Thursday, December 10, 2009

News Correspondent for A Quilter's Oasis

I was really surprised today when I opened an email from Olga Oasis. She wants to be the shop correspondent. Yippee!!!! If someone wants to research classes & new products in the shop I'll be glad to print the news for you. She must be spending lots of time in the shop & on the website. No one has approached me wanting this job so I guess she wants to keep herself or himself a secret.
Here's all the information that she has gathered & wants me to provide to you.

Dear Oasis Quilters:

Let me introduce myself, I am Olga Oasis and you will be hearing from me on, hopefully, a regular basis as to the goings on at A Quilters Oasis. Some of you long time customers may remember me as I greeted you from the front window until I retired (or was I retired?). Nevertheless, I am back as your Quilting Correspondent, here to bring you the news and views from the Oasis.

What’s new, pussycat??

Lots of great books, that’s what! Here are just a few:

Terrific Table Toppers - Patrick Lose

Breathtaking Quilts from Easy Paper-Pieced Units - Claudia Clark Myers

Strip Therapy 4 Bali Pop Frenzy - Brenda Henning (and who doesn’t need a bit of therapy now and then?)

I Love Batiks - Suzanne Mitchell (uses those bali pops too)

More Hand Applique by Machine - Beth Ferrier (I don’t know about you but the more hand work I can do by machine the better)

Classy Classes

We have some great classes and great teachers, too!

Monday, Dec 14, 10-2 Scrap Tease with Penny Camillone

Tuesday, Dec 15, 9:30-12:30 Keep Quilting Wk 5 with Sharon White

Wednesday, Dec 16 10-1 Textured Tote (that’s the cute purse with all the wrinkles -- Olga may need to make one to keep people from looking at the wrinkles in her face!)

Clubs and more…

Friday, Dec 11, 10-12 Applique Club (members may want to check out the book mentioned above)

Friday, Dec 11, 1-3 Civil War Club

Friday, Dec 18, 10-12 Redwork Club

Friday, Dec 18, 1-3 Stash Buster Club (probably a must join for any quilter!)

Clubs and more and more…

Friday, Dec 18, 6p-12 am MIDNIGHT AT THE OASIS, always a fun time and think of all the UFOs you can get done in 6 hours!!

Saturday, Dec 19, 10-12 Block of the Month, Queen and Her Court

Have fun with your children/grandchildren and make PJ Bottoms on Wed. the 30th from 10-2 with Kathy and Denise.

And don’t forget the amazing FAT QUARTER SALE from 9:30-1 on the 31st . Those FQs will surely get your New Year off to a good start!!

We will be closing at 1 pm on Christmas Eve and will reopen on Monday, Dec 28 at 9:30am and will be closing at 3 pm on New Year’s Eve and reopening at 9:30am on Monday, Jan 4, 2010.

Great Gifts

Bendable Light (great for nighttime sewing); The Bias Tool Ruler; Flip ‘n’ Sew Ruler; Frosted Donut (pre-wound bobbins in flexible holder); Crosses & Losses Fabric Kit in brown and turquoise.

Feel free to cut out this section and leave it where your husband can find it. You might want to highlight the ones you want too!


Love and Stitches from me,

Olga Oasis

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

The Staff & I wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving.
We hope you enjoy the company of family and friends during this wonderful holiday.
Thank you to all the wonderful, supportive customers, your patronage has made the shop what it is today.
Just a reminder that we will be Closing at 1pm on Wednesday November 25th.


Thursday, November 5, 2009

Almost another month has passed since I've written. I couldn't sleep so thought I'd catch up on a few things.
Hope all of you had a fun Halloween. Bob & I spent the evening with our neighbors out on their driveway. Had a nice dinner, socialized and handed out candy to trick or treaters. It was fun to catch up with the neighbors.

Novembers here and we are preparing for the holidays. The Arizona weather isn't much help in getting us into the Holiday mood, with temps in the 90's it's hard to think of Fall. I'm not complaining, I'd rather have it warm than cold, rainy, or snowy. That's why we are welcoming back our winter residence. They know a good thing (rather place) to be.
So WELCOME BACK to all. We at the shop are looking forward to hearing about &/or seeing your summer projects. It is always fun to hear what you have been doing.

We've had an overwhelming positive response to our re-model. It really is more open & bright shop. I really like being able to see all the samples on the walls, it's very inspiring. Thanks for all the compliments.
Regarding the Holidays.
We've added some great classes to make a great NOEL wall hanging and some fun quick napkins. Both would spruce up your holiday decorating and make great quick gifts. Mardi Norwood is teaching both classes. She's alot of fun and a really great teacher.

