The Creative Learning Center (aka the Hillsboro classroom) is now open! This has been a long held dream that has finally come to pass! The current class schedule for the first two weeks of October is as follows:
- 1 October Painting – 1:30 to 4:30
- 2 October Community Service Project (gowns and bags) – 10:00 – ?
- 7 October Coil Rope Fabric Basket (Pat Paxton) – 1:00 to 4:00; Cost: $10.00
- 8 October Painting – 5:00
- 9 October Sit and Sew – 10:00 to 3:00
- 11 October Stained Glass Leave Table Runner (Deb Ann) – 1:00 to 4:00
Every Wednesday will be a “sit-n-sew” day for anyone who wants to come in and work on a UFO (unfinished project) or any type project. We are hoping that ladies/gentlemen will use this time to gather for fellowship and sewing away from their normal sewing setting. Classes will be posted two weeks in advance (be sure to check in the newspaper also). As things progress we will make every effort to post a schedule one month in advance.
Please note: If you are interested in giving a class on any creative subject, please us and call and we will work out a date and time for you. There is a small fee for the room which will be assessed at time of scheduling. Classes can be half day, single, multiple days/or spread out over the course of a couple of weeks. The only stipulation in booking the classroom is that the classes must be open to the general public, as this is a community learning facility.
Here are some potential ideas for upcoming classes:
- Beginner sewing classes: From getting to know your machine to how to make a simple quilt block
- Basic quilting musts and vocabulary
- A variety of advanced quilting classes
- How to foundation paper piece
- Free motion quilting
- Block of the month classes
- How to square up blocks and finish a quilt
- Creative quilt borders
- Creative quilt backing (or how to make the back of your quilt “almost” as interesting as the front)
- Specialty seams such as Y-seams, curves, and sewing with small pieces
- Basket making (cloth and reed)
- Jewelry making
- Candle making
- Community service/charity projects (if you have an idea on a community service project, please let us know)
- Coloring/painting on fabric
- Repurposing items from clothes (aprons, jackets, sweat shirts, etc.)
- Crafts of all kinds (wreath making, pillows, flower arrangements, etc.)
- Quick gift ideas
- Card making
This classroom or creative learning center, is an asset to our community and provides us with an amazing opportunity to experience and learn new things or advance your current skill level. We sincerely hope everyone will take advantage of this space. We look forward to working with and meeting all of the creative folks from here and the surrounding areas.
To book the classroom, to register for classes or for more information, please call Deb Ann’s Fabrics at 304 654-4150
“Spring into Quilting” for 2019 was another great success this year. The retreat was held 3 and 4 May at the Old Campbelltown School House with instructors Diana Beverage from Artcents”, Debbie Walker from Deb Ann’s Fabrics and Vicky Graham from Kingwood, West Virginia. We had a wonderful group of attendees. Some were seasoned quilt retreaters, and several were attending a retreat for the first time. There were also quilters attending with a variety of quilting experiences, and everyone was able to enjoy the company of the others. I believe folks left the retreat feeling refreshed and inspired, and grateful for the association with such a great group. There were a wide range of classes (as always) for every skill level. Four classes were taught on Friday, with two all day classes taught on Saturday. Every class was well attended and the feedback to instructors was very positive.
There are a thousand reasons (well maybe not quite a thousand but you get the idea!) to attend a quilt retreat. This year, here in Pocahontas County, quilters have the unique opportunity to attend a wide range of quilting retreats. So far this year, we have had a two day quilting retreat (followed by an old fashioned quilting bee) at Watoga State Park, the annual “Spring into Quilting” retreat just finished up, another quilting retreat will be held at Cass Scenic Railroad State Park (more about that later) and the 5th Annual “Fall into Quilting” retreat to be held in October 2019. All of these events offer the joy of associating with quilters who come from all walks of life, have all kinds of different backgrounds, and enjoy being with one another. Just being around like-minded creatives is extremely refreshing! Retreats provide you with the opportunity to learn. Whether it’s learning real life lessons or new skills and techniques, retreats provide you with the amazing opportunity to make new friendships or reinforce current friendships. Another added bonus is learning about new notions, tools and patterns. As a quilter myself, I love, love, love finding what each individual quilter’s favorite latest and greatest tool or notion is. And don’t get me started on new patterns! They are never ending!
So if you have never attended a quilting retreat, this year especially, is a wonderful opportunity for you to take the leap and attend. There is something for everyone here in Pocahontas County this year. Be on the look out for posts and updates about the two remaining retreats this year. As always, we can’t wait to meet you! See you soon!
