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Update from THE HEN HOUSE of Charlotte…..

Classes…

Please register and pay ahead of class date, to guarantee a spot in the class.

*Beginning quilt piecing – Learn the basic techniques for assembling a quilt top.
* Stitch by Hand with Debby Kinney – Class meets 2nd and 4th Tuesdays. Call the Hen House for details and to sign up.

*Fabric Art Quilt – February 13th & 20th.  $65
Using geometric shapes, Dale will help you create and design your own original fabric art.  There is some Pre class prep.

*Foundation Paper Piecing – Saturday, January 9th $40

*Fat Quarter Fun – Saturday, January 16th $40

Upcoming class ideas TBD: Hand Quilting, Machine Quilting with your machine, One Fabric Wonder, Hand Applique, Weaving on a 4 harness floor loom, Rigid Heddle Weaving, Spinning on a drop spindle…

2016 Block of the Month Quilt Kits Available

Storytellers
Amish with a Twist

2015 Block of the Month Kits Available

Prairie Gatherings
Bloomers
Always the Season

Groups… that share the day with us…

First Saturdays & Second Mondays
Hexiholics/English Paper Piecing 10:00 – ?
Third Mondays
Rug Hooking 10:00 – ?
Second & Fourth Tuesdays
Stitched by Hand 9:30-Noon
Last Wednesday of the Month
Wednesday Woolies 10:00 – ?
Every Thursday
Projects in Waiting 10:00 – 6:45
Fourth Saturdays & sometimes Fifth Saturdays
Saturday Crankers 10:00 – 5:00
Second & Fourth Saturdays
Spinning & Weaving 10-?

We invite you to stop in anytime to sit and stitch with us.

Mark your calendars for the…..

“Search for the Stars” Shop Hop
April 14th – 23rd

Did you know Ricky Tims & Alex Anderson will be in the Indianapolis area in October 2016…?

ROW BY ROW Experience 2016
“HOME SWEET HOME”
Tuesday, June 21st – Tuesday, September 6th

*** If you haven’t been on our website lately check it out.
Elise has worked diligently to make it more user friendly. ***

We hope 2016 is filled with wonderful moments for you!

December Updates

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Update from THE HEN HOUSE of Charlotte…..

Happy Christmas
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Merry New Year!

Classes…

*Beginning quilt piecing – Learn the basic techniques to assembling a quilt top. Call or stop into the shop for details.
* Stitch by Hand with Debby Kinney – Class meets 2nd and 4th Tuesdays. Call the Hen House for details and to sign up.
*Art Quilts – February.  Use geometric shapes to design and make your own original fabric art.
*Foundation Paper Piecing & String Piecing – January/February. An opportunity to use up some of the leftover fabric pieces from all your other projects.

Groups… that share the day with us…

First Saturdays
Hexiholics/English Paper Piecing 10:00 –?
Second Mondays
Hexiholics/English Paper Piecing 10:00 – ?
Third Mondays
Rug Hooking 10:00 – ?
Second & Fourth Tuesdays
Stitched by Hand 9:30-Noon
Last Wednesday of the Month
Wednesday Woolies 10:00 – ?
Every Thursday
Projects in Waiting 10:00 – 7:00
Fourth Saturdays & sometimes Fifth Saturdays
Saturday Crankers 10:00 – 5:00
Second & Fourth Saturdays
Spinning & Weaving 10-?
We also invite you to stop in anytime to sit and stitch with us.

….We will be closed ….

Christmas Eve & Christmas Day, December 24th & 25th,
New Year’s Eve, December 31st, & New Year’s Day, January 1st, 2016.

THANKFUL for YOU!

We are blessed and humbled by your continued support, gifts, and encouragement. We enjoy spending our days with you.

As 2015 comes to a close & the New Year starts, our wish for you is…
Celebrations that bring a smile to your heart, good health, laughter, safe travel, and contentment.
Happy Stitchin’!
Carolyn, Elise, Ronda, Linda, Julie, Janice, Debby, and … Mister Buttons

Sign up today for Storytellers!

