March 27, 2017

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Welcome to our New and Improved web site!!  Like anything else worthwhile, there is a learning curve.  We've put lots of goodies on our site, but it's really only a peek into what we have in store!  Check back often to see what we've added.  Feel free to email us with ideas of things you'd like to see.  If you are looking for something and can't find it here, please email us or call the shop.  If we don't have it, we can usually get it!  This website is for YOU, our customers, and we want it to be easy to navigate and carry goods that entice you and meet your needs.  

 

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Mysteries of Spring!

It's spring-time now, and it's time to change the bed;
Put your winter quilt away and put the spring one on instead!
You don't have a springtime quilt? Well, let us help you out!
This week's Hot Suff! special gives your wallet lots more clout!
                             
I ~ GREETING
  II ~ BITS 'N PIECES
III ~ MONTHLY/WEEKLY SPECIALS
IV ~ RECIPES & CLOSING
1) Blueberry Lemon Cake
2) Chicken Mushroom Spinach Lasagna
3) Texas Caviar
March 22, 2016  
Hi Friends!
I. GREETING 
   We had a simply WONDERFUL time at our Mystery Event last Sunday!  I was too busy to take pictures, but Jan took several and I'll share them here....
 



                             
  The last picture in the above group is of the finished Mystery.  We are taking orders for kits in your personal choice of fabrics/colors. Generous lap size (60" x 72"), pre-cut and to include binding is $84.95.  Pattern-only for lap size is $5.  Email or call the shop with orders. Thanks sew much!!  I'm sorry there are no pictures of the food.....I was busy and when I thought about it, all we had left were 4 very small pieces of blueberry lemon cake. Not one bit of leftovers.....wow!!  Recipes to follow.
 
  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!! We've been clearancing them for awhile now, but still a great selection!!
 
 
                   "...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..." 
               Bohin Mechanical Pencils/Refills and Glue Pens/Refills                                                                               WEBSITE CODE ~ BOHIN
    
     Do you feel frustrated when trying to make a fine mark on fabric?  Are your markers too thick?  Too temporary?  Hard to remove?  We love the Bohin mechanical chalk pencils! They are very fine. The chalk is similar to tailor's chalk and does not brush out accidentally.  The range of colors of chalk is great! ~ red, yellow, white, silver, green... Pencils have an eraser-tip, but we alsew like to rub the chalk away with a scrap of cotton quilt batt.  The glue pens are amazing!  Perfect for all the sophisticated Judy Neimeyer paper-piecing patterns, as well as general use in the quilting world. Give these a try while they're on sale!
II ~ BITS 'N PIECES
  Here is a compilation of upcoming classes and events for you to consider.  I hope you can join us!!
1) ~ HOW TO BIND YOUR QUILT LIKE A PRO! ~ Becki will teach you several
   options for professional looking quilt binding! Think of the frame of your favorite
   picture.....you want your binding to professionally frame and show-off your beautiful
   quilt!  You will be practicing with several quilt 'sandwiches' to test out the skills Becki
   will teach you.
    Tuesday, March 28                           1-4                         $25 + $5 for materials
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.  We'll make a
    cute little spring table runner using the 4" Log Cabin Trim Tool.  Bring yours if you
    have one, or we'll give 20% off if you need to purchase. In this class you'll alsew learn
    how to successfully sew mitered corners on your border.  PLEASE let us know your
    color preferences for your kit ASAP!!  Looking forward to our gathering!

  Saturday, March 25      10-5         $5         Kit Fee $19.95* bring your ruler!!
                 
 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 ~ 30% Off  ~
                   ........Make-A-Quilt-For-Your-Bed!!
            Come into our shop this week or next, and choose a book/pattern, or bring your own, and select all of the materials to make your quilt ~ fabrics for the top, the backing, the binding, the batting, and any necessary notions (such as marking pencils, triangle paper, machine needles, matching thread, etc) We want you to LOVE your bedroom again!!!*
   *To receive 30% discount, ALL NECESSARY MATERIALS must be purchased at the same time, including backing and batting.
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!!
  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!!
 
 
Don't Miss Out On The Fun!!!!

