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New Class Added – Beginner’s Knitting Class

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New Class Added – Beginner’s Knitting Class

If you have ever thought about knitting?  Well, here’s an interesting article explaining five reasons you should learn to knit:  https://www.katia.com/blog/en/5-reasons-why-learn-to-knit/

So, if you are now convinced knitting might be something you would like to try, a beginner’s knitting class will be held on Thursday, 27 February 2020, at 1:30 pm.  Cost of the class will be $15.00 which includes all supplies.  Each participant will learn to “cast on”, “bind off” and do the “knit stitch” while making a set of coasters.  The instructor:  Melissa Totten.  We look forward to seeing you!

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Upcoming Classes Scheduled

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Upcoming Classes Scheduled

Here are the scheduled classes for February 2020.

Paint class with Melissa Totten.  These classes are held the first and third Tuesday of each month and the painting subject will be announced at the beginning of class.  Cost:  $30.00

New beginner paint classes with Sherry Wilfong.  Every Tuesday evening from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  Cost:  $30.00.  She will be starting out with landscapes and will transition to other subjects as skill levels are developed.  MUST HAVE FOUR INDIVIDUALS TO SIGN UP IN ORDER TO HOLD THESE CLASSES!

8 February (Saturday) 2020.  Simplicity Quilt (beginner friendly); Time:  10:00 am to 4:00 pm; Instructor:  Lisa Gandy; Cost:  $15.00; Supplies:  Basic sewing supplies, one layer cake, one yard of fabric for border and 20″ WOF for binding.   MUST HAVE FOUR INDIVIDUALS TO SIGN UP IN ORDER TO HOLD THIS CLASS!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12 February (Wednesday) 2020.  “Who love YOU” Owl Pillows (beginner friendly and FUN); Time:  1:30 pm until finished; Instructor:  Debbie Walker;  Cost:  $20.00; Supplies:  1/2 yard of fabric for the body and 1/2 yard of fabric for the owl head.  Everything else will be supplied.   Come and make a cute Valentine gift for someone you love!  MUST HAVE FOUR INDIVIDUALS TO SIGN UP IN ORDER TO HOLD THIS CLASS!

 

Just a friendly reminder:  If you are interested in taking any class, you must call and sign-up prior to the scheduled class.

 

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Rescheduled Class: Jewelry Making with Katie McKinzie Mullins

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Rescheduled Class:  Jewelry Making with Katie McKinzie Mullins

Due to a family illness, Katie’s jewelry making class has been rescheduled to 27 January 2020, from 12:00 pm until 2:00 pm.   We will be learning some basic jewelry making skills  and will will be making earrings out of gemstone beads, silver charms and sterling silver findings. Tools are provided. Everyone will go home with three pairs of earrings.  Cost of the class is $20.00.   Just call 304-653-4150 to register or sign up online at debannsfabrics.com.  See you there!!!

 

 

 

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Class Schedule for January 2020!

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Class Schedule for January 2020!

7 January 2020:  Painting class with Melissa Totten; Time:  1:30 – 4:00 pm; Cost:  $25.00 if you bring your own materials – $30.00 if she provides the materials.

13 January 2020:  Basket making class with Teresa Dunbrack; Time:  5:00 pm to ??;  Cost:  $35.00 for class and supplies.

15 January 2020:  Landscape Oil Painting with Cynthia Gurreri; Time:  1:30 – 4:00 or 5:00 pm.  Cost:  $35.00 for class and supplies; HOWEVER,   YOU MUST SUPPLY YOUR OWN BRUSHES!

21 January 2020:  Painting class with Melissa Totten; Time:  1:30 – 4:00 pm; Cost:  $25.00 if you bring your own materials – $30.00 if she provides the materials.

REMEMBER:  You must sign up (either online or going by the shop) and pay prior to attending class.  See you soon!

