Newsletter

Spring 2018

Northern California Quilt Rush Shop Hop

April 18-21
Mark your calendar and make plans with your friends to rush around from shop to shop during this year’s four day Quilt Rush event. This year’s theme is ‘Sew Charming.’ All participating shops will be giving out 5” charm squares of solid fabrics in assorted colors. The Grand Prize is a $100 gift certificate from each shop and 2nd Prize is a basket of quilting goodies valued at over $500. There will be ten 3rd Prize baskets of quilting goodies valued at over $250 each. Pick up a flyer in our shop or visit www.quiltrush.org to get all the information you need to plan your trip!

Tickled Pink Quilt Raffle
In October a wonderful group of women gathered for our 10th annual Tickled Pink event stitching all night to raise awareness about breast cancer and to raise funds to support local programs through the American Cancer Society, Pink Lemonade and Pink Heals, Solano. Quilters helped stitch blocks for our raffle quilt, Bubbles, that was designed by Marcia Harmening of Happy Stash Quilts. Bubbles will soon be on display in our store and on our website. Raffle tickets are available for purchase for the opportunity to win this special quilt. The proceeds from the raffle will be donated to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life Vacaville event. Tickets are being sold for $5 each or 5 for $20. The drawing for the raffle will be on June 25th at A Quilted Heart.

Quilt Backing Sale
For each month that gives you an extra Saturday we are giving you extra savings! Bring in all of our completed quilt tops and get a whopping savings of 25% off of your backing fabric. It’s that simple! We look forward to seeing you on June 30th with your next bundle of quilt tops.

Gift Certificates
We love helping our customers spend their gift certificates that they have received as gifts! A Quilted Heart gift cards can be used to purchase fabric, books, patterns and notions from us. You can even use them to purchase class supplies, although class fees cannot be paid for with a gift card. Class fees are used to pay the teacher and offset the cost of the classroom. Thanks for your understanding and enjoy spending your gift certificates on some of our wonderful products!

Row by Row Experience
Are you beginning to make your summer travel plans? Consider including quilt shop visits and participate in this year’s Row by Row Experience. Shops all over the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia and beyond are gearing up for this year’s event that follows the theme, Sew Musical. This year shops will be mixing things up a bit with their rows by implementing new shape options and dimensions. From June 21 through September 4, simply visit any participating shop and receive a free pattern for your Sew Musical quilt. Combine your various row shapes for a truly unique quilt that highlights your travels and favorite quilt shops. Travel with friends, discover new quilt shops and have fun collecting new row shapes! Create a quilt using at least 8 different rows and be the first to bring it into a participating shop to win a stack of 25 fat quarters! Do your travel plans extend into September and October? Don’t fret, Row by Row is allowing shops to continue to sell patterns and kits in store only during the hibernation period from Sept. 5 through October 31. After October 31 shops will once again be able to complete mail order requests.

In addition to the free pattern, we will have kits available for purchase to make our exclusive row shape in the Sew Musical theme. We are also selling bolts of the Sew Musical themed fabric by Timeless Treasures.

For more information and a list of participating shops visit the website: http://www.rowbyrowexperience.com/

 Tickled Pink – Save the Date!
The 11th annual Tickled Pink fundraising event will be on Friday, October 5th. Save the date and your pennies for this fabulous fundraiser event that raises money to support local cancer patients and programs. Signups will begin on Saturday, August 25th.

Special Store Hours:
Alternate Hours:
Quilt Rush, April 18 – 21: 9am – 7pm

Closed:
Easter Sunday: April 1
Mother’s Day: May 13

A Note from the Heart

“The sky is falling!” proclaims Chicken Little.

Sometimes it can feel that way when all that seems right in our world makes a shift. Recently there have been a few shake-ups in the quilting industry that have made a few quilters a bit nervous. Whenever a quilt shop closes there is concern that quilting is on a decline. We often receive phone calls to “just check that you are still open” or customers coming in to the shop and asking if we plan on going anywhere. As many of you know I am dedicated to A Quilted Heart and offering a place for quilter’s to gather and have no plans to retire or close for many years!

