|Are you tired of this weather ~ sometimes sunny, sometimes grey?
How about a trip to Chillicothe just to play?!
We've another Mystery planned,
Come and join us if you can!
Make a quilt, enjoy the food ~ we'll chase the blues away!
I ~ GREETING
II ~ BITS 'N PIECES
III ~ MONTHLY/WEEKLY SPECIALS
IV ~ RECIPES & CLOSING
1) Lemon Crisp Cookies
2) Chicken Picata
3) Italian Sausage and Bean Stew
February 28, 2016
The Count and I returned home from Arizona last week, and for the first time ever we arrived in Columbus to warmer, sunnier weather than we left in Phoenix! It was sew nice not to have to shovel our car out of the long term parking spot, and I'm still happily flip-flopping away, my toes wiggling free!! Even though it is REALLY, REALLY wet today, at least it's still warm!
We have a fun week-long special that started yesterday ~ Fat Tuesday (the email program I used was down sew I was not able to write this yesterday.....).
THIS WEEK ONLY, SELECT FAT QUARTERS ARE $1!!
Get 'em while we've got 'em!!
This coming Saturday Sue will be teaching the amazing quilt, Antelope Canyon! We're cutting kits now, sew if you want to join us, don't delay! Class is $40, lunch is provided, quilt top finishes at 73" square and kit is $149.95
We've just clearanced 175 quilting books and have them special-priced at $5 each!! It would be hard to find a better bargain anywhere!! Grab a few while the selection is great!!
"...I've Got A Notion..."
In this section I'll share a favorite tool, and to honor that tool's uniqueness and usefulness it will be discounted 15% until the next newsletter when another notion will be the star. If you are not a walk-in customer, don't worry! We have a code you can enter if you order on our website and you will still receive the 15% discount!
This week's "...I've Got A Notion..." Olfa Folding Cutting Mat! WEBSITE CODE ~ FOLDY
$34.99 now $29.75
When you travel to classes, retreats or Sit 'n Sews with your cutting mat, is it awkward to transport? It is too big for your tote bags? Are you worried about warping or breaking it? Olfa has developed a wonderful folding cutting mat! The scalloped sides nest seamlessly together and the non-skid back provides stability. It opens to 12" x 17" which is a perfect size for most take-along projects, and it's a convenient 12" x 8" when folded ~ great for a cutting mat next to your machine, and perfect for easy transport!!
II ~ BITS 'N PIECES
Here is a compilation of upcoming classes and events for you to consider. I hope you can join us!!
1) ~ ANTELOPE CANYON ~ This is a stunning quilt made by Sue Nichols. There has been a lot of interest in a class. Sue will teach this on Saturday, March 4 from 10-5.
Hope you can make it!!
Saturday, March 4 10-5 $40 Kit Fee $149.95
2) ~ 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 will be Saturday, March 25. I don't have the project decided yet, but hope to make something using one of the rulers we've used previously in this group. Picture will hopefully be in my next email newsletter
Saturday, March 25 10-5 $5
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
4) ZIG ZAG This eye-catching quilt goes together quickly and easily with 2 1/2" strips. Sue Nichols will be offering this as an all-day class on Saturday, April 1 from 10-5.
Saturday, April 1 10-5 Class fee $40 Kit Fee $79.95
EMBROIDERY CLUB ~ Several years ago we had a monthly machine embroidery club we call JEF Club (Janome Embroidery Friends). It was open to all brands of embroidery machine, as long as the club member knew how to use her machine. I've been hearing requests that we bring this back, sew I'm putting it out to all of you for feedback. Fee would be $10/month and each month the club would work on a project. It could be a block-a-month type project, or just small projects.....your decision. I'd like to know if there is interest in this, what day would work best for those who want to join, and what kind of projects you'd like to work on. The fun thing about a 'club' format is the camaraderie that is formed, and the sharing from all the members. Everyone learns sew much more from a dedicated group than just one instructor alone. Edlyn would be the instructor, but everyone participates, shares and learns. Opinions?
III. MONTHLY & WEEKLY SPECIALS
Our MARCH SPECIAL IS ~ ALL CIVIL WAR REPRODUCTION FABRICS FROM BOLT 20% OFF!
Hot Stuff this week is 30% Off In-Stock Cut Loose Press Patterns*!
