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    Charity Quilts
    Demo Days 2015
    Duke City Appliqué Society
    Free Demos
    First Friday Sew-In
    Metro Quilt Shop Stroll
    New Mexico State Fair
    New Teacher at the Quilt Works
    Pinon Quilters Sew-In
    Quilt Shows
    Semi-Annual Sale
    UNM Quilting Classes


SEMI-ANNUAL SALE --- Wednesday through Saturday, 21 - 24 January 2015

All regularly priced merchandise is 20% off. And don’t forget our Friday (January 23) evening Garage Sale. We close at 5:00 and reopen at 6:00 with many specially marked items, and all the fabrics on our half-price shelves at $3.50/yard.
[posted: 13 Dec 14]

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FREE DEMOS

Your response to our Demo Days in November is greatly appreciated. We have selected two of the popular ones and added two new ones to this quarter’s presentations. Here are the dates:
    Sunday, January 25 – Quilted Sewing Machine Cover using a Villa Rosa pattern and fat quarters. Eve will show you how to make these covers more creative.
    Sunday, February 22 – Quilt-As-You-Go Made Modern. Shirley Sickenger will show you how easy this technique really is. This is a way to get over your fear of machine quilting.
    Sunday, March 22 – Cindy will demonstrate a Charm Pack Pillow. This involves the circle cutter and raw edge appliqué. Good way to use up scraps.
    Tuesday, April 14 – Fay will show you how to use Texture Magic to make bags and wall hangings more interesting. Your creativity will be sparked by this demo.
[posted: 13 Dec 14]

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DEMO DAYS 2014 -- Friday & Saturday, 7 & 8 November 2014

Grand Prize Imagine! 56 Demonstrations spread over two days, 10:00 to 4:00 each day! New and creative quilting designs and projects, novel notions, new techniques for classic patterns, lots of major prizes including a Brother SIMPLY BRILLIANT Computerized Sewing and Quilting Machine, SB700T (shown at the right and donated by Ryan's Sewing and Vacuum), hands-on opportunities on several new sewing machines, door prizes every hour, and, well..., excitement that won't quit. Here is the link to the schedule: 2014 Demo Days Schedule. Hard copies can be picked up at the Shop.

[posted: 03 Nov 14]

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DUKE CITY APPLIQUÉ SOCIETY

Jane Talso Jane Talso    If you love hand appliqué, join this group; it meets  at The Quilt Works from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm on the second Sunday of each month. As the sponsoring organization for this group, we require that you join The Appliqué Society after two visits. Visit the following web site to learn more about this organization: http://www.theappliquesociety.org.
    The pictures at the right were taken at the December 2011 meeting (at which the members, once again shared some decadent deserts). Each of the blocks shown on the design wall was contributed by a member. Marge Martinez's name was drawn from the "hat" for the blocks in the left-hand picture; these blocks were created from Edyta Sitar's book, Hop To It. A very happy Christine Eckstine is pictured at the right with blocks in Edyta Sitar's Sweet 16 pattern.

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FIRST FRIDAY SEW-IN

December First Friday Sew-In If you have a UFO ("unfinished object") that needs special attention, want some help to get over a "knotty" quilting problem, would like to take the opportunity to work on a charity quilt, or simply enjoy getting together with other quilters in a relaxed environment, join us at the First Friday Sew-In. There is no cost for the First Friday Sew-Ins, and you do not need a reservation; just come. Most months, we meet on the first Friday of the month, from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

The picture shown here was taken at our December 2010 Sew-In. In the middle of the tables are several of the Kittie Pillows we  made for donation to the Robbie Jones Memorial Cat House at Animal Humane New Mexico. In addition to sewing Kitty pillows, Sheryl made big strides toward preparing her bargello quilt for sandwiching and quilting, Lois finished the binding on her quilt, and Rhonda finished about half of the quilting on her wall hanging for the Introduction to Machine Piecing class.

Our schedule for the next few months is shown below; among the charities for which we shall be making quilts is the Quilts of Valor Foundation. Mark these dates on your calendar. We shall send a reminder to all of the people on our e-mail address list about a week in advance.
    2 January 2015. 
    6 February 2015
    6 March 2015
    3 April 2015

[posted: 13 Dec 14]

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PIÑON QUILTERS SEW-IN, Thursday, 12 March 2015

This group is sponsoring a sew-in on March 12, 9:30 am - 3:00 pm, to sew on charity projects. You are welcome to join us; you’ll meet some great quilters. All of the fabrics have been prepared in advance; just bring your machine and share in the fun. For more information, contact Doris Bowen at: 299-6570.