Make a note on your calendars of our Holiday Hours:
Thanksgiving: Closing Wednesday November 25th at 1pm
Closed Thanksgiving Day November 26th
Christmas: Closing Thursday December 24th at 1pm
Closed Christmas Weekend Friday December 25th through Sunday December 27th
New Year: Closing Thursday December 31st at 3pm
Closed New Year Weekend: January 1st through January 3rd.
So the staff & I can enjoy the holidays with family & friends.

I just completed updating the calendar on the website so make sure to check it out. I've listed (at least I think) everything that will be happening at the shop till the end of the year and into February. I've listed dates for sales, all the club meetings.

Next Friday is our first Civil War club meeting. I've been reading about the women of the South, boy is it interesting. I never thought I'd be reading historical books & enjoying it. What a interesting but tragic time both in the countries history and in women's history. Boy would my old history teachers be shocked! These reproduction fabrics are fabulous in color, print and design. Cindy Osburn has gotten our first quilt pieced and it is beautiful! I'm looking forward to the club; meeting everyone, sharing information, and show and tell.

Talking about clubs. the applique club is inspiring! Each of the ladies are working on such different projects it's exciting to see the embroidery, the various applique techniques, best of all I enjoy watching the ladies socialize. There's room, so if you love that handwork come see what the clubs all about.

Here is a picture of the applique Block of the Month pattern. The meeting/class for this starts next Tuesday evening/Wednesday morning. November 10th/11th. You just need to come to one of the sessions.
Marion has done a great job on this quilt. There is still plenty of room & we've got several patterns still available.

Fabric: OH MY GOSH!! The UPS driver has been delivering everyday. Boxes of new fabrics, from Civil War to Retro prints are being put on our shelves. We just got in a new line from Andover called Girl Friday, it's from Cosmo Cricket. Oversized Alphabet letters tossed on a white background, and the coordinating prints. It's just FUN!!
Toast II from Jo Morton is just getting put out on the shelf.
Great black & whites from Blank designed by Heidi Pridemore (local fabric & pattern designer)
We also just received a huge delivery on batting so if you need a package or two, we've got it in stock.
Well it's now 6:15am & I better get going so I can get to the shop.
Have a Great Day!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Getting Caught UP

It's been sometime since I've sat down & written. I've wanted to "blog" weekly but somehow the days are filled & the next thing you know it's been a month.
This is never what I intended. So let's see if I can catch up with everything that has been going on; without writing a book.

First let me thank everyone for all your prayers for my son Nick. He became very ill with viral meningitis & I flew to Austin to help my daughter in law; Michelle with Nick and my two grandchildren; Killian (4) & Addison (AJ, 2). I forgot how busy 2 small children can keep you. Between making sure no one else got sick (lots of hand sanitizer). By the time the week was done my hands were so dry; reminded me of my days back working at the hospital.
My daughter in law did come down with a viral cold but we were able to keep the kids healthy.
Not sure how we did that! Anyway, Nick & Michelle are tired but getting back to everyday routine. Let me just say; Mom/Grandma is glad to be back home & getting back into my regular routine..

Shop Hop 2009 was lots of fun; seeing quilters from around the county/state. It was fun to get to see/meet enthusiastic quilters. We demo'd another fantastic product The Clearly Perfect Angles. It's an vinyl cling that goes on your sewing machine to sew 45 degree angles. No mark method for half square triangles, flying geese, snowball blocks. If any of you remember the Angler 2?? This is an update & user friendly tool.
If you haven't seen it make sure to ask us next time you come in. This is a real time saver & very accurate!!!

Congratulations to the winners:

Grand Prize Bernina 230 Black Pearl Edition Machine: Janet Garber
$100.00 Gift Certificate
Sun Valley Quilts - Sharon Walsh
Quilter's Bee - Brenda Wilcox
Quiltz - Linda Dern
Bearly Stitchin' - Barbara Thomas
Quilted Apple - Heidi Foltz
Desert Flower - Edith Lasson
Quilter's Ranch - Kathy DeMuro
Zoe's Trunk - Carrie Kneifel
A Quilter's Oasis- Bonnie Duncan

Looking forward to Shop Hop 2010.

