There's a new classroom in town and not only is it FABULOUS, but it's starting to fill up with scheduled classes, clubs and workshops! In fact, the stunning traditional Mowhawk Trail block featured in the Grandmother's Fan Applique Quilt by Sherri McConnell (pictured above) is just one of the exciting workshops this year.
One of the best things about our classes is we strive to introduce you to something or someone new, especially with our designer series of workshops. Nothing can ever replace the ability to interact, face-to-face with not just your instructor, but with fellow quilters who are taking the class with you.
This year, we are excited to have the lovely Sherri McConnell join us for a designer workshop! Sherri and her daughter Chelsi are one of the newest Moda design teams. Their first collection with Moda was called Bright Sun and released in quilt shops last fall. Their next collection is called Valley and should be in your local quilt shops soon. Prior to joining Moda, Sherri pieced quilt samples for another one of our Moda favorites, Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree Quilts. In addition, Sherri is an author of two fabulous books, while keeping her blog, "A Quilting Life" in full swing.
Sherri will be teaching two workshops here at the Shoppe! For her workshop on Friday, August 5 she will be teaching one of our personal favorites, Kitchen Sink, which you may recognize from her very popular book, "Fresh Family Traditions." I'm telling you right now that this book...it's amazing. It's one of those books where every project is inspiring. When we look at books for the Shoppe, we have a rule where we have to be in love with at least five projects. This book has far more than five. It has 18!
Isn't this adorable? It totally makes you happy on the gloomiest of days! Anyway, Sherri will teach Kitchen Sink on Friday, August 5 from 9:30am-3:30pm. The workshop fee includes instruction by Sherri and a delicious catered lunch. Class Discount Evening for this workshop is on Tuesday, July 26 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm for those who are local. If you are coming from afar for this workshop, please contact us prior and we will arrange a time for you based on your traveling schedule to select your supplies. Class Discount Evening is important folks because you get a 20% off discount on all supplies for the workshop. We strive to give our customers individual attention in planning their quilt projects for workshops, seeew the "Mothership" and Christine will be available to help with fabric selection etc. should you need assistance.
On Saturday, August 6 (same "Bat" time...same "Bat" channel...lol) Sherri will teach that gorgeous Grandmother's Fan Applique Quilt. We can see it in seeew many other styles too! Be sure to register soon so that the "Mothership" can properly prepare. It's also helpful to let us know if you will be bringing your own fabrics, or if you are wanting to purchase fabrics from us. We will be looking at some collections soon and we will want to make sure you have what you need before last minute.
BTW...if the word applique freaks you out, relax..Sherri insists it's simple applique. You're going to love it! Class Discount Evening for this workshop is the same evening as Kitchen Sink...Tuesday, July 26 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. I just happened to find this image over on allpeoplequilt.com. That farm cabinet reminds me of the one we have here in our workshop...but I don't have a couch. LOL. Isn't the quilt pretty? It's a stunner if you ask me.
Now...back to Fresh Family Traditions.
We have two other quilts we have made from this book. One of them is our Beginning Quilt Class (July 31 & August 21, 2016) sample that we showed you a few days ago. In case you missed it, I've re-shared the picture below. Love this seeew much! The "Mothership" did such a phenomenal job putting this one together. I would never have thought to combine both Strawberry Fields Re-visited and Farmhouse together. It's seeew Summer and makes me want to like...go milk cows or something. I love it!
I'm sorry....but as I scrolled past this picture....I just have to tell you once more how I LOVE IT! It's just as precious as can be! Seeew sweet. Love it. Love it. Looooooooooooooove it!
Another project from Sherri's book is our Beach House Quilt Kit in which we used lovely Lakehouse cotton fabrics along with some batiks. We learned batik and cotton combination quilts from the talented Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts and we just love how the combo adds seeew much interest to a quilt! Don't be afraid to mix things up!
Well, the end of the day is near and I've done absolutely nothing to the Shoppe floor. Never, ever re-model a business unless you can be closed for like...a month. Seriously. Re-setting is taking the majority of our time. We still have to paint, add the barn doors onto the new workshop, build in the counters for the cash register area, re-position furniture...everywhere and just figure out how we want to be in our new space. It is seriously like re-opening a shop. No joke. BTW...we changed the way the barn doors will be. Instead of sliding (just because we use the walls for cabinets and quilts) the doors will open outward complete with vintage transom windows. I'll let you know how that all works out when the time comes.
That's it for today! Make sure to register for our classes and workshops on our all new website! Yes, I'm still working on it every day adding images. There are thousands and thousands for me to load. Seeew make sure you are clicking on my links as that takes you to everything I've already done. Trust me...I will guide you. LOL.
Stay seeew-cial and thanks for reading! ~ Brian