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 Welcome to Kelly J's Newsletter Features!

"Spring 2014"  Volume 25  Issue 2

I've changed things at our website - instead of our newsletter being posted as a .pdf file, we have split up the class schedule & event news.   

This is the page to visit when you want to find out about the current sales, workshops & demos being offered in the store. 

  • Visit our "Classes & Clubs" page for the class listings.

  • See the "What's New" page for new fabrics, notions & samples. 

  • Visit the new "Gallery" page to see my latest creations.  

I hope that this new format will make it easier for you to keep up with what's going on at Kelly J's!!  If you have a suggestion or something you would like us to add to the website, please email me at:




Our 3 day retreat was such a hit we are planning on another one in the fall. September 26-28, 2014 has been reserved and space is very limited.

 “Crafter’s Sanctuary” is located on the corner of the Arnold Rd. & W. Tischer Rd. only 5 minutes from Kelly J's.

The craft room is 1000 square feet with over 20 foot ceilings & plenty of natural light from lots of surrounding windows. You’ll love the 12 large craft tables (each with its own task light & comfy chair), roomy cutting & pressing area & 42 inch flat screen TV.  The retreat center provides a laptop computer, color printer, Cricket & Sizzix machine, DVD player, IPod docking station and internet access.  Kelly J’s will be providing all the meals, coffee & water.  There is a Kuerig coffee maker, so you can bring your favorite flavor, if you wish!  All the bedding & towels are provided.

Retreat Highlights & Details:

Friday night we will be hosting a Wine & Cheese Party at Kelly J’s.  Retreat participants will also enjoy a private sale 5:30-7:30pm.

Retreat includes a goody bag, free demos, discount, meals & treats. If you have special dietary needs, please bring whatever you wish. There is a refrigerator & fully equipped kitchen.

We will have coffee & bottled water available, but feel free to ‘bring your own beverage’.

Set up is any time after 10:30am on Friday.  Break down will be 4pm on Sunday.  There are two entrances; one to the crafting room with a ramp from the off street parking lot and the other directly to the lower level and sleeping rooms.

$150 per person due when registering - $50 of this fee is non-refundable.  Cancellation within 2 weeks of the retreat will result in no refund.



Sampler quilts are narratives – they tell a story of a movement, a relationship or a period of time. You might not come from a long line of quilters & the art of quilting may not have been passed down through the generations.  Here’s your chance to begin your own quilt story.  

The blocks in Tula Pink’s City Sampler book are not named; they are numbered. You will be able to infuse each block with your own meaning with the fabrics you choose, the colors you use and why you are making the quilt.  Consider naming the blocks or your quilt.

2014 Challenge Program & Guidelines 

Our guidelines are simple; each block must include a piece from one of the four challenge fabrics (not necessarily all four). You can then use your choice of fabrics to build your quilt…

modern or traditional - hand dyed or printed – flat cotton or flannel.

Make all 100 quilt blocks; they’re easy and once pieced will measure approximately 6 ½”   

The book offers different layouts for your quilt.  You can make a throw, full, queen or king size.

Match pillow shams to match a throw size or use all 100 blocks in a king sized quilt. A finished quilt is required for the quilt show judging; additional items are optional. 

There will be 3 “Show & Share Meetings” ~ 10am on the 2nd Saturday in March, June & September.  During these meetings we want you to bring the blocks you have finished.

We will offer some ideas, demo tools or tips and share new fabrics with you. 

If you bring a friend to the meeting, you will receive a bonus block kit! 

Challenge Meetings: 10am ~ March 8, June 14 & September 13
Quilt Show October 17-19, 2014 

Your finished quilt will be displayed at our 100 Quilt Block Show.Viewers/customers will vote on their favorite.  

Our challenge winner will receive a Janome Jem sewing machine.  This pint-sized favorite is perfect for traveling, classes & workshops.

Join our Challenge - $50 per person and receive 15% Off the additional fabrics you purchase for your challenge quilt.  When you join, you will receive a “Challenge Membership Card” – you will have to show that to receive your discount on fabric.


When you join the 100 Quilt Block Challenge and pay your entry fee you will receive Tula Pink’s City Sampler book and 4 – 1/3 yd cuts of her fabric. You must use a piece of one of the four fabrics in each quilt block.  Additional yardage can be purchased at a discount. 



What kind of batting should I use in this project?? Do you give it much thought? Cotton, poly, wool, silk, bamboo or soy? How you plan to quilt your project & how it will be used are important considerations when choosing the middle layer, batting, for your next project. Here are a few options to try:

  • NATURAL FIBERS: cotton, wool and silk all quilt beautifully but may require a particular amount of quilting to prevent the batting from shifting (migrating) in the quilt. Check the manufacturers suggestions for quilting or ask the shop that you are buying it from for their suggestions. Some battings are already stabilized and may also be fusible.
  • ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY: Soy & Bamboo, blended with cotton, can be quilted up to 10" apart for quick results or heavily quilted while maintaining a soft drape - either way, batting migration in your quilt won't be a problem.
  • SYNTHETIC OPTIONS: Polyester allow a lot of freedom for quilting lightly or heavily - available in a very flat form for tablerunners & placemats (Thermore) or high loft for more comforter-like quilts
  • MICROWAVE SAFE: Microwaveable projects must be 100% cotton - some cotton batting contain resins or chemicals that may catch fire in the microwave; use Warm Tater to be safe.

We stock a huge variety of batting by the yard and some packaged.  Please ask about what type of batting will work best in your project; we are happy to help!






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