Friday, December 27, 2013

Loving the Lonestar!

Last month Veronica taught a hands-on class featuring Quiltsmart's Bitty Lonestar at Cactus Quilts in Texas City. To say the least it was a success!! It was so successful, that she has been asked to do it again! If you missed it, you have a second chance.

Saturday, January 4, Veronica will be teaching another Bitty Lonestar Workshop at Cactus Quilts in Texas City, Texas, from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Veronica will take you through the steps to creating a small Lonestar Quilt top using Quiltsmart printed interfacing and rectangles. In this 4-hour class (with lunch break), participants will have the opportunity to complete a 19-inch Lonestar that is perfect for a wallhanging or tabletop.

Cactus Quilts is located at: 1811 6th St. N., Texas City, TX 77590 (between Houston and Galveston). For more information, a supply list or to sign up for the class call Cactus Quilts (409) 965-9778.

Want Veronica to teach a class in your area? Visit our website to learn more about scheduling a lecture or workshop!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Friday, December 20, 2013

Join Us and Turns "Leftovers" into "Lovely!"

Quilters in Houston and Galveston mark your calendars! Veronica and Cactus Quilts in Texas City, Texas, are teaming together to offer a 6-session Scrap Quilt program in 2014!

Nothing can compare to the excitement of diving into a pile of fabric scraps and coming up with a beautiful quilt top. But don’t worry if you don’t know where to start, we can help! Grab your scraps and a friend and head over to Cactus Quilts for our Scrap-Happy Quilters Club every 4th Saturday of every odd month from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Each meeting will feature a different quilt design and fabric and supply list will be provided when you sign up for the class. Make your quilt unique to you by selecting scraps in like colors or making it as “scrappy” as you’d like.

The first class will be held January 26 starting at 10:30 a.m. The quilt pattern featured in this class is “Queen of Tarts”. This sweet treat will use variety of scraps no smaller than 3 ½ inches. Block size will be 9 inches with finished top size 46 ½ inches x 59 ½ inches.

Fabric Requirements:
1 yard medium to dark fabrics
2 ½ yards assorted light fabrics
When you sign up for class, be sure to get cutting instructions so you can be ready to quilt when you arrive.

Upcoming Scrap-Happy Quilters Club classes are scheduled for:
March 22
May 24
July 26
September 27
November 22

To sign up for any of the upcoming classes, call Cactus Quilts at (409) 965-9778. Cactus Quilts is located at 1811 6th St. North, Texas City, Texas. 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Cruise into Fun with Upcoming Round Bobbin Adventure

Let the adventure begin!! We are only a few months away the Round Bobbin Sew Fun Cruise and we are already getting ready!!

Round Bobbin Sewing Cruise & Quilting Cruise will tour the Eastern Caribbean March 30-April 6, 2014 with ports of call including Philipsburg, St. Maarten • Basseterre, St. Kitts • San Juan, Puerto Rico. The cruise departs from Fort Lauderdale, FL, March 30, 2014 for seven nights on Celebrity's Silhouette.

Doesn't that sound amazing!?!

That's not all. They will hold quilting classes and sewing classes while at sea. While in port, you'll enjoy the wonders of the islands. Shopping, island tours, amazing waters, exotic foods and more awaits you. Guess who the teachers are!!

Veronica will be teaching alongside Kaye Woods, Emma Seabrooke and Mary Carollo! Oh, what fun we'll have. Last year was a blast and Kaye hugged me for days ... {sigh} I'm a bear in love ...

Veronica's classes include:

Gilligan's Island - limit 20
Monday, 1 pm – 5 pm, Room Sky A
Let's make an island wall hanging complete with huts and palm trees. We will embellish our island and you can add little fish using Angelina and Crystalina fibers. Kit fee: $20

One Hour Shirt
Monday, 8 pm - 10 pm, Room Sky A
Using one piece of fabric, we will sew, cut and sew some more. You will walk away with a cute shirt made from black rayon. Kit fee $20

Puttin on the Glitz – Tote Bag - limit 20 - hands-on workshop
Friday, 8 am - noon, Room Sky B
In this class we'll make a tote bag and embellish it with different stitches from our machines. Using glitz threads you'll ad that extra zing to your bag. This class was full on the last cruise. If time permits, we may be able to add more bling. Kit Fee: $25

Mystery Go Baby - limit 20 – hands-on workshop
Friday, 1 pm – 5 pm, Room Sky A
We will use the Go Baby by Accuquilt to make a mystery project. Come and join us as the mystery unfolds. Kit Fee: $20

Posy Pincushion – 1 ½ hour hands-on workshop
Saturday, 1 pm - 3 pm, Room Sky A
Cute little posy pincushion made from a pattern that can also be used to make a small posy wall hanging or quilt. We'll use felt to construct our pincushion. Kit fee: $20.00

Red Hot Mama – Mystery Project – 2 hour workshop
Friday, 8 pm – 10 pm, Room Sky B.
Join Veronica for a special mystery class. You will be sewing something special that you can use during the cruise and beyond. Kit fee $20

There is no need to bring any supplies. Sewing machines are provided by Janome America. Classes are limited and are on a first come, first served basis.

Join me on an adventure and let's see where the seas take us. It'll be "sew" much fun!!

To book your cruise contact Bonnie at CruiseOne 800-784-4480. Space is limited and filling fast. I can't wait to see you!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Bear Thread Designs Website Now Features Quiltsmart!!

Bear Thread Designs' website has undergone a complete change in the past two months and we are still adding new things. This week we have added a whole list of Quiltsmart patterns and projects. 

Quiltsmart projects are creating using printed interfacing making traditionally difficult patterns easy! Now you can make a Lonestar Quilt without having to face diamonds and Y-seams. Now you can make it using printed interfacing and rectangles. The same method is used for making Tumbling Blocks quilts.

Bear Thread Designs now carries:

  • Black-Eyed Susan Snuggler Pack
  • Bow Tie Snuggler Pack
  • Lone Star Snuggler Pack
  • Apple Core Classic Pack
  • Double Wedding Ring Classic Pack
  • Grandma's Fan Classic Pack
  • Liberty Crown Classic Pack
  • 58" Lone Star Classic Pack
  • Mariner's Star Classic Pack
  • Mary's Flower Garden Classic Pack
  • Mini Mariner's Compass Classic Pack
  • Pumpkin Seed Classic Pack
What's the difference between a Snuggler Pack and Classic Pack? Snuggler Packs are generally smaller sizes, perfect for tablerunners, baby or lap size quilts. Classic Packs are usually bed-size or allow for multiple smaller projects.

But quilts is not all we have. If you're looking for some quick and easy projects for Christmas gifts, try one of the Quiltsmart bags, created using printed interfacing. They come in 3 sizes:
  • Bitty Bag (Bag bottom is about 5.5" square with 9" tall sides)
  • Midi Bag (Bag bottom is about 8" square with 12" tall sides)
  • Mondo Bag (Bag bottom is about 10" square with 17"-tall sides)