[posted: 13 Dec 14]

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2014 NM STATE FAIR QUILT COMPETITION

Ribbons and prizes are awarded in 43 different Classes, and the quilts are displayed in the Creative Arts Building throughout the duration of the Fair. Participants are divided into three age groups:
   Section 156 - Quilts made by juniors (17 years of age and under): Classes 35 & 36
   Section 158 - Quilts made by persons over 65: Classes 75 & 76 [See also Section 168, Class 225]
   Section 168 - All of the rest of us: Classes 187 - 225
The Quilt Works presents a Gift Certificate to the first place ribbon winner in each Class.

Complete information about the Rules, Classes, etc., is found in the Home Arts, Division 12, Sewing/Needlework section of the New Mexico State Fair Premium Book. To go directly to the Sewing/Needlework Division Premium Book, choose this link:
   http://exponm.com/entriescompettitions/premium-book/home-arts/
To "navigate" to the Premium Book:
    http://exponm.com/
    http://www.exponm.com/ takes you to the same place
        Highlight NMSF COMPETITIONS and choose Home Arts from the drop-down menu
           On the Home Arts page, scroll down to Clothing and click on the "Sewing-Needle Work" link to display the *.pdf file.
               Home Arts. Division 12. Sewing/Needlework. Scroll down to the desired Section (usually Section 168)
The Special Rules for quilters are provided at the beginning of Section 168.

To enter a quilt in the competition, take it to the Creative Arts building at Expo NM between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm on Friday or Saturday, September 5 or 6. If you cannot take your quilt to ExpoNM on these days, we can help. As in past years, Judy (from our shop) has volunteered to take quilts down and complete the entry paperwork. To take advantage of Judy's generous offer, bring your quilt(s) to the shop before the 5th; make sure that your name, address, and phone number are attached.

In most cases, all of the work on your quilt must be your own. However, Classes 212 - 217 are for Group quilts, and Classes 216 and 217 are for quilts quilted by a paid quilter.

[posted: 04 Sep 14]

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QUILT SHOWS

AQS QUILTWEEK® --- 14-17 January 2015
    The American Quilting Society is bringing their January show to Albuquerque, January 14 through January 17 at the Convention Center. The hours are 10:00 to 6:00 Wednesday through Friday and 10:00 to 5:00 on Saturday. More than 500 quilts will be on display, including two hundred AQS contest quilts and 4 special exhibits:
        SAQA’s Wide Horizons IV
        Shades of the Southwest (a collection of Gail Garber’s quilts)
        Route 66
        Red, White and Quilted
    For general information go to: information
    For a list of the workshops that you can sign up for, go to: workshops
    This is a national event with spectacular quilts. It is a great show for New Mexico and all our quilters should plan to see it.

2015 QUILT WORKS EMPLOYEES' QUILT SHOW
    The Annual Quilt Works Employees' Show will be hung on Wednesday, 1 April, and remain for two weeks.
    Visit our GALLERY page to view pictures of the quilts we displayed in our 2014 show.

[posted: 13 Dec 14]

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ALBUQUERQUE METRO QUILT SHOP STROLL --- Friday & Saturday, 15 & 16 August 2014

QW Shop Stroll Quilt     Again this year, we were joined by three other quilt shops in the Albuquerque metro area: Quilts Olé, Busy Bee Quilts, and Southwest Decoratives. Our theme: "America the Beautiful." As in past years, Passports stamped at all four shops were entered into the drawing for more than 50 prizes, topped by three sewing machines donated by area sewing machine shops, and 4 prize baskets (assembled by the four shops) valued at more than $250 apiece. Each shop designed its own unique block and a setting for all four blocks, and created both kits and free patterns.
    We called our setting of the blocks designed by the four shops "Stars and Stripes." It is shown at the right. Busy Bee Quilts' block is in the upper left, in the field of our flag. Below and to the right is our block, an 8-point star in which each of the diamonds is cut from a 3-fabric strip set. Quilts Olé's block is in the center, and Southwest Decoratives' block is in the lower right.
    The construction of our quilt is not nearly as daunting as it may appear at first glance. We pieced and quilted the flag before adding the 4 Shop Blocks. Each of the Shop Blocks was then separately sandwiched and quilted, and appliqued on the flag. The flag is constructed of 91 arcs -- 21 blue, 37 red, and 33 white. (Yes, you will get some practice -- piecing gentle curves.) Dana  demonstrated tips and techniques for making this project all day, both days.

