Antoinette’s NEWS – August 2017
 
GREETINGS from the Gals at Antoinette’s!
And here is August!  Can you believe how fast this year has been flying?  We are sure it doesn’t help that those quilting projects keep piling up with all the new ideas we have from the various shop hops this summer.  Just think, in a few weeks, the days will be turning cooler, the kids will be back in school, and your schedule will open up for more time to sew!
 
Lots of things are going on in the next couple of months here at the shop.  We hope you are able to join us for the fun!  Read on to see what we have in store for you!
 
Project Fresh Start
We again are a collection point for the Project Fresh Start program.  The purpose of this program is to provide necessary school supplies to students in Portage County in need.  Last year more than 1000 students received necessary school supplies through this amazing program. 
 
Below is a list of the school supplies that the program is collecting.  For those that bring supplies in between now and August 15th, you will receive a coupon for 25% off a total purchase of $25 or more in the month of September (some exclusions apply).  Please consider contributing to this worthwhile program to help out our local youth. 
 
Items Needed…
Backpacks                              Nap mats
Calculators                            Compasses
Pencil boxes/pouches          Index cards
Erasers                                   Rulers
Pencils                                    Scissors
Pencil sharpeners                Glue Sticks
Red pens                                Glue Bottles
Highlighters                         Colored Pencils
Dry erase markers              Markers
Sharpies                                Binders
Folders                                  Composition books
Loose leaf paper                 Notebooks
  
Facebook
We have recently been posting Facebook only sales to our page.  Be sure that you have liked our page so you can get in on these great deals too!  More sales will be posted throughout the month!
 
Hampton Bag Class
Join Kathy to make this amazingly versatile bag.  She will walk you through the entire process from cutting to sewing to finishing!  The class consists of two different meeting dates to go step by step through the process of making the bag. Here are the specifics…
                Part 1 – Cutting, Fusing, Prep Work
                8/16 – 6:30pm to 7:30 pm
                No machines needed
 
                Part 2 – Construction
                8/26 – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
                Sewing machines needed
 
                Cost – $50.00 plus supplies and pattern
                Must have at least 5 participants for the class to happen.
 Hampton Bag
Call the shop today to sign up for this fun class!
 
Beginning Quilting
We are prepping to start another session of our Beginning Quilting Classes with Pat in September.  If you are interested in joining this class, please be sure to call and reserve your spot right away as the class fills up quickly.  The classes start on September 13th from 9:30am to 12:30pm. 
 
Sales!  Sales!  Sales!
We have some really great sales coming up in the next month.  Join us for the fun!
  • 8/11/17 – First Customer Sale
    Be the first person in to the shop that day to pick the sale of the day out of the hat. Who knows, maybe it will be a sale on batiks or a sale on notions, or a sale on fat quarters?
  • 8/21/17 through 8/26/17 – Back to School Sale
    Stop in to pick up great deals on all quilting supplies! 20% off the original price of notions.  40% off the original price of ALL BOOKS!!!
Row by Row – On the Go!
Row by Row is in full swing with a month remaining on this amazing international shop hop.  This has been such a great opportunity for us to meet so many new people from all over the world.  Have you stopped to pick up your kit or pattern yet? 
Here is our row…
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We have had a great response to our quaint outhouses.  They have been fun to share with everyone, including our Row by Row winner for this year – Rebecca L. from Nekoosa, WI.  Check out her winning quilt complete with eight rows from different shops this year including ours.  Because she was the first to bring her quilt in to the shop with our row, she received the 25 fat quarter prize along with a little something extra from AQS.  Great Job Rebecca!
 Rebeccac
 
We are also participating in the new Row by Row program this year – Row by Row Junior!  All kids between the ages of 6 and 14 can come in and pick up a free pattern to make the row.  Once they completed the row, they can bring it back in for a prize and certificate!  Here is our Junior row…
 Junior
 
Stop in or go to www.rowbyrowexperience.com for more details.
 
