Item must have been completed (completely finished) AFTER UFO Rewards announced (March 8th, 2013)
Item must be completely finished (AKA in condition to be gifted).
must be presented at UFO Show & Tell. (At time of presentation tell
us a short story about how and why it became a UFO.)
project is one that you received from someone else in an unfinished
state and you completed the project. At Show & Tell you explain the
state it was received in and what you did to complete it.
Each quilt or
handmade item can earn points in only one points category (no double
dipping), but the Show & Tell item can earn points AND earn a
Special Recognition Reward at the same time. Example: 2 points for Show
& Tell PLUS Special Recognition as a completed Quilt-in-a-Box.
IMPORTANT: ** Show
& Tell items are not limited to quilting items. We know that many of
our family members are multi-talented and excel in other crafty areas.
These "other" works of art are eligible for Show & Tell. Share your
work. "Other" items can include, but are not limited to knitted or
crocheted items, scrapbooks, jewelry. Items must be handmade by you.
How to earn UFO Points
1 pt attend UFO Night
1 pt attend Monday or Wednesday Morning Gatherings (max 2
1 pt refer a friend who takes a QQ class
2 pt for each completed UFO presented at Show & Tell** (see above)
2 pt attend a 1 part QQ class AND bring the completed item to Show &
Tell (this equals 1 pt for attending class and 1 pt for NOT creating
2 pt show & tell your fair entry (with entry tag). (Yes, it can be shown
a 2nd time as a fair entry. Special Recognition if it earned a ribbon.)
2 pt bring the most completed UFO's for Show & Tell in a single night
(Special Recognition Award)
2 pt Bring a friend to UFO Night (Special Recognition Award)
3 pt show a completed item from a 2 part QQ class (Special
3 pt show a completed inherited project (you received it in UFO status
and completed it) (Special Recognition)
4 pt show a completed item from a 3 part QQ class (Special
5 pt teach a class at QQ (Special Recognition
5 pt complete Beginner Course at QQ (Special Recognition)
5 pt show a
completed Quilt-in-a-Box (We know the extra work this required and you
earn a Special Recognition Award for the job well-done!!!)
UFO Special Recognition Awards
Bring a Friend to UFO Night
Assemble and Finish a Quilt-in-a-Box
Complete a 10 year (or older) UFO
Complete an Inherited Project
Complete QQ Beginner Class
Complete a QQ Class
Show your Art Quilt
Complete 3 or more Charity Quilts
Fair entry that received ribbon (must be in Show & Tell w/ ribbon)
Present the most Show & Tell items at monthly UFO Night
Teach a QQ Class
Complete a LARGE quilt (exceeds 100" on 2 sides)
10 point level earns charm bracelet w/ first charm
25 point level ** (level must include 3 different pt categories)
50 point level ** (level must include 4 different pt categories)
75 point level ** (level must include 4 different pt categories)
100 point level ** (level must include 5 different pt categories)
200 point level ** (level must include 6 different pt categories)
** Each level must
reached by earning points in multiple point categories. Not only are we
trying to complete UFOs, but we are trying to push you out of your
comfort zones (Untried Foreign Origins).
you all had a wonderful Easter! The day before Easter was absolutely
gorgeous, wasn't it? It was enough to give us Spring Fever...but hold
on...the weatherman says we still have some cold days to endure. BUT we
are getting close now! The arrival of warm weather brings a whole new
set of priorities for all of us. During the warm weather months,
everyone is out and about enjoying and doing the same things that I
enjoy...which brings me to my next subject...
Store Hours Are Changing
For whatever reasons -
working in a garden or flower bed, vacationing, babysitting kids during
summer vacation, etc., the shop is not near as busy during the warm
months. After a LOT of agonizing thought and looking back at my books
from prior years, I have made the decision to cut back on some hours
during the months of June, July, August and September. I will be closing
at 4 pm everyday. I'm sorry if this causes any inconvenience to anyone.
During the summer, the power bill is outrageous and the sales are down,
and I just don't see any other solution.
This also means that
there won't be as many night time classes. UFO will still go on as
always, the second Friday night of each month. The night time classes
that we DO have will have some guidelines that will have to be followed:
#1 -You absolutely MUST SIGN UP FOR CLASSES AND PAY A DEPOSIT AT LEAST 48 HOURS PRIOR TO THE FIRST CLASS.