Last time I wrote we were in the beginning phase of our re-model. Well it's DONE (for 5 weeks) & it is FANTASTIC! I'm not just saying that (I'm a bit bias in my opinion). We get compliments from customers everyday on our new look.
The UPS driver has been stopping everyday with new fabrics, books, & patterns.
Our new Civil War collections are here & boy are they fantastic! We've put these in Fat Quarter Bundles for you.
Simply Baby collection from Windham.. Pastel colors of animals, gingham checks, stripes... Great for diaper bags, burp cloths and yep a quilt.
Mill House Inn from Fig Tree; soft floral & polka dots. These would look great in anything..
Lots of pre-cut fabrics; Jelly rolls, layer cakes, charm packs are available.
On Friday; UPS delivered Blessings by Brannock & Patek from MODA. It will be in the computer & out on the floor this week.
Two new books came: Fat Quarter Quilts, lots of small projects that our new fabrics will be perfect for.
Candy Cane Lane: a terrific collection of Christmas blocks.

The class schedule is out, samples are hung. We have lots to offer so make sure to check out the schedule either on the website; or better yet come in; pick up a schedule & see the samples that the teachers have prepared.
Stash Buster Club resumes this Friday October 16th. Don't miss out on this fun, informative club.. I know Denise has lots of ideas for you this season..

So come in & take a look for yourself..

Monday, August 24, 2009

Shop Renovation

This is what the back section of the store looked like at 5:30pm Saturday evening.
The crew began work on Sunday morning at 6:30am, it's amazing how quickly 7 guys can demolish, frame, drywall, & install electrical outlets.
They tried their best to keep the mess down.

The demolition is complete and the wall is constructed.
The shop already looks larger & we haven't even started the organization of the shop.

Looking from check-out counter into classroom.
Looking out of the classroom into the retail area.
Tomorrow the drywall gets taped & mudded. Then the texturizing and paint.
I'm having a bit of trouble handling the bolts on the floor & the table loaded with baskets of patterns and Fat Quarters. It's actually pretty tidy for having shelves unloaded & bolts on the floor. I think the Lord is teaching me to be patient. I didn't ask for it but I'm having to learn.
The shop already looks larger & we haven't even started the organization of fabric. The new classroom space & staff work area will be fantastic. Lots of room & super efficient.
I'll post more pictures in the next couple days.
Keep checking back to see the progress.
We are open for business during this renovation, so if you need supplies or just want a sneak peak at the shop come on in.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Hand Applique' Club aka Only By Hand

A Quilter's Oasis Hand Applique' Club is in full swing and while we're having fun, we're missing YOU. We have members who have a variety of skills and are anxious to share, inspire, and be inspired by you. Do you enjoy hand applique'? Are you sitting at home in your comfy chair stitching alone? Please pack up you project(s) and join us - We're anxious to meet you.
Best of all the club is FREE!

Let me tell you about what you've missed. Jane is working on a drop dead gorgeous project using Batiks, the pattern is sea turtles. Deana, brand new to hand applique' is enjoying learning while working on large posies. Karen is working on "Little Brown Bird" and brought her beautiful Baltimore Album quilt and embroidered Red-work blocks to "share & inspire". Darlene is working on a Bunny Hill Design "Tisket a Tasket", Lorene is working on hand projects from Tisket a Tasket and Be Attitudes in applique' to 12 Days of Christmas bell-pull in embroidery. We hope she will bring her Be Attitudes (Art to Heart) project to the next meeting to "show & inspire". Cindy is working on a beautiful Victorian heart applique' block of the month.

The club in not limited to hand applique', Carol brought a stunning Winding Ways project that she is piecing entirely by hand. So if you are doing any project that involves handwork then this is the club for you!

So, leave your machine at home, pack up your needle, thread and current hand project and join us for stitching, sharing and socializing.
We meet twice a month so mark your calendars for August meetings.
Next meetings: Friday August 14th and 28th 10am - 12pm
See you then! We look forward to meeting you.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Customer is Moving MUST SELL

We have a customer that is moving & must sell the following items.

VIKING DSE Embroidery Sewing Machine
many extra feet & hoops included
Last serviced 12/08/08 $699.00

Grace Pinnacle No-Bast Machine Quilting Frame
with Janome 1600P-DB
Grace Stitch Regulator, Gracie Laser STylus,
Grace Pattern Perfect Template set,
Extra Bobbins and needles

Elna Serger 5 Thread $79.00

Schacht 36" Weaving Loom $799.00
4 x 4 Jack, Low Castle, Maple
2 years young
Insert eye heddles
6 & 10 dent reed warping board
Some Yarn & Books