Are You a Diva?
If you answered yes, then we definitely have a class for you!  Join Jill on 8/29/17 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm to make this really cute and totally useful Diva Frame Wallet by sew many creations
You will be able to finish the full project in this class!!  What fun!!
Diva
 
Cost of the class is $35 plus pattern and supplies.  Note that this project is great with scraps too!!  Call the shop today to sign up!
 
Riviera Handbag Class
Kathy will be teaching this two part class to create this pocket filled, no sag, zippered top handbag.  She will walk you through the entire process from cutting to sewing to finishing!  The class consists of two different meeting dates to go step by step through the process of making the bag. Here are the specifics…
 
Part 1 – Cutting, Fusing, Prep Work
                9/13 – 6:30pm to 7:30 pm
                No machines needed
 
                Part 2 – Construction
                8/24 – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
                Sewing machines needed
 
                Cost – $50.00 plus supplies and pattern
                Must have at least 5 participants for the class to happen.
 Riviera
Call the shop today to sign up for this fun class!
 
New Grab Bag Program
We are starting a new program here at the shop. It is our Grab Bag of the Month Club! Each month, we will select different grab bags of fabrics here in the shop for you to add to your collection.
 
Each grab bag with follow these rules…
  1. The bag will contain at least 2 yards total of fabric
  2. No piece of fabric will be smaller than a fat quarter
  3. At least one piece of fabric will be from a new fabric received at the store within that month.
 
There are two options per month – batik or non-batik option. The non-batik option will be $15.00 per month and the batik option will be $20.00 per month. We ask that you sign up for a minimum of 3 months. If you would like to do all 12 months and pay upfront, you will receive a 10% discount. You can pick up your grab bag in the shop each month after the 5th of the month or we can mail it to you ($3.50 per month to ship).
 
Who’s in? Stop into the shop or call us and we will get you on the list. We need a minimum of 10 people in the club to start it off.
 
Did you know????
Many of us often have questions about new techniques, older fabrics, popular quilting personalities, or even fabric manufactures.  With today’s technology, there are some amazing resources out there just at your fingertips.
 
On a recent quest for more quilty information, we can across this amazing list – Top 100 Quilting Blogs Every Quilter Must Follow.  At this website (http://blog.feedspot.com/quilt_blogs/), you will find a comprehensive list of some of the very best of the best quilting blogs out there.  Some blogs are by quilting companies such as McCalls or Accuquilt and others are simply by quilters just like you.  Check out the site today and see what new things you find out.
 
We All Gotta Eat…
From our friends at Keepsake Quilting, we have found this great and tasty recipe for those garden prizes you have been picking.
 
Black Bean Salsa
2 (15 oz) cans black beans
1 (15 oz) can whole kernel corn
*you may also use corn from your garden.  Just be sure you have cooked the corn in your desired method first.
2 large tomatoes
1 large avocado
¼ c lime juice
½ red onion, chopped
¼ c chopped fresh cilantro
2 T light olive oil
2 T red wine vinegar
1 t salt (optional)
     *we prefer using sea salt
½ t pepper
Hot pepper sauce to taste
*we found that this is not necessary unless you like the salsa spicy.
 
Drain the black beans, rinse and drain well. Place in a large bowl. Drain the corn and add to the beans. Seed the tomatoes and chop into small pieces. Add to the bowl. Peel and seed the avocado and chop into small pieces. Place the avocado in a small bowl, add the lime juice and mix gently to coat with the lime juice and prevent browning. Add the avocado with the lime juice to the bean mixture. Add the onion, cilantro, olive oil, vinegar, salt, pepper and hot pepper sauce to the bean mixture and mix gently. Refrigerate, covered, until serving time. Place the mixture in a serving bowl. Garnish with avocado slices dipped in lime or lemon juice. Serve with tortilla chips.
 
Yield: 18 – 20 servings