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Mark your calendars for the 3rd annual St Mary's Quilt Show located in Plantersville, Texas.  Dates are this Friday, 

April 28th from 9A-5P, and Saturday, April 29th from 9A-3P. 

 

Here is a link to an AMAZING article about this venue!  I hope you are able to attend and see for yourself the effort that Lorraine and her crew put into this show each year.

http://www.postcardslive.com/gotta-get-away-plantersville-st-marys-quilt-show/

 

Sadly, we will NOT be vending this year at St Mary's, however, if you eat lunch in their amazing Dresden Plate cafe, please be certain to look at your tray liner for a little surprise! 

And please DO eat there, the food is prepared by the show volunteers and is awesome!

 Did you know it is almost time for the 2017 Row by Row Experience?  We have our row designed and I promise it is a good one. Consider this a "teaser" with more info to come soon.  Here is a link to the Row by Row Website so you can start looking to see which Texas shops are participating for 2017.

 

https://www.rowbyrowexperience.com/tx.htm

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presents

Texas Proud

Everyone just loves a good Texas quilt!

And we have a good one this time from Sharon Wilhelm to include our beautiful Texas wildflowers, an armadillo, an oil well, the Alamo, and much more! We are planning on running Texas Proud as a Block of the Month with the bonus of an optional class to make Blocks #1 and #2 with Sharon. She will be visiting the shop on Thursday, June 15th, and Friday, June 16th. Why are we doing this?  Because we have been asked for both a needle turn Block of the Month and needle turn classes.  Here is a link to Sharon's website http://www.quiltideas.com/

 

Sharon will get you started with needle turn stitching using Blocks #1 and #2, which are the Texas Flag and the 5 Pointed Star blocks.  Please see photos below.

 

This will be a 13-month Block of the Month consisting of 12 individual blocks with the last month consisting of the borders and binding.  Finished size of this quilt is 72" X 90".  Sign-up fee will be $20 and your monthly charge to include your pattern and fabric will be $18.99 per month, plus applicable tax and optional shipping.  We will require a credit card to be on file with us for billing purposes.

While you do not need to take the class to participate in Texas Proud, if you would like to take Sharon's class on June 15th and 16th from 10a-4p the class fee will be $70 for both days.  An optional lunch may be added for an additional $10 per day.  There will be very limited space for Sharon's class so if you are interested please call 979.595.1072, ASAP!

Announcing Lone Star Quiltworks

Summer 2017

Class Schedule!

Come and join us for a new learning experience!  Our teachers have outdone themselves this trimester with many new classes for you to enhance both your quilting and or sewing expertise.  From beginning level to advanced there is something for everyone.  Plus, there are many special events listed as well with out of town teachers visiting the shop.

And don't forget you can rent a Baby Lock sewing machine from us for the nominal fee of $10 per day if you don't want to bring your home machine to the shop.  Of course we are really hoping you will love one of these machines and take it home with you at a discounted price!  (A little ulterior motive here, eh?)

Seriously, our classes fill FAST so call soon if you see something you like.  Here is the link

http://lonestarquiltworks.com/summer2017

We have samples up and ready for viewing at the shop.

Want to sign up now?

Call us at the number listed below!

979 595 1072


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Presents Jan Mathews teaching Judy Niemeyer Clamshell!

We have the wonderful Jan Mathews, a Quiltworx Certified instructor back again for another great Judy Niemeyer pattern.  This is Judy's beautiful new Clamshell pattern.  Please see class description below:

 

If you are looking for an interesting quilt project, the upcoming Judy Niemeyer Clamshells class is just the ticket!  This project is perfect for playing with color, or perfecting your curved piecing skills. Finished size is 60" X 74". Basically constructed from three components, the Clamshell pattern utilizes Judy's signature curved piece appliqued method.  All units are joined in a row method that lessens the challenge in assembling so many curved pieces. 

Come play with a fun quilting project!