Contact Loretta White @ 480-986-0769
No Reasonable offer will be refused

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

New Arrivals & July Events

An update on what the Postal Carrier & the UPS driver have been delivering.
We just received many more Bali Pops (those yummy 2-1/2" strips of Batiks),
the new "Roll-ups" of Robert Kaufman Geo & Prisma Dyes Batik 2-1/2" strips. Beautiful bolts of Batiks in Pastel colors, these are great for background or borders in any quilt using the strips.
Also, Hoffman Batiks in the cutest infant prints in soft pink & baby blue & coordinating bolts.
The greatest tote from ArtBin, it will hold your whole quilt project plus thread & quilting tools. This carrier has 4 compartments, including a thin 12-1/2" space for your completed block. The staff loved this one.
New embroidery & applique' patterns for the upcoming Holidays.
From Superior threads:
Frosted Donuts: 36 pre-wound bobbins of Masterpiece thread all organized. This is great for applique', all the colors you might need in one handy take along spill-free bobbin holder.
Titanium machine needles in 2 sizes. These machine needles are available in 2 sizes; 80/12 & 90/14. I've got one in my machine right now & it's fantastic. I'm HOOKED. These don't make that Popping sound when sewing on Batiks. Superior reports that they last significantly longer than other machine needles. I'm currently on my 3rd project with the same needle. No popping, no skipped stitches, & no thread fraying.

Texture magic; this great product for making fabric crinkle with just some stitching & a steam iron. This will give your handbags, throw pillows, or art quilts a great look without a lot of work.

Custom made wood finger pressers (aka Weavers Widgets) in the most gorgeous unique woods. I've been using mine for about a month & it is the BEST!!
We also have a new selection of custom seam rippers from local craftsman Jason Clark of Four Corners Designs.

Christmas fabric is arriving. Peppermint Cottage from Clothworks is my favorite (so far). The free project is a Christmas card holder, which we will be putting into a kit. A shop sample will be hanging very soon.
For those who love Kansas Trouble fabric line from MODA, we have the complete line of Kansas Winter.

Nancy Halverson's new book I Believe is on the shelf. It has lots of great projects for Christmas. If you don't know how to machine applique' we have a class for this wonderful technique.
Classes for making Christmas gifts: No Sew Gift Bags, Fusible Machine applique' and the Christmas Mystery Quilt all scheduled the last week of July. Check the website: for details. These classes will fill quickly so sign-up early!

This Saturday, July 18th is the 3 Dimensional Flower in a Square class. This flower looks just like a poinsettia when done in Red. Learn the technique of fabric folding for a 3-D effect. You can apply this technique to any project to make it more fun or more dramatic.

Just a reminder that everyday during the summer is END OF BOLT. 20% Off if you purchase what is left on the bolt. With the temperatures high it's a great time to get our WIPS (works in progress) completed. This special will end Labor Day, it's for those of us who stay & handle our desert temps.

Watch your email for our Weekly Sale Category.
This week Floral Fabric is 20% off. 1/2 yd minimum cut.
If you aren't already signed up just log into the website & select Email sign-up, fill in the information. You will need receive a confirmation email that you must verify you requested our emails: just respond "Yes" and your all set.

Project Linus is low on blankets so if you have any donations for this great charity please drop them by the shop & I'll make sure they get to Madonna for delivery. A Linus Project Bee is upcoming so check the Project Linus website for dates. The bee is held at the Gilbert Community Center.

Have Fun Stitching & Stay Cool

Monday, July 13, 2009

Class Survey

The teachers & I are looking for what our customers are looking for in classes. We are in the process of scheduling this fall & winter classes. I have composed a survey for you to complete and give us your suggestions.

We want to schedule classes that will meet your quilting/sewing interests.

Please complete the survey, just click on the link below.

Take my Survey: Class Interest

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Quilt Retreat 2009

Wanted to share some of the photos of the Staff Quilt Retreat with you.
Candy had the tables & chairs all set for us in this large room.
We got the cars unloaded & started machine set up as soon as we arrived at Breath of Life Retreat House.
We were ready to start sewing.

