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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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September 13, 2018

Fall is my FAVORITE time of the year! 
It's even MORE favorite when I am HERE! 
    We've such fun at the shop,  
    Where we laugh 'till we drop ~    
And our customer-friends keep us wound in High Gear!  
I ~ GREETING
  II ~ BITS 'N PIECES
III ~ MONTHLY/WEEKLY SPECIALS
IV ~ RECIPES & CLOSING
1) Mac 'n Cheese Chicken Soup
2) Sheet Pan Chicken with Fall Veggies
3) Apple Pomegranate Crisp
September 13, 2018
Hi Friends!
I. GREETING 
   It seems Fall is really in the air now! Weather has changed.....dramatically! School is in full swing. Pumpkins are EVERYWHERE....and, the REAL indicator.....Pumpkin Spice Latte is back at Starbucks!!!  Hahahaha! (I don't even drink those sweet coffees, but like football, which I don't play.....they are a sign of the season!!) I think one of the things I like best about living in Ohio is, by the time I'm good and sick of one season, the next one is upon us!
  We have some great goodies in stock for the Featherweight Fanatic in your life!!  At Creations SewClever we now stock these wonderful 'gas pedal pushers' for our Featherweight Friends and anyone else who has an antique machine with this style foot pedal. Especially great for those with arthritis or neuropathy. Holes are drilled to hold foot pedal pads, nonslip grips on bottom, fold top across foot pedal and use your entire foot to depress your 'gas pedal'. Made from beautifully stained and finished hardwood. ($25.)
         
   
    We have lots of these kits in stock that make up quickly for use as a sewing tote, beach tote, or general purpose 'haulin' stuff around' tote.  If you would like one of these kits for yourself, just call the shop! (740)775-1957. We don't have them on the website yet. Kits are $36.95 + tax (and shipping if applicable).
 
  We now have an entire NEW collection of these gorgeous hand-turned seam ripper/stilettos. PLUS....you now alsew have the option of a seam ripper/needle threader in this style! You really need to see them in person!! $29.95.   
                                                                            
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 this  Saturday, September 15 from 10-5
We'll be offering a Spa-Day for anyone interested. And for those who have no need for that, you can work on your UFO's, or choose kits from some of the past workshops that you might have missed.  
     Sat. Sept 15                                        10-5                                           $5 fee
   
 2)  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
    EMBROIDERY CLUB ~ 
      Our fun embroidery gathering ~ JEF Club (Janome Embroidery Friends) take place the last Tuesday of each month throughout the summer and early fall. 
   
NOTE!! 
   These little monthly celebration quilts are machine appliqued on the embroidery machine, however..... if you would prefer to do these on your regular sewing machine and do machine applique (not embroidery-machine-driven!) YOU are invited to join us, too!!  Meetings are $10.
                            Next Meeting is Tuesday, Sept 25 from 4-8pm.
  
6) JELLYROLL RUG We will be having several classes on this fun, easy project due to VERY popular demand!!  You need 1 jellyroll and 2 - 2 1/2" rolls of cotton batting. If you purchase them for class you will receive 15% off. We can custom-cut jellyrolls for you if you find fabrics that you love. (You should find fabrics that you love.....we've just received about 4-5 shipments a week for the past several weeks!!) We'll need at least a week's notice to get your custom jelly roll cut. Stop in and see this lovely rug. It's amazingly soft, pliable and lightweight. Jan said she's making hers as a summer table topper!!
Tues. Sept 25                                                   9-4
Sat. Sept. 29                                                    9-4                              Class Fee  $30               
8) MACHINE QUILTING WITH RULERS ~ BY POPULAR REQUEST!!  We have had LOTS of requests (OK, begging!) for a machine quilting class, on regular sewing machines, for ruler work! I promise that we LISTEN to your requests, especially when begging is involved!  We carry all of the Creative Grids long-arm rulers designed by Angela Walters (The Midnight Quilter). Check out her you tube videos if you want some edu-tainment!! We'll start by offering 2 classes. Each class is 2 1/2 hours long and concentrates on 1 ruler. We are limiting the amount of students, sew if you want to join us, Do Not Wait!!  Here is what you must have to participate:
  1) well-running sewing machine with extension table
  2) ruler foot for your sewing machine
  3) short ruler and marking pencil for use on quilt sandwich
*I have a couple extension tables for our machines that will work in a pinch for you, if you don't have one. Let me know what machine you have. If you find that you want to order an extension table for your machine, we can do that for you (15% off if you take the class)
*I will have ruler feet to purchase during class, but I MUST know your machine make/model at the time of your registration, and whether or not you will need a foot. (15% off if you take the class)
*We will have all of the rulers available for purchase during the class (15% off)
Maggie Marziale will be teaching this class. Trust me....She Is Amazing!!
Saturday, October 6 (ruler is 'Slim')         10:30 - 1:00                              $30
Sunday, October 28 (ruler is 'Archie')       Noon - 2:30                              $30
  
From now through October we'll have this gorgeous, super-queen-size (105"x 105") Antelope Canyon on display as we are selling raffle tickets for my quilter friends in Ajo, AZ. I taught this class there last February. All the quilters put the blocks together and I assembled the quilt. Our shop custom-quilted this beauty and then bound it. Proceeds from the raffle to to benefit the Ajo Volunteer Fire Department as well as several other worthy community organizations. Tickets are $1 or 6/$5. Drawing will be early next February! Stop in and see this awesome quilt in person!!
                         