Watoga State Park held their very first quilter’s retreat, 11 through 13 April 2019. Feedback and comments shared by class participants indicated this event was a HUGE success but more about that later! Folks stopping by to observe the classes in progress could not miss the joy, comradery and fun time class members were experiencing.
Debbie Walker conducted two classes on Thursday. Her opening class, “Disappearing Nine Patch”, was a great beginner class that allowed folks to refresh their sewing skills and to learn how to play with colors. Significant skepticism on any sewing success gave way to absolute joy as folks finished up blocks and saw the fruits of their labor!
Debbie’s “Fancy Braid Table Runner” class closed out the first day.
As Debbie shared with her model with the class, you could hear the comments start to fly! “No way am I going to be able to do that!” “That looks really hard!” Needless to say, all class participants had outstanding results to share!
Linda Adams opened Friday’s class. She presented the “Roundabout Stars Quilt” which could be made into a lovely wall hanging.
Results were amazing!
Saturday saw Watoga host an old fashioned quilting bee. Quilting participants attended a presentation by our resident hand quilting specialist, Bonnie McLaughlin. She discussed the types of needles used in hand quilting, threads, how to properly knot and secure your thread and what your stitch length should be. She displayed a baby quilt she had recently finished, so folks to see a finished example of a completed hand quilted quilt. She transitioned everyone to the quilting frame for a brief “hands on” demonstration before turning things over to the class. It was such a wonderful experience for everyone involved!
How does one know when an event is considered to be successful? After listening to conversations during this amazing three day event, I think it would be safe to say it was a success. Folks raved about the recreation hall and how accommodating it was for such an event. The fact that meals, snacks and CANDY were provided at no additional cost to the participants was very noteworthy!!! The professionalism of the presenters and their approachable demor was noted by everyone involved. Friendships were made. Support was provided by anyone and everyone. Raucous laughter could be heard throughout each day. Lots of one and one instruction was provided. People shared bits and pieces of their own lives but most importantly people asked, “when is the next class?” All of this equates to SUCCESS!
We all sincerely hope, this retreat at Watoga State Park will be held again and again with an ever expanding class list. The setting was perfect, the facility was ideal, the weather great and the folks were amazing. A huge thank you goes out to Christopher Bartley and the staff at Watoga State Park for reaching out to Debbie and allowing this event happen. We all sincerely hope this is the first retreat of many to come. If you missed this year’s retreat, we hope you will join us for the next one because we sure are going to do our best to make it happen again!
Brochure is out and registration has begun for the 2019 Eight Rivers Quilting Party to be held at the McClintic Libary in Marlinton, West Virginia. Dates for this year’s party are 1 – 3 August 2019, from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. Charlene Beverage’s class will be a “Covered Bridge Wallhanging”. Betty Jo Williams’ class will be a “Log Cabin Star Table Mat” and Michelle Hill’s class will be “Farm Rose Star Quilt” by Marci Baker. You can download the brochere to read more about the quilting party and classes and to register for classes. We hope to see you there!
Pocahontas County will be celebrating it’s bicentennial in 2021. In preparation for this historic event, quilters of Pocahontas County are in the process of putting together two quilts to mark this major milestone. When completed, one quilt will be placed on display at the Pocahontas County courthouse, commemorating our 200th year birthday. The other quilt will be raffled in order to secure funds for the actual bicentennial event. Blocks are now available for pick up at Deb Ann’s Fabrics in Hillsboro and the Wellness Center in Marlinton. If you had not previously expressed an interest in completing a block but are interested, please contact Lauren Bennett at 304 799-7386. Blocks must be completed and turned in by 15 May 2019.
Starting this Thursday, 11 April 2019, the Watoga Quilting Weekend begins. We will be offering two days of quilting classes (Thursday and Friday), followed by an old fashioned quilting bee on Saturday. PLEASE NOTE: The quilting bee is opened to anyone who is interested in participating or just wants to observe the process. There is no charge for attending the quilting bee. Those participating in the quilting bee itself are asked to bring a covered dish.
For additional information, please check out Watoga State Park’s or Deb Ann’s Fabrics website. Call 304-653-4150 with questions. Hope to see you there!