After lunch on the patio, Candy & Jim Bridges gave us a few simple house rules and checked with us on meal times.
Lorene got right to work on another great bag. Here is the completed Professional Tote. It has lots of pockets, holds a laptop computer, and zips closed. Of course Lorene made hers in Pink & 30's prints.
Terri Tresise started & finished the most projects 5. She won the OVER ACHIEVER PRIZE. Here she is showing us her machine quilted baby quilt.
Cyndi was the first person to finish a project from start to finish. She made 6 Schlep bags (trick or treat bags) for her 4 grandsons & 2 neighbor boys. She tells me that the Schelp bags are as popular as the pillowcases she made for everyone at Christmas.
This is me holding up the one and only project (a shop sample) that I completed. I got lots of tedious sewing done; Half square triangles for my delectable mountains quilt and the interfacing sewn to the melon pieces for an applique' quilt. (all 150 melons now have interfacing) Hurray!!! I also, taught the group how to take 5" squares & make small basket blocks.
Oh did I mention that I won the Left, Center, Right game & a pile of Fat Quarters?
Boy was I excited after 6 quilt retreats I finally won!!!!!
Terri Teeple got this quilt top done. This is a sneak peak at one of the quilts that will be displayed during Shop Hop 2009. Each of the staff is required to pick out fabrics & make a sample for Shop Hop. Then Terri was busy piecing together Noah & Co., a great kids quilt for her co-workers son.
Teresa Brooks, an alumni staff member pieced together this patriotic red work wall hanging. Teresa also pieced together a table runner, a beautiful feathered star block, then started on another table runner.
Mary Lou Kent, our Honorary staff member put together this scrappy Cheese & Crackers quilt. Then started on a second quilt. She is donating both to charity.

Jody Driver cut & pieced this fabulous black, white, and red Bits and Pieces quilt. This quilt is a gift for a family members 1st wedding anniversary.

Candy & Jim (our gracious hostess & host) are newlyweds so I pieced this quilt, Jody quilted it, Lorene made the label. A wedding gift from the staff at A Quilter's Oasis. The most amazing thing, it matches their bedroom colors exactly.
The retreat was fabulous! Loading up & heading for home what a bummer, our retreat was over so quickly. We had lots of laughs, lots of fun, lots of food, a whole lot of sewing, but not much sleep. The perfect quilt retreat!! So until next year.
Hope you enjoyed this brief glimpse of the staff retreat.
I've attached a link for Breath of Life Retreat House. Just click on the title of the blog. (Quilt Retreat 2009) If you would like to get a group together for a retreat contact Candy Bridges.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009


Before we started out on our car trip; Bob & I attended our 9 year old granddaughter Carmin's karate belt exam. She was tested for her orange belt. Here she is after the exam with her orange belt.

Bob and I had a great trip to Texas.
With 2 days driving to Austin I got caught up on quilting magazines and got a binding on a quilt.
I did drive quite a bit also.

We stopped in Fredricksburg, TX; When we first drove into town I saw quilts hanging so of course we had to stop. Well it wasn't a quilt shop (no fabric) just quilts for sale. I was really disappointed when I saw that the shop was selling quilts made in China. We didn't stay long after I showed Bob what I had found. So we did some window shopping and had lunch. Then back on the road for the last 40 miles.

The weather was superb. It was never over 88 and only one day of sticky humidity. The sun was shining everyday with only 2 days of brief sprinkles.
Needless to say we spent lots of time outside playing and working in the yard.
The grandchildren were wonderful! It was so much fun being entertained by 3 1/2 yr old Killian and 18 month old Addison. Although my energy was deleted quickly, I was going to bed pretty early most nights. Here are some photos of them. Yep, Grandma is bringing out the brag photos.


Addison (aka A.J.)

We spent a morning at an indoor play park that had lots of inflatables. We were the only folks in the place. So we had a great time running and playing.

My daughter in law; Michelle was interested in learning to sew. I took her one of my machines and we spent some time sewing.

I did wipe her out fabric shopping. We bought lots of fabric for her to make window treatments and those Amy Butler Gum Drop Pillows.
Her introduction to sewing wasn't a small project. She jumped right into making 2 very large patio curtains. She did a great job managing yards of home DEC fabric. The photo is Michelle making the tie-backs for the patio curtains.
Bob was worried I overwhelmed her with so many projects. But Michelle assured me she was HOOKED.
Thank goodness I finally have a family member I can leave my Fabulous Fabric Collection with.

Then we started on curtains for the kids rooms.
Killian even got into helping make the curtain for his room.

Michelle has since finished the smaller curtains for Addisons bedroom and will be working on the larger curtains for her room.

It was really hard to leave the family in Texas. I sure do miss those great hugs everyday from the grandchildren. There is nothing like em!

Thanks for allowing me to share some of my vacation with you.

Thursday, May 7, 2009


The class schedule is on the website and a hard copy is available in the shop.
We have lots of new classes being offered this summer. Many of the classes are designed to make a dent in your stash of fabrics. Allie's Scrap Jewel Box, Linda's Scrappy Batik, and I'll be hosting a Christmas Mystery Quilt that will use up lots of your Reds, Greens and Christmas prints that are hiding in your stash.
Several of the teachers are giving a discount if you and a friend sign up.

