May 17, 2016

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Rainy Day Pattern Writing

There's a LOT of writing that I have to do today.
Good thing that it's yukky out....and it's no good to play.
   Writing patterns by the score....
   Sewing stuff, and doing more.....
What I'd REALLY like to do is nap the day away......
                                                                         (darn allergies!)
 
I ~ GREETING
  II ~ BITS 'N PIECES
III ~ MONTHLY/WEEKLY SPECIALS
IV ~ RECIPES & CLOSING
1) Spaghetti Squash Primavera
2) Cold Cauliflower Salad
3) Apricot Bars
May 17, 2016  
Hi Friends!
I. GREETING 
   Did you ever wake up with an entire 'to-do' list and wish you could just have a lazy, read-a-book, watch-a-movie, have-more-coffee kind of day?  Yeah? Me, too. Sigh....
Alas, once again the 'to-do' list wins out.  It's just not worth the 'catch-up' time in the end.  Anyhow, I've gotten several patterns drawn and written, as well as a bit of sewing and some household chores out of the way.  Still feeling pretty lazy, but it was worth getting up this morning!
II ~ BITS 'N PIECES
  Here is a compilation of upcoming classes and events for you to consider.  I hope you can join us!!
1) ~ FEATHERWEIGHT CLUB  
        Sew many of our customers have one or more of these little darlings ~ 
            Singer  Featherweight 221 machines from the 1930's to the 1960's.    
 We had lots of fun and laughed like crazy people during our Featherweight Club
 this past Saturday!  I look sew forward to those gatherings!  We have quite a few mini  patterns and kits available now for anyone interested in working on one of them from  home.  I'll get together with Meg at work and put together a paper with all that we've  done to this point, along with the finished size and kit prices or pattern prices.  They are  all fun to do!  (Well, to be honest, some are more fun than others!!  Hahaha!)  Our next  gathering will be Saturday, June 11 from 10-5.  I haven't made the project yet, but I  have it in my head!!  That's a start!
    Saturday, June 11                                    10-5                                             $5
 
  I have information about Featherweight machines for sale.  I believe our customer, Donna Sheely has 2 for sale.  You can reach her at 614-578-0668.  Alsew, a customer in the Dayton area has several Featherweights for sale at $495.   If you are interested or need more information, please contact her directly at:    pileka@att.net .     Please put Featherweight in the subject line.
2)  QUILT-AS-YOU-GO!  Learn how to make a fast table runner that is all quilted and ready to use when the class is over!  Piecing and quilting all in one step! Kit available.
  Thurs, May 26                               10-3                                                   $30

 
3)  KALEIDOSCOPE QUILT POSSIBILITIES  There are loads of patterns that
 feature kaleidoscope-type blocks. Techniques are similar, just the blocks are different.  I'm teaching a FREE class for anyone who would like to make one of these fascinating
 quilts. You can choose what you want to work on.  Only condition is that you get your  fabric/pattern from our shop, and you will get 15% discount on the fabrics and patterns.  I don't have all the pictures at my fingertips, but you can stop in the shop, or look them  up on-line.  Here are some ideas ~ 4-Patch Posies; Kaleidostrips 6; Kaleidostrips 8; One  Block Wonder, Stack 'n Whack Fan. The class is TONS of fun.....it's like making your
 own fabric! I'll help you make whichever pattern you want, in whatever  size you want!  Mark your calendar!!
  Saturday, June 18                                          9-5                                    FREE!
 
 4)  OSU CHAMPIONS           
    Kits in any size are available for order, and the large lap is alsew in stock in the shop
  for $94.95.  Each kit is complete and cut and ready-to-sew. It contains Thangles needed
  to complete half-square triangle blocks, borders, binding, and complimentary label.   If
  you would like me to schedule another class for this quilt, please let me know!

 
Is there anyone who would be interested in a FREE workshop for the computer quilt design program EQ7? We'll do this on Saturday, May 21 from 10-1.  THERE IS NO CHARGE FOR THIS, but please let me know if you plan to come!  IF YOU WANT TO ORDER EQ7 BEFORE or AFTER THIS WORKSHOP YOU WILL GET 15% OFF. (Regular price is $189.95 specify MAC or PC)
    I want you to understand, I am NOT an expert with EQ7, however, I've been using the EQ programs for many years and am pretty comfortable working with it.  I should be able to answer MOST of your questions, and if not, I will GET the answer for you. I will have my laptop with EQ loaded on Windows 10.  If you have the program already, please bring it on your laptop.  I don't do power point (sorry!) sew you'll be watching me on my computer and trying things on yours.  I'm very informal and very patient, lets just have fun and learn something!
 
MYSTERY DATES!!    Mark your calendars! The next 2 Mysteries are scheduled for Sunday, June 26 from 11-7 / Sunday August 14 from 11-7  
 
  Edlyn is having a blast with a new embroidery project.  She's going to quilt it, then hang it in the shop to see if anyone would be interested in a class.  It's a beauty!!  Let us know if you're interested!
  
 
  We still have our Fabulous FREE SIT 'N SEW every Friday (10-5)   Attendance is FREE, no need to pre-register, and we give you a complimentary 10% discount on all merchandise (excluding machines and accessories and kits).  Our Tuesday Evening Sit 'n Sews are now the first and third Tuesday of each month from 5-9.  Hope you can join us!
NEWS FLASH!!!!!
    We have 2 new Block-A-Month programs for 2016.  Latimer Farm begins in January, and Southwest Stars will begin in March. We are taking a limited number of participants in each program, sew I want you to see pictures of what's coming and sign up before the spots are all gone!  
 