#2 - There is a 4 student minimum for summer night time classes.
If a class is
cancelled, students will be notified no later than 24 hours before the
class is due to begin. In this case, your registration deposit will be
Along with summer, we also have quite a few special days and holidays. Here is a list of CLOSINGS for May - September:
Mother's Day Saturday - May 11th
Memorial Day Friday, Saturday and Monday - May 24th - 27th
Father's Day Saturday - June 15th
July 4th Week - July 1st - 6th
Labor Day Friday, Saturday and Monday - August 30th - September 2nd
Now that I have all of the not so nice things taken care of, let me tell you about some fun things!
We have new and
exciting classes coming up with not only Barb, but also with Virgie,
Vicky and Denise! There are demos hanging up all over the shop. Come in
and take a look!
At the March UFO we
announced a new program where you get a charm bracelet and earn points
towards charms...well...not everyone can make it to UFO nights, so we
added things to the point list so that everyone can earn charms! Stop by
and ask for a point list. The charms should be in by April UFO Night!
Of course we would still like for everyone to join us for UFO because
there is nothing like it...FUN, FUN, and more FUN! Simply Charming.
We also have a "drive" of sorts, to collect charity quilts.
Each regular group (UFO, Monday Morning Coffee Club and Wednesday
Morning Gals) have charities they are making and collecting quilts for.
August will be the biggest push for charity quilts because the Head
Start Program always needs a quilt for each student. We also have
on-going charities such as quilts for cancer patients while taking
treatments, Alpha Pregnancy, Battered Women's Shelter, and more. We
welcome any efforts to help our community!
QQ Games was very
interesting for the month of March. The winner will be announced on
Monday, April 1st. Be looking for another game to be posted real soon on
You can find all the latest updates on the Blog, and you can find online sales at
stores.ebay.com/QuiltingQuest and at
As always, I'm sure I have forgotten something. But I can't think of anything else right now!
QuiltingQuest (336) 243-7209
Snippets from Barb
UFO Rewards: If
you haven't been attending UFO night you missed an exciting
announcement in March. Many of us who went cruising started a charm
bracelet by visiting designated vendors to collect charms. We have
carried the concept home to QQ. Points can be earned by completing UFO's
and attending QQ functions. We have completed the list of qualifying
activities and the points earned at them, we are stocking up on special
charms to commemorate your achievements. The particulars will be printed
in the newsletter and on the blog. Each person who attends the April
UFO Night will receive a printed list of the point system. Drag out your
UFOs, finish them and get a little something to recognize your
Class Schedule Changes: Changes
will be coming to the evening QQ class schedule in the near future.
These changes are being made to minimize the heating, cooling, and
lighting costs. We are seriously looking at having the shop open only 2
nights per week for classes. Which 2 nights will be decided with the
help of you. We will have short questionnaires at the shop for you to
have your input considered in the final decision. Please help us find
the 2 nights that would be most beneficial for those interested in
classes. Thanks for your help and we do appreciate your input. (Remember
that you earn UFO points by attending classes.)
August UFO Night (Aug
9th) will be dedicated to completing charity quilts in assembly-line
fashion. Come join the fun and take home a feel-good feeling. If you
have tops that have been assembled that you would like to contribute to
the cause, you have until August to drop them off at the shop.
Singular Sensation has
quickly become our best selling pattern book. It is a very simple block
to assemble (suitable for beginner level), instructions include 3 block
sizes, it is easily adaptable to different fabric designs. SS is based
on a 3 fabric/color design. It can be completed with minimal yardage or
leftovers from previous projects. You can easily make a small (baby or
lap size) over a weekend. The book shows variations of the basic pattern
while the block remains the same. Variations are possible by simply
turning the blocks or adding setting triangles.
Quotes from Singular Sensation fans:
Elizabeth Ray: "Simplest pattern to do in a hurry...easy to teach to new sewers... easily adaptable to multiple fabrics."
Owens: " easy and simple...fun to make...you don't have to fussy cut
the center block if you don't want to...minimal seam matching..."
Hanks: "I love this pattern....no matter what fabrics you use it looks
great...different fabric choices can make it look so different... I'm
not good with new patterns, but I love this one...."
