Antoinette’s NEWS – April 2018
 
GREETINGS from the Gals at Antoinette’s!
Welcome Spring…sort of!   Where is all this snow and cold, blustery weather coming from?  Can you believe it is April and we received a gift of 4” of snow?   Well, I need a Spring fix and I am sure some of you do too.  Stop in to the shop and check out our great sales, events, and upcoming classes!
 
 ***BUS TRIP***
The date is coming soon!  On April 28th, we will be boarding a Kobussen Luxury Coach at 8 AM and heading around to four quilt shops for a day of fun, shopping, and friendship.  Jill and Pat will be riding along with you for this fun journey that includes games, prizes, snacks, and so much more and returning at 5 PM.  Cost of the bus is $50.00 per person.  We will have a one hour lunch stop while on the road as well. 
 
Call the shop or stop in today to reserve your spot!  Space is limited.  Don’t miss out on this day of fun!
  
**CLASSES**CLASSES**CLASSES**
We have been planning, planning, planning!  Check out these great new and series classes we have in store for you in the coming months!  Stop in or call the shop to sign up and reserve your spot today. 
 
Saturday 4/14 @ 9-11AM – Beyond the Basics-Binding 101 (Cost $15)
You have that quilt quilted, and now you need to do that binding.  What way are you going to tackle this project?  Machine? Hand? Two Color?  There are so many options.  Join us to brush up on or learn new tricks of the binding game.  No sewing machine required unless you have a specific project question. 
 
Wednesday 4/25 @ 5:30-7PM  – Quilters Self Care (Cost $15)
Got a pain in your neck?  Hands feeling stiff?  Well, this is the class for you!! Join us for a relaxing class lead by certified massage therapists who will teach you varies techniques to work out those kinks and cricks and make you feel more relaxed and comfortable.  Handouts will be provided. 
 
Saturday 5/12 @ 9-11 AM – Beyond the Basics-Applique Tools and Tricks (Cost $15)
Have you ever wanted to add the element of applique but just weren’t comfortable doing it?  Sign up to learn various applique techniques, the tools that make the process easier, and the tricks to make it even more fun.  Sewing machine and basic sewing kit needed.
 
Saturday 5/19 @ 9 AM-3 PM – Sew Together Bag (Cost $25 – no kit included)
Have you ever wanted a carry-all for all your sewing items?   Or, maybe you need that cute travel bag to carry all your jewelry or little items that you need for a trip?  This is the class for you!  Join Kathy to make this cute bag that has so many pockets.  Zippers scare you?  No worries!  Kathy will take you through step by step on how to put them in stress free!  Supply list available upon sign up.  Minimal pre-class work required. 
  
Saturday 6/2 @ 1-4 PM – Boxy Zipper Pouch (Cost $30 includes kit)
Join Kathy in making this great little pouch that would work well for so many things – shower kit, nail care carrier, snack bag, tool holder, and so much more!!  The assembly is quick and easy and so much fun you will want to make one for everyone in your life!!  PLUS – Kathy will also teach you how you can easily change the size of the bag to make even more versatile options! This extra piece is only available to the class participants. 
  
Saturday 6/9 @ 9-11 AM – Beyond the Basics – Interfacing 101 (Cost $15)
Do you ever wonder, “Do I need to put interfacing on this?” or “How can I make this easier to work with?” or “What is that stuff they are calling for anyway?”?  This is the session for you!  We will discuss the various interfacing types on the market as well as what works well for various projects. 
 
**CLUBS**CLUBS**CLUBS**
Our monthly clubs are still going in full force.  If you are interested in joining, stop in or call the shop!
 
Hand Embroidery
Sessions meet: 1st Saturday @ 9-11 AM
                                2nd Thursday @ 9-11 AM
                                2nd Thursday @ 1-3 PM
                                3rd Thursday @ 1-3 PM
Reminder – The April meetings will be the Tea Party.  Be sure to wear your tea hat and bring your favorite cup with you.  Pat has lots of fun planned for these parties!
 
Modern Club
Sessions meet:                 2nd Tuesday @ 1:30-3 PM
The group is currently discussing Tula Pink’s City Sampler 100 Modern Quilt Blocks book.
 
**Enchanted Garden Block of the Month**
We have had a great response for our new BOM program – So much so that we are now full for the classes.  If you are still interested in participating, please contact the shop and we can put you on a waiting list as we are attempting to open more spots for the program.  Thank you to those that have signed up!  We are looking forward to seeing how all these beautiful quilts turn out. 
 
**SALES**SALES**SALES**
You know us and how much we love SALES!!  Check out what is coming up at the shop…
 
Friday 4/13 – First Customer Sale
Be the first one to pick the sale of the day out of a hat.  Who knows?  Maybe it will be a sale on batiks or a sale on books or a sale on solids.   Be the first one to find out.
 
