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    Charity Quilts
    Demo Days 2013
    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, Early January 2015

20% off all full-priced merchandise. And, of course, our "garage sale" from 6:00 to 8:30 on Friday.

[posted: 04 Sep 14]

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FREE DEMOS


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

Here is what we wrote a couple of days after our 2013 Demo Days: "We are still recovering from Demo Days, possibly two of the most exciting days in the long history of The Quilt Works! Just to give you a feel for the level of activity, we gave out almost 1900 tickets for the Prize Drawing, and the average attendance at 48 demos was more than 22 people for each presentation. We are greatly appreciative for your tremendous enthusiasm. For a list of the prize winners, click here."

Mark your calendar for the 2014 edition!

[posted: 04 Sep 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 are the Wounded Warriors Project, Blue Star Mothers, and 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.
    5 September 2014. 
    3 October 2014 {The 5 October date published in our Newsletter is in error.}
    14 November 2014 {Demo Days are on 7 & 8 November.}
    5 December 2014

[posted: 04 Sep 14]

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PIÑON QUILTERS SEW-IN, Thursday, 13 March 2014

This group is sponsoring a sew-in on March 13, 9:30 am - 1:00 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: 05 Jan 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

2014 QUILT WORKS EMPLOYEES' QUILT SHOW
    The Annual Quilt Works Employees' Show was the first two weeks of April. Visit our GALLERY page to view pictures of the quilts we displayed in our 2014 show.

6 & 7 September. Silverton Colorfest Quilt Show, Silverton Public School Gym, West 12th and Reese St, Silverton, CO. E-mail: info@silvertoncolorado.com.

18-20 September. Pecos Valley Quilters, Roswell, NM. www.pecosvalleyquilters.com

10-12 October. Northern NM Quilt Guild, Santa Fe County Exhibit Hall, 3229 Rodeo Rd, Santa Fe, NM.

10 & 11 October. San Juan Quilters Guild, Farmington, NM. www.sjqg.org

10-12 October. Rim County Quilt Roundup, Payson, AZ.www.quiltroundup.com

14-17 January 2015. American Quilter's Society Show, Convention Center, Albuquerque, NM. www.americanquilter.com/shows_contests/upcoming.php

[posted: 04 Sep 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, 6 September - 12 November.
    Quilting 102 for the NOVICE Quilter - Six Halves Make a Whole Sampler: 8 meetings, Thursday evenings, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm, 18 September - 6 November.
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 is a link to the page that Carol prepared for this class; it gives additional information plus instructions about what you should bring to the first class meeting: Quilting 101. We have copies of this page at the Shop, and you are welcome to pick it up there.
   To go directly to the Arts, Crafts & Hobbies page (avoiding part of the "yellow brick road"), click on the following link:
UNM Quilting Classes.

[posted: 04 Sep 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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