 

This is a two-day class scheduled for Friday, April 28th from 10a-6p, and Saturday, April 29th from 10a-4p.  Class cost is $115.00, plus the cost of the Clamshell patternLunch can be provided for an additional $10 per student.  Fabric costs are not included in the class.  Skill level for this quilt needs to be a confident sewer who understands her/his machine well. Class size is limited to 8 students to provide one 6' table per person and an awesome teaching environment. 

 

If you are interested in this class, please call the shop at the number listed below.  Spaces will fill quickly as Jan is a wonderful teacher!

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We Did It!

We got our sale fabric on the web!


And by "we", I don't mean me.  I mean the awesome team of Nancy and Cindy!


I have always said when we get ready to put fabric on sale that we don't do 20% off, then 30% off, then 40% off.  We just move it to 50% off right at the start! 

 

Our one "glitch" was that we could not figure out how to get our sale section onto the web.  Well, enter the dream team of Nancy and Cindy!  These gals put their heads together and we now have a link for our out of town customers to see this fabric as well:  http://lonestarquiltworks.com/online-shopping/fabric/sale

 

So next time you are looking for a backing, borders, or anything requiring a large cut of fabric don't forget to check out our Sale section on the web. 

 

Additionally, just about everything in the store is on the website now, too!


You do love a good bargain

don't you?

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Row by Row 2017

Wow, can you believe it is almost time for Row by Row 2017 to start?  Dates this year will be June 21st through September 5th, 2017.  Here is the concept behind this cool travel and

quilt shop hop:

 

Visit participating shops across the United States, (we have 160 in Texas!), Canada, and now into Europe to collect a "complimentary" pattern for a row. Have fun traveling and visiting some great shops!  Should you want to participate in the Row by Row contest, collect 8 different row patterns from 8 different shops.  Assemble them into a quilted, bound, and labeled quilt and be the first person to present your finished quilt to a participating shop.  If you are the winner you will receive 25 fat quarters plus have your picture placed on the Texas Row by Row Facebook page.

 

Many shops that are participating will be selling their collectable fabric license plates.  This is an optional purchase for the shops so not all of them may carry the license plates.

 

This year's theme is Row by Row On the Go!  Here are the license plates we now have in stock.  Sticking with that "Aggie theme" we love of course, plus we had to add something for sewing/quilting!

 

More to come about Row by Row as we get closer to June.

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Personal Terry Issue

I wanted to take a little time to tell you about a very personal issue for me that is affecting our shop just a bit.

On January 1st my younger sister who lives in Waxahachie and is visually impaired was diagnosed with stage 3 congestive heart failure.  After many referrals, much testing, and several hospitalizations we were told her only cure was a heart transplant.  Whew!  What a kick in the gut that was.  Even with my nursing background the doctors almost had to pick both of us up off the floor.

Fast forward and we were blessed for her to receive a new heart on Saturday, March 11th!  I am with her in Dallas and will be for quite some time as she will require 24/7 care for several months. 

The lovely Lone Star Ladies have been "holding the fort down" so to speak at the shop.  They have done an outstanding job during January, February, and now into March while I made many trips back and forth to all the hospital admissions, doctors appointments, testing, and final transplant hospitalization that we were required to do. I could NOT have done this without them and want to thank them from the bottom of my heart.  I truly think of all of them as my second family.

My sister is doing well.  We are still in the hospital at present.  A big shout out to the Baylor Scott and White Dallas transplant center for their outstanding program that saved my sister's life. 

I also want to thank all of my customers and friends who have stood behind me through this journey.  Their prayers and well wishes have meant the world to both me and my sis. 

My reason for letting all of you know about this is because I never cease to me amazed at how kind and caring the quilting community is.  I am certain you all know I am a "hands on" kind of owner and felt I should explain my recent and continuing absences from the shop.

I would ask for your patience with my staff who are doing not only their own jobs but mine as well.  I would ask for your continued prayers for my sister's healing.  Somewhere on down the line I will tell you a little about her progression to the transplant stage.  Neither of us would like to see this happen to anybody else!