With the temperature now in triple digits it's time for staying in the cool indoors. We have many days that the classroom is available for FREE OPEN Sewing. I've listed those on the class schedule. We just ask that you call to let us know that you'll be coming. Staff will be available to answer questions or give you help on a project.

The Red Work and Applique Clubs are meeting all summer. So grab your handwork and relax with these fun ladies.

For those of you who want to get into this great hobby we have classes that are just for you.
Learn your Sewing Machine and A Taste of Quilting

Linda Burch has got a new polymer clay class that will have you making all kinds of embellishments for bags, jewelry and for gifts.

We have classes planned for the last week in July to get you going for Christmas.

Even if your an experienced quilter there is always something new to learn or share with others. Classes are a great time and what better way to spend those "warm" summer days but in the cool air conditioned quilt shop.

Check out the schedule and calendar @

We look forward to seeing you.
The Staff & Teachers of A Quilter's Oasis

Quilting Retreat Space Available

Just wanted to let you know that Linda Schoeppach will be teaching up at Quilting on the Rim.
Linda is teaching two separate weekends up at this wonderful quilting retreat location in Show Low in the cool White Mountains.

Linda will be teaching
P-3 Applique' Technique May 14th - May 17th
The class is limited to 8 so call & sign up early!
You can pick up your supply list here at the shop.
Cost: $170.00 per guest plus $35.00 Class fee
Mystery Quilt Class Aug 13th - Aug 16th
Class is limited to 8 so call & sign up early!
Cost: $170.00 per guest plus $45.00 Class fee
If you don't want to attend a class but want to spend a weekend with other quilters. Pampering yourself with undisturbed quilting, visiting with friends or making new friends, and relaxing in the cool mountains of Show Low. Then here are two other weekends you can get away.
May 28th - May 31st
July 9th - July 12th
Rate includes: 3 nights lodging- Thurs. through Sat. nights.
Meals starting with Dinner Thurs. through Brunch on Sun.
Contact Barbara at Quilting on the Rim for complete details and payment arrangement.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

It's been a few weeks since my last entry.
Office work has kept me very busy. The first quarter of the year always keeps me spinning.

The shop has gotten in several new fabrics.
Treasures of the Southwest from Moda

A beautiful Civil War Reproduction line from Windham fabrics.

Primary colored Marble Tonga Batiks from Timeless Treasure.

Great background neutrals in cream, white and beige from P & B Textiles.

New patterns from Pam's Piece by Piece
Mark your calendars for
Saturday June 27th 11am

Pam McMahon pattern designer will be giving a Trunk Show and giving a demo on the Tri-Recs tool. Space is limited make sure you get your name on the list to reserve a seat. There is no charge for this event

Newly released Books from:

C & T Publishing

That Patchwork Place/Martingale

The class schedule May - July is finally ready to print and put on the website.
We've scheduled classes that will get you motivated to dig into your fabric stash or as I call it "Fine Fabric Collection". Would like to make a Bargello but are intimidated we've got 2 classes to get you over the fear....
  1. Make sure to check out the schedule. Several teachers are giving a discount if you bring a friend.
  2. If you would like a class that we have offered previously but it isn't on the current schedule. Get 3 people together and we will do our best to schedule it for you.
  3. If you have a class idea let us know and we are always looking for suggestions.
April 30th last day of the Month so...End of the Bolt Discount:
Take what is left on the b olt and receive 20% discount. This is a great time to get those backings for your quilt tops or get that background fabric you need.

Have a great day & happy stitching.
A Quilter's Oasis Staff

Friday, April 3, 2009

New Arrivals & Fond Farewells

In my earlier post, I forgot to mention that last week was the first meeting of the Applique' Club. This club is open to anyone who enjoys hand applique'. The group meets to sew, socialize, and share. You can come as often as you like. The group will meet the 4th Friday of the month from 10am - 12pm. Bring a project to work on, meet some fellow quilters and best of all the club is FREE.

Our UPS drivers had another busy week.
We received the JUMBO 1 3/8" wide Ric Rac in White, Aqua, & Chocolate Brown. The Pink I have ordered should be arriving shortly.
New project storage boxes in fun spring colors of pink and purple. These boxes are 12" x 12", great for keeping your quilt project/blocks organized.
Three new patterns from Pam's Piece by Piece arrived today. We have 3 of her quilts displayed in the shop. These patterns are wonderful for using fabric from your Fine Fabric Collection (FFC) aka stash.

