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Sweet Stitches Quilt Shop May 2019 Newsletter


SSQS Journal

Issue 21 May 2019 

Happy Spring Everyone!

It’s so good to see the green grass back again, isn’t it? Finally, some color back in our part of the world - even if it’s covered in rain. You know what they say, “April Showers bring May Flowers” and that is actually the theme of our First Friday of the Month Demonstration Day - Flowers! We have a lot of fun flower quilt themed ideas for you to see this Friday, May 3rd at 10:30 am. We are continuing with the theme of flowers for the whole month of May in the shop with a flower-themed Accuquilt Go! Play Day! on May 16 from 10:30 to 4:30. This is a free event for anyone with an Accuquilt Cutting System. Just sign up online or in the shop to let us know you are coming and we will let you know what you need to bring. There are a few flower classes on the calendar with an addition of a new Collage Quilt class to keep with the theme for the month. Linda will have 4 bag classes on the calendar including the new “Retreat Bag”. Everyone needs one of these great storage bags. Darla’s cute little “Sew Handy Pocket” for your machine that holds your most used notions at your fingertips is back on the calendar along with two new classes she will be teaching the “Taffy” Quilt, a great quick quilt to put together and the “Stitch Happens” Quilt that is SEW perfect to hang in your sewing room! The shop is aflutter these days just like the birds of spring gathering their building materials and working to create something of comfort and warmth for their families. We hope you stop in to see what’s new in the shop and take home some spring inspiration and a little stash to build your own comfy quilted nest. Happy Spring Everyone!

May all your Stitches be Sweet,


May Flowers for 1st Friday Demo Day  

May 3rd at 10:30 am 

April showers bring May Flowers! You guessed it - our Friday, May 3rd Demonstration Day theme will be Flowers - pieced, applique, folded, panels, collage - there are so many ways to make flowers out of fabric and add them your quilts! There will be patterns, techniques, tips and lots of flowery goodness! We hope you can join us for this Free Demonstration at 10:30 am on Friday, May 3. If you have a flower quilt you would like to share at show and tell we would love to see it!

Join us on the First Friday of the month for Demonstration Day at the Shop!

GO! Play Day!  

May 16, 2019 10:30am-4:30pm

Do you have an Accuquilt Go! Cutting system? Come spend the day with us cutting, sewing and learning more about how your Accuquilt system can save you time on cutting your blocks so you have more time to quilt! Come with a plan for a project or just come in to play! Continuing with our flower theme in May - Darla will be demonstrating cutting fusible backed fabrics on your Accuquilt Go! Cutting system. We will have flower dies to use and you can give applique a try - the Accuquilt way!

To participate You Must Own An Accuquilt And Bring It With You To The Go! Play Day! Event. Fabrics And Fusible Backing For Appliques Will Be Needed If You Plan To Try Our Flower Dies. We would love to have you join us for this all day come and go as you want event.

Join in and Take a Class!

We have a full slate of classes scheduled for May to boost your skills or challenge you with a fun new project. Linda has Four Bag classes scheduled including the New Retreat Bag and be sure to check out Darla's new Sew Handy Machine Pocket! Of course, Joan will offer Free Motion and several Floral based classes this month along with other standing class options.

You can link to our May Calendar here.

Homestead Betty Modern Sampler Block of the Month 

Month 4  Blocks for our "Homestead Betty" Block of the Month are ready for pick up as of May 3rd. 

This Sweet Little Red & White Pieced Quilt is made in the Maywood Studio Fabric line “The Little Things”. The quilt hanging in the shop was assembled by Linda Poparad and quilted by Judy Holden. A new block will be released on the first Friday of each month.  

Mothers Day Sale !!

Want to pass a hint on to the family about your wish for Mothers day? Between May 1st and 11th, we will have a SALE on our line of Travel Sewing Machines. Save 15% OFF the Sweet Stitches Sale Tag Price on a purchase of one of these great elna travel machines. We have two models, the 550 and 570. Great for Outings with friends, Retreats, Trips, Etc.  Stop in to try one out, you will be impressed by the quality and all the features that come with such a portable machine! 

Our classroom is available on Friday's from 10am until 4pm to anyone that would like to work on their sewing/quilting project. Use the space, meet new people and enjoy a day of sewing. Bring your machine or call ahead to reserve one of our classroom elna machines for the day!

A Machine Minute

General Maintenance and proper technique are critical for optimum performance of your sewing machine and project outcome.

It MAY just be the Needle

At Sweet Stitches, with an in-house repair shop, we work on a lot of sewing machines of all makes, models, sizes, and age. When a machine is dropped off it is not uncommon to hear that the "Timing is Off" evidenced by skipped stitches or a nest of thread under the fabric. While the root cause of the issue can vary widely, it is interesting just how often that a contributing factor is the needle. Be it bent, blunt, improperly sized for the thread or not fully inserted into the holder, many times simply changing to a new needle improves the circumstance. If you experience issues with your machine, rethread, check or change your bobbin and most certainly, try a new needle, it may just save a trip!

Quilters of all skill levels can find encouragement, inspiration, and creativity at Sweet Stitches Quilt Shop. Located in Chesterton, Indiana just a few miles from the natural beauty of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Sweet Stitches Quilt Shop is your destination for fabrics, notions and all things quilting. We carry a wide variety of brights, batiks and reproduction fabrics as well as notions, patterns, books, and Elna sewing machines. Our large classroom offers students everything they need to learn and grow their quilting talents. From fabric selection to project advice to training on your new machine, our friendly, knowledgeable staff is ready to assist. Stop by the store or click the "Shop Online" link to view our wide variety of products ready to ship direct to your door.

1585 South Calumet Road  Chesterton, IN 46304

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