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Let’s Talk About Class Attendance

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Let’s Talk About Class Attendance
For every instructor, the amount of preparation to present a class is significant.    From preparing instructional and learning materials, lesson plans and getting the classroom arranged, there is a lot to presenting a class.    With all the preparation, it is very disappointing when only two of the five or six folks who said they were going to come show up for class.
Therefore, beginning 1 January 2020, you must sign up and pay for classes in advance.   You will be able to pay and register for most classes online or by visiting Deb Ann’s Fabrics.  For a class to be offered during the daytime, there must be four students signed up and the class prepaid.  If you cannot attend the class and you cancel one week prior to the date, you can have the class fee moved to another class or receive a refund.  When you pay for a class the commitment is there to attend.   All instructors will be grateful, knowing whether to be prepared or they have time off.
Having the classroom available to the community has been a long held dream that has finally come to pass!  We want to make the best use of our classroom and our instructors!  Wishing you great happiness for the upcoming year and looking forward to all the many learning opportunities that will be available.

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UPDATE: Date for Basket Making Class Has Changed!

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UPDATE:  Date for Basket Making Class Has Changed!

The basket making class with Teresa Dunbrack, originally scheduled for 16 December 2019 has been changed.  Due to shipment issues with class supplies, this class has been rescheduled for 13 January 2020 at 5:00 pm.  The $35.00 class fee includes supplies and instructor fees.  Remember, you must sign up (either online or going by the shop) and pay prior to attending class.

 

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December 2019 Class Schedule

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December 2019 Class Schedule
REMINDER:  If you are planning on attending a class, please call 304 653-0000 to register!
3 December:  Paint Class with Melissa Totten;  Time:  1:30 to 4:00 pm
                         Beginner Paint Class with Sherry Wilfong; Time:  5:00 pm  to ??
5 December:  Wreath Making with Robin Cort;  Time:  1:00 to 4:00 pm; Cost:  $25.00 which covers class and most supplies except the following:  You need to bring your own green pine (real or artificial) or whatever material you want to use in order to cover your wreath (tinsel, pine, ribbon).   Additionally, you will want to bring anything else you think would look good on your wreath.  Robin will show us how to put it all together to make a beautiful holiday wreath!  It goes without saying it would also make a great gift.  Bring any snacks you might like to enjoy during the class.
10 December:  Sweatshirt class with Deb Ann; Time:  10:00 am to ??;   Cost:  $10.00;  Bring your own lunch; Snacks will be provided.  You will need one sweatshirt, basic sewing supplies and small pointed sharp scissors.
13 December:  Paint party with Melissa Totten.  Time: 1:30 to 4:30.  Cost:  $25.00 with your supplies or $30.00 using her supplies.  She will be teaching a Christmas painting that everyone can do!   Come out and try your skills.  It will be fun!
16 December:  Basket making class with Teresa Dunbrack; Time:  5:00 pm to ??; Cost:  $25.00 for class and supplies.  Again, another GREAT idea!
17 December:  Paint Class with Melissa Totten; Time:   1:30 to 4:00 pm
                           Paint Class with Sherry Wilfong; Time:   5:00  to ??
REMINDER:  If you are planning on attending a class, please call 304 653-0000 to register!  We look forward to seeing you!
Have as wonderful Christmas with whomever you are spending it with!

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UPDATE: New class added for 26 November 2019

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UPDATE:  New class added for 26 November 2019

A cloth basket class has been added to the November class schedule.  This class is being taught by Brenda Mann on 26 November from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Cost of the class will be $20.00.  This would be a GREAT gift item for the holidays.   All you will need for the class is as follows:  Twenty 2 1/2″ strips WOF and your basic sewing supplies.  All else will be provided.  Bring your own lunch and make a beautiful basket!

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Important Information Regarding Class Attendance/Registration

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Important Information Regarding Class Attendance/Registration

We do hope you are enjoying the posted information regarding our classes.  PLEASE NOTE:   If you are planning to attend a class, we need you to simply call us and let us know what class you are planning on attending.  Teaching a class demands significant preparation for each instructor.   We need to have at least four people to attend each class in order to make it all the necessary preparation for each instructor worthwhile.   Please call 304-653-4150 to register for any and all classes you plan to attend as they are posted.  Thank you so much and happy creating!

