Sew-In Update

The 2016 Sew-In is right around the corner! Peg and Mary are busy getting projects and menus lined up for another sold out occasion. For you old timers that already now the ropes, not much has changed. For some VERY welcome newcomers, here's the rundown:

Parking close to the building is for staff who come and go throughout the weekend. You can park and unload by the main sidewalk then move your car to a spot in the lot. There are wagons and carts inside the front door for you to use for unloading. If you need help, please come to the kitchen. Peg and her minions will be happy to help!

Please check-in with Peg in the kitchen. She will count you, process you, put your name in the drawings and give you a freebie project. Sound scary? Have you ever been processed?

You are welcome to sit anywhere you like. The tables are round and three at each table is very comfortable. If you want to change things up to accommodate your clique group, have at it, but you are on your own. There is a closet full of tables and chairs. Sorry, but we CANNOT save you a place. We are too busy organizing this amazing weekend.

You are welcome to bring your own chairs, side tables, irons, or whatever you think you may need. Just remember: you have to pack it and unload it, and pack it and reload it.

This event is planned a year in advance and we have yet to have real weather issues. (Now that it has been said, all hell may break loose.) In the event that the weather looks ominous, we will reschedule. If this is inconvenient, your money will be refunded (less a processing fee if you used a charge or cebit card). We are Iowans and hard core quilters but we don't want anyone in danger for bad weather.

There are rooms available at the Sleep Inn in North Liberty at a special rate for this event. Their phone number is 319-665-2700. Let them know you are with Common Threads.

- Friday and Saturday afternoon: Honed to Perfection will be available to sharpen scissors. Cost: $5/pair payable by cash or check only. Due to an unexpected family event, Honed to Perfection WILL NOT be at this year's Sew-In.
- Friday and Saturday evening: Bill McArtor will be here for your massaging needs. Cost: $1/minute.
- Sister Annie (no she is not a nun although she planed one in the movies) will be doing chair yoga throughout the weekend.
- The South Slope facility has a pond with a walking path that you are welcome to use.


Cutting tools, rulers, projects, extension cord, a treat to share on our grazing table (optional)

Ironing boards, irons, cutting stations, tables, chairs, extension cords


We have three projects this year. Mary is our resident schoolhouse organizer. She will demonstrate our projects throughout the weekend and help as needed. Supplies are limited.

1. Bright Birch Trees: This quilt takes scraps of any kind and color. If you are interested in making it, you can start at home by piecing all of your tiniest scraps together. They can be any color but should be at least 1" x 1.5" to 2" x 2.5". We have the background fabrics available as a kit and includes 10 solid 1/2 yard cuts. The finished size is 58"x72". Kit cost: $50. What a great way to use up scraps you were probably going to throw away!

2. Fat Quarter Pop-Up: This is a fun and fast little project that includes everything you need to make a collapsibl econtainer for just about anything. Peg uses hers to store cords for all of her electronics. Cost of a complete kit: $16. We will have refills available for $10 because you won't make just one!

3. Diva Wallet: This is an easily assembled project for a confident beginner. These wallets are fun to make and are very durable. What a great gift ti give or maybe keep for yourself. Complete kit: $35.

The freebie given out at sign-up is a fun project for the sewist of all levels. It will be complete with instruction.


Menu is subject to change. We try to accommodate everyone with variety but are unable to take care of special dietary needs. Your cost of the Sew-In does not change it you choose not to eat our meals.

Thursday: Various appetizers and desserts

Friday Noon: Two kinds of lettuce salad, Ramen salad (for Kandy), pretzel rolls

Friday Supper: Chili, potato soup, crackers, garlic bread

Saturday Noon: Ham or turkey sandwiches with all the fixings, chips, pickles

Saturday Supper: Pulled pork, coleslaw, baked beans, fruit

Sunday Brunch: Breakfast burritos, oatmeal, yogurt and fruit topped with homemade granola, leftovers

Grazing Table: We have a table set up by the kitchen that attendees like to use as a way to share treats. These can be include baked goods (share your recipe), store bought items (my sister Ann has a Chee-tos addiction), or fresh fruits and vegetables. This is totally optional.

We will provide ice water, coffee, hot water, tea bags and decaffeinated iced tea throught the weekend. There is a refrigerator reserved for participants that wish to bring their own beverages. Ice is plentiful. In the spirit of recycling, we use recyclable dinnerware and ask that you bring a mug for coffee and reuse your plastic cup throught the weekend. Thanks to Johnson County Refuse for their waste containers and pick-up! We are the tidiest bunch at South Slope!


We ask that you show up only within the times stated. You may not set up on a day you did not pay for. You must make full payment for a day even if you are going to be joining us late.

Thursday: 2pm - 9pm
Friday: 8am - 10pm
Saturday: 8am - 10pm
Sunday: 9am - 3pm

Please do not wear perfume or any hair or body products that emit odors! You will be asked to go home and deodorize. Thank you!

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