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Welcome to Jenn's Quilters Depot Blog!

Welcome and Enjoy!

This is the spot where I will update you on what is new @Quilters Depot. Check out our website http://www.quiltersdepotpa.com/


From pictures of new fabrics to what's going @ the store this is the place to be.

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Thanks and happy quilting!

Jenn



Wednesday, February 29, 2012

March Classes - Watercolor by Whims and Beginning Paper Piecing!

Happy Leap Day Everyone!

Today we will review our Watercolor by whims class and our Beginning Paper Piecing Class!

First Watercolor by Whims are kits that all the pieces come pre-cut to make stained glass looking kits.  If you register by this Saturday @3pm and come in to do it you will get to pick out what kit you want.  If not you will get whatever I order on Saturday night!  lol   This class is a four week class!  Thursdays, March 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th @ 6pm.  Teacher is Andrae Lowery and price is $30 + supplies!  Below are pictures of two of the kits we had carried and sold out of.



We are very excited to have out next class on the Schedule.  Beginning Paper Piecing!  If you have been in the store you have seen the really cool projects that you can do by paper piecing.  From book covers or a placemat, or to making a quilt now is the time to learn this great technique.  This class will repeat when time allows throughout the year.

Class is 2 weeks long.
Session 1 = Tuesday, March 6th and 13th @ 2pm to 4pm. 
Session 2 = Wednesdays, March 7th and 14th @ 6pm to 8pm

Price is $20 + supplies.  Teacher = Peggy Gibson

Hope to see you for this one!

remember the one with the most stash wins!

Jenn

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

March Classes - Quilting 101 and Irish Chain

You have all been very patient with us as we re-designed our Quilting 101 class!

Well, it's back and better than ever!

You will learn all the basics in this 7 week class!

Fabric Selection, Rotary Cutting, Machine Piecing is just the beginning.  Learn how to do this great 9 block quilt.  We will teach you the basics and tell you about other ways to do the same technique.  The class will also cover quilting options and binding!

Class Starts on Wednesday, March 7th @ 1pm to 4pm.  Price is $65 + supplies. Teacher is Mom/Pauline!  Please make sure you do know how to use your sewing machine!  The class will repeat in April during the evening!

Next class up to review is the Irish Chain.  March is the 3 Rivers Quilt Show and we want you to know what you are looking at!  Come in and learn how to make a great Irish Chain!  3 spots left in this class!  Don't miss out on this one!

4 week class.  Tuesdays, March 6th, 13th, 20th and 27 @ 6pm to 9pm.  Teacher is Andrae Lowery and price is $35 + supplies


Tomorrow we will review two more classes!

remember the one with the most stash wins!

Jenn

Monday, February 27, 2012

March - Knitting and Bargello Class

I promise you next Monday I will post all the success stories I should have posted today.

Instead I will give you March classes!

Let's start with Knitting.  I am starting with knitting because both knitting events start this Satruday, March 3rd.

First is PHD.  (projects half done).  You've seen my sweater.  It's half done!  I'll be there!  Our regular knitters will be there too.  Working on Sweaters, socks, etc.  Are you a knitter who needs just some help with a project. Maybe just a time to sit and actually knit without people bothering you?  You want some laughs?  Our group is known for our good times!

Stop in on March 3rd, 17th or 31st from 9:30 am to 11:45 and get your projects done!  $15/session.  Teacher is Heather Metzger.


Our second Knitting is for you who want to knit!  KNITTING 101!  This class is for kids of all ages.  Whether your a tween, teenager, young adult or grandma, this is the class for you to learn how to use those knitting needles.  Class starts this Saturday, March 3rd at noon!  Register NOW!  it is a three week class and will continue on the 17th and 31st.

Next we will talk about our very hot class!  Bargello!  We are having such success stories with this class.  Many ladies have come who have never sewn before and will walk out with an almost completed quilt top.  Usually just the borders need added.  Now the added bonus to this class is that you get a second class at your convience to finish the borders, learn how to quilt your quilt top and if time permits binding.

Once you learn how to make one of these quilts it's going to be your saving grace when you need a quick gift or charity project!

tomorrow we will talk about the first half of our quilting classes!  Stay tuned to the same bat (ok for some reason that slipped out.  I'm getting old!) channel and same bat time for more of our March classes!

remember the one with the most stash wins!

Jenn

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Knitting This Week!

Happy Sunday all.

I'm sitting here getting ready to watch hockey game and flip to the Daytona 500!  Go Tony and Dale Jr!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and of course write my blogs for you!

So I've been working on my cardigan.  I am now on the bottom half of the sweater.  It should go much quicker!  My goal is to have that done so that next week at PHD I can start the arms!