For those of you doing the Applique Block of the Month from Bunny Hill, you will be glad to hear. 22 bolts of Aviary by 3 Sisters from Moda arrived today. It's loaded in the computer & on the shelf. These beautiful pastel fabrics won't last long, make sure you get what you need to complete those beautiful applique' blocks.

Two new books arrived today:

Big Blocks Easy Quilts;
Sixteen fabulous quilts with “layer cake” 10” x 10” squares.
This is a good book for any level of quilter.

One Line at a Time: from C&T Publishing
- 24 Geometric Machine-Quilting Designs Made Easy. Whether you want to quilt a simple overall pattern or a show-stopping design for a competition, you'll love the elegance of these continuous-line designs which include; cross-hatching, triangles, stars, clamshells, jigsaw puzzles, and more. Learn to use the author's innovative templates and the enclosed "Inchie Ruler Tape™"
The Inchie Ruler Tape is also in-stock.

We say farewell to one of our staff; Denise. She has left early this year to prepare her new home in Pinetop. We will miss having her in the shop on Mondays, but wish her and her spouse a "relaxing summer". Once all the boxes are unpacked.

For all of the winter residents that are heading North, we wish you safe travel, a wonderful summer and look forward to seeing you "next season".
Thanks to all for sharing your passion, creativity and for your patronage.
I wonder what you will have planned for next season....

The Staff of A Quilter's Oasis

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Spring is in the air. The weather is fantastic. Plants are budding & flowers are blooming. This is a great time to spring into the shop & get started on a new project.
Don't have anything in mind? A class will help get you motivated.
Just scheduled!
Wednesday, April 8th at 10am.
Introduction to Machine Applique' with Sandy Davis 1 Session
In this beginner's how-to class, you'll lean techniques for fusible machine applique'. Topics include tools and supplies, preparing the applique' shapes, setting up your machine, and using blanket and zigzag stitches. Your flower & pot applique' will be put on a tea towel. Pattern is included in class fee.
Classes available for April 2nd - April 11th
Friday April 3rd- Quilt Labels with Lorene Holbrook 1 Session
Come and learn some fun techniques for making your own quilt labels.
Saturday April 4th - P3 Applique' with Linda Schoeppach 1 Session
This is a great time to learn this hand applique technique. Applique is a very portable project, easy to take with you on vacation or just sitting outside enjoying the beautiful weather.
Monday April 6th- Pocket Parade Tote with Kathy Reynolds 1 Session
Come learn how to make one of Penny Sturges great bags. You can make this into a tote for any age or it makes a great diaper bag. Lots of pockets to keep you organized. This class does require pre-class cutting, so don't delay in signing up.
Tuesday April 7th- Keep Quilting with Sharon White 5 Sessions
Want to expand from beginner to intermediate? You'll learn lots of techniques while making a 6 block sampler. You will use the book Keep Quilting by Alex Anderson.
Thursday April 9th-Chubby Charm Tote with Linda Schoeppach 1 Session
This is another of Penny Sturges bags. This great big tote can be used as a carry-on, an overnight bag, beach bag, or a diaper bag. This tote uses 5 inch pre-cut squares, fusible fleece and lining fabric.
Pre-registration is required for classes.
Beautiful floral fabrics are arriving.

Swanky by Chez Moi for Moda

Beautiful watercolor prints in citrus colors.

We have Charm Squares, Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes & coordinating yardage.

This will make for a beautiful spring quilt, little girls garment, or that new spring hand bag.

Collections for a Cause:

Legacy by Howard Marcus for Moda
Legacy is what one leaves behind in an effort to enhance the care of future generations. The newest collection of reproduction prints from Howard Marcus is doing just that. The proceeds from Legacy go to help fund the research to find a cure for Juvenile Diabetes. In ivory, soft blues, chestnut and double pinks the next quilt you make could be as beautiful as it is charitable.
Yardage & Pre-cut packs available.

A's, Bees & Dandelion Seeds from Red Rooster.

Come in and see the sample quilt and pillow we have displayed.

Kits are available & contain a bonus pattern for a coordinating throw pillow.

Lily from Fabri-quilt.

This is a small line of fabrics that have a beautiful over-sized floral print. In bright sun shiny colors on a dark black background. With soft coordinating tonal prints in mint green & lavender.