The Storytellers is a gorgeous 12 month Block of the Month Program honoring the female authors of some very classic books. Each pattern has interesting tidbits about ladies who changed the literary scene.  Here is some very useful info that you need to know:

The finished quilt size is 102″ x 102″
4 bonus projects made with scraps are also included (3 quilts and 1 wall hanging).

A Prairie Gathering Quilt Kit

By Pam Buda

88″ x 100″

Another wonderful quilt from Nancy Rink, Amish With A Twist III Best of Friends. This lovely quilt is a 10 month Block of the Month program. The design merges a variety of blocks based on traditional Amish quilts using Centennial Solids fabrics from Marcus Brothers.
During this 10-month Block of the Month program, you will receive the patterns and fabrics needed to complete the quilt top including borders and binding.
Finished Quilt Size 98″ x 107″Contact us today to sign up for this amazing quilt before all the kits are spoken for!
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December Calendar

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
29 30 1 2 3
PIW 10-7
4 5
Hexies 10-?
6 7 8
Stitched by Hand 9:30-Noon
9 10
PIW 10-7
11 12
Spinning & Weaving 10-?
13 14
Hexies 10-?
15 16 17
PIW 10-7
18 19
20 21
Hooking 10-?
22
Stitched by Hand 9:30-Noon
23 24
Closed
25
Closed
26
Crankers 10-?Spinning & Weaving 10-?
27 28 29 30
Wednesday Woolies 10-?
31
Closed
1
Closed
2
3 4 5 6 7
PIW 10-7
8 9
Hexies 10-?
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October 2015

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October update from THE HEN HOUSE of Charlotte…..

We have a few classes on the schedule
*Learn basic quilt piecing. Please call or stop into the shop to sign up & for details.
*Traditional Rug Hooking with Wendy Hoard. This 6 week class begins
October 4th. Class fee is $75.   Call or email the Hen House for details.
* Stitch by Hand with Debby Kinney –
Class meets 2nd and 4th Tuesdays. Call the Hen House for details and to sign up.
* Machine Quilting on your machine – TBA
*Art Quilts – Use geometric shapes to design and make your own original fabric art.
*Foundation Paper Piecing & String Piecing. An opportunity to use up some of the leftover fabric pieces from all your other projects.

We’ve expanded & added fabric in the back room sale area!

Costumes (please be appropriately dressed) are welcome on Saturday, October 31st
Who knows what tricks or treats may be handed out…
Holiday Open House
November 14th, 10:00 – 5:00
Join us for Food, Demos & Make -N-Takes

Enjoy shopping on the day after Thanksgiving November 27th…
We will open at our usual time, with a special for the day….
Small Business Saturday, November 28th
Specials throughout the day!

Quilt Shows
*Kalamazoo Log Cabin Quilters Friday, October 9th, 10-6 & Saturday, October 10th, 10-4
@ Main Expo/Kalamazoo County Fairgrounds, 2009 Lake St., Kalamazoo (we will be vendors)
Western Wayne County Quilt Guild Quilt Show – Friday October 23rd 9-5 & Saturday October 24th 9-3 9555 Haggerty Rd, Belleville MI
Groups… that share the day with us…
First Saturdays
Hexiholics/English Paper Piecing 10:00 –?
Second Mondays
Hexiholics/English Paper Piecing 10:00 – ?
Second & Fourth Tuesdays
Stitched by Hand 9:30-Noon
Last Wednesday of the Month
Wednesday Woolies 10:00 – ?
Fourth Saturdays & sometimes Fifth Saturdays
Saturday Crankers 10:00 – 5:00
Every Thursday
Projects in Waiting 10:00 – 7:00
Second & Fourth Saturdays
Spinning & Weaving 10-?
We invite you to stop in anytime to sit and stitch with us.
If you have group that will be coming, please let us know a few days ahead of time.

The Row by Row Experience is finished for 2015…
However….. Patterns & Kits will be available again after October 31st.
Our License Plate is available at any time.

Please Note: With the recent “remodel” you will now enter the shop through the door to the left of the original entrance.
The change has given us more space to display the wonderful collections of fabric, (we have 3 bolts of faux leather)
We still have some moving around to do, to enhance your shopping fun.