Friday 5/11 – First Customer Sale
Again, be the first one to come in and pick the sale of the day out of the hat.  
 
Saturday 5/12 – Mother’s Day Sale
Stop in and pick up a gift for those special mothers in your life.  For the second time during the year, all gift cards will be on sale for 20% off!
 
Friday 5/25-Saturday 5/26 – Memorial Day Sale
Thank you to all those who have served our great nation.  All fabrics with red, white, or blue are 10% off.  All patriotic kits and patterns are 20% off.  All active and retired military members and family receive an additional 10% off your total purchase.
 
**WISCONSIN QUILT SHOP HOP**
Are you ready??  The shop hop is fast approaching and we have got some great projects planned for the fabrics this year.  The fabrics will be arriving in the shop soon.  Stop in and check them out.   We can take pre-orders on kits and fabric cuts as well.  Also, don’t forget to stop into the shop and the other shops in Section 6 and receive a free block pattern personalized at each shop.
 
There are great prizes for this year’s hop.  Each participating shop will have a gift basket (valued at $100) that all participating hoppers can sign up to receive.  Also each section has various prizes hoppers can get in to receive should they complete the entire section.  Then, of course, there is the grand prize – a trip for two to the International Quilt Festival in Houston, TX! 
 
Be sure to join in on the fun starting Friday, June 8th and going through Saturday, June 30th.  Be sure to pick up your shop hop newspaper to see all the participating shop and all the great prizes out for grabs!
 
**STAFF SPOTLIGHT**
Next up in our series about our amazing staff here at Antoinette’s Bernie! 
 
  1. When did you start quilting? 1980  What was your first project? 9 block sampler quilt in the context of the beginner quilt class I was taking
  2. What is your favorite quilting medium to use?  I steer towards traditional quilting, though I do like some of the more modern quilts.
  3. What is your most prized quilting tool in your sewing space? That would be a good thimble–comfortable, well-fitting and one that doesn’t get lost in my house.
  4. What inspires you when you are finding a new project to work on? I quilt out of need–I need a gift, I need to be creative, I need to touch fabric.
  5. Do you have a favorite fabric or pattern designer? Not too many favorites. I don’t buy lines or designers. That said… If so, who is it and why? I do like Moda Grunge fabrics, and I will seek those out.
  6. How many UFOs do you have?  More than I thought. I recently reorganized my fabrics, and found some I totally lost track of. So at this time I have 9 UFO items
  7. Who do you most enjoy quilting for?  I spend most time making samples for the shop, which I enjoy–it gives me an excuse to quilt. I love to quilt for family, and I’m on a mission to make quilts for them for such time when I won’t be here to quilt for them.
  8. Do you keep your quilts or quilted items?  See #7
  9. What was your favorite project that you completed?  It was a quilt for me called Diamonds Take Forever. Was it a gift or just for you? It’s mine for now.
  10. When do you find time to do your quilting? Usually early in the day, but I don’t limit my time in my room.  Are you a night owl or an early bird? I sew early in the day, and bind at night.  Do you schedule the time or just go with the flow? I just let it happen, unless I’m up against a deadline.
  11. What are you working on right now?  Nothing is speaking to me at this time…I’m knitting socks.
 
**WE ALL GOTTA EAT**
Isn’t that the truth???  With Spring trying to come out from under all the cold and snow, what better way to help than to cook up something Spring-like.  And, as many of you know, in our area, wild Spring Asparagus is plentiful.  (recipe from www.foodnetwork.com)            
 
Ingredients
1 tbsp. all-purpose flour plus more for dusting
1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed (a 9 ½” x 9” sheet)
1 C mascarpone
1 ½ tsp kosher salt
1 large egg, beaten
1 lemon, zest finely grated (about 1 tbsp.)
1 tbsp. chopped fresh chives
1 tbsp. chopped fresh tarragon
1 pound pencil asparagus, woody bottoms trimmed off
1 tbsp. olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper
Lightly dressed greens, for serving
 
Directions
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Lightly flour the work surface and roll out the puff pastry to a 9- by 12-inch even rectangle. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet. Combine the mascarpone, 1 1/4 teaspoons of the salt, the flour, egg and lemon zest, and then fold in the chives and tarragon. Spread over the puff pastry, leaving a 3/4-inch border. Make small cuts around the border about 1 inch apart with the tip of a paring knife. 
 
Toss the asparagus with the olive oil in a bowl. Lay half of the asparagus in a neat row across the surface of the tart so the tips meet the edge. Do the same in the opposite direction with the remaining asparagus. Season with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and some pepper. Bake until the border of the tart is deep golden and puffed and the top is lightly spotted golden brown, about 25 minutes. Let cool for 5 to 10 minutes and serve. 
 
Serve with lightly dressed greens.