May God bless and keep each and every one of you safe.  Thank you for listening.

Terry A. Skrabanek

It's a Mystery!

A LSQW and QUILTmania Mystery that is!

This is the beautiful Michelle Yeo of Michelle Yeo Quilt Designs.

 I am sending you this picture so you can see how beautiful her work is. She is the designer for the QUILTmania mystery quilt listed below.  Here is a link to her webpage 

http://www.michelleyeoquiltdesigns.com/

and here is some new information regarding this Block of the Month!

We still have spaces available in this beautiful mystery Block of the Month. The fabric has been delayed due to the West Coast weather and we would love to have some additional sign ups for this quilt.  

As an added incentive I will offer FREE shipping in the US!  We will also offer the magazine at 1/2 price as listed below should you be interested.  Please consider signing up for this Block of the Month at an extra special price!

If you are local I now have some samples of the fabric for you to look at.  If you are from out of town click on the link below to the Riley Blake Torrington line that Michelle used for this quilt.


Remember the prices listed below are only charged every other month and not monthly!  


2017 QUILTmania mystery quilt!


 Our shop has been asked to participate in the 2017 QUILTmania Mystery quilt. We are only one of four shops participating in the United States so consider this to be quite an honor!

 QUILTmania magazine is published six times per year and is sold throughout the world.  Each year they do a "mystery" quilt starting with their first yearly issue.  Because the quilt is a mystery we can only tell you a few things.

We can tell you that the designer is Michelle Yeo from Australia.  We can tell you that the fabric line is Torrington from Riley Blake.  We can tell you the finished size of the quilt top which will be 90" X 90" and consists of 12 finished blocks. 

We have included two of the prints from the Torrington line for you to see in this email, plus the first two block pictures.  

Here is a link to the Torrington line from Riley Blake for you to see the balance of the fabrics  http://bit.ly/2gZIs85

 

But there is more!  There will be one special fabric you will receive as part of the quilt top that no shop except participating shops will be able to order.  How cool is that!  And, we can tell you that the entire quilt will consist of machine piecing, hand applique, English paper piecing, and foundation paper piecing.  We can also tell you that you will receive six shipments throughout the year with each one including the required fabric for two blocks and the magazine/pattern, (if you do not already independently subscribe to QUILTmania).  The final Mystery photo will be revealed in the sixth installment of the program.

Call now to register!

 

Starting date for the 2017 QUILTmania Mystery quilt will be the 4th Tuesday in February. (Note, date will be delayed due to late fabric shipment!)  Pickup and/or shipping dates will always be the same 4th Tuesday of every other month. Cost for this program will be $49.95 bi-monthly, + sales tax, (if you are located in Texas), and shipping if applicable. 

 

If you do not receive QUILTmania magazine by subscription, and would like to add it, (which you will need for all six patterns!), we will need to add at additional $13.99 to your $49.95 charge.

 

If you sign up before December 31st, (best deal!), (now extended with the email!), we can discount your magazine price by 1/2 to $7.00, so your total will be $56.95 bi-monthly, + sales tax, (if you are located in Texas), and

shipping if applicable.  (See note above re shipping!)

 

If you are interested in participating in this program please call the shop as soon as possible.  A credit card will be required to be on file at the shop for bi-monthly billing purposes.

979 595 1072


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Here are some new items for you to check out either at the shop or online!

Come and visit us soon!


108" backings

We have added some new 108" wide backings to our already large bolt selection.  These backings are pre-cut in a 3 yard piece perfect for that quilt back that you don't want to have a seam in.  These pre-cut backs are placed right next to our 108" bolts just outside my office.  Another nice surprise is that they are priced way LESS than you would pay for 9 yards of 42" fabric for an equal backing.  Check them out next time you are in the shop!

  http://lonestarquiltworks.com/online-shopping/fabric/108?p=5


New charm rulers!