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Update for 20 November 2019 Class (Christmas Wall Hanging) – Joann Cordell

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Update for 20 November 2019 Class (Christmas Wall Hanging) – Joann Cordell
Christmas wall hanging class taught by yours truly!
Wednesday, November 20th at THE CLASSROOM in Hillsboro, WV, 10:00-4:00.  Lunch provided free by me!  Cost of the class is $10!  Please consider participating and ringing in the joyous season with a quilting project!
Skill level:  beginner to intermediate
Quilt size 35”by 41”
Block size 7” by 9”
Materials:
1/3 yard red star print or your choice
1/2 yard red floral print or your choice print
5/8 yard black red print or your choice
1/4 yard cream and gold metallic or tone on tone
1 and 1/8 yard coordinating stripe or your choice
Backing fabric 41” by 47”
Batting 41” by 47”
All purpose thread to match fabric
Quilting or clear nylon thread
Basic sewing tools and supplies
Very sharp small scissors

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Upcoming Classes for November 2019

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Upcoming Classes for November 2019

These are the scheduled classes (so far) for the month of November 2019.  PLEASE NOTE:  If additional classes are added or supply lists are modified or added, additional updates may be needed!

2 November (Saturday); Stepping Stone Lap Quilt; 10:00 am to 4:00 pm; Cost:  $15.00; Instructor:  Lisa Gandy
Supply List:
Fabric A:  1/4 th yard.  Cut two 2 1/2 ” strips, then cut them in half.
Do the same for fabric B, C and D.
Fabric E:  1 and 1/4 th yards.  Cut five 2 1/2″ strips and three 8 1/2″ strips  Cut strips in half.
Background fabric:  2 yards.  Cut thirteen 2 1/2 ” strips; cut two 4 1/2″ strips and two 6 1/2″ strips.  Cut all these in half.
First border: 5/8″ yards.  Cut into seven 2 1/2 ” strips
Second border – 1 and 1/8 yards of  fabric .   Cut into seven- 5 1/2″ strips
Binding – 2/3 yards fabric.  Cut into 3″ strips OR less and cut into what you normally use for bindings.
Backing:  4 1/2 yards fabric
Batting:   60 x 80
5 November (Tuesday).  Paint Class.  Time:  1:30 to 4 pm.  Cost:  $30.00 with supplies provided – $25.00 with supplies provided.  Instructor:  Melissa Totten
5 November (Tuesday). Beginner Paint Class. Time:  5:00 pm – ?.  Cost:  $25.00.   Instructor:  Sherry Wilfong.  This is a NEW beginner class.
6 November (Wednesday). String Piecing.  Time:  10:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Cost:  $10.00.  Instructor:  Debbie Walker
Supply List:
You will need to bring four 12 1/2″ squares of backing fabric; any color (I use muslin fabric).
Scrap fabric cut into strips 1 1/2″ to 2″.  You can use all the same size strips or mix sizes.  I will have lots of them available, too.
Border fabric- 1/2 yd of something that will match your fabrics.
Backing and batting can be bought later. NOTE:   You may not  get all the blocks done in class.
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12 November (Tuesday).  Volunteer Day.  Time:  10:00 am – ?.   We need at least six volunteers.  We will be finishing up the “smile” bags for children overseas.
12 November (Tuesday).  Paint Class.  Time:  5:00 pm – ?.  Instructor:  Sherry Wilfong
14 November (Thursday).  Beginner Knitting.  Time:  1:00 to 3:00 pm.  Cost:  $15.00.  Instructor:  Emily Sullivan.  We will be making a beginner’s cowl!
Supply List:
Two skeins bulky weight yarn (each skein should have around 105 yards).  They can be the same or different colors.
One set of size 17 straight needles
One tapestry needle or a crochet hook for weaving in.
19 November (Tuesday).  Paint Class.  Time:  1:30 to 4 pm. Cost:  $30.00 with supplies provided – $25.00 without supplies provided. Instructor:  Melissa Totten

20 November (Wednesday).  Christmas wall hanging.  Time:  10:00 am to 3 pm.  Cost:  $15.00; Instructor:  JoAnn Cordell.  A supply list and photo will follow in a separate post.

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“Fall into Quilting” 2019

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“Fall into Quilting” 2019

Quilters gathered in Marlinton for the fifth annual “Fall into Quilting Retreat”, 17 – 19 October, sponsored by Artcents’ (Diana Beverage) and Deb Ann’s Fabrics (Debbie Walker).  We had participants from as far away as Pennsylvania and from other areas within West Virginia. Several special events were held during the retreat to celebrate its fifth year anniversary.

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A quilt show was held at St. John’s Episcopal Church from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm Thursday through Saturday.  The quilts on display were the creative works of retreat participants and the show itself was open to the public.

