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Deer Country Quilts Newsletter

  April 2016

Vacation is past, retreats are done, the baby was born, and Easter is over. Hard to imagine how April can top that! I also finished my wool bee blocks for our Blessed Bee block of the month! It feels so good to finish those projects that just hang over our heads. I am really looking forward to starting something different! Now to decide......

Claire decided to enter the world on the morning that Tammy and I went to town to shop for our 2nd retreat (March 16). I got a text just as we were walking into Costco.  Boy did we power shop!! We did Costco and Walmart in 2 hours, had a quick lunch and got back to Seeley.  I threw my retreat bag into the car and was in Helena at 4:00. Tammy was kicked to the curb:)  Everything went smoothly for Tomoko. Claire was 6 lbs even and was 19 3/4" long.  What a wonder a new born is!! Perfect in every way!!

I was going to stay and come home Sunday however karma happened!  Tammy ended up coming down with the flu and left on Saturday so I did get to get back to help Teresa, who was filling in for me, with rest of the retreat.  I was happy to see our retreat girls though.  By the way, did one of you leave your easy spirit slip-ons by the door of the conference center? We have them at the store so give us a call!

Now for the pictures!  Happy Quilting, shameless and proud grandma


*In the store now*
We have been getting new fabric in and one of the lines I really love is the Bee Creative fabric line by Deb Strain for Moda.  Bee motifs are really popular for fabric lines. We also will be getting in Bees N Blooms by Kansas Troubles. We will have precuts as well as yardage in both lines.

Hoffman Fabrics has a variety of precut kits from tablerunners, to wildlife, to poof ottomans.  The open and sew kits are just that.  The pieces are cut to size and the fusible appliques are laser cut so literally all you do is open the kit and start sewing! 

*We've Got your Back Sale*
April 22nd - 24th
This is a semi-annual sale where you get 30% off fabric for your back of any completed top that you bring in! The discount only applies if your top is present and only for the amount of fabric you will need for your back.


As long as we are talking about backs, this
beautiful sculpture was in a garden of a
museum we visited while in Palm Dessert.
She is about to wrap that lovely quilt around her
back! I love how the quilt looks like it is flowing
in the wind. She was larger than life size too!
This picture doesn't do it justice.

  *Upcoming Classes*
     Our classroom is always open for groups to use. Just call ahead  to check if it is use.  We are also happy to schedule a class for a group upon request!        

Beginning Quilting

Tuesday April 12th & 19th with Sharon
This quilt is called Crossed Chains.  Using only 3 colors you can make this intriguing geometric design. This class is continuing with learning the basics of quilting. Any one is welcome to join no matter what skill level you are.


Disappearing Pinwheel 5
Wednesday April 13th
This is another quilt that is easy enough for beginners or those just looking for something to do with their collection of 10" squares. LaRee is happy to show you the trick to make this block.  If you don't want your pinwheel to disappear you can make a super fast quilt using the pinwheel blocks.

Houses Houses Houses
Wednesday April 20th with Renee
Come learn the art of needle turn applique (or fuse if you prefer) from one of the very best! Renee will be sharing all of her secrets for perfect houses! Book by Yoko Saito required.

Mug Rug of the Month
Tuesday April 27th with LaRee
Mug rugs are certainly popular, cute and easy to make! Join LaRee and make one a month. LaRee made up the pattern for this adorable mug rug! Join her for a morning and have a cute completed project.  Pattern available at class time.

*Our Regular Group Events*

Souper Sew day-  April 1st
Bring your own projects to work on and let us serve lunch.
Please call ahead. $5.00

Promise Stitchers- Sunday April 3rd
Join Carol and learn the primitive art of Promise Stitching. Bring your washed fabric and Carol will get you started on a small project. If you have a project already started, bring it and sew! $7

The Gentle Art of Hand Stitching- Friday April 8th
Anyone who has an interest in hand stitching is invited to join us for a
girls day out!

2nd Saturday BOM- Saturday April 9th
We are continuing with our "Santa's Village" blocks.

Mrs. MacDonald's Farm- Thursday April 21st
We have just gotten started with this wonderful new block of the month! If you would like to participate, please come and join us.

Techniques with Toni- Saturday April 9th and Tuesday the 26th
Bring any project that Toni has taught and she will guide you through finishing it up! Haven't taken a class from Toni yet...not a problem! She will help you get started with her innovative method of foundation piecing. For this month only we will be sharing the classroom with the 2nd Sat. group. 

There is something to be said for April showers!

Deer Country Quilts

  • Ph: 406.677.2730
  • PO Box 808
  • 3166 Highway 83 North
  • Seeley Lake, MT 59868
  • Hours:
  • Tues.-Fri. 10am-5pm
  • Saturday 10am-4pm