And yes, being typical me I couldn't do it all in one color................lol

Now I will warn you I forgot the camera at the store when I left on Saturday so this is the only picture you will get this week.  I did this off my phone since so many of you yelled at me for having no picture last weekend.  At least this week you can tell it's a sweater!  lol

Enjoy your Saturday and come see us this week!

Stay tuned for blogs this week telling you about what is Happening in March!

remember the one with the most stash wins!

Jenn

Saturday, February 25, 2012

This Week @ Quilters Depot!

Here is the link for this week @!

http://www.quiltersdepotpa.com/ThisWeek@/thisweek@Feb27th.html

Don't forget the happy hours on Monday morning @ 11am and tuesday night @6pm for locker hooking.

remember the one with the most stash wins!

Jenn

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Do you need a Quilt Made?!

In today's post I want to introduce you to two ladies who will make quilts for you.

These are the ladies that when you come into the store and want something made we will give your name to.

Our first is Tshirts by Linda.  Linda Mckee is available to make you tshirt quilts, purses or traditional quilts.

give her a call @ 724-258-2120 from 9am to 6pm Tues -Sat and see what she can do for you!

Our second is Modern Keepsakes by Renee.  Renee Sobieralski will create for you Tshirt, Photo and baby clothes quilts!
Her contact information is below!  Check out the quilts she has already done!

Website:  http://www.modernkeepsakesbyrenee.com/
Email: info@modernkeepsakesbyrenee.com
PHone: 412 759 8411 (cell)

Pass this information along to all your friends who bug you to quilt for them!  lol

Let's keep these ladies busy doing what they love to do!

remember the one with the most stash wins!

Jenn

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The all NEW Quilting 101!

We have been spending the past couple of months re-designing our quilting 101 class.

And Yes we will probably still be working on the manual the night before class starts......lol

However, let's take a closer look at the quilt you will be making.  The only pre-requisite for this class is that you know how to use your sewing machine and make a quarter inch seam!  If you have taken 101 before or are more than a beginner you can also take the class.

We are doing a 9 block sampler.

You will learn how to pick your fabric, how to cut your fabric, and make the blocks.  You will be given just not one way of doing things.  Everyone has different techniques, hints and shortcuts that make their quilting enjoyable to them.  You will be taught one way but given the options to do things a different way!

Want to learn how to quilt?  This is the class for you!  It is seven weeks but it will be worth it!

Here is the picture of the quilt you will be making.  You choose the fabrics you want to use!

Sign up now! Class starts Wednesday March 7th for 7 weeks @1 to 4pm.

The class will repeat alternating day and night classes!

remember the one with the most stash wins!

Jenn

Monday, February 20, 2012

Success Stories!

Happy Monday everyone!

Last week we had another bargello class!

If you have not taken this class you would love it!  From people who have never quilted before to experienced quilters everyone loves this fast quick class!

The first picture is from someone who has quilted before!  This is Jackie's quilt!


The second is from a brand new quilter!  Awesome work Kathy!



I'll get pictures of the other ones when they bring them back. 

The third picture is one of the 3d fabric pillows!  Great work Doris!


Now don't you want to come take a class @Quilters Depot and make some beautiful items and get mentioned in my blog..........lol

We have some great classes in March.  I'll tell you about them next week but if you have read the newsletter you already know about them!

remember the one with the most stash wins!

Jenn

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Knitting Update and What's New!

Ok.  I am combining these two posts because

a) I did not take pictures of any of the stuff that came in this week.  Basically everything was refills.  No new pretty fabric.........lol  However, you know the store is loaded with pretty fabrics.

b) I did knit this week.  However, i think it is goofed up and did not take any pictures because it looks pretty much like it did last week.  it's growing but you can't tell what it is yet.......lol  Hopefully, Tuesday night Heather will fix me up and I can continue.  Don't ask me what I did.  I have the right number of stitches just two rows earlier.  So that means I screwed up counting or i really added stitches that I shouldn't have.  I'm going to say the first, but who knows.

Have a great week and if your out tomorrow come visit me!  It's a bank holiday and I'll be at the store kitting BOM's!

remember the one with the most stash wins!

Jenn

Saturday, February 18, 2012

This Week @Quilters Depot!

Hi all!

Stop in on Monday I will be there all day!  Bank holiday!  woooooooohoooooooooooo Thank you Mr Lincoln and Mr Washington.........lol

here is the Link for this week @ http://www.quiltersdepotpa.com/ThisWeek@/thisweek@feb20th.html

Don't forget sewing circle and UFO on Friday! 

remember the one with the most stash wins!