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Quilt Show

This year we included an event that involved our local businesses who were very excited to participate.  We believe Marlinton is special and has a lot to offer, especially in terms of special and unique stores and shops.  Thirteen quilt patterns were placed in thirteen different establishments in town. Participants had to visit these businesses and collect their quilt block patterns. In order to qualify for the grand prize, you had to acquire all thirteen patterns. A list of participating business, locations and their hours were provided on the first day of the quilt retreat so folks could map out their strategy for collecting the patterns.   We had great participation and the feedback from this particular event was very positive.  Ann Myers, from Pocahontas County, was the lucky grand prize winner of the pattern hunt.

Saturday morning, quilters had the opportunity to attend a lecture, “Off the Wheel – Color Concepts for Quilters” by Barbara Ann Jones of Glenville, West Virginia.  Most quilters haven’t taken a ton of art classes and, in turn, often lack confidence in their color sense, which makes fabric selection tricky! We get in color ruts, going back to the same few colors over and over, or we only feel comfortable making quilts from a kit, jelly roll, or a single fabric collection.  Fortunately having an “eye for color” is not just something you are born with — it is something you can develop, as we discovered from Barbara Ann!  The lecture was informative and well attended.  Participants enjoyed the many examples of color play in the quilts and projects on display and appreciated the opportunity to ask questions and engage in meaningful dialogue about color.

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Later that same day, retreat participants were treated to a catered luncheon (thank you Rayetta) complete with a five year celebratory anniversary cake!

The closing event was the drawing for a stunning patriotic quilt.  Last year’s participants brought in completed red, white and blue quilt blocks which were then incorporated into a quilt pieced by Debbie Walker and quilted by Barb Siers.  Pat Paxton, from Woodrow was the winner of the quilt!

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The retreat sponsors would like to take this opportunity to thank the businesses that participated in the quilt pattern hunt.  A heartfelt thanks goes to Locust Hill Inn, Cabin and Pub, 4th Ave Mason Jar Trading Post, Pocahontas County Artisan Co-op, CJ Richardson Hardware, Dirt Bean Café and Bike Shop, Pocahontas County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Flower Garden, Pocahontas Times, Rayetta’s Lunchbox, Cackling Hens, Appalachian Sport, Tattered Rose Boutique and Legacy Designs.  Additional special thanks go to Sue Owens for providing us with a venue for the quilt show and Lauren Bennett for providing us with a wonderful place to hold our retreat.

It was such a special time for all involved!  Plans are in the works for the 6th Annual “Fall into Quilting Retreat” 2020!  We’ll keep you posted.

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Update for 22 October Class (Halloween Wall Hanging)

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Update for 22 October Class (Halloween Wall Hanging)

Time of class is 10:00 to 4:00.  Cost of class is $10.00.  Teacher is Joann Cordell.

Supplies needed:  Basic Sewing Supplies (check quilting supply list on https://www.debannsfabrics.com/).  In addition to neutral thread, you will need black thread.  1/8 yard each of four light tone on tone prints for your background; 1/2 yard dark print for inner border, pieced border and binding; 1/2 yard of assorted orange prints for pumpkins and pieced outer border; 5/8 yard for backing; 24″ x 26″ batting (if you have it, otherwise there will be plenty available to share); bring little scraps of yellow and green fabric (if you have it, otherwise there will be plenty available to share).

Bring your sense of fun as we work up this Halloween wall hanging just in time for the holiday.  Lunch and snacks are provided FREE!

 

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Updated October Class Schedule

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Updated October Class Schedule

This the updated classroom schedule for the month of October 2019.