Latimer Farms (101" x 101")
    Latimer Farms is a 12 month program that has multiple blocks per month.  The finishing kit, borders and binding are all included in the price.  We are ONLY accepting a limited number of participants and we are more than 50% full, sew don't dawdle if you'd like to make this lovey quilt!  If you are participating in this through OUR shop, you can come in any Friday, or any day by appointment, and we'll help you at no charge.
$25 non-refundable registration fee
$29.95/month + shipping if needed
We must have a valid credit card number on file.  We do NOT charge your card until the day we ship.
SPECIAL NOTES: 
     **If you do not want us to keep your credit card on file, you can purchase gift
        cards and we can put them on your account and debit your account each month. 
    **If you'd like to pay in-full at the beginning of this program, we'll waive the $25
        registration fee.
    **When you finish this 12-month program with us, we'll give you 25% off any
        backing you choose, and we'll apply your registration fee to the backing
        purchase.
WIN + WIN + WIN!!!
Shipping begins January 15th. and will then ship on or about the 1st of every month.
 
These Southwest Stars are exactly the same, but you have the option of a creamy background, or a deep navy.   82"x 98"
    Southwest Stars is a small full-size quilt.  We would be happy to design additional borders to make it a queen.  Several who have signed up are purchasing 2 kits to make it King size. Borders and Binding are included in your kit fees.
$25 non-refundable registration fee
$15.95/month + shipping if needed
We must have a valid credit card number on file.  We do NOT charge your card until the day we ship.
SPECIAL NOTES: 
     **If you do not want us to keep your credit card on file, you can purchase gift
        cards and we can put them on your account and debit your account each month. 
    **If you'd like to pay in-full at the beginning of this program, we'll waive the $25
        registration fee.
    **When you finish this 12-month program with us, we'll give you 25% off any
        backing you choose, and we'll apply your registration fee to the backing
        purchase.
WIN + WIN + WIN!!!
III. MONTHLY & WEEKLY SPECIALS
 
   Our MAY SPECIAL IS ~ ALL WOOL PRE-CUTS AND YARDAGE ~ 20% Off!  
 And  
Hot Stuff is ~ Civil War Reproduction Fabrics from the bolt  ~ 30% Off!
 
SPECIAL EVENT!!!!
Creations SewClever is proud to be able to host Featherweight Expert, Nova Monthgomery for 2 days in September of this year.  Saturday, September 17 and Monday, September 19 she'll be at our shop giving a maintenance workshop.  Saturday is actually during our Quilt Away, sew if you are coming to that event and are interested in this Singer Featherweight Maintenance class....this is the perfect opportunity.  In addition to teaching at Creations SewClever, Nova will alsew be giving one or two workshops in Columbus at the Hilton Garden Inn, Metro Garden Room, Dublin, OH on October 10.  Seats are filling FAST!!  Visit Nova's website to register.  Hope you can join the fun!!
http://www.novamontgomery.com/module/class.htm?classId=134867
V. RECIPES & CLOSING
   It's SPRING, sort of!!

SPAGHETTI SQUASH PRIMAVERA
1 spaghetti squash
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 large clove garlic, minced
1 large zucchini, cut into bite-size pieces
1 green/yellow or red bell pepper, chopped
1 tablespoon dried Italian herb seasoning
2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
3/4 cup shaved or grated Parmesan
  Pierce the shell of the spaghetti squash with a sharp knife and wrap in paper towels, or potatoe-cooker bag. Cook in microwave on High for 15-20 minutes. Set aside until cool enough to handle. Slice in half lengthwise; remove the seeds. Use a fork to pull the flesh of the squash away from the shell and place into a large bowl; fluff with the fork to separate the strands as much as possible.
  Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir the onion in the hot oil until just tender, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and continue cooking and stirring another 3 minutes. Stir the zucchini and bell pepper into the mixture; season with the Italian herb seasoning. Pour the tomatoes into the skillet. Continue cooking just until the tomatoes are warmed, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the squash to the skillet and toss until evenly mixed.  Pour into greased casserole dish. Sprinkle with the Parmesan and bake in 350* oven 20 minutes to meld the flavors.
COLD CAULIFLOWER SALAD
2 heads cauliflower           
4oz Dijon mustard
1 ¼ cups mayonnaise       
salt, freshly ground pepper
¼ cup sour cream             
1 T dillweed
  Break cauliflower into small florets and cook in boiling water for 2-3 minutes.  Immediately blanch in cold water.  Drain.  Combine all other ingredients and whisk until creamy.  Pour over cauliflower and gently toss until cauliflower is coated.  Chill and garnish with parsley
 
APRICOT BARS
  These were a HUGE hit and grabbed from the counter as they were brought from the kitchen!
3/4 C. butter                          
1 1/3 cups coconut
1 cup sugar                           
1/2 cup chopped nuts
1 egg                                    
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 C flour                                
1 - 12oz jar apricot preserves
1/4 tsp baking powder
Cream butter and sugar, add egg and vanilla.  Combine flour and baking powder and add to butter mixture.  Stir in coconut and nuts.  Press 2/3 dough in greased, floured 13x9 pan.  Spread with preserves.  Crumble rest of dough over top.  Bake 350* 30-35 min.  Cool and cut into squares. 

"The act of putting pen to paper encourages pause for thought, this in turn makes us think more deeply about life, which helps us regain our equilibrium." ~Norbet Platt
     ....actually, the 'thinking deeply' part of writing is nothing more than distracted day-dreaming. Hahaha!
 
"I am returning this otherwise good typing paper to you because someone has printed gibberish all over it and put your name at the top." ~ English professor at Ohio University, name unknown
        .....some days this is true.......

 
                 Have a wonderful Spring Week!!
                                    Your friend in stitches, 
                                                             Rita
                                                                                     
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