Shop Hours

Weds - Fri 10-5
Sat. 10-3 or
until last person leaves
and also by appointmen




The Country Schoolhouse Quilt Shop
Bits & Pieces

November 2014

Weds-Fri  10-5 Sat: 10-3  or until the last customer leaves!  Closed Sunday - Tuesday.
We are also open by appointment anytime - not a problem to open earlier or stay later - just call and let me know what day and time.

Our Hours:
Open Wed. – Fri.  10-5 or until last person leaves.
Saturday 10-3
Closed Sun. – Tues.

Directions to the Country School House Quilt Shop 

My shop is at the corner of 21st Ave. E. and East 5th Street.  I’m in the DeSmet Agency building.  They have a big sign in parking lot and my little sign is on building next to door.

Directions to the shop: (I am only 3 blocks from the Lake, so when you get to the lake, drive 3 blocks away from it and that is E. 5th St.)   (1) Driving N on Hwy 2/53.  When you see McDonald’s on the right & Culver’s on the left, turn left and go 3 blocks to stop sign,  is  E. 5th St.  The DeSmet Agency building is diagonally across the street.  (2) From Mn – take Blatnik Bridge and follow the Hwy 53 S. signs which will take you under the bridge and along the lake, past Perkins and Fairlawn Museum.  At Culver’s, turn right and  go 3 blocks to stop sign which is E. 5th St.  The DeSmet Agency building is diagonally across the street.  (3) Coming from the N on Hwy 35 (Tower Ave).  Turn right on N 28th St. (Mall Drive) – go past mall and over railroad tracks.  Turn right at the stop lights onto E. 5th St.  Go 3 blocks to 21st Ave E. The DeSmet Agency building is on the right. 

Important News: 

November –
Can you believe it is here already! That means we have to get serious about getting our handmade gifts done and….we…will…help you…Here’s How:

Inspiration Saturdays: We will have 4 Saturdays (put these on your calendar), Nov. 15, 22, 29 and Dec. 6th. Demonstrations of 1 or several gifts you can make in our shop from 10 – 11 and again from 11 – 12. We will give you a pattern, show you the steps and have some kits available too. Did I also mention it is FREE! We only ask that you call or e-mail us that you are coming so I know how many copies to make. Some of the patterns may be ones we have done before that were big hits and others will be ones I have come across or a mixture of the two. I am going to put pictures on Facebook of the samples we will be demonstrating that Saturday. They will be posted on Wed. before the Saturday. We will also have the samples up during the next week, but the patterns will not be free. If you don’t sign up and want to come – just come! I’d like to see at least 6-10 a session or more. Put those Saturdays in your calendar NOW!

Diva Wallet Class…Mary did a great job with the class she had and they all made great wallets and bought so many of the metal units to make gifts with that I had to order another 20 sets. Mary agreed to do another class on a Saturday morning so that those of you still working will be able to attend that one. We are open to which Sat. we have it so call and sign up and tell us which Sat. will work for you. Cost is $30 and that includes pattern, interfacing and metal pieces. You will need to bring 2 fat quarters (precut them) and a zipper to match. Call or e-mail me right away to get in on the last class.
All I Want for Christmas is a Baby Lock machine……and we have them set up for you to try. Rebates given by Baby Lock for the month of November are:
$100 on Aria; $100 on Crescendo and $100 on Imagine Serger.
There are also 3 new machines in the Quilter’s Dream Series:
Soprano is a 300 stitch computerized machine along with the Lyric which is 250 stitch and the Katherine at 190 stitches. I do not have these in stock yet as they are brand new, but I’ll have some info and prices.

Piece and Comfort Challenge …coming in January 2015. Fabric will be here in December. This is the Moda Challenge I told you about last month. This Challenge “recognizes and honors the sacrifices that are made by out country’s military families.” Our Quilt Shop stands behind our troops and their service to keep us safe and free and we are indebted to their families who also sacrifice too and this is our way to honor them. Here’s how you can be part of this:

Create a 54” x 65” or larger quilt made from 90% Moda fabric with 50% of that coming from one or both of the featured lines (we will have bolts from both of them). Stop in and see the charm pack from Red, White and Free at our shop after Nov. 10th. We should also have Home of the Brave shortly too. Contest begins Jan. 1st with registration and ends March 31 with a completed quilt. The quilts will be displayed from April 6-18 and pictures of them will also be on our Facebook page. Customers vote for their favorite and the winner will get a great prize from Moda and from our shop. We will also have additional prizes for all who participate. The quilts will also be displayed at our Spring Quilt Show in April or May. The winner from our shop goes on to the national contest via online. The winner will receive $500; 2nd place $250 and 3rd place $150 and there will be a Designer’s Choice Award for $500. I will have the forms for registering as soon as Moda sends them to me and will announce it on our Facebook page as soon as they arrive.

New Samples are going up and we are working on several more. Stop in and see the cute kid’s quilt made from a jelly roll and charm pack and our jelly roll quilt from a Christmas Line. That only takes about 3 hours! More fabrics come each week and I’ll be at Tri-State Market on Monday to put in orders for 2015 and perhaps pick up some great ideas too.

….7 weeks to Christmas and that will go by fast – let’s get sewing and quilting!!!!

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