  • 7 October      Coil Rope Fabric Basket (Pat Paxton) – 1:00 to 4:00; Cost:  $10.00; Supply List:   Cotton clothes line, 1-1/4th yard of small print fabric; fabric glue; thread to match your fabric; zigzag foot for your sewing machine; basic sewing supplies (check this site for your basic sewing supplies list)
  • 8 October      Painting – 5:00 – ? (Sherry Wilfong); Cost:  $25.00
  • 9 October      Sit and Sew – 10:00 to 3:00
  • 11 October     Stained Glass Leave Table Runner (Deb Ann) – 1:00 to 4:00; Supply list: 1/4 th yard border fabric; four fat quarters for leaves or scrapes (with the largest piece being 8″ x 14″);  one and 2/3  yard fabric for background; thread to match leaves; fusible web will be supplied; basic sewing  supplies;  Please note:  You can buy your border fabric later – you will not get to it in class.
  • 14 October     Fabric Bucket (great gift idea and easy); Cost:  $10.00; Supply list: Two fat quarters (one for inside and one for outside); thread to match your fabric; basic sewing supplies.
  • 15 October      Painting class –  1:30-4:30 (Melissa Totten); Cost:   $30.00  for class and supplies; Come paint something new each time.  She will supply paint, canvas and brushes needed for each class.
  • 22 October     Halloween Wall Hanging (Joann Cordell); 10:00 am to 4:00 pm; Cost – $10.00′ Supply list is currently pending; Lunch will be provided and is FREE!
  • 22 October     Painting – 5:00 pm (Sherry Wilfong); Cost:  $25.00; This is a NEW beginner painting class.
  • 25 October     Painting Party (Melissa Totten); 5:00 to 8:00 pm; Cost – $30.00;   Come try your hand at painting.  Great fun.  Something new each class. Open to everyone.
  • 29 October     Stitch and Fold Table Topper/Wreath (Brenda Mann); Cost:  $20.00; Supply list: Back of the topper/wreath – 5/8 yard of fabric
    Front of the topper/wreath – 5/8 yard of fabric; Center applique – 1/2 yd fabric; thread to match; temporary marking pen; 2/3 yard pellon firm stabilizer (available at the shop); 2/3 yards wonder under; basic sewing supplies.

Coil Rope Fabric Basket (Pat Paxton)

Stained Glass Leave Table Runner (Deb Ann)

 Halloween Wall Hanging (Joann Cordell)

 Stitch and Fold Table Topper/Wreath (Brenda Mann)

Should you have any additional questions, please call Debbie Walker at 304 653-4150.

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Updates for Fall Into Quilting Retreat – 17 – 19 October 2019

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Updates for Fall Into Quilting Retreat – 17 – 19 October 2019

Our “Fall into Quilting” retreat is fast approaching and we wanted to take this opportunity to update everyone on a few “new” events for this year’s retreat.  As most of you know, this is the fifth year for our retreat (I know, can you believe it!), so in celebration of that milestone we have a couple of special events this year.

First, there will be a showing of quilts to be held at the Episcopal Church (across the street from the Marlinton Wellness Center) from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, Thursday through Saturday.  We are asking each retreat participant to bring a quilt to be placed on display.  Only retreat participants will be able to enter a quilt(s) for display; however, the display itself is open to the public.  We are toying with the idea of having a “Peoples Choice” award but we are open for feedback on that particular point.  Otherwise, the quilts are being displayed for everyone’s enjoyment.

Secondly, in an effort to have people see what Marlinton has to offer, and it does have a lot of special and unique stores and shops, we are having a scavenger/pattern hunt.  Twelve quilt patterns will be placed in twelve different locations in town.  In order to qualify for the gift basket, you must have collected all twelve patterns.  Think of this as a different type of “Shop Hop”!!!  It is our hope you will take the time to see what each of these specially chosen venues has to offer.  A list of locations will be provided on the first day of the quilt retreat.

In years past (doesn’t that sound soooo good) we have asked for retreat participants to bring completed blocks.    This year, we are asking for participants to bring one or more FAT QUARTERS, not completed blocks.  The fat quarters will be collected, placed in a lovely basket and will be the grand prize for the 2020 retreat.  The more fat quarters you contribute, the more chances you have to win!   Keep in mind if you forget, Deb Ann will have fat quarters you can purchase on site during the retreat.

Saturday we will be having a catered lunch, complete with birthday cake.  Because, after all, it has been five years and who doesn’t enjoy cake!!!

We are very excited for this year’s event and are looking forward to seeing everyone soon!

 

Debbie

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The Hillsboro Classroom

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The Hillsboro Classroom

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
    • Applique
    • 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
  • Scrapbooking
  • 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

 

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Another Successful Retreat!

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Another Successful Retreat!

“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.

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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!

 

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It’s A Wrap!

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It’s A Wrap!

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!

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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!

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Linda Adams opened Friday’s class.  She presented the “Roundabout Stars Quilt” which could be made into a lovely wall hanging.

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Results were amazing!

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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!

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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!

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