….We will be closed ….Thanksgiving Day, November 26th,
Christmas Eve & Christmas Day, December 24th & 25th,
New Year’s Eve, Thursday, December 31st, & New Year’s Day, Friday, January 1st, 2016.

Sign up today for Storytellers!

We all know the stories, but how many of us know the women behind the stories? The Storytellers is a gorgeous 12 month Block of the Month Program honoring the female authors of some very classic books. Each pattern has interesting tidbits about ladies who changed the literary scene. For instance, did you know Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein when she was only nineteen years old? Exclusively designed by Denice Lipscomb, this is what The Storytellers BOM is all about. Here is some very useful info that you need to know!

The finished quilt size is 102″ x 102″
4 bonus projects made with scraps are also included (3 quilts and 1 wall hanging).

A Prairie Gathering Quilt Kit

By Pam Buda

88″ x 100″

Another wonderful quilt from Nancy Rink, Amish With A Twist III Best of Friends. This lovely quilt is a 10 month Block of the Month program. The design merges a variety of blocks based on traditional Amish quilts using Centennial Solids fabrics from Marcus Brothers.
During this 10-month Block of the Month program, you will receive the patterns and fabrics needed to complete the quilt top including borders and binding.
Finished Quilt Size 98″ x 107″

Contact us today to sign up for this amazing quilt before all the kits are spoken for!

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Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
27 28 29 30 1
PIW 10-7
2 3
Hexiholics 10
4
Rug Hooking Class 12-2
5 6 7 8
PIW 10-7
9
Quilt Show
10
Quilt Show

Spinning and Weaving 10

11
Rug Hooking Class 1-3
12
Hexiholics 10
13
Stitched by Hand 9:30 – 12
14 15
PIW 10-7
16 17
18
Rug Hooking Class 1-3
19 20 21 22
PIW 10-7
23 24
Crankers 10

Spinning and Weaving 10

25
Rug Hooking Class 1-3
26 27
Stitched by Hand 9:30 – 12
28
Woolies 10
29
PIW 10-7
30 31
Happy Halloween!
1
Rug Hooking Class 1-3
2 3 4 5
PIW 10-7
6 7
Hexiholics 10
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August 2015

August update from THE HEN HOUSE of Charlotte…..

We have a few classes on the schedule

*Learn basic quilt piecing. Please call or stop into the shop to sign up & for details.

*Beginning Inkle Weaving – September 19th 10 – 12 $45.
The small loom with the funny name is great for weaving belts, guitar straps, handles for tote bags, hatbands – even jewelry and wall hangings. Sewing bands together opens up still more possibilities. This beginning workshop covers selecting yarns; selecting, warping and weaving on an inkle loom; books; and project possibilities. A floor model-type inkle loom and yarn will be provided. Participants should bring with them: scissors capable of cutting yarn and note-taking materials.

*Traditional Rug Hooking with Wendy Hoard – Starting late September.
Call or email the Hen House for details.

* Stitch by Hand with Debby Kinney
This class meets 2nd and 4th Tuesdays. Call the Hen House for details and to sign up.

* Machine Quilting on your machine –

* Art Quilts – Use geometric shapes to design and make your own original fabric art.


While visiting The Hen House, you may want to check out our current Blocks of the Month, along with the ones we are working on for this fall and 2016.

HINT…Keep an eye on our Facebook page or stop in…
Someone will be out of the shop August 11-15.
There might be a special sale and some remodel of the shop going on.