Jenn

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Shop Hop Kickoff 2012! April 19th. Be there or Be square

Hi all!

Did i post about this already.  I swear I'm losing my mind!  By looking back I know I did but was hard to read.  I must have copied something from somewhere and what you get is hard to read.

So I am reposting because a)it's a slow week and I don't have ideas on blog posts.....lol b)it's too good not to know and remember that it's coming up!

For Shop Hop our theme is Around the Town.  The blocks are being produced and they are going to be really cute!  I cant' wait to get started on it.  Each block will be a building from around town!  We are a quilt store!

What you get if you come in and party with us on the April 19th.

April 19th VIQ day!

For $5 You will get:
Your VIQ sticker.
Charm Bracelet
First Charm for the bracelet.

Now during the shop hop you will be able to buy the Charm Braclet and the first charm for an additional amount ($8) as supplies last.  At every store instead of getting a free fat quarter this year you will be getting a unique charm for your bracelt.  Collect them all as you collect your blocks!

Ok.  I'll blog again on Saturday! 

remember the one with the most stash wins!

Jenn

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

What's New @Quilters Depot

We have a couple  new bolts this week.  These first ones are 108" wides.  The whites on all tonal white 2 are vines and i think one is stars.  The second bolt from the left is a Stonehenge backing.


The last two bolts are also Stonehenge.  However are the regular 44" wide.


remember the one with the most stash wins!

Jenn

Monday, February 13, 2012

Knitting this Week

Happy Sunday all!

Let's see I got Dad's helmet liner done.

Next I am working on my sweater.  I don't have that much done.  I was too sick last week to work on it.  The first picture is where it's at.




The second and third show the detail where the design is.




Hopefully, I will get a lot more done this week!

remember the one with the most stash wins!

Jenn

Friday, February 10, 2012

Want to work at Quilters Depot!?

You will see this next week in the newsletter, but am doing it in more detail here.

Times change.  One employee has left.  One more Teacher will be.

We have one new Sales Associate/Teacher = Peggy.  Alot of you know Peggy from 3 Rivers Quilters!  She has some great ideas coming up for classes in the next few months.

Our knitting teacher, Heather is now working as a sales associate also.  You will see her some weeknights and Saturdays when she is not teaching! 

However, I need more help!  Yes I'm hiring.  For some reason my employees do not want to work 24/7 and they want vacations.  Can you believe that!  lol  I need one more sales associate/teacher.

So before you start jumping up and down.

If you are interested here are a few requirements:

Must have access to email (this is how I schedule and communicate with my employees since I'm not always at the store.)

Be an intermediate skilled level quilter.

Be able to work a flexible schedule that includes mornings, afternoons, evenings and sometimes saturdays.

Want to teach and be able to plan, compile and execute samples and instructions for those classes.

Be able to use a computer.  Be able to follow the rules of the store,

Be willing to do anything. We are a working store that means working on samples and projects while at the store.  We also sometimes ask you to dust, straighten shelves, make coffee, and do dishes.  (I am such a task master!)

If you are still reading?  Then contact me (owner@quiltersdepotpa.comcastbiz.net)  and we will arrange a time for you to show Mom and Me some samples of your work and discuss things farther.  There are other rules also of course, but we only beat you with the yard stick if you break something expensive.  (no matter what you have heard.....lol)

remember the one with the most stash wins!

Jenn

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Happy Hour w/Pat - Kanzashi

For those who are interested in coming in for the Happy Hour with Kanzashi, here is an example of something you can make.

Look at this cute little bracelet Pat whipped up!

Isn't that sooooo cute!

remember the one with the most stash wins!

Jenn

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

How much Thread do you need to longarm.

This is a great question.

I actually saw the answer on Superior's newsletter this month.

Whether you are a long arm quilter or you hire someone, you need to know how much thread to buy.

Here is what Superior Threads (http://www.superiorthreads.com/) has to say.

These amounts are if you are just using the thread on one side.  Double the amount if using for bobbin and top thread.  The numbers represent yards of thread.  Read the numbers this way:  Light Quilting/Medium Quilting/Heavy Quilting.  These are averages since everyone quilts differently.

Lap/Crib Size     200yds/400yds/600

Twin Size            400/800/1200

Queen Size          600/1000/1600

King Size             700/1500/2000


Always know how much thread to buy now! 

remember the one with the most stash wins!

Jenn

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

What's New @ Quilters Depot!

Did you all see our Pickles cartoon fabric a couple of week's ago?

We got in the second piece of the line.  A larger panel!  These cartoons are just hilarious!