For the kids:
Monsters in the Closet by Sue Marsh of Whistlepig Creek from RJR Fabrics
These monsters are so cute they won't scare you, they will make you smile even laugh.. Wonderful bright colors with fun coordinating prints and a line up of monsters on a border print stripe. A fun pattern for making the quilt also designed by Whistlepig Creek.
Kits will be available soon.

Ships AHOY! This one is especially good for young boys.

This is another great fabric line with pirate bears, buried treasure, maps, ocean waves, border print stripe. We put kits together for this quilt.
See you soon and Happy Quilting.
The Staff @ A Quilter's Oasis

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Open March Classes

Spae is available in the following classes:

Surface Design Wednesday March 4th from 10am - 1pm
Get creative and make your own designs on fabric. Let your imagination go, using paintstixs, stamps and assorted rubbing plates. Linda will show you how fun this is and get your artistic juices flowing.

Machine Quilting Saturday March 7th from 10am - 1pm
Learn the basics of machine quilting: from preparing your quilt top to marking to free motion.
Cindy will quide you through.

Quilted Sweatshirt Jacket Monday March 9th 10am - 4pm
The weather here may be warm but come learn how to make this fabric covered sweatshirt.
Allie provides all the directions you need and you'll come away from class with a great jacket and gift idea.

Come in, see the class samples, sign-up and get ready to have some fun.

A Quilter's Oasis Staff

Sunday, February 22, 2009

4th Birthday Celebration

All I can say is WOW. What a great birthday!
The staff and I want thank everyone that came in and shared with us our 4th Birthday Celebration. Thank you for all the best wishes.
You our customer is what makes the shop a success and I am so thankful to all of you. Never in my wildest imagination did I think the shop would have so many wonderful customers.

We drew for the door prizes and have contacted the winners. When they pick up their prize I will obtain permission to list their names on the blog.
Bob and I want to thank the staff for all their hard work making the day flow so well.
I want to thank Bob (my better half) for keeping the cake cut, and distributed to all of you and for socializing with the husbands.

Denise Gebing said "the measurement of success is not by the money that is made but can be measured in other ways." I can say that A Quilter's Oasis is truly a success because of all the wonderful people/friends that have come into my life in the last 4 years. Thank you to all who make it such a joy.


Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Wednesday February 18, 2009

Our beautiful Arizona weather has returned. It was great to see the sun shining today.

Just want to let everyone know that our delivery of Quilter's Dream batting arrived. The shop is fully stocked with all products, sizes, and lofts.
We also received the pre-cut goods; charm squares, jelly rolls and layer cakes of three new Moda lines: Legacy, Flag Day Farm & Harmony. We are awaiting the arrival of the coordinating fabrics bolts. These should be arriving in the next week.

Also, a reminder that this Saturday, February 21st from 9:30am - 3pm we are celebrating our 4th Birthday. Door prizes~Cake~and a Sale:
20% off Books & Fabric (requires a minimum 1/2 yd cut)

We hope to see you there.

Kathy, Cathy, Denise, Cyndi, Terri, Robin, Lorene, and Terri

Monday, February 16, 2009

News from A Quilter's Oasis

Hello from the staff,

February has been a busy month for our UPS driver, the shop has received loads of new fabric.
Beautiful batiks from Timeless Treasure, Robert Kaufman & Fabrics That Care. Here are just a few of the lastest arrivals.

We are currently putting a French Braid Kit designed by Karen Montgomery that is made totally from bright Tonga Batik fabrics.In wonderful shades of blue, green, purple, red, yellow and orange.

Return to Romance from Maywood Studio

Roses--what could be more romantic?? A stunning mirror-image rose border stripe with a large bouquet print, rose buds, blooms, plaid, and many more coordinating pieces.

Back Porch Bouquet Designed by: Bate & Taylor for Maywood Studio

A fresh contemporary offering of graphic florals in tile windows with stripes and dots in a whole new muted color-palette. Great adventures await for home decor, bags, skirts and of course quilts.

NOAH & CO - by Leanne Anderson of The Whole Country Caboodle for Henry Glass

An adorable panel with Noah, the ark and whimsical animals. This fabric and it's 14 coordinating prints will make you smile. A quilt kit is being assembled for a 62" x 80" quilt.

Harmony by Jan Patek from Moda
Harmony is a collaboration of primitive ideas, classic colors and classic details. Jan’s traditional Americana palette of reds, blues, blacks, tans and olive greens blend seamlessly into an array or paisleys, dots, stripes and plaids.

We hope to see you soon, until then Happy Quilting,

Kathy, Cathy, Cyndi, Denise, Terri, Robin, Lorene & Terri