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A hot bowl of soup or chili is great—except when it’s too hot to take out of the microwave! Solve that problem with bowl cozies designed to go in the microwave along with the bowl. You can grab your heated food and enjoy it right away. We will be making two different sizes of bowl cozies. The secret to making these bowl holders is to work with 100% cotton fabric, batting, and thread. Using polyester can result in melting or even fire in your microwave. So get ready to enjoy some leftovers and start sewing a bowl cozy or two!
Debbie will be conducting a class on 29 January 2020, from 1:00 pm until your project is completed. Cost of the class is $15.00. Materials needed for the class are as follows: Two coordinating 100% cotton only 10″ blocks, two coordinating 100% cotton only 12 1/2″ blocks and coordinating cotton thread. Batting will be provided.
Remember, you need to register and pay for your class prior to the class. We can’t wait to see you there!
Don’t forget to call and sign up for next weeks classes. Monday evening – Basket Making class – $35.00 for class and supplies. Wen. afternoon 1:30 – oil painting class – landscape with Cynthia Gurreri. Bring your own brushes. $35.00.
Later in the month we have Monday (20th) come make up to 4 pair of gemstone earrings for only $20.00. with Katie Mullins. Tue. (21st) painting class 1:30 pm $30.00. Friday (24th) Paint party with Melissa Totten 5 pm ($30.00). NEW to the schedule: Microwave Bowl Cozy Class Wen. (29th) only $15.00. with Debbie Walker
Call to 304-653-4150 to sign up and pay for the classes you want to take.
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.
Tuesday 10th Sweatshirt class has been changed to Thursday 12th at 1 pm. Call 304-653-4150 to let me know if you are coming. All you need is your machine, a sweatshirt, thread to match your sweatshirt and a small pair of pointed, sharp scissors.
Hope to see your there – this is a great way to spruce up a dull sweatshirt for you and it would be a great gift.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
It is time to reveal our BIG NEWS. We are opening a “CLASSROOM” . We will be offering Quilt, Art and Craft classes at our place. Opening day is September 16th with classes starting on the 17th with an evening paint class. This is an ongoing class but NEW paint classes will be starting soon. Wednesdays will be a Sit-n-Sew day for anyone who wants to come in an work on a UFO or any project. We are hoping that ladies/gentlemen with get together for fellowship and sewing away from their normal. We will be posting our class schedule two weeks at a time at first then a month at a time once we get started good. If you are interested in giving a class on anything, just call us and we will work our at 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/weeks etc. The only stipulation is that the classes be open to the public. This is a community learning facility.
Below is our first two week schedule and supply lists. Please call 304-653-4150 to register for classes.
Sept. 17th Paint class w/Sherry Wilfong (on going class) 5 pm
Sept. 18th Sit-n-Sew 10 am to 4 pm
Sept. 19th Jelly Roll Race w/a kick. 1 pm to 4 pm . You need basic sewing supplies and 1 Jelly Roll of fabric. Jelly Roll- 40- 2 1/2″ Strips WOF. $10.00 This is a beginner class. Beginner means: You know your machine. You know what a 1/4″ seam allowance is. You have made a few easy projects or quilts.
Description of this class: You will sew your strips together and end up with small mixed color quilt which can be made bigger with borders. I will explain the Kick before we start.
Sept. 24th Paint class w/Sherry Wilfong (on going class) 5 pm
Sept. 25th Sit-n-Sew 10 am to 4 pm
Sept. 26th Dresden Plate Pillow 1 pm to 4 pm. $15.00. You will need basic sewing supplies with a rotary cutter. 4-5 coordinating FQ’s, 1/2 yd. fabric for pillow and if you want a different color for middle you will need 8 inch square for this. Also thread to match your colors for machine applique.
Description of this class: You will learn to cut your plate blades with a Dresden ruler, make your plate and applique it onto your pillow top. This is a beginner class.
This will be a great asset to our community and we do hope everyone will take advantage of the space. We look forward to working with and meeting all of you creative people from here and surrounding areas. Deb Ann
We will be offering a “How to Bind your Quilt” on Friday evening Sept. 13th at 5:30 pm with Kathy Badgett- Class fee is $10.00, materials for class will be provided. You will learn how to make and Illusion quilt using WV Bird blocks, with Debbie Walker on Saturday Sept. 14th at 9 am. Class fees are $50.00 w/pre-cut kits or $60.00 w/ custom color kits. Call: 304-653-4150 to pre-register & pay. We need to have at least 8 ladies/men to have the class. Sign-up soon.
Deb Ann’s Fabrics is offering a 10% off your total in store purchase. To get this discount you need to print this coupon.
Cass Scenic Railroad State Park will be hosting a quilter’s retreat at the Cass Community Center. This retreat is designed for all ages and caterers to those who want to learn how to quilt. With two half day classes on Thursday and one full day class on Friday, it is a great opportunity for those to learn how to become better quilters. This retreat can peak interest and allow you to become more acquainted with fellow quilters. Registration is required for each workshop, as space is limited. Please make sure you are knowledgeable in how to use your machine before signing up for any or all of these workshops. For more information on individual workshops or to register for classes, please call Debbie Walker at Deb Ann’s Fabrics at (304) 653-4150.
To view or download the brochure click here.
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!
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!
Reminder: You only have until April 1st to sign up for the Watoga State Park’s Quilting Weekend on April 11-13. Check out their website or Deb Ann’s Fabrics website for a list of classes and the parks cabin special. Call 304-653-4150 with questions. Hope to see you there.
“It’s just ironic,” says Kenneth Gamache, the president of QT Fabrics. “We were the last vertical company to print, merchandise and distribute our own goods in the U.S., and we just couldn’t compete because of the flood of companies going overseas. We shut it down in 2009. We were in Massachusetts, and hundreds of people lost their jobs.”
QT was printing on cotton that was grown and woven in China. Even so, maintaining a U.S. plant was expensive, and the technology wasn’t top quality. Gamache moved production to Korea and Pakistan, where flatbed fabric printers produce higher quality designs. The company thrived.
And last year, QT became the first quilting fabric company to print all its fabric digitally. “We went to China because they have a plant there that’s invested in high-speed machines that can produce 18 million yards a year,” Gamache says.
Digital fabric printing offers the promise of a profitable future for QT, but Gamache has some new cause for concern.
In March 2018, the Trump administration imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum imported from China. In July, an additional $34 billion worth of goods was added. Recently, the administration announced a third round on $200 billion more in Chinese goods and bumped the tariff from 10 to 25 percent. The new list includes a large quantity of craft supplies, such as cotton fabric.
Craft-industry businesses – from large chain stores to midsize companies to solo entrepreneurs – now have to contend with the likelihood of a price increase soon on supplies imported from China. Here’s what you should know:
What is a tariff, and what actions are businesses taking?
Tariffs are taxes on imported goods that are collected by customs officials on behalf of the government imposing them. With the exception of agriculture, tariffs have been very low or at zero globally over the last few decades because of free-trade agreements. The United States now is in a trade war with China that could escalate.
Large chain stores, including Ohio-based JOANN, carry a wide assortment of craft supplies imported from China and would be particularly hard hit by the tariffs.
“Nearly 450 of the listed codes would affect JOANN products, with the greatest area of impact related to our fabrics,” the company says in a statement. The store would pass the 25 percent price increase onto its customers.