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Creative Studio Space for Quilters

Monthly Newsletter

Quilt Gallery by Consignment

Issue No. 01 - January 2011

The home of Manquilter.Com - Page 2 Matt Sparrow, Longarm Quilter/Teacher/APQS Sales & Service/Longarm Rentals & Training A Quilty Kind of Girl Designs - Page 3 Bradie Sparrow's beginner piecing classes inspired by her own patterns. Sue Patten Classes - Page 4 Exciting news for Canadian Quilters. Sue Patten teaching at Sparrow Studioz in March

Gallery Curator and Embellishment teacher Joan Smith - Page 5 Let Joan help you plan your next exhibit. Quilt Gallery - Page 6 Meet our first featured quilter, Shirley Way as we display many of her works. Creative Studio Space for Rent - Page 7 For as little as $3/day, you can have your very own space in our studio.

Welcome to Sparrow Studioz

Welcome to Edmonton Alberta's first

creative quilting studio open to the general public. This exciting venture is the brainchild of Matt and Bradie Sparrow. "We have seen a lot of full-service quilt shops in our travels but have always felt a little pressured to purchase something with every visit. We wanted to open a studio where quilters could rent creative studio space to work on their various projects, without the pressure of buying fabric, thread or patterns.

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Quilting & Gallery

9532 87 St Edmonton AB 780 463 4242

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Manquilter's Longarm Class List

- McTavishing - Furious Feathers - Making Muscle Memory - Lenni License

1. MCTAVISHING 2. FURIOUS FEATHERS 4. LENNI LICENSE

Bring your quilts to life. Learn to create "McTavishing", a background filler design on your longarm machine. Matt was certified by the Tattooed Diva herself to teach this rewarding technique.

Feathering basics designed to eliminate the fears commonly associated with tackling this fabulous quilting style. Matt will teach you to let go of your inhibitions and swing that machine around this versatile freehand quilting design. 3. Making Muscle Memory This cutting edge technique will guide you through many hands-on exercises to develop your muscle memory. This is one class I guarantee your muscles won't let you forget.

Do you want to get familiar with longarm quilting before your rent time on a machine? In this beginner's class, I will Introduce you to the longarm quilting machine you will be renting. You will learn to prepare your quilt top, quilt back and batting and load them on the frame. I will walk you through the entire quilting process from start to finish.

http://manquilter.com/Quilting-Classes.html

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Star Sampler Block of the Month

Whirly Wheels Quilt

Jelly Bargelly Quilt

Join along monthly to create a beautiful sampler of 12 different star blocks. These blocks surround the 13th large center star medallion. This is a great project for busting your stash or use the opportunity to shop for something pretty and new! Skill level intermediate or VERY confident beginner. Program will run January thru December 2011 last Saturday of the month, from 1-4 pm. (January's meeting will consist of 2 blocks.) Monthly fee: $20. Patterns included.

A fun and fast quilt to make for the little one in your life! Just the right size for a new baby or toddler at 50 by 60 inches. A jelly roll is perfect for this quilt or bust apart your stash. Add a little personality with some fun jumbo rick rack and you're set! Skill level - Confident Beginner Limit of 8 participants. Saturday March 19 and April 2, from 10-4. Class fee $84. Pattern included.

Create a stunning quilt from a surprisingly simple technique! You will be surprised at how nicely this quilt goes together, and proud to hang it as a work of art in your home. We will also experiment with different layout possibilities. Skill level - Confident Beginner Tuesday March 8, 15, 22, 29, 2011 from 7-10. Class fee $84. Pattern available for purchase.

Windowpanes Beginner Quilt

Learn basic quilting skills by creating a simple lap size quilt. Using only 12 fat quarters plus yardage you will learn rotary cutting, precise piecing, accurate pressing, squaring blocks, and assembling the quilt top including the borders. Skill level - Beginner Two class options available. Tuesday evenings 7-10 Feb 1, 8, 15, 22, and March 1, 2011. OR Saturday Mornings 9-12 Feb 5, 12, 19, 26, and March 5, 2011. Limit of 8 participants. - Class Fee $120. Pattern included.

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Sue Patten Classes

March 10-13

Sue Patten started her journey seventeen years ago and has gone from self taught, closet hand quilter to award winning, Internationally acclaimed Longarm Quilter, Instructor, Designer and Author. She has traveled around the world teaching the art of longarm quilting.

Classes are filling fast. Reserve your spot today! Click here to register now http://manquilter.com/Sue-Patten-Classes.html

Wenesday March 9, 2011 Zentangled in Fabric and Thread 9am to 3pm Thursday March 10, 2011 Free Motion Possibilities 8am to 12pm Thursday March 10, 2011 Thread Art Extreme 1pm to 5pm Friday March 11, 2011 Tickle My Quilt With Feathers 8am to 12pm Friday March 11, 2011 Feather Alternatives 1pm to 5pm Saturday March 12, 2011 Spines With Designs (Block Class) 8am to 12pm to Saturday March 12, 2011 Every Little Bit Counts 1pm to 5pm Sunday March 13, 2011 Spines With Designs (Sashings & Borders) 8am to 12pm Sunday March 13, 2011 Plunk and Play 1pm to 5pm