Quilt Shows
*Capitol City Quilt Guild Friday, September 18th & Saturday, September 19th, 10 – 5 each day, at the Summit, Dimondale
*Kalamazoo Log Cabin Quilters Friday, October 9th, 10-6 & Saturday, October 10th, 10-4 @ Main Expo/Kalamazoo County Fairgrounds, 2009 Lake St., Kalamazoo

Groups… that share the day with us…

First Saturdays
Kim D’s Whatnots Group 10:00 – Noon
Hexiholics/English Paper Piecing 10:00 –

Second Mondays
Hexiholics/English Paper Piecing 10:00 –

Second & Fourth Tuesdays
Stitched by Hand 9:30-Noon

Last Wednesday of the Month
Wednesday Woolies 10:00 –

Fourth Saturdays
Saturday Crankers 10:00 – 5:00

Every Thursday
Projects in Waiting 10:00 – 7:00

The 2015 ROW by ROW Experience
The Experience is still rowing well, everyone is enjoying the fun.
Stop in and see our winning Quilt designed and sewn by Colette DeGroot

From all of us at the Hen House we hope your summer has been fun, filled with laughter, good times, great friends, relaxation and some stichin’ time. 

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Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
26 27 28 29 30
PIW 10-7
31 1
Whatnots 10

Hexiholics 10

2 3 4 5 6
PIW 10-7
7 8
9 10
Hexiholics 10
11
Stitched by Hand 9:30
12 13
PIW 10-7
14 15
16 17 18 19 20
PIW 10-7
21 22
23 24 25
Stitched by Hand 9:30
26
Wednesday Woolies 10
27
PIW 10-7
28 29
Crankers 10
30 31 1 2 3
PIW 10-7
4 5
Whatnots 10

Hexieholics 10

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July 2015

July update from THE HEN HOUSE of Charlotte…..

If you plan to visit us on July 11th approx. 10:00 – 11:00 there will be a couple of street closings downtown due to a Military funeral procession. We invite you to come early to join others as we line the streets in his honor and in support of his family.

We have a few classes on the schedule…

*Learn basic quilt piecing. Please call the shop to sign up & for details.

*Beginning Inkle Weaving – September 19th 10 -12 The small loom with the funny name is great for weaving belts, guitar straps, handles for tote bags, hatbands – even jewelry and wall hangings. Sewing bands together opens up still more possibilities. This beginning workshop covers selecting yarns; selecting, warping and weaving on an inkle loom; books; and project possibilities. A floor model-type inkle loom and yarn will be provided.
Participants should bring with them: scissors capable of cutting yarn and note-taking materials.
*Block of the Month kits are available for pick up
Quilt Shows
*Cal-Co Quilt Show – Saturday, July 11th & Sunday, July 12th 10:00 – 4:00 @ the Marshall High School. Held this year in conjunction with the Marshall Garden Tour.
*The First Thursday Quilters – Friday, July 17th 10-8 & Saturday, July 18th 10-4.
Wheatland Township Hall Remus 201 S Sheridan (M-66 & M-20) Remus, MI
*Lighthouse Quilt Guild – Friday, July 24th & Saturday, 25th @ St Patrick’s Catholic Church, Grand Haven, MI
*Capitol City Quilt Guild – Friday, September 18th & Saturday, September 19th, 10 – 5 each day, at the Summit, Dimondale
*Kalamazoo Log Cabin Quilters – Friday, October 9th, 10-6 & Saturday, October 10th, 10-4 @ Main Expo/Kalamazoo County Fairgrounds, 2009 Lake St., Kalamazoo

Groups… that share the day with us…

First Saturdays
– Kim D’s Whatnots Group 10:00 – Noon
Hexiholics/English Paper Piecing 10:00 –

Second Mondays
Hexiholics/English Paper Piecing 10:00 –

Second & Fourth Tuesdays
Stitched by Hand 9:30-Noon

Last Wednesday of the Month
Wednesday Woolies 10:00 –

Fourth Saturdays
Saturday Crankers 10:00 –

Every Thursday
Projects in Waiting 10:00 –

The 2015 ROW by ROW Experience
The Experience has started and everyone is enjoying the fun.
If you are out “rowing” call to let us know if you are behind schedule;
we may be able to stay late for you.

We have a WINNER!
Congratulations….. !!! Colette DeGroot

Due to the diligent, hardworking quilt top piecing fairies (Amy, Gayle, Julie, Marsha, Julie, Janice, Linda, Elise, Ronda, & Linda, Delaina & Marissa)…
…we now have many new samples to see and kits to purchase. Check out the facebook page for daily updates.

