Thursday, September 15, 2016

Fall 2016 at Common Threads

The Hawkeyes are back on the football field but that doesn’t stop us! Dates for classes are on away game days and may just free you from a house full of wild fans (unless of course you are one of them). Do something for yourself this fall and learn to use the longarm or design your own quilt using EQ-7. This fall Gail Wadley, an EQ (Electric Quilt) instructor, has offered her time to solve the mystery of EQ-7. Join us September 21st from 7-9 pm. for a dessert and wine evening, along with an introduction to the mysteries of EQ. No commitment is necessary to come to this meeting. A canned item for the food pantry is appreciated. If you think this is up your alley, Gail will be back with a follow-up class October 16th from 6-9 pm. The cost of this class is $200 which includes your software.

What's Happening at Common Threads?
It has been 16 months since the sale of the retail building in North Liberty. I have managed to stay quite busy with quilting, rental, gardening and now poultry. Yes, chickens! Fresh eggs are for sale. If you need an excuse to visit, eggs could be your out.

Dave and I have also added two new grand babies to our flock. Nora, was born to Patrick and Kaylee in June and Easton was born in August to Brittany and Brad. That makes a grand total of seven. I know, I know...I'm way to young. Always looking for an excuse to make a baby quilt though. With the absence of daily retail hours, I have been able to help out with grand kids, enjoy a cup of coffee with the dogs, tend the chickens, and go to the gym. Yes, I am doing some things for myself. Life feels really good.

~Peg

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It’s getting to be that time again. Fall and winter will get your creative juices flowing and we have just the place for you to come and finish up those projects you have started.

Sew-In 2017
The 2017 Sew-In is scheduled for January 12, 13, 14, 15. Here is how it will play out: for you newbies...just come and we will make you feel right at home. You oldsters...play nice. You don’t have to sew to join us. All crafting is treated equally.


Location: South Slope Community Center, 980 North Front Street, North Liberty, Iowa
Thursday Doors open at 2 pm (and not one second sooner) and close at 10 pm
Friday 8 am to 10 pm
Saturday 8 am to 10 pm
Sunday 10 am to 3 pm

Our theme this year is Celebrating the Iowa Farm. Prizes will be awarded for the best farm attire and the best story told about a farm memory.

Cost: $100 if paying by cash or check; $110 if paying with Visa or Mastercard. You must pay the entire amount regardless of the days you attend. It is a flat fee this year.  Please call 319-626-3160 with your credit card information or send a check payable to Common Threads to:
Peg Griffin-Wood
3915 West Overlook Road NE
Iowa City, IA 52240

You could drop by with your payment, too. Just call first to make sure Peg is there (and dressed).

Reservations: Please sign up on or before December 20, 2016 to reserve your place. Stragglers could possibly be put on a waiting list.

Cancellation: To help us make this a positive experience for all, and accommodate a waiting list, you must cancel by December 31st or forfeit your fee. We understand illness and emergencies are out of your control. Peg will account for these situations.

Activities:
-Best farm attire Saturday Evening. Prize $50 gift card from Missouri Star Quilt Company
-Farm Trivia Game
-Farm Story Telling, by you, the attendee
-Name That Quilt Block
-Chair Yoga Massage
-Scissor (and knife) sharpening
-Mary will offer demonstrations throughout the weekend
-We do have a quilt planned. Details to follow.

Food: A grazing table will be set up by the kitchen. Bring a treat to share and even a recipe if the mood strikes. This is not mandatory.

Peg has 3 sisters and possibly a 4th helping this year. Cooking is one of our favorite things to do together. (Any other sisters or brothers reading this are officially invited.)

Iced tea, water and coffee will be available throughout the weekend. You are welcome to bring your own non-alcoholic beverages and refrigeration is available. FYI: Peg would have to hire a guard if we had alcohol. Yes, it’s true. Ice is plentiful.

We understand that people have restrictions in their diets. We try to be as health conscious as possible. Some gluten-free alternatives and lots of fresh produce will be options at each meal. It is a celebration of the farm after all.

Thursday: hors d'oeuvres
Friday: lunch and supper
Saturday: lunch and supper
Sunday: brunch
*A more specific menu will be posted at a later date


Accommodations: Since our celebration is local, you are welcome to drive home and sleep in your own bed. The Sleep Inn located at 485 Madison Ave. in North Liberty has special rates for the Sew-In for those of you who like to make a TRUE weekend of it. Call them at 319-665-2700 to make your reservations.

Equipment Provided: Several ironing boards and irons, cutting tables with mats, extension cords, and items for purchase.

What you Should Bring: Projects, sewing machine, sewing kit, rotary cutters and rulers, small irons and an extension cord.

School House and Store: Our resident teacher and woman of many talents will be available throughout the weekend. What would we do without Mary? Mary is available for questions but please don’t monopolize her time. Mary will have demonstrations and unveil our quilt. Patterns and kits for the quilt will be available and can be ordered. Supplies are limited

We will have kits, fabrics, and basic Aurifil thread colors for sale at the event. Cash, checks (preferred), or credit (Visa, Mastercard) accepted.

Weather: Oh well, it is Iowa after all. A little snow never kept us away but a blizzard or ice would. We will reschedule this event if the weather dares to upset it.

Things to Watch for in a Follow-Up Email:
-Projects and demonstrations
-Cost and kit for the mystery quilt as well as cutting directions
-Menu

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