Lots of fun things going on around our shop this Spring!
Brand new fabrics, classes, kits, and sit 'n sews and things!
Watch for our email updates,
Stop in to see what staff creates!
Join us and make some quilty friends ~ enjoy the lift this brings!
I ~ GREETING
II ~ BITS 'N PIECES
III ~ MONTHLY/WEEKLY SPECIALS
IV ~ RECIPES & CLOSING
1) Chicken Enchilada Spaghetti Squash
2) Baked Flounder with Dill Sauce
3) Chicken and Spinach Pasta Salad
March 21, 2019
Guess What??! It's Really Here!! Spring!! Did you look at the calendar?? We Made It! Yay!!!! SPRING!!
(Okay, sew somebody had to say it. After all, it's been on Everyone's Mind! Sew happy to be the one to put it out there!)
Now we can switch out the winter home decor and bring in the bright colors and flowers of the spring season! We survived the switch to daylight saving time. It's currently not raining or snowing. Crocus are up and robins are back! All is good.
We've been making lots of fun new samples for the shop. Fabric is coming in daily. New patterns and books are on the shelves, and we usually have a fresh tray of goodies to share on the cutting table in the flannel room. Come hang out with us ANY day, but especially Wednesdays and Fridays for Sit 'n Sews! You spend a wonderful day with friends, and with US. You get inspired, have help when necessary, and discover new ideas and new techniques. I just can't imagine a better way to spend a Wednesday or a Friday!! After mid-May I'll be in town a lot more regularly and will be offering a few fun (unadvertised) classes to our Sit 'n Sew friends! I'll show you some ideas when we are all together!
Something about a new season is energizing, especially when that season brings with it the promise of longer days and balmy weather! Channel that renewed energy and come let us help you pick out some beautiful things to make for your springtime home!
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.
The next meeting for our fun little gang is Saturday, April 27 from 10-5
We'll be making this cute, fast table runner! You can piece it in an hour or sew....and we should still have time to quilt and bind it! Bring your walking foot and 1/4" foot, or we have them here! If you already made this, I'll have other options and will picture them in later newsletters
Sat. April 10-5 $5 Fee/Kit $29.95*
*Let us know your color choices! Kit includes batting, backing and binding.
Currently we have 1 Featherweight Machine for sale at the shop. It's in very good condition, runs like a whisper, and is $395.
MACHINE QUILTING WITH RULERS
To date we have had several classes on machine quilting with your home machine,
using 1/4" thick quilting templates. Tons of fun! Loads of information. We have our
next class scheduled for Saturday, May 11. When you register you will receive a free
pattern for a simple table runner. When you come to the class you will need to bring the
pieced runner, batting, backing and binding. In this class we will use 3 rulers from
previous classes (CGR Slim, Taj and Squiggy) as well as 1 new ruler, the HQ Half
Circle ruler. You'll receive 15% discount on all rulers and machine feet purchased for
or during the class. If you do not already have the first 3 rulers and do not wish to
purchase them, we can simplify the quilting you will do on your table runner. I have no
objection to sharing rulers with other students if you want to try them before purchase.
This class is to inspire you to improve your quilting skills and step out of your comfort
zone a bit with tons of help from a very skilled, very patient professional teacher. If
there is time after your quilting, we'll teach you how to put a fully machine-done
binding on the table runner. It's gonna be FUN!!!
Sat. May 11 11-4 $40 Class Fee
This class has been sew popular we've scheduled it again for ~
Sat. June 15 11-4 $40 Class Fee
3) OSU CHAMPIONS
Kits in any size are available for order, and the large lap is alsew in stock in the shop
for $105.95. 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!
Due to popular request, we're now kitting Ohio University kits. These quilts are fun and fast to do. Alsew on the kitting table are kits for the University of Kentucky. We've been cutting both of these kits all week, and they are ready to go!
Ohio University Large Lap kit ~ $112.95 / UK Large Lap kit ~ $112.95
Our latest Block A Month is a beauty titled Mrs. Miller's Apprentice. It features 1800's reproduction fabrics in blues and neutrals and finishes to a twin size quilt. The fabrics are GORGEOUS in person!! Kits are $24.95/month with $25 registration fee.This will cover the last month's kit. We MUST keep your credit card on file, and you are obligated to purchase all 12 months of kits.
