July 2014

Notes from The Hen House

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Row, Row…. Row by Row (sorry couldn’t resist), begins July 1st and continues through Labor Day. There are 84 Quilt Shops in Michigan along with hundreds in other states. All row patterns are free when you visit a participating shop. Stop into the shop for the list or check out the Row by Row official page for details. There is also a Facebook page.

Our row sample is made up as a runner or wall hanging. Kits will be available in the shop for $15.

Your travel dates for “The Journey Continues” Shop Hop with Everlasting Stitches in Holt are  August 1st and 2nd .  Each shop will have 3 blocks for you to collect. Shop Hop hours are 9;30-5:30. Tickets are available for $5.
The week of September 2nd thru 6th, we are planning a Patched Pieces quilt show. (Also the week of Frontier Days in Charlotte). These will not be “Quilt Show” quilts, but the vintage quilts, pieced tops and blocks that have been handed down through the years. If you have one you’d like to share & display contact the shop to let us know. We will also be accepting items for the Siren shelter during the week.
Some of you have noticed subtle display changes in the past few months; in the past 4 weeks a few more have taken place.  One big change has been, an original doorway between the Hen House and the other half of the building (previously The Ski Loft) has been reopened to give us a larger area to hold classes and provide additional space for the products we can offer you. The various groups that meet at the shop are enjoying the extra elbow room. Come sit, stitch and enjoy the space with us.
We have received the new Kim Diehl fabrics called “Vintage Farmhouse”.  Some of the fabrics will be used for the “Whatnots Club” that will start in September.  The quilt samples are currently in progress. Meeting times are September through January, held first Saturday mornings (September will be 2nd Saturday) and the following Monday evenings. Please contact the shop for details and to sign up.
A few new fabric options have been added for you in the way of Batiks, plus a line of fabric called Silvia’s Sonnets by P & B.  We are waiting for the next Jo Morton line to arrive and we will be getting in the line of American Made Brand fabric, all in wonderful solids sometime in July. The American Made Brand in Seattle, Washington, is all grown, spun, woven and dyed in the United States. We look forward to playing with the many color choices the line has to offer.
All the new fabrics are coordinating nicely with the reproduction fabrics and wool!
Saturday, July 12th & 26th, 10- . Area weavers with portable looms and a Spinning group will be meeting, come join or watch the groups as they play with Fiber

Thursday, July 17th from 5-8. Fabulous Fat Friendly Frolic.  You’ll need at least 2 contrasting Fat Quarters, a rotary cutter, ruler and sewing machine to startyour own 1 of a kind scrap quilt. We will be slicing, sewing and re-slicing to make them unique. Cost is $15.

Saturday, August 21st, 10:30 – 4:00. Fabulous Fat Friendly Frolic. All day adventure in slicing contrasting Fat Quarters to make your own one of a kind scrap quilt. Cost is $15.

Saturday, July 26th, 10-5 ~ Saturday Crankers will be in with their awesome machines. Come check out the fun.

October 6th thru 12th is National Weaving & Spinning week, we will have spinners and weavers demonstrating throughout the week.
Come take a look at the Handmade products we have in the shop made by local artisans. There are handmade soaps, jewelry; handwoven rugs, towels, scarves; rovings and skeins of handspun yarns. Stop in and perhaps purchase that special gift for someone you know or for yourself.
The Hen House will be closed Friday, July 4th through Sunday, July 6th.

Hope your summer experiences are safe, enjoyable and fun!

A Note From Nancy

I wanted to thank all of you for supporting me and being my friends over the last 30+ years. I have sold the business to Carolyn Rosier, a dear friend and long time employee. I still plan on being in the shop for clubs and making samples. Carolyn is doing awesome things with the shop so please welcome her as the new owner and make a trip to The Hen House. (I am at the lake with five boys under 10. I should be at the shop!)
We wish you Happy Stitches & we Thank You for helping us carry on the tradition.

….. Carolyn, Elise, Ronda, Linda & Debby.

July Calendar

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday





The Row by Row begins!



Small Quilts Club 10:00















Stitched by Hand 9:30







Punch Needle Club 2:00



Weave and Spin





Open Rug Hooking 10:00







Hexie-Holics 10:00

Fat Quarter Frolic 5 – 8


Rug Hooking 5:30









Stitched by Hand 9:30








Rug Hooking 5:30



Saturday Crankers 10:00

Weave and Spin




Punch needle class 11:00





Wednesday Woolies 10:00





The Journey Continues!



The Journey Continues!


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