This is how you know is spring is right around the corner here in Pocahontas County. We are gearing up for the 2019 “Spring Into Quilting Retreat” being held 3 and 4 May, at the Old Campbelltown School, Marlinton, West Virginia. Class information, material lists and times are finalized. You can download the brochure to see what class offerings will be presented. A first this year, online registration! YAY! No more filling out and mailing in registration forms. Simply follow the link to register online, pay for your classes and you are done!
As always any quilting retreat we do would not be complete with Yellow Creek Quilter’s. They will be joining us Saturday, 4 May, for sewing machine repair, scissors and knife sharpening. They will arrive early and will be there as long as they are needed. They also will be happy to take back with them any quilts ready to be quilted. Call 304-653-4150 to let me know if you are bringing in a machine to be attended to.
A special addition to this year’s retreat…we are thrilled to be offering a class entitled “Mini Log Cabin” being taught by Vicky Graham. Students will be introduced to paper piecing while making four inch log cabin quilt blocks. Yes, you read that correctly. Four inch log cabin quilt blocks! Vicky lives in Kingwood, West Virginia. She has been sewing since she was a child and began making quilts in 2003. Vicky is an active member of the state quilt guild, West Virginia Quilters, and has been on the show committee for the state quilt show since 2010. Vicky loves to visit places in West Virginia and is pleased to offer a class in Pocahontas County.
We are so looking forward to seeing everyone and want to thank everyone for their continued support of the quilting community!
Deb Ann’s Fabrics is partnering with Watoga State Park for the first ever Quilter’s Retreat to be held at Watoga State Park 11 – 13 April 2019! We are so excited, as this is an amazing opportunity for all. This event, in part, is made possible by a grant from the Calvin Price Foundation. To read more about Watago State Park and for more information about the retreat, go to https://wvstateparks.com/event/quilters-retreat-with-debbie-walker/ The brochure for this exciting event can be downloaded here. Download: Brochure
Beginning 2 January 2019, there will be a 10% off sale which can be applied to any item(s) STORE WIDE. The sale will run for two weeks through 15 January 2019. Winter is getting ready to set in, so now is a good time to shop for your projects. Please don’t miss this opportunity to save and I am hoping we will see you soon!
The Fall 2018 International Quilt Market in Houston has come to a close. I thought it would be interesting if we posted a few really great market find videos for those of us who only dream of attending quilt markets. First up is Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Company fame. Enjoy!
As quilters gain more and more experience with quilting, they gain more and more knowledge on how to get each and every quilt block perfect. However, they may not think to share that information with those of us who are still struggling to gain the requisite knowledge and experience. I came across an interesting article by Julie Cefalu (The Crafty Quilter) which I thought was worth sharing. Some of these I had not thought about. She provides information on eight tips to create a perfect quilt block. You may be interested in learning what she has say, so check out her article on her blog at http://thecraftyquilter.com/2018/11/8-tips-to-create-a-perfect-quilt-block/
The fourth annual “Fall into Quilting Retreat” for 2018 is complete and one for the books! We had an amazing turnout! For three days, from 9 am to 7:30 pm, folks of all skill levels participated in a wide range of classes, learning new skills and techniques. It was a wonderful opportunity to meet new folks, catch up on old friendships, share projects and stories, laugh and enjoy some delicious meals together! As there were a number of brand new participants this year, I was curious as to what drew them into the retreat. For one individual, each year at the same time as the retreat, business brought her to Marlinton and each year she so wanted to attend but felt she lacked the requisite skills to participate. However, within the last two to three months, she had taken the plunge, bought a sewing machine and started practicing on some projects. So this year, when business brought her to Marlinton, she signed up for a class or two! Which, by the way, morphed into three or four classes. In watching her throughout the retreat, listening to her laugh and develop relationships with other class participants, it was amazing to watch her confidence grow! For another new attendee, it had been on her “bucket list” but schedules, work, and life never seemed to allow her the time to attend. Having been primarily a maker of garments, moving into the field of quilting seemed like a natural transition. So all the stars aligned this year, allowing her to attend. Her attendance also afforded her the opportunity the spend quality time with extended family, who were also attending this three day event. At the conclusion, both of these new folks seemed to glow with confidence and for new found friendships. Everyone left the retreat with a wide range of completed or near completed projects to add to their ever growing quilting portfolio, a greater sense of confidence and knowing there will always be someone to help them should a problem arise.
A special “thank you” goes out to Yellow Creek Quilters, who were on hand to sharpen scissors and repair/tune up our sewing machines. They are regular and essential participants to our retreat.