Barb B: "This one is catching on like Turning Twenty did when
it came to QQ. Singular Sensation is so much easier and quicker."
to QQ to get your copy of the Singular Sensation book ($24.99 and worth
every cent) Even beginners don't NEED a lesson for this one. (Did I
just shoot myself in the foot with that last sentence?)
Rotary Cutting Class is
now being taught by Vicky Walser and it is fantastic. This class is so
good that it is being added as an additional part of Beginner Class. But
this class is open to anyone who wants to become more proficient with
using rotary rulers. Vicky includes using the mat vs. the ruler to
measure accurately AND she shows you how to use the angle lines on the
ruler. She includes many other handi-hints in this class. Anyone is
welcome, not just beginners. Watch the schedule boards and the
newsletter for scheduled class times.
Beginner Class continues, daytime Wednesdays thru April 17th.
Evening Beginner Class/Lrn2 make a Quilt: Note that Beginner Class is now 7 wks long because week #1 is Rotary Cutting Class.
Start new Evening Beginner Class: 7 consecutive Thursdays from April 4th thru May 9th; 6:15pm - 9pm. Cost: $70.00
Beginner Class has been increased to 7 weeks because
of the addition of Rotary Cutting. The cost of the class has been
increased to $70.00 which still equals $10.00 per class.
Instructor, Lynne, April 2nd, 9th, and 16th, from 1-4pm or 6-9 pm. This
is a three part class, cost is $35. Quilt is on display at QQ.
Rotary Cutting: Thursday, April 4th, 6pm - 9pm. Bring
your rotary cutter and ruler or use the ones at QQ if you don't own
them. No charge for enrolled Beginner students; Cost is $10 for
Quilt as You Go: Saturday, April 6th, 11am - 3pm; by
Charlene Hamby. This technique can turn any quilt into a portable
project as you quilt each block with batting and backing individually,
before the blocks are assembled into a quilt top. I'll be in this class.
Beyond Beginner- Crazy quilts, Monday, April 8th, daytime 1pm - 4pm or evening 6pm - 9 pm. Bring
your machine and scraps of fabric to learn how to make those scraps
into a fun block. This class is open to anyone who wants to learn to
crazy quilt. A great follow-up class to consider is Embroidery
Embellishments (April). Cost: $15.00.
UFO Night: Friday, April 12th, 6pm - ???.
Food theme is hot dog fixin's or sides to go with hot dogs. QQ will
furnish hot dogs and buns. Don't forget to bring your completed UFOs for
Show & Tell to earn points and rewards. UFOs must have been
completed after the March 8th announcement. Cost: $5.00 and a topping or
side to share. Desserts are considered a side.
Quick Trip Water Lily: Instructor, Virgie, April 18th, and 25th, from 1-4 pm. Cost is $25. Wall hanging quilt will be on display at QQ.
Daytime Beginner Class continues; Wednesdays, 1pm - 4pm.
Fire Escape, daytime only, 1 - 4pm, Tuesdays, April 23 and 30th,
by Vicky Walser. This is a 2 -part class. Two demo quilts are on
display at QQ by the cash register. This is a surprisingly easy weekend
project. Cost: $25.00 + pattern purchase + fabrics.
Bargello Flag, Wednesday, April 24th, daytime 1pm - 4pm or evening 6:15pm - 9pm by
Vicky Walser (day class) or Barb B. (evening class). Demo flag is on
display near classroom. This is a great gift for soldiers (former or
active) and for the upcoming flag-waving holidays. This is a
surprisingly easy project. Gather your mixed scraps of red, white, and
blue prints. Cost: $15.00. (Pattern will be furnished).
Happy Scrappy, Friday, April 26th, 6pm - 9pm, by
Barb. This is another attempt to get you gals (and guys) to use up your
scraps. Start gathering light, medium, and dark scraps and cut them
into 3 inch squares. I have another great pattern to share. Cost: $10.00
Wednesday, May 1st and 8th, DayTripper (2 -part class), 1pm - 4pm,
by Barb. This class will not be offered again until fall. Several
DayTripper bags are on display at the shop. Cost: $25.00 + supplies.
Thursday evenings, May 1st and 9th, evening Beginners continues.
Monday, May 6th; Beyond Beginner: Curved Seams, 6pm - 9pm (evening only), by
Barb. After this class you will be able to sew those curved seams.