Antelope Canyon ~ 105"x 105"
RAFFLE QUILT
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!
    SEPTEMBER SPECIAL
FEATHERWEIGHT EXTENSION TABLE - 20% OFF!
 
 
 
                                  Our Hot Stuff  is:                                  
       Any Pre-Cuts of fabric (jelly rolls, charms, layer cakes, Creations fab-paks)  ~  30% Off!!
     
   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). 
 
LOTS of new bolts of fabric added to the Clearance Wall!!     
    
CREATIONS SEWCLEVER QUILT AWAY NEWS!    
      THIS SEPTEMBER ~  
FINAL FLING!! ~ QUILT AWAY  
Mark your calendars for Sept 20-23, 2018. This is it, folks! 
 Registrations are held with a $50 non-refundable deposit. 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.     
  •                                           
  •   All throughout the summer we will be 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!!  

    RECIPES & CLOSING
      How about a few easy, yummy autumn recipes to get you in the mood.....
    MAC AND CHEESE CHICKEN SOUP
    1 1/2 c.  macaroni (uncooked)
    1 1/4 lb.  boneless, skinless chicken breast, cubed
    4 tbsp. butter, divided
    1  onion, chopped
    1  red bell pepper, chopped
    1/3 c.  flour
    4 c.  chicken stock
    4 c.  milk
    2 tsp.  Dijon mustard
     small head broccoli, cut into small florets (about 4 cups)
    8 oz.  extra-sharp cheddar cheese, grated (about 2 cups)
        Cook pasta according to package directions; set aside. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden and cooked through, 6 to 9 minutes. Remove chicken to a plate. Reduce heat to medium. Add onion, bell pepper, and remaining 3 tablespoons butter to pot. Cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Add flour and cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Slowly stir in stock, then milk and mustard. Simmer until thickened, about 7 to 8 minutes. Stir in broccoli and reserved chicken. Simmer until broccoli is tender and soup is thickened, 4 to 6 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand 1 min. Stir in cooked pasta. Gradually stir in cheese until melted and smooth. 

    SHEET PAN CHICKEN WITH FALL VEGGIES
    4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed of excess fat and  lightly pounded to a 
    3 T olive oil, divided
    4 cloves garlic, minced
    2 T chopped fresh rosemary, divided
    1 tsp  ground cinnamon
    4 cups Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved (quarter if very large), about 1 pound
    1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
    1 medium red onion, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
    1 medium Granny smith apple, peeled, cored, and cut into rough 1-inch pieces (these
              pieces should be larger than the other vegetables)
       Preheat the oven to 425*. Place the chicken breasts in a large ziplock bag. Drizzle with 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, then add the garlic, 1 tablespoon rosemary, cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Zip the bag tightly, then shake and rub the bag to coat the chicken in the oil and spices. Set aside while you chop the vegetables and apples, or refrigerate for up to 1 day. Once chopped, place the Brussels sprouts, sweet potato, onion, and apple on a  large, rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with the remaining 1 1/2 T olive oil, toss to evenly coat, then spread into an even layer.
        Remove the chicken from the marinade and place on top of the apple and vegetables. Place in the oven and roast until the chicken is cooked through, about 25 to 35 minutes, or until done. Once the chicken is cooked through, remove to a plate to rest and cover with foil to keep warm. Toss the apple and vegetables on the pan, then return the pan to the oven and continue baking until caramelized and tender, about 10 to 15 additional minutes. Sprinkle with the remaining 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary. Serve warm with the rested chicken.

    APPLE POMEGRANATE CRISP

    4 medium apples - peeled, cored and sliced

    1/2 pomegranate, skin and light-colored membrane removed

    1/2 C brown sugar

    1 T ground cinnamon

    1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

         1/2 C rolled oats

         1/2 C flour

         1/2 C sugar

         1/2 C butter, melted

      Preheat the oven to 375*. Butter a 9x13-inch baking dish. In a large bowl, toss together the apples, pomegranate seeds, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Spread evenly into the prepared pan. In the same bowl, stir together the oats, flour and sugar. Rub in the butter between your fingers until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over the top of the fruit. Bake for 45 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the apples are soft. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Serve warm or at room temperature with whipped cream or ice cream

    Autumn is springtime in reverse. ~Terri Guillemets 
     
        I can smell autumn dancing in the breeze.
       The sweet chill of pumpkin and crisp sunburnt leaves.
                                                                      ~A. Drake
     
    Of all the seasons, autumn offers the most to man and requires the least of him. 
                                                                                                              ~Hal Borland
                                                                                                          
                                       

                                                                                       Your friend in stitches, 
                                                                                           Rita
    Join us for our FREE Wednesday and Friday Sit 'n Sews! Bring your friends, or we'll share ours!
     
                                                                                                          
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    Creations SewClever
    192 S. Paint St.
    Chillicothe, OH  45601
    740.775.1957
    http://www.creationssewclever.com/ 

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