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Go to School at Keepsake Quilting

Mary and Gloria

As the kids start thinking about going back to school, we’ve got school on our minds, too. We’re talking quilt school where there are no tests and no grades, and every class is sure to be fun. We’ve got a terrific class schedule in the works that both locals and visitors to the shop are going to love.

We plan to do something special every week. The first Monday of the month will be Make-and-Take-It Monday, with projects such as ornaments, potholders or holiday items that can be finished in just a few hours. The second Tuesday of the month will be Table-Setting Tuesday, with projects such as table runners, place mats and napkins. The third Wednesday will be Wooly Wednesday with handmade wool and embroidery projects such as candle mats and mug rugs. The fourth Thursday will be Pineapple Day. We’ll provide a pattern from the Pineapple Fabric store next door, and students will purchase their choice of fabric packs from Pineapple Fabrics. Projects will include bags, throw quilts and home-décor items. You can just drop in on any of these Monday through Thursday classes, which will start at 9am and run until 12 or 1pm. There’s no need to sign up in advance, and all the supplies you’ll need can be purchased at the shops the day of the class.

We’re especially excited about our Fun Fridays. Our classroom will be open every Friday, all day long, and staff members will be available to help you with your projects and give you tips and encouragement for finishing those UFO’s that have piling up in your closet. It will be a great opportunity to sit and chat with old and new quilting friends.

Our weekly classes aren’t the only classes we’ll be offering. We’ve scheduled three all-day Saturday classes, starting with the Simply a Pleasure Table Runner on September 8, the Lemoyne Star Wall Hanging on September 22 and the Desert Sky Throw on October 13. See the Visit KQ Shop page for details.

Gloria will be teaching these Saturday classes. Remember that special grade-school teacher that was always so sweet, patient and encouraging? That’s what you’ll find in Gloria. As a matter of fact, Gloria spent 28 years as a fourth- and fifth-grade teacher in Rhode Island before retiring to New Hampshire. We’ve been lucky to have her at the quilt shop for the last 18 years. She has years of quilting experience, beginning with an Eleanor Burns Quilt in a Day project back in 1989, and she especially enjoys hand and machine applique. You’re sure to be seeing Gloria in the classroom on Wooly Wednesdays as well as for other classes during the week. She’s always prepared, always organized and always as nice as can be. And you’ll receive lots of individual attention. What more could you want from a teacher.

When you drop into our classroom on Fridays, you’ll meet “Make-Do Mary.” If you come into the shop with a stack of quilt blocks that were originally destined for a bed quilt, and you know that’s never going to happen, Mary is the gal for you. She’ll have you turning those blocks into table runners or some other project that will make you proud. Mary is a “finisher,” and she wants others to be “finishers” too, so they can experience that sense of accomplishment and positive attitude that comes with seeing a project through to completion. It may not be the project that it originally started out to be, but that’s where Mary’s enthusiastic “make-do” approach and her 40 years of quilting experience come into play. You won’t have to wait until Fridays to experience this fun teacher. She’ll be doing some of the other weekly classes, too.

Doesn’t the school year sound like fun! We’ll be posting updates of our classes online and at the shop, so stay tuned for the best school year ever with Gloria, Mary and other Keepsake Quilting staff members.

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