Monday, January 12, 2015

Longarm Demonstration Day

February 21, 12-4pm

You know how to longarm, but did you know you could make a quilt on the machine? Or maybe you'd like to take the pantograph class but don't have the time? This day will give the confidence to do a long of different things! You'll learn to:

-set up, advance and follow a pantograph,
-weave a quilt
-quilt as you go

Teacher: Peg
Cost: $20/person includes supplies

Pleated Handbag

April 8, 2-5pm

Try your hand at a darling bag large enough for your laptop or just an everyday bag. Geared for the confident beginner. You will learn how to line a bag, make pleats and apply leather handles. This bag is made out of canvas and we can help you pick the perfect fabric with our Charley Harper Organics.

Teacher: Mary
Cost: $30 plus supplies

Bunny Bag

March 28, noon-4pm

We will show you how to sew a bunny treat bag for your little bunny. They're so cute, you won't be able to stop making them. They DO love to multiply!

Teacher: Peg
Cost: $10/person includes supplies to make 3 bags


Join us for an informal day of crafting and make a postcard you can actually send through the mail! We will have fabric scraps, beads, buttons and much more available for your creative pleasure.

Teacher: Peg
Cost: $10/person includes supplies

Monday, January 5, 2015

10th Annual Sew-In

January 22-25, 2015

It’s time, once again, for the ever-popular Sew-In January 22-25, 2015. We will be in the South Slope Community Center
   Thursday, 2pm­-9pm
   Friday & Saturday 8am-10pm
   Sunday, 10am-3pm

A list of the things provided by Common Threads as well as things you might like to bring are below. Also listed are the menu, and some of the projects that we're planning for you!

Parking is available in the large lot to the side of the Community Center. You may pull up to the sidewalk to unload, but please move your vehicle to the lot when you are finished. The few parking places in front are for our staff who will be constantly coming and going to please you throughout the weekend. Please feel free to use the carts and wagons inside the front door to bring your things inside. You are also welcome to ask for help unloading if you are unable to do so yourself.

When you arrive, let your nose be your guide and lead you to the kitchen. You'll be checked in, receive a name tag, and be entered to win our door prize drawings.

Irons and ironing boards
Tables and chairs
Extension cords (but it is helpful to bring one of your own)
Cutting tables and mats

Thursday evening: Nacho/taco bar

Lunch (12pm): Corn Chowder, vegetable soup, Caesar salad
Supper (6pm): Pulled pork, cabbage slaw, chips, pickles

Lunch (12pm): Hot chicken & sliced ham sliders, chips, Ramen salad (especially for Kandy Smith)
Supper (6pm): Baked Potato Bar with all the fixings, chili, tossed salad

Brunch (11am): Cinnamon rolls, yogurt, fruit, eggs of some kind, and the World’s Best Oatmeal

Menu subject to change due to the many opinionated cooks in the kitchen.

COMMON THREADS PROJECTS: (Mary always has a thing or two up her sleeve!)
MYSTERY QUILT KIT - available January 12th
Cost: $75 (includes 52"x64" quilt top, border and binding). It is always nice to cut your quilt ahead so all you have to do is sew!

PLEATED BAG KIT (pictured right) - available January 12th
Cost: $40 (includes leather handle, fusible fleece, lining and bag fabric)

Both projects are geared for the confident beginner and satisfy all levels of the sewing enthusiast.
We will also have kits available at the Sew-In. And as always, Mary will have other fast, easy projects available for your sewing pleasure.

It just wouldn't be Iowa without grazing! We will provide the place if you provide the treat. Bring your favorite cookies (Von) or just throw a bag of Cheetos out to share. If you think your treat is delicious, bring a recipe to share! This is completely optional!

HONED TO PERFECTION'S BRENNAN AND MARY will be available to sharpen your scissors, ($5-­‐6) and knives ($2-4).  They will be in the parking lot on Friday and Saturday afternoon. They accept cash or check.

MASSAGE THERAPIST BILL is back Friday and Saturday evening for anything that ails you. $1.00 per minute. Sign up sheet starts when he arrives and he will stay until we are all cured.

If you have questions about anything, please call Peg at 319-626-3160. There is still a little room if you would like to sign up. The cost is $25/day or $100 for the weekend. There is a special rate of $75 if you have attended all 10 Sew-Ins.

The rate at the Sleep Inn just a few miles down the road is $65 for a room with two queen beds. Call 319-665-2700 to make your reservation.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Along I-80 Shop Hop

October 16-18

Get a FREE pattern at each shop for a winter-themed row-by-row quilt along with in-store specials. All stores will have their regular store hours. The participating stores are:

-Crazy Red Head Quilting, Newton
-Three Sisters Fabric and Fashion, Montezuma
-Brooklyn Fabric Company, Brooklyn
-Brooklyn True Value, Brooklyn
-Woolen Needle, Williamsburg
-Rainbows and Calico Things, Williamsburg
-Common Threads Quilt Shoppe, North Liberty
-Cotton Creek, West Branch

Monday, September 15, 2014

Beginning Longarm

April 18, 1-5pm

Learn to use the longarm quilting machine and get a license to drive. This class covers the basics of loading and quilting with a longarm machine.

Teacher: Peg
Cost: $75 includes supplies