Here is a line of rulers I found that can be used with 5" charm squares to make 6 different patterns with directions included! I have also included a picture of a 5" Omnigrip ruler we sell that you can use to cut your own 5" pieces out of scrap fabric.  You do have some scrap fabric at your house don't you?  What a great way to use up some of that fabric you have at the house!  And of course if you need a complimentary sashing or border you know where to go to find more!

http://lonestarquiltworks.com/search/?q=rulers


Betty's Scrap Packs

Most of you know Betty from our Gypsy Wife Club, Farm Girl Vintage Club, etc.  Well, Betty also coordinates our great little scrap packs that we sell for 1/2 price!  She color coordinates them, then I weigh them out at full price and  mark them down to 1/2 price.  These are great little packs for any scrappy projects you have going, or if you just need small pieces of "that" special color.  They are also located outside my office door in the shop.  (Sorry, but we don't have these online yet, however, you can call us at the phone number below and we can assist in picking colors you might want!)


Villa Rosa Patterns

Don't forget these cute little Villa Rosa patterns ready for you to pick up at the register.  These patterns are post card size and are perfect to tuck into a Birthday card, Get Well card, etc for that special friend.  Most of these patterns are super simple and make a finished quilt size that averages 55" X 72". They are pretty reasonably priced at $1.99 each.  And they can use up scraps, too!   

  Just a review of a few items you might enjoy at the shop.  We hope to see you soon, or let us help you with an online order!

Ordering Online

Don't forget our webstore is always open 24/7 for fabric, notions, patterns, books, and more!  Check us out  at http://lonestarquiltworks.com/ 

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We are proud to announce that we have added a new thread line

 to our shop!  We are now a Wonderfil Boutique shop, and are the 

only one in the state of Texas!


I have been looking at adding this thread line to our shop for over two years.  Well, decision made!  Their products that I have listed below complement our already great thread lineup that we currently carry at the shop.  Wonderfil thread is low lint producing and color fast!  In addition Wonderfil has great online informational references and are very active on social media and YouTube. Their booth at Houston Quilt Festival was standing room only at checkout!  (I have listed links to their web pages below for your use so you can Check Them Out).


The Boutique line includes the following threads:  Fruitti and Spagetti (12 wt solid/variegated cotton), Konfetti and Tutti (50 wt solid/variegated cotton), Razzle (8 wt rayon), Dazzle and Sizzle (8 wt rayon metallics), DecoBob, (80 wt polyester), Spotlite (40 wt metallic), Mirage (30 wt variegated rayon), Invisifil (100 wt polyester), and prewound DecoBob bobbins for Class L and Class 15 machines.  Whew, that is a lot of thread!

 

So, as you are reading this I am certain you are saying what?  How do I know what to use each one of these threads for?  Well, here is the good news!  Wonderfil has an amazing education presence in the thread world.


First off, they will be bringing "threaducators" to our store in 2017.  Our first trunk show and educational program will be held Friday, January 13, 2017.  Mark your calendars for this fun day.  (I will be sending out a separate email as we get closer to that date.)  Additionally, the "threaducators” will present two more hands on programs later in the year.

Wonderfil Website link http://www.wonderfil.ca/

Wonderfil Facebook link https://www.facebook.com/wonderfil?fref=ts

Wonderfil YouTube link https://www.youtube.com/user/WonderFilThreads


Why not familiarize yourself with some of their products via the links above?  If you are into art quilting, longarming, paper piecing, decorative stitching, hand embellishment, machine embroidery and more these are the threads for you.  We have charts at the store above the displays that list each threads weight and content.


I hope you get a chance to stop by and see our beautiful new Wonderfil displays!