A very special THANK YOU to Rilla B. of EpicSweet.com for the providing the delicious snacks during our anniversary celebration.    *~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~
And Thank YOU, our great customers & friends who continue to share in the fiber experience with us.

From all of us at the Hen House we hope you are enjoying some summer fun, laughter, relaxation and some stichin’ time.

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Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
28 29 30 1 2
Projects in Waiting
3 4
Closed
5 6
Hexiholics
7 8 9
Projects in Waiting
10 11

Whatnots
Hexiholics

12 13 14

Stitched by Hand

15 16
Projects in Waiting
17 18
19 20 21 22 23
Projects in Waiting
24 25
Crankers
26 27 28
Stitched by Hand
29

Wednesday Woolies

30
Projects in Waiting
31 1
Whatnots
Hexiholics
2 3
Hexiholics
4 5 6 7 8
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Update from THE HEN HOUSE of Charlotte….. ITS JUNE…! (June 2015 Newsletter)

 Update from THE HEN HOUSE of Charlotte….. ITS JUNE…!

We hope you’ve got your vacations scheduled, your flowers planted, and can sit back with a bit of relaxation time.

Please BE AWARE… if you visit us during June 17th – 20th there will be occasional street closings downtown due to the Celebrate Charlotte festival. This local event includes several fun events to enjoy: Bite of Charlotte, a Bluegrass festival, craft show and also a car/motorcycle show. There will also be a bit of purple around the area to promote Relay for Life.

We have a few classes on the schedule…

*Kari’s Repurposed Skirt Saturday, June 13th 10:00-3:00

http://files.ctctcdn.com/40769a18001/33b33e51-5ca3-4bb6-865c-9638030be86d.jpg?a=1121070696020*Sophie Dress Thursday evenings starting June 25th at 6p – shop for materials at YG and The Hen House
July 2nd, 9th, and 16th from 6p to 8p – learn the knitted bodice with Lindsay
July 23rd from 5:30 to 8:30 – sew the skirt with Carolyn
Fee: $55 + materials
Instructor: Lindsay Potter at YG; Carolyn Rosier at The Hen House
Description: Be a part of our first collaboration with The Hen House when we co-host a class!  Combine two crafts, knitting and sewing, to create this adorable little girl’s dress.  The bodice is knit separately in pieces and seamed together for the top, then the skirt is sewn using the fabric of your choice.
Homework: none!
Knitting skills required:  cast on, knit, purl
Knitting skills you’ll learn: chart reading, decreases, blocking, seaming, and picking up stitches for a neckband
Sewing skills required:  Basic machine stitching with a bit of hand stitching.
The sample is currently hanging at The Yarn Garden.

If there is a technique you would like to learn; please let us know & we will set up a time to work with you.

Quilt Shows

*Cal-Co Quilt Show Saturday, July 11th & Sunday, July 12th 10:00 – 4:00 @ the Marshall High School. Held this year in conjunction with the Marshall Garden Tour.
*Lighthouse Quilt Guild Friday, July 24th & Saturday, 25th @ St Patrick’s Catholic Church, Grand Haven, MI
*Capitol City Quilt Guild Friday, September 18th & Saturday, September 19th, 10 – 5 each day, at the Summit, Dimondale
*Kalamazoo Log Cabin Quilters Friday, October 9th, 10-6 & Saturday, October 10th, 10-4 @ Main Expo/Kalamazoo County Fairgrounds, 2009 Lake St., Kalamazoo

Groups…

 that share the day with us…First Saturdays
– Kim D’s Whatnots Group 10:00 – Noon
Hexiholics/English Paper Piecing 10:00 –Second Mondays
Hexiholics/English Paper Piecing 10:00 –Second & Fourth Tuesdays
Stitched by Hand 9:30-Noon
Last Wednesday of the Month
Wednesday Woolies 10:00 –Fourth Saturdays
Saturday Crankers 10:00 –Every Thursday
Projects in Waiting 10:00 –