Bring your machine and straight pins. I will furnish fabric, templates,
and pattern. This class is open to anyone wanting to learn this
technique and is not limited to Beginner Grads. Cost: $15.00
Friday, May 10th, UFO Night, 6pm - ???. Food theme to be announced later. Bring your completed UFOs for Show & Tell. Cost: $5.00 and food to share.
Monday, May 13th and 20th (2 - part class), 1pm - 4pm by
Barb. This class revisits the original Turning Twenty pattern. This
class is offered on a limited basis. Twenty different fat quarters are
required. Part 1 is for cutting and assembly of the 2 different block
patterns. Part 2 is for assembly of the blocks. Cost: $25.00 + 20 fat
Super Woman Turning Twenty: Instructor, Virgie, April 16th and 23rd, from 1-4 pm or 6-9 pm. Cost is $25. Quilt will be on display at QQ.
Friday, May 17th, Flip Flop Quilt, daytime 1pm - 4pm or evening 6:15pm - 9-pm by
Barb. Demo is on display at QQ. This is a repeat class for those of you
who have missed it in the past. The class will get you started on your
own interpretation of mine. You will receive instructions and flip flop
template at class. Cost: $15.00 + your fabric
Monday, April 20th, Turning Twenty continues
Wednesday, May 22nd, Embroidery Embellishments, daytime 1pm - 4pm or evening 6:15pm - 9pm by
Barb. This is a great opportunity to refresh yourself on a multitude of
embroidery stitches you learned years ago, or want to learn now. In
this class you will learn approximately 14 different stitches that can
be used to embellish crazy quilting or decorate towels, pillowcases,
etc. You will complete this class with a sampler of your stitches and a
life - sized embroidered pear that can be used as a lovely pin cushion.
Demo pear will be on display soon (I'm working on it.) Cost: $25.00 +
floss (floss skeins cost 40 cents each at QQ). I will furnish pear
pattern, pear fabric, design transfers, sampler fabric and needles. A 7
inch embroidery hoop and thimble is optional. (Yes, Barb is teaching a
class that uses a hand needle!) :o
Thursday, May 23rd, Intro to Free Motion Quilting; 1pm - 4pm or 6pm - 9pm, by
Barb. I'm repeating this class after multiple requests when it was
first offered in January. This is an Intro class because free motion
just takes practice, practice, and more practice along with the ability
to doodle or a bit of your own imagination. I will show you tips and
tricks and a handful of patterns. For this class you will need a machine
in good working order as well as a darning foot that fits your machine.
(Know how to install it BEFORE class.) Check your manual to be sure it
can be set up for darning (lower the feed dogs or have a cover for them
as well as a darning foot that fits your machine). Know how to lower or
cover feed dogs BEFORE class. We have one school machine that is
available for one student per class, but it is best to learn on your own
machine. Bring 2 quilt sandwiches that are approximately 18" square to
class. Low loft batting is best to learn on. Please review darning set
-up BEFORE class. Bring your machine manual to class for a back-up
reference. Come learn the basics so you can quilt outside the lines
after a bit of practice. Cost: $15.00 +plus your machine in darning mode
+ darning foot + 2 practice sandwiches.
Wednesday, May 29th, Part 2 of Embroidery Embellishments
Please pre-register for any classes you wish to take. This
is a good habit to get into as evening classes will soon be offered on 2
evenings per week only. If the minimum number of students have not
pre-registered, class will be cancelled. We can notify you only if we
have your contact information. We don't want someone to drive to a
darkened QQ shop to read a cancellation notice on the door. Please, pre
know change is a hard thing to deal with for all of us. As instructors
and employees of QQ, we are having to deal with it too. We'll just be
doing it all together. We are pleased to see new QQ family members as
fellow quilters (old and new) find us. Please make our new folks feel
welcome. Watch the class schedules as offerings of one you had your eye
on and interest in may have limited time slots. If you missed one that
you wanted, let us know so we can reschedule it. Consider inviting a
friend to take a class with you to help ensure that the minimum
enrollment is met. The bottom line behind these changes is to keep the
QQ institution healthy so it can continue to grow. (Look, we've taken
down walls and added new fabrics at great prices.) And where else can
you join like-minded friends for such fun (and great food on a Friday
night?) We just want to keep it growing and finding new ways to have
legal fun. If you have an idea, share it with us.