Sew-In 2017 Is Almost Here!

Happy 2017! As promised I am back with Sew-In information!

As some of you may know, I attended a quilt retreat in November. One thing I observed was that everyone there just wanted to sew (and eat, of course). There were games to play and some great jokes told, but no one really wanted to participate. The games announced in the previous newsletter have been rethought. We will definitely have lots of door prizes but no costumes or contests. Show & Tell is scheduled for Saturday evening at 8 pm. Anyone willing to share their finished projects can do so then. So put your overalls away and just come and have fun!

Hours of Operation: 
Thursday, January 12: 2 pm - 10 pm
Friday, January 13: 8 am - 10 pm
Saturday, January 14: 8 am - 10 pm
Sunday, January 15: 10 am - 3 pm
You will NOT be let in any sooner than the above times. No exceptions.

Sign In: Please come to the kitchen area when you arrive to check in. You will pick up a name tag and put your name in our drawings for door prizes. We have some freebies for joining us that you won't want to miss out on. You will also receive a piece of fabric that will be part of a Sew-In quilt. This quilt top will be constructed by you and given to one lucky person at the end.

Location: South Slope Community Center, 980 N. Front St., North Liberty Click here for a map

Parking: Pull into the main entrance of the Community Center and go RIGHT into the main parking lot. You can unload your vehicle at the front of the building but please park in the main lot. Parking in the front of the building is for Common Threads staff. The last parking spot in the front is where Honed to Perfection will be on Friday. They need access to the power supply in this area. If you park in these spots, you will be asked to move.

There are wagons and carts inside the front doors of the building for your use.

What we will supply:
- Tables & Chairs
- Ironing boards
- Irons (If you bring an iron, it should be small. Regular size irons have a tendency to wreak havoc with the electricity.)
- Cutting tables & Mats
- Electrical cords

A big THANKS To Kandy and Steve Smith. They help us be eco friendly with recycling throughout the weekend. Hooray for Johnson County Refuse!!!!

What you should bring:
- Projects
- Sewing machine
- Cutting tools
- Sewing supplies
- Don't forget your power cord!
- A treat to share

Mary: Our resident expert is available to do demonstrations and help answer sewing questions. Please use her wisely and do not monopolize her time. She will also be in charge of the store.

The Store: Peg is no longer doing retail. However, we have purchased fabric and will have several small projects you can get involved in. The book many of the projects are based out of is Farm Girl Vintage. Copies will be available to purchase. We will also have fabric and notions for sale. Credit/debit, checks and cash will be accepted.

Grazing Table: There will be a table by the kitchen meant for treats to share. This is not mandatory. If you would like to bring a snack to share, this is where it will go. Be prepared to share a recipe if your treat is homemade.

Food and Drinks: The menu is subject to change. We try to accommodate with choices but cannot meet all dietary needs. Since we are celebrating the farm, our big meal will be at lunch time and lighter fare will be served in the evening. This year we will have dessert in the evening with Jell-O with our noon meal. Our resident farm wife, Jean Erickson (Peg's oldest sister) has helped us with our farm meal etiquette

Water, iced tea and coffee will be readily available. A refrigerator and ice are available if you have other non-alcoholic beverages to refrigerate.

The menu is as follows:
Thursday (appetizers): Deviled eggs, meatballs, relishes, sliders
Friday noon: Meatloaf, twice baked potatoes, baked beans, strawberry Jell-O & strawberries, rolls
Friday evening: Ham & bean soup, turkey vegetable soup, crackers, brownies & ice cream
Saturday noon: Pulled pork, cole slaw, chips, pickles & green tomato pickles, lime Jell-O & pears
(Jean says the men inew it was "baking day" and casseroles were served on Saturdays)
Saturday evening: Taco salad or nachos (you build it), all the fixings, dessert TBA
Sunday brunch: Quiche cups, champagne oranges, orange rolls, brown sugar yogurt & granola, juice, leftovers

Who is coming besides you? Bill the massage therapist will be available every day. Sign-up sheets will be posted. $15 for a 15-minute massage.
Honed to Perfection will sharpen scissors and knives on Friday afternoon. They will stay until finished. $5-6 for scissors and $3-5 for knives.
Annie will do stretching and chair yoga.

Don't forget our facility has a beautiful area to walk. Feel free to come and go as you please.

Accommodations: The Sleep Inn located at 485 Madison Ave. in North Liberty has special rates for Common Threads customers. Call them at 319-665-2700 to make your reservations.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. Call me at 319-636-3160 or send me an email at

Some of you have sent money and are signed up for the event. However, I don't have contact information for you. Please email your phone numbers in case of bad weather. We will reschedule if the weather doesn't cooperate. We are looking forward to a great time!

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like so much fun! Wish I could join you. Stuck in Louisville. Maybe next time