[posted: 04 Sep 14]

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UNM QUILTING CLASSES

    Two UNM Continuing Education Division Quilting classes are taught at the Quilt Works by Carol Bell: Quilting 101 and Quilting 102. Quilting 101 is designed for the absolute beginner, and leads naturally into Quilting 102.  Here are the meeting dates and times.
    Quilting 101 for the ABSOLUTE Beginner + a Whole Lot More: 10 meetings, Wednesday evenings, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm, 04 February - 08 April.
    Quilting 102 for the NOVICE Quilter - Six Halves Make a Whole Sampler: 8 meetings, Thursday evenings, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm, 12 February - 02 April.
Here is the "yellow brick road" for more information about these classes and to register for them; go to:
    http://ce.unm.edu/
        Highlight "Personal Enrichment" and choose "Crafts & Hobbies" from the drop-down menu.
            Crafts & Hobbies page.
                Click on the "Crafts & Hobbies" box in the middle of the page
                A list with Class Names, Start Dates, and Costs drops down
                Scroll down to:
                    "Quilting 101 for the ABSOLUTE Beginner" and/or
                     "Quilting 102 for the NOVICE Quilter - Six Halves Make a Whole Sampler"
                Click on the Class Name for information about the class
   Here are the links to the pages that Carol has prepared for her classes; they give additional information plus instructions about what you should bring to the first class meeting: Quilting 101 and Quilting 102. We have copies of these pages at the Shop, and you are welcome to pick them up there.
   To go directly to the Crafts & Hobbies page (avoiding part of the "yellow brick road"), click on the following link: UNM Quilting Classes.

[posted: 17 Dec 14]

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NEW TEACHER AT THE QUILT WORKS


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CHARITY QUILTS and PROJECTS

Teen Quilt 01 (25 Aug 10, 14 Dec 10) The Quilt Works continues to be involved in a variety of charitable programs; we list the principle ones here, and invite you to participate. As you may have noted elsewhere on our web site, all of our First Friday Sew-Ins have devoted at least part of their efforts toward these projects.
• QUILTS FOR HOMELESS TEENS: The quilt in the picture on the right is one of more than two dozen lap quilts that we made for the Albuquerque Public Schools (APS) Title I Homeless Project for distribution to homeless APS students.
• QUILTS OF VALOR: These quilts are being given to active duty personnel wounded in Afghanistan and Iraq.
• ONE MILLION PILLOWCASE CHALLENGE: We have joined the American Patchwork & Quilting One Million Pillowcase Challenge. If you’d like to reduce your stash and make an impact in our community, this is a great project. Make pillowcases and donate them to your favorite charity. For more information about this Challenge, and to register your participation, go to the following web site: http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/millionpillowcases/. Alternatively, bring your pillowcases to the Shop; we will take care of distributing them and registering your participation.
• ZIACASES: The Community Fund of Southern NM and the Las Cruces Red Cross have joined to make Ziacases, pillowcases for NM National Guard members serving overseas. Trudi Pickett is the coordinator. When you bring your pillowcases to the Shop, we will take care of forwarding them to Trudi.
• BANANA COOLERS: With a Banana Cooler gently resting around your neck, life in the hot sun is a lot more endurable. We have made Banana Coolers both for our Armed Forces personnel serving overseas, and for the Albuquerque Rescue Mission. Here is a link to our pattern: Banana Cooler Pattern
• PILLOWCASES FOR THE SALVATION ARMY "TOY & JOY STORE": We devoted our December 2010 First Friday Sew-In to making pillowcases for the Toy and Joy Store, and received many more pillowcases from customers who were unable to come to the Sew-In but wanted to participate. As of this date (14 Dec), we have donated 130 pillowcases to the Salvation Army! We expect to continue this very much appreciated project. If you have made pillowcases - especially with young children in mind - we will make sure that they are taken down as soon as we receive them. 

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