Next in the what's new is that we now have some Superior King Tut thread in!  I can't afford all of the colors right now! Nor do we have the room........lol  However, I have gotten some of the neutrals and colors I think you may like.  For those who don't know.  King Tut is a 100% Egyptian cotton that can be used for all machines including long arms!



Next we got some more 100% wool felt in for those who have been asking for it! And we got some more colors of solid towels in!




Last but not least one lone bolt of fabric came in.  A customer suggested this because it looks like cracked ice. Great for those hockey or scenic quilts.



I think that is what's in......lol  I know I restocked most of the superior, cutting blades, the large rotary cutter. 

remember the one with the most stash wins!

Jenn

Monday, February 6, 2012

Knitting this Week!

Hi all.

Well this week I have been working on making my second helmet liner.  This one will be for Dad's birthday that is coming up.  This will keep him nice and warm when he is out plowing snow (hopefully not this winter though......lol) so that I can get to my jobs.

It is amazing how quickly these knit up!  I want to make one more for the troops.

My new project is a cardigan sweater. I dont' have enough to show you, (I had to rip my first 10 rows :-(  lol)  So I sat back down Saturday night to work on it.

Apparently Abbie is really wanting to knit.



And yes that is all i have done on the cardigan............lol  She wouldn't show her face.  She was being camera shy.

So this week's goal is to finish my helmet liner.  I would like to get to i think row 16, but we shall see.....lol  If not i want to start the next helmet liner.

remember the one with the most stash wins!

Jenn

Sunday, February 5, 2012

This Week @ Quilters Depot!

Yes I know!  I'm late!  We might just try always doing this for Sundays!  I always forget to post when I get home from work on Saturdays.

So for those who didn't read their emails!  please do so it registers people are looking at it.  I cannot believe that on average only 50% of people are reading their emails.  (sigh)

Here is the link for this week@!

http://www.quiltersdepotpa.com/html/ThisWeekFeb6th.html

I was told some of the links don't work this week so I apologize in advance!

I will conquer html if it kills me.........or fries my brain which is more likely........lol

remember the one with the most stash wins!

Jenn

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Shop Hop 2012!

So I am like the third store to make the announcement.  I really was trying to be early.

First we are participating in the 2012 Southwestern Shop Hop.

Here is a list of who is: There are some changes so pay attention to which shops are in.  Now you all know you have to buy your passports from us! 

Quilters Depot
The Quilting Bee
Sew Special
Quilters Corner
Piecing It Together
Muddy Creek Originals
The Quilt Company
Quilt Patch
Peace by Piece
Amy Baughman's

Now the exciting part is what you get for being a VIQ (Very Important Quilter) on April 19th!

This year when you come during our KICKOFF party.  You will get for $5, your passport, your VIQ sticker, a charm bracelet and and 2012 charm (Bracelet and Charm is a $8 value! free!) 

Then at each store you visit during the hop.  June 20th - 23rd you will receive another charm as your free gift.  This is everyone who participates!

If you do not make the party you can buy the bracelet so that you do not miss out on all the fun of collecting but why pay for something when you can get it free!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We are updating the website so we can include the new shops and take out the ones not participating but you can visit http://www.http//westernpashophop.org/  Bookmark and check back for updates as we get them!

remember the one with the most stash wins!
Jenn

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

February Classes continued.

First thing to discuss is finishing our 2011 BOM!  Are you ready?  Do you have your blocks all done?  Come in at the two times and get what you need to finish your BOM!

You can come to all if you need some extra time!  These classes are all early in the month so don't miss them!  We would love to have a bunch of pictures of completed BOM's!

You know we love to see you!

when: 
Friday, February 3 @6pm(yes this week.  get your butts in here!  lol)
Thursday February 9th @6pm
Friday, February 10th @6pm

Get this one done so you can start the new 2012 BOM!

Happy Hours!
We have two this month. 

We are repeating the Kanzashi.  Pat will be showing you how to make these cool little flowers. 

When: 
Friday, February 10th @1pm and Tuesday, February 28th @6pm.

Happy Hour with Kathy/Locker Hooking
Did you come to our first locker hooking happy hours?  do you want to show off what you have made?  Did you miss it and still want to learn what locker hooking is all about?

We will have new books and patterns for you to check out!

When:  Monday, February 27th @11am and Tuesday, February 28th @6pm

Sewing Circles and UFO's!

Sewing circles for the month are:
Monday, February 6th
Saturday, February 18th (yes a Saturday!)
Tuesday, February 21st
Friday February 24th

UFO:
Friday, February 24th @ 5pm!

cost is $8 to cover the sweets and drinks!

remember the one with the most stash wins!

Jenn