until 5 pm, so make your Monday's better by stopping in for some color therapy! We have fun things planned for the shop, new fabrics are coming in every month, classes have been added to the calendar it's that time of year to cozy up and quilt!
We will be a vendor at the Heritage Quilter's "Fall Harvest of Quilts” biennial Quilt Show. Saturday, October 28, from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday, October 29, from 10 am to 4 pm at the Lake County Fairgrounds, Industrial Building, 889 South Court St., Crown Point, IN 46307. We are excited to be a part of this great show and we hope you all stop by the Sweet Stitches Booth and say, "HI".
On October 31st at the shop, we will have a Halloween Party from 10 am - 5 pm and you can "Trick or Treat with a Quilter"! Bring a quilting friend, your little ones or just come buy yourself. We will have a 15% off regular priced off the bolt fabrics, all $5.50 a yard fabrics will be $3.00 a yard and if you finish a small pink dot bolt you will get 30% off. We will also have some pumpkin themed crafts you can make in our classroom and of course refreshments. Wear a costume and you will receive a special Treat so come Trick or Treat with a Quilter!
Starting in November we are offering First Fridays, it is a free Demonstration Day at the shop that will always take place on the First Friday of each Month. Usually Friday's in the shop the classroom is reserved for shop friends to work on their projects, get help with projects, use the design wall and meet other quilters. We thought we would have a demonstration at the beginning of each month to introduce a new project (or technique) you may want to work on and what’s new in the shop. The demo's will take place between 10:30- 11:30 the First Friday each month then the classroom will be open the rest of the day to start the new project or work on your own projects with quilt friends. Our first demonstration will be on coloring your quilts with crayons. Heather Bessler our in-house embroidery expert will show the technique of crayon dyeing. Crayon dyeing and hand embroidery are beautiful combination. If you are familiar with Crabapple Hill Studio Designs by Meg Hawky you may be familiar with the technique, there was a great article in American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine about Meg Hawkey and her designs which are just the cutest! Come see Heather's demo on the First Friday, November 3 from 10:30-11:30 then stay and work on a practice piece yourself.
There are new classes on the shop Calendar for November. We have added the Sew Together Bag and the Tool Tote Bag both great for carrying all those sewing notions to classes, retreats or sewing days with friends. We have also added my Black & White Illusion Quilt and Linda's Baby Bargello Quilt which is a great quilt to start with if you have never made a Bargello Quilt before. We have added another Beginning Hand Embroidery Class and a New* Intermediate Hand Embroidery class that starts off where Heather's Beginner class ended. We are always interested in what kind of classes you are interested in so please let us know.
Veteran's Day will be coming up Saturday, November 11 and we are offering a free Quilt Block Pattern November 1st thru November 10th in hopes that you would make a quilt block for a veteran. As a new Quilt of Valor Shop and as a member of the String-A-Long Stars and Stripes Quilt of Valor group we are thankful for the service and sacrifice our veterans have given for our country. As quilters we show our appreciation through the quilts we make and we hope you will stop in and pick up a free block pattern, make a block at home and turn your block in at the shop before or by Veterans Day. As a bonus to you for contributing a block to the veterans quilt we will offer you a 10% off coupon for the shop (one per person) to use before the end of the year. The gift of a quilt is never ending "Thank You".
The shop will be closed November 22, 23 and 24 for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Enjoy your time with Family & Friends, the shop will open again on Saturday November 25 for our Small Business Saturday Sale. We are thankful for all the support you give us as a small neighborhood business and we are holding a 25% off sale on fabrics, patterns and notions for the winter months ahead. Its also a great time to buy those Sweet Stitches Gift Certificates as we will add an additional $10.00 to every $50.00 Gift Certificate purchased for those quilters on your Christmas list.
Stay tuned for our next block of the month announcement very soon! Our shop sample is almost done Mystic Prisms from Wing on a Prayer Designs & Timeless Treasures Batiks. This is a beautiful Quilt in aquas, blues and purples we can't wait to share it with you. If you know you want to get on the Block of the Month List please call 219-250-5942 or just stop by the shop.
May all your Stitches be sweet,