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 through 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:   
  • Your comfy hotel room (single or double)
  • 3 (or 4!) whole days of uninterrupted sewing
  • Private, discounted after-hours shopping at Creations
  • Catered (dee-licious!) meals
  • Quilter/masseuse and nail tech available all weekend (cost extra)
  • Your choice of anything you'd like to work on during the event (even knitting or reading.....or nothing!).  We go to any length to make sure you have a fabulous, stress-free time!   Price for Quilt Away to include Thursday is $425 and Thursday meals are NOT included.   The Christopher Inn has a wonderful, clean, bright conference room. There is a sparkling indoor pool and hot tub! We alsew invite a quilter/masseuse friend to offer massages throughout the fun weekend and a nail tech to pamper our tootsies and nails              
  •                                  
    If you are coming to our Quilt Away, consider ordering a kit to work on while you're there and have all the help from our staff and our willing QA wenches!!!
     
    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!!!  sewclevr@gmail.com      
     RECIPES & CLOSING
     
    BLUEBERRY LEMON CAKE
    2 eggs
    1 cup sugar
    1 cup sour cream
    1/2 cup olive oil
    1 tsp  vanilla extract
    1/4 tsp salt
    2 cups flour
    2 tsp baking powder
    1 lemon (zest and juice)
    1/2 Tbsp corn starch
    16 oz fresh blueberries
    Powdered sugar to dust the top, optional
       Lightly grease a 9x9 pan and line the bottom with a square of parchment paper (I made my cake in a 9x13 pan and baked it for a shorter time.  I then cut the cake like bars.) Beat eggs and sugar with mixer for 5 minutes. Add sour cream, oil, vanilla and salt and continue to beat. Whisk together flour with baking powder and gradually add to egg mixture, mixing all together on low or medium until all is incorporated. Add lemon zest and juice and continue to mix. Mix clean blueberries with corn starch and gently stir until corn starch is moist. Pour half the batter into baking pan. Top with half the blueberries. Add remaining batter, and top with remaining blueberries. Gently press blueberries into batter and smooth over. Bake @ 375* for 45-55 min. Let cake rest for about 15 minutes before removing from pan. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.
     

    CHICKEN MUSHROOM SPINACH LASAGNA** 

                                                              **(I NEVER pre-cook lasagna noodles)

    1 lb. lasagna noodles

    3 tbsp. butter

    2 cloves garlic, minced

    3 tbsp.  flour

    3 c. milk

    2 c. grated Parmesan

    3 c. shredded rotisserie chicken

    1 bag fresh spinach, de-stemmed and torn

    16 oz fresh mushrooms (I used Baby Portobellas) cleaned and quartered

    1 large onion, chopped

    2 T dill weed

    1 pint ricotta

    1 pint cottage cheese

    1 egg

    4 c. shredded mozzarella


    Peheat oven to 350º.  In large bowl mix ricotta, cottage cheese, 1 egg, 1 cup grated Parmesan and dill weed. Set aside.

    In large skillet or Dutch oven, over medium heat, melt butter. Add garlic, mushrooms, and onion and cook until fragrant, 1 minute, then add flour and whisk until golden brown, 1 minute more. Add milk and bring to a simmer. Let thicken, 2 to 4 minutes. Add 1 cup Parmesan and stir until creamy, then add shredded chicken and spinach, and stir until combined.

    To assemble, in large 9x13 baking dish sprayed with cooking spray spoon 2-3 spoonfulls of mushroom/chicken mixture in pan and spread evenly. Top with layer of uncooked lasagna noodles slightly overlapping each edge. Spread 1/3 of ricotta mixture, then 1/3 of mushroom/chicken mixture, then 1/3 of the shredded mozzarella. Repeat twice more. Cover with foil (spray inside of foil with cooking spray) and bake 45 minutes, or until bubbly. Uncover and continue to cook 10-15 minutes more until cheese is bubbly and golden. Allow to cool 10-15 minutes before cutting and serving.

     

    TEXAS CAVIAR (from Jan)

    1 can pinto beans, drained and rinsed

    1 can black beans, drained and rinsed

    1 or 2 cans (7oz) shoepeg corn, drained

    1 cup diced red pepper

    1 cup finely chopped green onions

    1 cup finely chopped celery

      Mix all together in large bowl

    Marinade:

    1/2 cup canola oil

    3/4 - 1 cup sugar

    3/4 cup cider vinegar

    1/2 tsp black pepper

      Bring to boil stirring constantly. Remove from head and allow to cool for 2 hours. Mix with veggies and refrigerate until serving. Best served with 'Scoops'-type tortilla chips or Fritos. Then....get outta the way!  The stampede will begin!!


    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."
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