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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, 16 - 19 July 2014

20% off all full-priced merchandise. And, of course, our "garage sale" from 6:00 to 8:30 on Friday.
[posted: 13 Apr 14]

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The DEMOS are continuous from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm in the front classroom; you can come at any time, but most people discover that it is best to get here right at 1:00.

Friday, 25 April. UNIQUE NOTIONS. Special notions are designed to make difficult tasks easy.

Saturday, 17 May. FOLDED STAR. Cindy will show you this clever way of making a star which can be used in purses, jackets, potholders, ...

Saturday, 14 June. FUZZY WUZZY. There are a number of ways to use this technique: for baby quilts, lap quilts, bed quilts, and more.

Friday, July 11. QUICK PROJECTS. Place Mats, Table Runners, Changing pads, pot holders, trivets, etc., are a few of the quick projects.

Saturday, 9 August. FLYING GEESE. There is an amazing number of different ways to make flying geese blocks -- some simple, some faster, some that save fabric, etc.

[posted: 13 Apr 14]

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DEMO DAYS 2013 -- Friday & Saturday, 8 & 9 November 2013

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.
[posted: 12 Nov 13]

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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:
    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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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.
    2 May 2014. 
    6 June 2014
    11 July 2014 {Yes, we decided not to compete with celebration of the 4th.}
    1 August 2014
[posted: 13 Apr 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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It is time to start thinking about entering your quilt in the 2013 New Mexico State Fair Quilt Competition. Ribbons and prizes are awarded in 40 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 155 - Quilts made by juniors (17 years of age and under): Classes 31 & 32
   Section 157 - Quilts made by persons over 65: Classes 56 & 57
   Section 166 - All of the rest of us: Classes 175 - 211
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 "navigate" to the Premium Book: takes you to the same place]
        Highlight ENTER COMPETITIONS and choose Premium Book from the drop-down menu
            Premium Book page: click on Home Arts
                Home Arts page: click on Sewing/Needlework
                    Home Arts. Division 12. Sewing/Needlework page Scroll down to the desired Section (usually Section 166)
To go directly to the Sewing/Needlework Division, choose this link:
The Special Rules for quilters are provided at the beginning of Section 166.
To enter a quilt in the competition, take it to the Creative Arts building at Expo NM between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm on Friday or Saturday, September 6 or 7. 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 6th; 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, there are special Classes (199 - 204) for Group quilts, and for quilts quilted by a paid quilter.
[posted: 18 Jul 13]

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    The Annual Quilt Works Employees' Show will be hung on Tuesday, 01 April, and remain in the shop through Monday, 14 April. Visit our GALLERY page to view pictures of the quilts we displayed in our 2013 show.

[posted: 05 Jan 14]

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

QW Shop Stroll Quilt     Again this year, we are 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, get your Passport stamped at all four shops to be 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 is designing its own unique block and a setting for all four blocks, and will have both kits and free patterns.
    We call 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.) Be sure to stop by the classroom when you visit the shop; Dana will be demonstrating tips and techniques for making this project all day, both days.

[posted: 12 Aug 14]

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    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, 5 February - 16 April (no meeting on 19 February)
    Quilting 102 for the NOVICE Quilter - The Carpenter's Star: 6 meetings, Thursday evenings, 27 February - 3 April.
To get more information about these classes and register for them, here is the "yellow brick road."
        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 is displayed
                Scroll down to:
                    "Quilting 101 for the ABSOLUTE Beginner + a Whole Lot More" and/or
                     "Quilting 102 for the NOVICE Quilter - The Carpenters Star""
                Click on the Class Name for information about the class
                For information about the materials required for the classes, go to the bottom of this page and find the heading "Materials Lists." Click on the line: "Find links to current materials lists for Arts & Crafts classes here." Choose Class # 05406 for Quilting 101, and Class # 05407 for Quilting 102.
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: 05 Jan 14]

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Barbara Gary    I grew up on the western slope of Colorado and moved to New Mexico in 1953. I began sewing at nine, fashioning 4-H projects. I made many of my clothes and accessories through my school years.
  My first quilt in 1961 was an embroidered state flower and bird pattern, set together with turquoise sashing and then hand quilted. I spent the next few years raising a family, farming and ranching, and sewing as a seamstress.
  In 1992, I took a class on machine quilting and I was hooked. I joined NMQA and began taking quilt classes. It was a great outlet from my hectic professional life as Senior Systems Analyst. After my retirement, I went back to school to complete my Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Criminology. I began to teach quilt classes around the state and found a passion that still continues. I am happily married to Jim, have a son and daughter-in-law living in Alaska, a daughter and son-in law and two grandchildren living in Texas, and many step children and grandchildren around the country. I enjoy discovering new quilting techniques and make mostly traditional style quilts. I am fascinated by the many quick methods that are being developed and find enjoyment in the successes of the students.
  My major emphasis currently is working toward certification with Judy Niemeyer. I enjoy the paper piecing technique and want to share that knowledge with other quilters.
[posted: 13 Apr 13]

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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: 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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