We will be offering a second BOM to ship in 2019, alsew....stay tuned to see that one. It's fun, happy and scrappy!
4) EMBROIDERY CLUB ~ The first 2019 meeting of our JEF Club will be Tuesday, April 2 from 4-8pm. Bring your UFO's to work on, and then future projects will be discussed and decided! Don't miss this fun gathering! Time to catch up on all the winter chatter!!
Tues. April 2 4-8pm $10
Join us for food, fun, fabric and friends as we solve another tangled Mystery with the help of lots of Willing Wenches! A complete meal along with snacks and desserts will be part of the event....if you go home without a completed quilt top, or if you go home hungry, you have no one to blame but yourself! Price for all, including a completely cut kit in your choice of colors, is $149.95*. Sign up with a friend and you will both save $10! We cut the kit For You.....sew we'll work with you on your choice of fabrics!
Because we had quite a waiting list, we are offering Mystery B on Sunday, April 28 from 9-6. This will be the SAME pattern as the March Event, but allows more folks to join in the fun!
MYSTERY B (same as March!) Sun, Apr 28 9-6 $149.95*
*Due to the significant price increases in fabric over the past 18 mos. we've been
forced to raise our Mystery prices. As of this writing, the amount listed above IS the
price for the Mystery Event. You can save $10 off that price by signing up with
6) QUILT ACADEMY is back!! ~ We've had many, many requests that we again offer our Quilt Academy. Sew, here's the plan....We've updated the process and modernized our approach! Blocks are made in easiest-to-hardest sequence with each block teaching specific skills. The first class will be Tuesday, May 14 and we will host 2 classes per month ~ the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays from 10-1:30, or evening hours the same days from 5:30 - 9pm. You will make 2 blocks per class and compete the 20 blocks in 5 months. The 6th month you will learn how to sash the blocks together and complete a quilt top in your desired size.
Price will be $20/class, or $175 if paid in advance. Before our start date we would request that you come to the shop and we will help you pick fabrics. This will be almost like a 'class' for you as we explain how/why we choose specific fabrics. In the end, YOU are the decision maker as we want you to LOVE your fabrics. You will receive 15% off these fabrics, as well as any other purchases for or during Quilt Academy. We will alsew have kits for each student containing all the specific notions needed to complete the quilt. These kits are included in class price. Rotary cutters, mats, thread are NOT included in these kits.
By the time you complete this class you will feel like you went from Quilting Kindergarten to having graduated from Quilting College. You will have not only new skills, but new confidence!
2nd and 4th Tuesdays beginning May 14 from 10 to 1:30 or from 5:30 - 9pm
with final class in August to learn setting entire quilt together
Fee: $20/class or $175 in advance
7) JELLYROLL RUG ~ Time for Spring Cleaning! Time to change-up your home decor! Pack away those winter colors and leap into spring! Let Mary Ann show you how fun, fast and easy it is to make a lovely rug or table-topper for a fresh new look in your home!! 15% discount on your jellyroll, batting and pattern purchase for the class.
Sat. Mar 30 10 - 4 $30
II. MONTHLY & WEEKLY SPECIALS
For those who can't come in to shop, but enjoy shopping on-line, if you visit our website ~ www.creationssewclever.com and make a purchase, enter the promo-code THANKU and receive 10% off your entire order!! Check it out!! If you need something and can't find it on our website, email me, use the promo-code and we'll still give you the 10% off!
MARCH SPECIAL!! ~ 20% OFF BOOKS!!
Our Hot Stuff this week:
In Stock Fusible Stabilizers ~ 30% Off!!
.....plus, we've re-stocked our fabric clearance wall!!
We have some other fun specials around our place, too! In our book room is a display box with loads of books in it. All have been marked $5! (final discount).
We have a 'new' Cameo Silhouette cutting tool with extra accessories for sale here at the shop. It is the first edition and was opened for demonstration purposes only. I am not proficient on this machine, but there is PLENTY of You Tube support if you are interested. We are asking $150.