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  Handi Quilter Way Award


We are proud to announce that Lone Star Quiltworks has been awarded the 2016 Handi Quilter Way award!  (We won in 2015 also!) What does this mean to you, our customers?  It means we have met specific criteria set out by Handi Quilter to make certain your buying experience and followup after the sale exceed their requirements.  Examples of this are: 


1. Being able to demo all the HQ machines that we sell; 

2. Setting up your purchased machine in your place of residence;

3. Providing your first lesson and after sales help either in the shop or 

      at your place of residence; 

4. Maintaining a strong notions wall containing after-market products 

      for your purchased machine; 

5. Maintaining tech support to include machine cleanings and trouble 

      shooting; and 

6. Hosting events in our store with a Handi Quilter staff educator.


I want to publicly thank Maegan and Deb for their amazing help in winning this award.  They are truly the best in their sales knowledge and enthusiasm shown while helping our customers make their purchase decisions.  We strive to be honest and accurate in all of our dealings with our customers, and I could not do it without them.


So, now that we have told you this great news, don't forget that Handi Quilter added an awesome little machine with a 16" quilting area to their lineup.  It is called the Simply Sixteen.  The footprint for this machine is 6 to 8' X 8 to 10'.  It comes with the Little Foot Frame or can be placed on a larger 10' or 12' frame.  It is stitch regulated and uses a larger class M bobbin.  Here is the best part, the MSRP is $5995!  How about that?  A reasonably priced midarm machine that we will come to your house to setup and give you lessons on!  Think about it.  

You know you deserve one today!


New 2017 Rewards Program

 

Effective January 1st of 2017 we will phase out our birthday discounts!

We will be phasing in a new rewards system through our point of sale checkout process.  

What does this mean for you?  

It means when you spend $500 in regularly priced merchandise with us you will receive a $25 Gift Certificate to be spent in the shop.  

Our checkout process will keep track of your "points".  Take a look at your register receipt next time you are in and you will be able to track your progress towards your 
Gift Certificate.


Thank you for supporting a locally owned small business and helping keep the Bryan/College Station area vibrant by your tax dollars that are returned to our community!

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I wanted to share something very special with you.  

Our shop was featured last Thursday on the 

Moda Cutting Table Blog Post!


Moda regularly interviews shop owners regarding the "flair" of their shop.  I was asked to participate several weeks ago and was interviewed prior to leaving for Fall Quilt Market.


First off, thanks to Moda for a great article spotlighting our shop, but most importantly thanks to my wonderful Lone Star Quilt Ladies!  The shop would not be what it is without them and I treasure each of them individually for their strengths and positive attitude.  They help make the shop a fun place to hang out!


If you get a chance to read this and are in the shop visiting please tell them thanks for what a wonderful job they all do.


I hope you enjoy the post:


http://blog.modafabrics.com/2016/11/featured-shop-lone-star-quiltworks/


LSQW New 2017 

Blocks of the Month!

Here is a sneak peak of our newest block of the month offerings for 2017.  We will be sending individual sign up emails including more details for each of these fantastic offerings very soon, but just wanted to tease you a bit with the pictures!

Bunny Town is a darling 12 month fusible applique BOM showing the daily life of bunnies, of course!  Bunny Town will start in April of 2017.

Waddington Road

Waddington Road is another great block of the month from Barbara J. Eikmeier.  Barbara was the pattern author for Vintage Sampler which many of you participated in this year.  Waddington Road is also a 8 month pieced BOM starting in March of 2017.

Texas Proud

Texas Proud is a 12 month needle turn applique block of the month.  Texas Proud will start in June of 2017.  We are putting a different spin on this BOM!  The designer will be teaching at our shop in June to get you started on your first two blocks.  How cool is that?  So if you have wanted to learn to do needle turn applique this is your chance.

And we have one more surprise!

We have another block of the month we will be rolling out in the next week.  It is a big SECRET so I cannot tell you all of the information just now.  Just keep your eyes open for another email from Lone Star Quiltworks!

 

If you are interested in any of these block of the months I would love to hear from you.  In general they cost out at around $25 per month, plus tax if applicable, and shipping if applicable.  Predicting required fabric amounts without actual participant numbers is always the hard part for us, so if you love one of these please let me know and I will put your name down.  I won't hold you to anything until you see the final costs cause that's how we roll!