The 2015 ROW by ROW Experience

Starting June 21st.
As you make your travel plans for the Experience, Please Note that…..
*WE WILL NOT BE OPEN ON SUNDAY, JUNE 21st.*
We will begin on Monday, June 22nd

Our “Row” is completed and on display.
We’ve named it “Jelly Baby”
It can be used vertically or horizontally.
A License Plate will also be available this year!
If you are unfamiliar with the “Row by Row Experience”
It is an opportunity to visit shops across Michigan, the United States and parts of Canada.
There is no cost to join the “RRE”, all you need to do when you GO INTO THE SHOP is request a FREE pattern of that Shops’ unique “Row”.
Shops may offer kits for at a nominal cost, if you would like to have the same colors/fabrics that is in their specific sample.
IF…you are unable to visit; you must wait until the end of October for a pattern. You may call the shop to leave your information, send us an email, or send us a stamped, self-addressed envelope.
We will send the pattern at the end of the 2015 “RRE”.
For more information, check out https://www.facebook.com/MIRowbyRowExperience orhttp://www.rowbyrowexperience.com/

We’ve moved fabric around in hopes to better serve your needs.
Traditional fabrics are now in designer collections; while the more modern fabrics are together in the line they were created with. We also have a Holiday/Seasonal section.

THANK YOU!!! You’ve made our first year spectacular! It’s been fun sharing your fabric experience. Please enjoy our celebration sales through the month of June! We also have some daily treats that are complements of EpicSweet.com, so don’t forget to check those out too!

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May 2015

May update from THE HEN HOUSE of Charlotte….. How are your spring and summer plans looking? Do you have showers & weddings to attend, birthdays to celebrate, Mother’s Day, vacations, summer break from school? Whew!!! If you need a quick project for a gift, stop in and we will show you what we have kitted and ready.

Birthday/Anniversary Celebration!

Mr. Button’s birthday is May 29th! Our anniversary is June 1st, and….. Elise has a birthday in June.

To celebrate, we are sharing the fun & giving you the gifts.

Stop in or visit us on Facebook, May 29th thru June 30th and check out the specials!

*Cluck Bucks will be back!*

*For every $10 in purchase, you will receive a $1 in CB’s to use after June 30th.

 

How/when do you find the time to stitch and relax?

We offer you a few options to give yourself some “time out”.

 

Tuesday’s May 12th & 26th  9:30 – Noon ~ Stitched by Hand.

Basic hand piecing and applique techniques are among the skills shared during these sessions.

Please join us if you are interested in learning or would just like to share the morning with us. Debby Kenney – group leader/instructor. Fee: $5 All S by H participants are welcome to spend the afternoon working on projects. If are unfamiliar with hand piecing; you are invited to sign up for a class to learn the techniques to get you started. Call the shop for details and a supply list.

Saturday, May 2nd, 10:00 – 3:00 ~ T-shirts to skirts with Kari R.  $25.00

~~ Do you have knit t-shirts and tops that are cluttering up your space? Kari has a solution to the dilemma. Make them into a new item of clothing for you or someone you know. You will end the session with a one of a kind skirt that will be runway fabulous! Contact the store for details and a supply list.

Saturday, May 2nd, ~ Hexie-holics/English Paper Piecing ~~ Come re-discover the joy of this quaint, time-honored quilt making skill.

Saturday May 2nd, 10:00~ Kim Diehl What Not’s Club

Thursday’s 10:00 ~ 7:00“Projects In Waiting” – Use this opportunity to work on a current project, one of those hidden gems that has been in “time out” or an idea that is just waiting for the “round tuit’s” we all are looking for… Prepare for a day of pins, needles and fun!

Saturday, May 23rd & 30th 10:00 – ? Hand Crank Sewing Machine group will be in the Coop/Loft.

Bring your machine(vintage machines with tails are accepted), maybe a snack and join the fun. Lunch has been pot luck, ordered in, brown bag or stepping out to eat at one of Charlottes local eateries.

If the idea of a Hand Crank machine intrigues you, stop in and visit while the group is here or visit us any day and check out the machines we have in the Shop. We usually have 1 or 2 looking for new homes, available for purchase. Call the Shop for more information.

