January 21, 2021
2021 THE GREAT STASH DASH RETURNS!
January 22, 2021 through February 6, 2021
The Dash will be 16 days long to give you additional time to get to all shops. When you stop in with your Dash Bag and Passport you will receive 15% off your entire purchase, a coupon to use later, and when you bring your bag in on the 5th Saturdays of a month (there are 3 additional days in 2021), you will receive the 15% discount on your entire purchase again!
This is the 6th year of the GSD and we are changing it up a bit! Instead of purchasing a new bag with your Passport, you can reuse one of the previous 5 bags. Just bring in your previous bag to get your free Passport. If you do not have a previous bag, you can purchase it from a participating Shop for $10 and receive your Passport.
Some updated info about the Great Stash Dash starting this Friday. As you plan your travels to this group of Shops, there are a couple of changes you need to know. First Bernina of Naperville has updated their hours - Thursday & Friday hours are now 1 pm to 8 pm. Second - sadly, Lucky Quilt Company of Pecatonica will not be participating in this year's Stash Dash
UPDATE ON NEW BLOCK OF THE MONTH PROGRAMS
We are nearly max’d out on participants on the following BOMs
Pam Buda’s Forever More – one spot left. This one starts this month; kits are ready for pick up now and will be each month on the 15th.
Nancy Rink’s Galactic Explosion – Venus – two spots left.
Kits will be available starting February 1st.
Kaye England’s Courtyard – Sorry this one is FULL!
Kits will be available starting March 1st.
See complete details on these BOMs on our website.
Shop samples of these quilts are in the Shop.
KIM DIEHL’S STITCH ALONG & SIMPLE WHATNOTS CLUB
We are working with Kim Diehl’s new fabric line, Gratitude & Grace, to complete Shop Samples on all the beautiful new projects! This is her 10th collection for the Simple Whatnots Club series. There are deep reds, teal, shades of green and golden yellows to name a few colors for this collection.
We are taking signups for the Whatnots Club which will include eight small projects. Kits with patterns for those joining this Club are available monthly starting January.
Sign ups are underway for the Humble & Heartfelt Stitch Along, which is a 6-month program starting in March. Each month you will receive the fabrics and pattern for a portion of the quilt. In total you will get the fabrics for the quilt top and binding. This program will be $27.99 per month.
Stop in the Shop to sign up for one or both programs. These programs can be pickup at the Shop or mailed out.
Here’s a look at the projects
WOOL EMBROIDERY WORKSHOP Saturday February 13, 10 am to Noon
WOOL EMBROIDERY BUTTONS & BEADS Saturday February 13, 1 pm to 4 pm
Both classes will pick up from where Robin left off before the postponement of classes due to COVID mitigations. Class will continue monthly, on the second Saturday of each month.
In the Wool Embroidery Workshop, the class will be working on the Squirrel.
There is a class supply list available for this class; stop in or call if you need this.
HOUSE IN THE MIDDLE
This class will also pick up from where Lesley left off before the postponement of classes due to COVID mitigations.
Group 1 meets the first Thursday March 4
Group 2 meets the second Thursday March 11
***NEW*** 2021 SATURDAY SAMPLER
Join us the first Saturday of each month for 7 months for a lecture/show ‘n tell class starting a 10 am. This year Polly will be instructing you in the construction of this 12-block beauty designed by Corey Yoder of Moda Fabrics. The quilt measures 72½ “ x 93½” finished. Each of the 12 blocks are 18½” unfinished.
This quilt can be very scrappy or a color-controlled quilt. Even looks great in Holiday fabrics. Stop in the Shop to see our sample. Book purchase from QGS is required along with the purchase of the background fabric. As with all our classes, you receive a 15% discount on your book, fabric, & supplies. No class fee!
First class is March 6, 10 am
***NEW*** TUCKER UNIVERSITY MYSTERY!
Several of you who participated in our Tucker University offering in 2019/2020 asked about refresher classes on the rulers. Well, this is our first approach to doing this!
This will be a fun way to review several of the rulers taught in our freshman year of Tucker U. The mystery quilt requires the use of the Corner Beam™, Diamond Rect™, Square2™, Corner Pop™ and Tucker Trimmer™ I, five (5) tools total from Studio 180 Design. A mystery quilt is also a fun way to create a great design, with encouragement within a group. Each clue for this quilt focuses on one of these rulers. So, for each month we will focus on one ruler. A review of its use will be the first order of business. Then we will finish the afternoon up by sewing several of the units required for the quilt size you choose. This allows us to “cement” the ruler technique through repetitive completion of blocks. You also have the “help” of fellow students and the instructor! Of course depending on which quilt size you choose, you may get all your sewing done for the month, so no “homework” for that month!
Three size options, from a Lap/Throw, Twin, & Full/Queen, are available so that you can choose the size project that works best for you. Clues to the mystery will be given each month at this class. When you sign up you will receive the first Clue which gives you the fabric requirements. Subsequent clues will be available the day of class each month. Of course, participating in the afternoon of sewing is optional. The reveal of the entire design will happen in the last month.
This Mystery is specifically directed at those who have taken our Tucker U classes, but it is available to anyone as we will be reviewing/instructing the tool use each month.
There is no cost for this event. Purchase of the specific ruler would be required. We would be happy to help you select your fabrics or perhaps you can pull it from your stash! As always, you will receive 15% off all purchases for this class as well as 15% off your purchases the day of class.
This is an 8 month program, meeting on the First Saturday of Month, starting March 6, 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm. This class will be Clue 2 (Month 2).
WINTER WEATHER POLICY
During this winter weather season, if weather conditions are dangerous or threatening, we will be deciding on Shop status, either closing early or closed for the individual day. We want everyone to be safe and not take any risk with travel. We will change our answering machine message to reflect any closures. We will also use Facebook and our website Home page to post any notices on weather related closures. So please call first or check Facebook or the website.
STAY SAFE & HEALTHY!
Upcoming Calendar Items
Wool Embroidery Workshop, Saturday February 13, 10 am
House in the Middle, Group 1, Thursday, March 4, 10 am
(New) Saturday Sampler, Saturday, March 6, 10 am
(New) Tucker University Mystery, Saturday, March 6, 12:30 pm
House in the Middle, Group 2, Thursday, March 11, 10 am
Quilter’s General Store – A Quilter’s destination for supplies & inspiration!
6903 Harrison Avenue, Rockford, Illinois 61108
Shop Hours: Monday through Saturday 10 am to 4 pm