*these are the 1-page card-stock patterns that sell for $3.99
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!
Have you gotten some of your backlog of quilt tops finished this winter? We're really caught-up on our machine quilting (except for custom orders), sew turn-around time is remarkably fast. Drop by with your top and we can discuss what you want and give you a great 'finish-by' date!! Come Saturday and use our Sale Celebrating #4 to get your fabrics for your next project!!
Our next shop Mystery Event is scheduled for Sunday, March 19 from 11 - 7. We've already got a great list of sleuths just from word-of-mouth. Don't dawdle!! If you've been wanting to try a fun girls' day out ~ this is IT!!! Day of Quilting, lovely meal, complete kit, pre-cut and ready-to-sew, a host of willing wenches ~ $129.95!!! Sign up with a friend and both save $10!
Creations SewClever will have a booth this April at the Ohio One Stop Shop Hop in the Nutter Center, at Wright State University, Dayton. Dates are April 7 & 8. Be sure to mark this fun event on your calendar and come say hi!!
Our April Quilt Away is just around the corner!! Because of a late Easter this year, the date are somewhat different than usual....this year's April Quilt Away will be Thursday, April 20 throught Sunday, April 23. Registrations are held with a $50 non-refundable deposit and the dates fill fast!! Weekend cost is $335 per person for single or double room occupancy. For 3 or 4 to a 2-queen room, price is $275. If a non-sewing/eating spouse accompanies you and shares your room, the cost for that person is $165. Meals are $20 for evening and $15 for lunch. The weekend includes the following:
Have you been wanting to come join the fun at one of our Quilt Aways, but our dates just never work out for you? We now offer Make Your Own Quilt Away for just those folks!! Contact me for details and pricing and Don't Miss Out On The Fun!! We believe quilting should be All Fun All the Time!!! s[email protected]
RECIPES & CLOSING
LEMON CRIPS COOKIES
1 pkg Duncan Hines lemon cake mix
1 cup rice krispies
1/2 cup butter, melted
2 eggs, beaten
1 tsp lemon peel, or lemon juice
Combine all ingredients until well mixed. (dough will be crumbly). Shape into 1" balls. Place 2" apart on ungreased baking sheet. Bake 350* ~ 10-12 min or until set. Cool 1 min. Remove from pan to wire rack and enjoy! Can sprinkle powdered sugar over tops while warm!
4 - 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
4 Tbsp. olive oil
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 onion, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 lemon, zest and juice
1 cup chicken stock
6 Tbsp. capers
1 (14-oz.) can quartered artichoke hearts, packed in water, drained
2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
Place chicken in a resealable plastic bag. Add flour + salt and pepper and seal. Shake to coat chicken. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and add chicken. Cook for 5 minutes on each side, or until browned. Add garlic, onions, celery and mushrooms; cook for 5-7 minutes or until tender. Add lemon juice and zest, broth, capers, and artichoke hearts; cook, turning chicken halfway through, for 18 to 20 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink in the middle. Serve with rice, quinoa or pasta.
ITALIAN SAUSAGE AND BEAN STEW
1# Sweet Italian Sausage, bulk or link, cut into chunks
1# dry mixed beans ~ or beans of your choice (rinse and drain)
1 large can chicken broth
1 large can diced tomatoes
1 large onion, chunked
2-3 large carrots, peeled and chunked
2-3 ribs celery, chunked
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
4 cups chopped fresh kale, endive or spinach
In Dutch oven, or large soup pot, saute sausage until nicely browned. Remove sausage to covered bowl or foil and refrigerate until needed. In sausage drippings saute onion, carrots, celery and garlic. To this add all remaining ingredients except reserved sausage. Simmer for 3-4 hours stirring occasionally, until beans are cooked and tender. Using an immersion blender, or a potato masher, 'moosh' the beans to thicken the stew. Don't pulverize everything, but just mash them a bit. Add the sausage back into the stew. At this point, it's best if you can refrigerate the stew overnight or even for a couple days to really develop the flavor. Before serving, bring back up to simmer, add green leafy veggies and cook through. Serve with crusty bread and sour cream and grated Cheddar.
First a howling blizzard woke us,
Then the rain came down to soak us,
And now before the eye can focus -
Crocus. ~Lilja Rogers
"The day the Lord created hope was probably the same day he created Spring."
Your friend in grateful stitches,