We are continuing our FREE Wednesday and Friday Sit 'n Sews. They are just the most supportive, creative energy-inducing, friendship growing, quilt making events you can imagine!! For all the staff at Creations, it's like hosting a day of quilting with all our best friends in our home studio!! These events have taken on a life of their own and evolved to be sew much more that we first imagined!! My only request is that you respect the fact that these are not FREE CLASSES. My staff is always busy running the shop and waiting on customers. We are HAPPY to give you advice and a bit of help, but this is not the place for someone to come and learn how to use a rotary cutter, use their sewing machine, or interpret a complex pattern. If you bring a friend who needs lots of guidance, and you are going to provide it for her, that's awesome. If you or your friend need lots of guidance and attention, we will be thrilled to help you with that.....but it will be in a private class setting. I hope you can understand that we are excited to share our sewing room with our friends, but we still need to be free to work with our walk-in customers.
PLEASE NOTE!! We are always happy to share rulers, mats, scissors, seam rippers, machine feet, machine cords, machine foot pedals with you, however, our supply of all of the above has dwindled badly!! We know how easy it is to pack up at the end of Sit 'n Sew and forget that some of those items actually belong to our shop. Can you do us a favor and just look through your things to see if any of them can be returned to the shop? Thanks a million!! Let the Good Times Roll!!
RECIPES & CLOSING
How about some lighter recipes for spring?
CHICKEN ENCHILADA SPAGHETTI SQUASH
2 lg. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2½ / 3-pound spaghetti squash, halved lengthwise and seeded
1¼ cups red enchilada sauce, divided
1 medium zucchini, diced
1 small onion, minced
1 cup shredded pepper Jack cheese
Position racks in upper and lower thirds of oven; preheat to 450*. Place chicken in a medium saucepan, add water to cover and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low and gently simmer 10 to 15 minutes. Transfer chicken to a clean cutting board and shred with 2 forks. Transfer to a large bowl. Meanwhile, place squash cut-side down in a microwave-safe dish and add 2 tablespoons water. Microwave, uncovered, on High until the flesh is tender, about 10 minutes. (Alternatively, place squash halves cut-side down on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake in a 400°F oven until the squash is tender, 40 to 50 minutes.) Use a fork to scrape the squash from the shells into the large bowl. Place the shells on a broiler-safe pan. Stir 1 cup enchilada sauce, zucchini and minced onion into the squash and chicken. Divide the mixture between the shells; top with the remaining ¼ cup enchilada sauce and cheese. Bake on the lower rack for 10 minutes. Move to the upper rack, turn the broiler to high and broil, watching carefully, until the cheese starts to brown, about 2 minutes. To serve, cut each shell in half.
BAKED FLOUNDER WITH DILL SAUCE
4 (6-ounce) flounder fillets
1 T chopped fresh dill
1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream
2 T capers, drained
4 lemon wedges
Preheat oven to 425°. Season fillets with salt and pepper. Place fish on a foil-lined baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake at 425° for 10 minutes; sprinkle evenly with dill. Bake an additional 2 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork. While fish bakes, combine sour cream and capers in a small bowl. Place fish on a serving plate. Squeeze 1 lemon wedge over each serving. Serve with Caper Cream.
CHICKEN AND SPINACH PASTA SALAD
6 ounces uncooked pasta of your choice
1 medium shallot, thinly sliced
1 garlic clove, thinly sliced
3 ounces Brie cheese, rind removed and finely chopped
8 ounces shredded skinless, boneless rotisserie chicken breast (2 cups)
2 tsp cider vinegar
2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
6 oz fresh baby spinach
1 large heirloom tomato, chopped
shaved Parmesan cheese
Cook pasta al dente. Drain pasta, reserving 1/4 cup cooking liquid. Place shallot and garlic in a small bowl. Pour 1/4 cup reserved pasta cooking liquid over shallot mixture; steep 5 minutes. Place pasta and cheese in a large bowl; toss to combine. Stir in chicken, vinegar and shallot mixture. Combine oil and spinach. Add spinach mixture to pasta mixture; toss to combine. Sprinkle with remaining tomato and shaved Parmesan to taste.
It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade. ~Charles Dickens
I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a quilt shop. ~(paraphrased) R. Stout
Spring shows what God can do with a drab and dirty world. ~Virgil A. Kraft Your friend in continuous stitches,
Join us for our FREE Wednesday and Friday Sit 'n Sews! Bring your friends, or we'll share ours!