***By Student demand we are going to be adding a full day of Zentangle Fun !!! ***

Classes are filling fast. Reserve your spot today! Click here to register now

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Bead Embellishment: Level I, II, & III Learn beaded embellishment that will add lasting dimension to your quilt or fibre art. Beading that will wash and wear to withstand for the life of your quilt, garment, wall hanging or quilt art. Add Swarovski Crystal elements that are permanently attached, not glued. Level I, Beading Basics: 6 hours beginner level Working with a sampler (pre-class work required), in the first class learn: Fabric, Beads and Tools,,Basic supplies, equipment, Basic Technique, Starting and ending, Basic Stitches, Straight line, Single backstitch, Curved line, Scattered Zigzag. Level II: Beading Basics: 6 hours pre-requisite Level I Working with the same sampler add: Review and Refresh, Beaded Bindings, Dots, Trio, Other options, Couching, Daisy Stitch, Bugle Walls , Stop Stitch or washers, Swarovski elements Level III: Beading Basics: 6 hours pre-requisite Level 1 & 2 Working with the same sampler, or move to your own beaded art to add art quilt elements such as: Picot, Arches, Beading Fill, Beaded Coil, Dangles, Fringe and Branch, Attaching a object; setting a Cabochon.

DATES TO BE SET IN FEBRUARY Delightfully embellished beaded Mandala sampler bag Class pre-work Mandalas ­ WORKING IN CIRCLES

Most bead embellishment classes require participants to bring a square to class approx. 12" x 12" piece of fabric, stabilized with batting and back, with binding, to use as a sampler to practice beading. In this class, we will work on a circular piece; the instructions for pre-class work and a supply list will be provided on registration. A reason for working in a circle is that when the class is complete, draw strings will make the sampler into a practical embellished bag. Also, there is a creative aspect of working in a circle. "Mandala" is a Sanskrit word for circle or centre and can be referred to as any circular imagery. When we work in a circle or with circular forms we access deep inner resources of knowing; we were created from an egg and live on a circular planet that revolves around the sun, and are influenced by the moon. Mandalas have a long historical and spiritual history ­ Navaho sand paintings, Buddhist Mandalas (used as mantras), labyrinths worldwide, and, in the West, Rose Windows in large Gothic cathedrals. Carl Jung has used mandalas extensively in his explorations of the subconscious. As we work with circles, all the inner resources that the circles open up in us combine with all the skills we already have in sewing and quilting. We are encouraged to work in new ways and our work moves to new levels that are reflective of each of us as individuals.

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QUILT GALLERY

Our Mission Statement

As quilters we understand the workmanship that goes into every Quilt. One of our many goals is to educate the general public of not only the history of quilting but also the dedication and commitment that quilters put towards their craft. When choosing quilt artists to feature in our gallery we are looking for passionate quilters whose body of work represents their journey and growth as a quilter. Our first featured quilter is Shirley Way. Shirley is the perfect example of how far a dedicated quilter can come in only five years.

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We asked Shirley to tell us a little bit about her Journey...

While I have been sewing for almost 50 years, I am a new quilter, having started only five years ago. I started out taking almost every class at Earthly Goods and experimented with almost every "traditional" type of quilt. From there I ventured into art quilts, starting with raw edge appliqué (commercial patterns) and then into more experimentation in more free form style. My first landscape quilt, based on Nancy Zieman's method won viewers choice at Creative Stitches in 2008. This year I am proud to say that I took one

second place, two first places and best in show. Currently I am delving more into my own interpretation of mixed media art, using anything and everything that could possibly used in this venue. This is an ongoing process, and a large learning curve. I guess you could say I am an experimenter of all things quilt and mixed media related. Come in and see Shirley's body of work now through March 1st, 2011

If you are interested in selling or showing your work in a professional gallery setting... please contact Joan Smith at Sparrow Studioz 780-463-4242.

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Creative Space for Crafters, Quilters, Sewers etc...

Has your crafty little space slowly taken over your house? Are you tired of packing everything up and putting it away so you can actually eat at the kitchen table? Do your scissors, thread and notions continually go missing? Need extra space to pin baste that quilt? Do you live out of town, work in Edmonton and would love somewhere to to go and quilt before/after work or between meetings/appointments? We have tons of creative space for you to use. For as little as $3/ day, you can have your very own space in our studio. Walk away from your project and return to it just how you left it. IMAGINE THAT! Ask about our FREE SPACE for Charity quilting.

FREE-DAY FRIDAYS

Join us Fridays, anytime between 10 am - 10 pm, for FREE drop in sewing. Do you have a UFO that needs finishing? Want to get some charity work done? Need a large surface to pin baste a quilt? Drop in to Sparrow Studioz each and every Friday to enjoy the use of our large tables, comfortable chairs and huge pressing station with irons. Please call ahead to let us know you will be dropping in to sew! Sparrow Studioz Quilting & Gallery 9532 87 St Edmonton AB 780 463 4242

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American Professional Quilting Systems

SHOWROOM NOW OPEN!

Each APQS longarm quilting machine is born in the heartland of America. All new machines are built to order and shipped directly from the APQS Factory in Iowa. This guarantees you will not be sold out dated stock. Your brand new APQS Longarm comes with an 8 year Warranty! Please contact me if you would like a free pre-ownership test drive! We can spend as much time as you need going over all the incredible features offered on the APQS Millennium Longarm Quilting Machine.

Drive System

This cutting-edge technology has revolutionized everything from aerospace engineering to medical instruments and robotics. The steel bearings and track profile increase the slick feel while decreasing the surface contact and resistance.

Bliss

Come in and experience Bliss for yourself. You won't find anything like this in the industry. Only APQS can indulge your quilting passion with something that's simply BLISS. APQS rail profile prevents dirt and thread build-up so you can spend more time quilting and less time cleaning!

Test drive an APQS Lenni, APQS Millennium or APQS Bliss Millennium at Sparrow Studioz

EXCLUSIVE APQS MACHINE FEATURES

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