Also, the winner of this year’s quilt was Jane Pritchard! Congratulations, Jane!
While it goes without saying, I think it most important to acknowledge the tireless efforts of Debbie Walker (Deb Ann’s Fabrics) and Diana Beverage (Artcents’), without whom the retreat would not even exist. Unless you have planned some type of major event yourself, I do not think the average individual has any idea how much work goes into the planning and executing of an event such as this. Always looking for potential projects for classes, then creating a mockup of each potential project, selecting fabrics, cutting a preparing each individual class participants kit, making arrangements for food and refreshments, securing a venue, the list is endless. Additionally, there is advertising for the event, brochure preparation, vendor coordination, such as Yellow Creek Quilters, and the endless coordination with potential class participants! For large scale events, event planners handle all these details, yet Debbie and Diana manage to handle all aspects of this event (along with some close friends) while still managing and working in their own businesses! So I am sure I am not alone in congratulating and thanking Debbie Walker and Diana Beverage for another successful quilt retreat! We are now looking forward to our annual “Spring into Quilting Retreat” in May 2019 and be on the lookout for some special events being added to the 2019 “Fall into Quilting Retreat” 2019 in October. We sincerely hope to see you there!
We have added a little something new to our website. Have you seen it yet? Well, so as not to keep you in too much suspense, we have added a coupon to our website! The coupon is good for “in store” purchases only. So in order to start realizing your savings immediately go to https://www.debannsfabrics.com/, print out the coupon and bring it with you the next time you visit the shop. It will be good for 10% off your total purchase. I’m doing this for two reasons. One, I want people to become more familiar with my website and secondly, I want to show my appreciation to all of you that shop with me. So, what are you waiting for? Go to https://www.debannsfabrics.com/, print out that coupon and I will see you real soon!
Can you believe our “Fall into Quilting Retreat” is coming up at the end of this week? We have been working very hard to get your kits ready and making all the final arrangements to ensure you have the best time possible! Just as a reminder…
- Yellow Creek Quilter’s will be joining us Saturday, 20 October 2018, for sewing machine repair, scissors and knife sharpening. They will arrive around 10:30 and will be there as long as they are needed. They also will be happy to take back with them any quilts ready to be quilted. Call 304-653-4150 to let me know if you need to bring a machine.
- For everyone attending this year’s quilt retreat, PLEASE … don’t forget to make your 12 1/2″ blocks in order to get a chance to win the grand prize. Blocks need to be made with red, white and blue fabric using your favorite star pattern. The more blocks you make, the more chances you have to win!!!
OK! I think that’s it for now. So looking forward to seeing everyone real soon!
Please remember, the cut-off date for registering for classes for the “Fall Into Quilting” Retreat, which is scheduled for 18 – 20 October 2018, is rapidly approaching! The last date for registering for classes is 1 October 2018. Setting a cut off date give us adequate time to make sure all kits needed for each class are carefully prepared and ready for each participant. Please save the date, 1 October 2018, as we would hate to see anyone disappointed!
Guess who is coming back? That’s right! Calhoun County’s very own Debbie Walker, from Deb Ann’s Fabrics, in Hillsboro, West Virginia, will be back in Grantsville on 3 November 2018. This time the quilt project will be a “Carpenter’s Star”. Class will be held at the Grantsville Senior Center (125 Durst Court, Grantsville, WV) on Saturday, 3 November 2018 from 10:00 am to ???. Join us to learn how to create a “Carpenter’s Star” quilt. Bring a lunch. Light snacks and drinks will be provided. Your supply list is as follows: sewing machine (in good working order), neutral colored thread, at least three wound bobbins, scissors, pins, a travel ironing space and cutting mat (PLEASE NOTE: there will be cutting and ironing stations set up if you don’t have your own), one 6 1/2″ – 8 1/2″ ruler or longer and a rotary cutter. Kits will be provided with two colors of your choice. Cost of the class is $50.00 and this includes the cost of the kit. If interested, please call 304 653-4150 to sign up and to provide your two color choices for your kit. See you soon!
Here is your supply list for the September Mystery Project of the Month. You will need:
- Sewing machine
- Cutting mat
- Rotary cutter
- Assorted sewing notions
- 12 assorted Halloween print fabrics (you will need at least 1 fat eighth of each fabric)
- 1 yard of a coordinating solid
We can’t wait to see everyone on 21 September 2018, from 10:00 am to 2 pm at the Hillsboro Library! See you soon!