 

Wednesday, May 27th, 10:00 – Wednesday Woolies ~ Share the day with others working with wool and sometimes not….. It’s not all the itchy stuff we’re used to.

 

Would you be interested in making a rag rug on a harness loom? We have a class coming up that would be a great way to use strips of leftover fabric. Details are still in the works for a mid-June session or we can set up a time that would work with your schedule. Not interested in rugs…,

how about learning to weave a scarf on a harness or Rigid Heddle loom… Call us for details.

 

Quilt Shows

 

Tulip Time – May 2nd, 4th – 9th @ Holland Area Arts Council

 

Cameo Quilters Guild Friday, June 5th & Saturday June 6th @ Madison Place Conf. Ctr.

 

Cal-Co Quilt Show – Saturday, July 11th & Sunday, July 12th 10:00 – 4:00 @ the Marshall High School. Held this year in conjunction with the Marshall Garden Tour.

We invite you to visit us at the show.

 

 Casual Quilters Guild – August 8th, 2015,

St. Patrick Catholic Church, 710 Rickett Road, Brighton, Michigan.

 

Capital City Quilt Guild – Friday, September 18th, & Saturday, September 19th, 10:00-5:00

The Summit Sports Complex, Davis Hwy, Dimondale, MI

We invite you to visit us at the show.

 

 

If there is a technique you would like to learn; please let us know; we will work around your schedule set up a class time that fits your schedule and get you started with a fibertastic project.

 

***We are in the process of upgrading our website… It will take us some time to transfer items from one place to another, but we look forward to having a more user friendly site for you to experience.

 

The 2015 ROW by ROW Experience

Starting June 21st through September 8th, 2015

As you make your travel plans for the Experience, Please Note…..

*WE WILL NOT BE OPEN ON SUNDAY, JUNE 21st.*

We will begin on Monday, June 22nd

Our “Row” is completed and on display.

We’ve named it “Jelly Baby”

It can be used vertically or horizontally.

A License Plate with the word Empower on it, will be available this year!

If you are unfamiliar with the “Row by Row Experience”

It is an opportunity to visit shops across Michigan, the United States and parts of Canada.

There is no cost to join the “RRE”, all you need to do when you GO INTO THE SHOP is request a FREE pattern of that Shops’ unique “Row”.

Shops may offer kits for at a nominal cost, if you would like to have the same colors/fabrics that is in their specific sample.

IF…you are unable to visit; you must wait until the end of October for a pattern. You may call the shop to leave your information, send us an email, or send us a stamped, self-addressed envelope.

We will send the pattern at the end of the 2015 “RRE”.

For more information, check out https://www.facebook.com/MIRowbyRowExperience or http://www.rowbyrowexperience.com/

 

 

 

Thank you! for your continued support & encouragement.

During this past year we have been blessed with your smiles, laughter, friendly faces, fun & food.

We look forward to seeing and serving you in the months/years to come in your fiber experience.

The Hen House Family

 

Tip: How to wash an old or antique quilt

First, I would never wash an antique quilt in a washing machine, at least not one which has an agitator as the quilt will get wrapped around the agitator and will more than likely be ruined.

I would also never wash a quilt containing wool or silk, nor would I dry clean an antique quilt. Wool and silk are especially fragile. Dry cleaners use strong solutions and are more likely to hurt a quilt rather than save it.

Also, there must be no damaged areas–areas where you can see the batting poking out, rips, or places where the dyes (or other things) have eaten through the fabric. These are too fragile to withstand cleaning.

Most quilts in good condition (without damage mentioned above),can be cleaned first by vacuuming. You need to get a screen, fiberglass window screening available by the yard at your hardware store works well. Tape or sew binding on the edges to prevent the sharp ends from pulling threads or snagging the quilt.

Prepare a large table, or the floor by laying down a white sheet. Place the quilt on top, then the screen on top of that. Take a vacuum which is set at the softest suction possible by adjusting the air flow and hold the vacuum OVER the quilt (not directly on it). The vacuum will suck up dirt without pulling up the fibers. The screen helps prevent any damage to the quilt and holds all the fibers down. Vacuum the entire top of the quilt, then turn it over and vacuum the back side. This often is enough.