Last month Coats Corportation (think threads) announced that they were exiting the fabric business which included the brands Westminster and FreeSpirit. There was a collective gasp of wondering what would happen with some of our favorite fabric designers; Kaffe Fassett, Tula Pink, and Anna Maria Horner to name a few. A week later Clothworks announced that they were partnering with Tanya Whelan to carry her designs. Then a week later Jaftex Corp. announced their intent to purchase FreeSpirit fabrics. Jaftex is a 4th generation family owned business that currently includes Henry Glass, Studio e and Blank fabrics. They are excited to bring FreeSprirt into their family and continue to provide the bold, vibrant prints that the FreeSpirit designers are known for. So now we can breathe again knowing that we will be able to purchase and sell some of our favorite FreeSpirit fabrics! Just this week Northcott announced that they are launching a new subdivision of fabrics, Figo, which will offer modern and contemporary designs.

One of my favorite sayings is, “when one door closes, another one opens”. We often look at the world through a peephole but it is important to keep a bigger picture perspective, in life and in the world of quilting.

Quilting is a 3.7 billion dollar industry. It is normal for any industry to go through shifts and changes but quilter’s are not going away! In the past 5 years I have seen a surge of interest in sewing and quilting amongst tweens. Younger adult quilters are continuing to make their imprint on the quilting and sewing industry as witnessed by the Modern Quilting movement. So, we won’t become alarmed when we see changes locally and within the industry. We at A Quilted Heart are committed to moving forward and providing beautiful new fabrics and a friendly place to gather for our quilting community.

Michelle

Groups

Sit ‘n Sew
Attention Quilters! Do you want to stay in touch with other quilters? Come visit our Sit ‘n Sew day. This is an opportunity to finish some old projects or start new ones. So, dig out your u.f.o.s, bring yourself and a friend, sewing supplies, and your lunch and finish that project.
11:00 – 4:00 on the following dates:
Thursday, April 26
Tuesday, May 29
Wednesday, June 20

~NEW Dates:
Wednesday, April 25
Monday, May 7
Monday, June 4

Fee: $10 per session
(Preregistration is required.)

 Sew-n-Supper
Bring your unfinished projects, or something you have wanted to start and a super supper will be provided along with Starbucks and dessert. Registration begins the first day of each month at 10:00 am. Because space is limited to 9, each participant may only sign up and pay for themselves and one other kindred spirit.
Friday, June 15, 5:00pm – midnight
Facilitators and chefs:
Michelle Craft & Staff
Fee: $25


Binky Patrol
This heartfelt group of volunteers has created hundreds of blankets that are donated for children in crisis.
For further information contact: vacavillebinkypatrol@comcast.net
Coordinator: Marilyn Lewis

Border Creek Mystery Sit n Sew
For those participating the Border Creek Mystery Quilt.
1st Friday of the month
Cost $5 per session
12:00 – 3:00 or 6:00 – 9:00
This quarter: April 6, May 4, June 1

Northwind Quilt Guild
The Northwind Quilt Guild meets on the first Wednesday evening of each month at 6:30 pm. If you are interested in joining the guild, you are welcome to come and visit a meeting.
This quarter: April 4, May 2, June 6

 

Workshops

The Pad Project Workshop: Helping Young Women in Kenya
The Pad Project makes washable, re-useable maxi pads for girls and women in impoverished areas of Kenya.  These durable and long-lasting maxi pad kits consist of one waterproof base unit, two heavy liners and two light liners.  They are relatively simple to make, and the materials can be purchased at your local fabric store, or even found in your own home.  You can make them on your own or in a group to share the fun!
4th Tuesday, 6:00 – 8:30
This quarter: April 24, June 26

 

Clubs

 Club Registration Policy
When you join one of our clubs you commit to attending each monthly class. You are required to pay the monthly fee, even if you are unable to attend that month. A discount is given to students who pay for the entire class fees by the first class date.

 2018 Block of the Month, Shooting Stars
2nd Saturday of the month at 8:45am
This quarter: April 14, May 12, June 9

 Kids Club
Tuesdays, 6:00 – 8:00
April 10, 17, May 8

Class Schedule

(See page: Classes)