November 2014

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Notes from The Hen House

How may we help you today…?
Holiday Open House
Saturday, November 15th
There will be “Deer” hidden throughout the store for you to “hunt” down a special discount for the day plus a few make-n-take projects for $5 each.

Kari Smith-Rudesail will be here 10:00 – 1:00 for meet, greet & talking Longarm quilting, Kari will also be doing a demo with the Pineapple Ruler.
There will be some “Yummies” from Evelyn Bay’s, and a coupon or 2 from local restaurants to use during your visit.

 ~~~~~While you’re in town; don’t forget to check out the specials being offered at Bella Grande & The Yarn Garden.~~~~~

Friday, November 28th….Day after Thanksgiving…..we invite you to start your morning at the Yarn Garden (they get up earlier than we do), then stop in for our specials that start at 9:30 and run through the day.
SMALL BUSINESS Saturday, November 29th, we will be offering some discounts throughout the day.   
Saturday, November 1st & December 6th, 1:00-?
Thursday, November 20th & December 18th 10:00 – ? …Check out what English Paper Piecing is all about, it’s not just hexagons! 

A traditional form of piecing has made its way into the 21st century with some amazing design opportunities. We have a large selection of Paper Piecing papers to get you started on a new adventure.
Linda Brandell is having a great time with EPP.    
“Whatnots Club”        
Meeting times are September through February. Held on the first Saturday mornings and the Monday evenings following the first Saturday.  
Contact the shop for details.

Small Quilts Group
Wednesday, November 5th,
Small or miniature quilt projects are worked on while sharing your day with others.
Dorset Buttons
Thursday, November 6th
, 10:00 – 1:00
$25 (includes supplies)
Learn to make Dorset Buttons with Elise. Back in the day, before mass production, buttons were made from slices of bone. In this class you will learn how to make a simple Dorset Button.
Christmas Stocking
Saturday, November 8th,
 1:00 – 5:00 $25
Bring in your scraps or use some of ours to make a stocking for yourself or as a gift.
Call or stop in for details and sign up.
Beginning Quilting
“Turning Twenty”
Monday, November 11th,
 6:00 – 8:00 pm $30
Kari will show you what you can do with 20 fat quarters to get you started on your quilting journey.
Come in prior to class to pick out your fat quarters.
Stitched by Hand
Tuesday, November 11th & 25th, December 9th & 23rd,
 9:30 – Noon
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
Punch Needle Group
Friday, November 14th & December 12th 
10:00 – ? ~.
Come work on your punch needle projects.
Please contact the store ahead beforehand to schedule instructional time.
 Hand Embroidery
Part 3, Monday, November 17th,
 10 – noon
Third Thursday, November 20th, Open late 5:30 – 8:00
Machine Quilting $25
Monday, November 10th 6-9
Thursday November 20th 6-9

Come learn how to do machine quilting on your machine with Kari.
Come in or call the store to add your name to the list.
Stop in and see some of the beautiful stitches you can do to enhance your projects.
Wednesday Woolies
November 26th
, 10-?
Most of those who normally attend will be home cooking, but we will still be here. We invite you to come have some down time and enjoy an early piece of Pumpkin Pie with us.
Hand Crank Sewing Machine Group
Saturday, November 22nd & December 27th,
 10:00 – ?
See & experience the fun that happens when the “Crankers” are in the Loft.
We currently have 2 Hand Crank machines in the shop that are for sale.
Longarm Quilting
We are a drop of site for Kari Smith-Ruedisale / “O Sew Fine Custom Quilting”.
Your quilt batting can be purchased here at The Hen House.  She may be reached at 517-256-4339 or Her web site is
 “Modern” Wonky Log Cabin
Saturday, November 22nd
10:00-4:00 ~ $30
Spend a day stitching with Kari as she shows what can happen when you bring textures, prints and solids together to make this fun quilt.
Contact the store to get your name on the class list & for supply list.

Wool Block of the Month
Starting in January we will be using a Lori Smith applique pattern called Cynthia’s Garden.
Lori’s pattern uses Batiks with needle turn applique. We will be using wool on wool with assorted cotton colors as background for the wool block.
Marilyn, one of our customers, brought in her beautiful blocks for show-n-tell. She used a tone on tone cotton with pastel wools. It’s been enjoyable to watch her progress.
Please come in or call the store to put your name on the list.
Fun projects & samples are being planned/worked on for 2015…..
Don’t forget to turn your clocks back on Saturday night! 

We are an eclectic shop with options to empower your creative possibilities.
We invite you to stop in anytime to chat, sit and stitch with us.
We wish you Happy Stitches…..
THANK YOU!!!        From all of us at The Hen House

PS… We will be closed Thursday, November 27th for Thanksgiving,
Wednesday-Friday, December 24th, 25th, 26th for Christmas
Thursday, December 31st & Friday January 1st for New Years.
Coming soon

Projects in Waiting! A new group meeting just to work on protects together. Any project you want. Bring friends, food, and be ready for fun! This group is to inspire one another, help each other with design ideas and to encourage creativity. All people and projects welcome! 

What is a project in waiting? We used to call them UFOs, or PHDs. They are the quilt you started 7 years ago, your first wool applique project that you aren’t excited about anymore, those blocks you just don’t know what to do with. Any project you have started or are thinking of starting, but that you need some friendly advice or inspiration for.

If this group sounds like something you would like to be a part of, give us a call at the shop or shoot us an email. Tell us what you want, when would be a good time, and when we should start! We are waiting patiently to hear from you! 


November Calendar

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday












Simple Whatnots Club 10:00

Hexie Holics 12:00



Simple Whatnots Club 


Election Day! 


Small Quilts Club 10:00


Dorset Button Class 10:00




Stocking Class 1:00




Rug Hooking 10:00


Stitched by Hand 9:30

Turning Twenty 6:00



Make and Take 5:00-8:00


Punch Needle Club 10:00


Holiday Open House! All Day




Hand Embroidery Part 3 10:00


Turning Twenty Part 2 6:00




Hexie Holics 10:00

Machine Quilting 6:00



Saturday Crankers 10:00

Wonky Log Cabin Class 10:00





Stitched By Hand 9:30




Happy Thanksgiving


Black Friday 9:30


Small Business Saturday 10:00






Turning Twenty Part 3 6:00


Small Quilts Club 10:00






Simple Whatnots Club 10:00


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