Some cotton quilts may be cleaned in the following way, but it is important to test the quilt to make sure that the dyes are stable.

Test each of different fabrics as follows: take a try Q tip and rub it over each of the fabrics. IF the color transfers, then it is likely it will run. If it passes this test, then dampen the q-tips and rub it on each of the fabrics. If it comes off onto the q-tip, then it will run.

If you have come this far without it running, then for the discolored spots, you can mix up a solution of non-chlorine bleach, specifically, I would use oh bother…Oxydol? It is in a blue container…and it is a really good addition to your washing…darling daughter is singing in my ear and I am having a hard time remembering. I’ll check in the basement later. Spot treat the areas using a spoon or a piece of muslin to tamp it on.

Draw some cold or at most tepid water into the bath tub…put in approx. 2 T of Orvus paste (you can get this at quilt shops, from Clotilde, or from some Livestock supply places (cheapest there….it was originally designed for washing Livestock–it is straight sodium Lauryl Sulfate and is gentlest on your stuff) into about 4 – 5″ of water. Buy one of the Woolite or CArbona “dye mops” to absorb dye which leaches in to the water…as a precaution. Lay the screening on top of the water and place quilt on top. Put dye mop on top of that. Pat the water through the quilt, not wringing. continue patting. Do not let the quilt soak as if the dyes go into the water and resettled, that is what contributes to the running of the dyes.

Drain off water, and run cold water through until the water comes off clear and no suds.

Press water out of quilt. Use towels to blot more water out. Lift the quilt on the screen (textiles are at their weakest when wet) and lay the quilt flat to dry…either on top of a clean sheet laid on the floor or outside. If you are putting the quilt outside to dry, cover the top with another sheet so that nothing falls on the quilt. Inside, put a fan on the quilt. After the top seems dry, turn it over and let the back side dry.

Tip: What is a scant quarter inch seam allowance and how can I achieve it?

When sewing by machine, you are cautioned to use a scant quarter of an inch seam allowance. This is becuase the double threads used in the sewing machine’s lock stitch (as opposed to the running stitch used in hand piecing) take up more space than the hand stitching. A 1/4 patchwork foot is indispensible in achieving a perfect scant quarter inch, but it does take practice.

Many newer machines have a guage for a scant quarter inch built in. In order to check, take a piece of paper, and feed it into your machine using the edge of the presser foot as a guide. That is usually 1/4″. Take out the piece of paper and measure it. It should be just slightly 1/4″ (not quite) seam allowance. If it isn’t, adjust by moving the needle and testing again until you get the appropriate amount.

Sometimes using seam guides which can be screwed into your machine can also help. The fabric is butted up to the edge of the metal bar in order to help you maintain the appropriate seam allowance. Magnetic seam guides are also available, but I find that they are too easily moved by accident.

Tip: Suggestions on making a difficult first quilt

I am making my first quilt, Baking Days. Probably not an easy one to start with, but that is the one the 3 day class is making, 6 hours total! (I may set this aside and find something easier). I am on the first block and realized I am using Glaced cotton! I will change to 100% quilting machine cotton, is this correct? Should I discard the first block and start over? Also I am using all flannel material on top. What material do you suggest I use on the back? It is for my son and will take a beating. Any suggestions will be appreciated:

I’m not sure what “glaced” cotton thread is but if it is cotton, it should be ok. You should use 50 weight sewing cotton for the construction of your quilt, something like Coats or Mettler. Quilting thread is what we use to do the actual quilting of the three layers of our quilt. Your quilt will be nice and cozy made in flannel. I would have recommended cotton rather than flannel for your first quilt because I think it is a little easier to work with, but I think you can make it work. Flannel is just a little bit thicker and sometimes stretches a bit. Because flannel IS so cozy, it would be great to have on the back too. I hope this helps. Maybe you would post a photo on our website when you are finished. Just go to the “share your quilt” button. Good luck with your project!