The beginning of winter in Northern Michigan is a magical time. The snow is fresh and everything is white, there is anticipation for Christmas in the air and children are particularly well behaved, while others of us look forward to a new year and what it will bring.
We know how busy this time of the year can be, so we have not planned any special events for the month of December. And, of course, Delphine's will be closed on Christmas and New Year's days, but we will have regular hours and daily in store specials between Christmas and New Years.
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3 Log House Retreats still have space, sign up today before they are gone!
Delphine and AnnMarie will once again be hosting The Log House Quilter's Retreats this winter. The Retreats being held from Feb 14-18, Feb 21 - 25 and Feb 28-March 4 have openings. The cost is $275 and includes all your meals from Wednesday dinner to Sunday lunch. The Log House can hold 12 quilters and we are the only ones there, so you can stay in your pajamas all day if you wish to do so. No cooking or cleaning is allowed so you can devote yourself to sewing. The House is located approx. 15 minutes from the shop and is easy to find.
"IT'S NOT A SQUARE" by Carol Hopkins
featuring the AMERICAN SWATCH BOOK collection by Judie Rothermel for Marcus Fabrics.
Delphine will be hosting meetings for those who would like to make this unique quilt top. The blocks are 4" by 5" and fun to make. All of the blocks Delphine has made so far are on display in the store. It's not too late to sign up and join us.
We will skip the meeting for December and meet again on January 13. For the upcoming year, meetings will be held on the 2nd Saturday of each month. There is no fee to attend these meetings provided you purchase the Fat Quarter bundle for the program, the book, and the pattern supplements (approx. $118.98) from Delphine's. If you want to attend but want to use your own fabrics the fee will be $5.00 per meeting.
Finished Quilt Size 57" x 78"
Clubs At Delphine’s
There is no fee to attend our club meetings (even the coffee and tea are free). You can bring your own lunch, or treat yourself to a lunch made at one of the restaurants within walking distance.
Just Sew With Us
Mondays, December 4, 11, 18, and Tuesday December 26
Whether you want to work by hand or by machine you are welcome.
The workroom is set up for 10 people and more seats can be added as needed.
Thursday, December 14
This group meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month. They work on lap quilts of no particular theme that are donated to veterans through the Otsego County Veterans Affairs Office. All fabrics, patterns and battings are provided by Delphine’s and donations, or bring your own.
Quilts of Valor Club
Thursday, December 20
This month's meeting will be a Christmas lunch at the Sugar Bowl.
When not partying, this group meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month to work on quilts that are donated to veterans and current servicemen. So far, forty-plus quilts have been given away! All fabrics, patterns and battings are provided by Delphine’s and donations.
Machine Quilting with Delphine - Tuesday, January 10:30am to 3:00pm
Both straight line and free motion quilting techniques are covered in this class. Delphine will help you get comfortable using your machine to finish your quilt tops of all sizes.
Teacher - Delphine Ren-Miller
Cost - $20.00 plus supplies
Skill Builder Sampler for Beginners - Starting Saturday, January 27, 2018 - 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
This 5 session class has been designed to help you become a confident quilter. The 6 blocks have been designed to add skills each week. Vicki will cover all the skills needed for this quilt as well as many more in your future! These traditional blocks are set with connecting blocks. A sewing machine and basic knowledge on how to use it is needed for this class. The other meeting dates will be February 3rd, 17th, 24th and March 3rd.
Teacher - Vicki Holloway
Cost - $50.00 plus supplies
Improv Piecing - Saturday, March 3rd - 1:30pm to 4:30pm
This class will be an introduction to improvisationally pieced blocks. Vicki will guide you in making 3 types of blocks without a pattern! In addition Vicki will address the decision making needed during the process of designing your very own "improv" blocks.
Teacher - Vicki holloway
Cost - $15.00 plus supplies
BLOCK OF THE MONTH Programs
Prices are per month (shipping is extra) for the duration of the program. No cancellations will be allowed and you must sign up with a credit card. After the initial deposit, your card will not be charged until the fabric is
shipped out to you each month.
Floral Menagerie from In the Beginning Fabrics
Floral Menagerie is a fun, bright quilt made with simply pieced blocks and easily appliqued animals. In our Floral Menagerie Block of the Month Program, you will receive instructions and fabric to make a 24" block each month for 12 months. As usual, we are using all of the designer specified fabrics for the top and the binding. The finished size of the quilt will be 72" x 96".
The program began in November but there are a few openings left. The fabrics are cut and ready to go. Cost is $17.99 per month and covers all of the fabric for the top including the binding, and the pattern.
The "Graphic Gems" program from Marcus Textiles will be starting in March, 2018. We will be using the Lapis & Emerald colorway for this 76" x 87" quilt. Prices will be announced in the January newsletter.
Recipe of the Month
Aunt Ann's Ginger Molasses Cookies
1/2 stick of butter, softened
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup dark brown sugar
2 1/2 cups dark molasses
2 1/2 cup all purpose flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. allspice
1 tsp. salt
granulated sugar, for rolling
Cream butter, shortening, molasses, egg and brown sugar until smooth.
Combine flour, baking soda, spices and salt in a bowl. Add the flour mixture, all at once, to the creamed mixture and mix well. Refrigerate dough for 2 hours or overnight.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees when ready to begin forming cookies.
Roll dough into balls slightly more than 1" diameter. Roll the balls in granulated sugar, arrange on greased or parchment lined pans about 3" apart. Sprinkle a little extra sugar on top of each ball of dough for good measure. Bake for 11 minutes - no more. Remove from oven and allow to stand on sheet for 2 - 3 minutes. The cookies will be a little puffy when they come out but will flatten as they cool. Cool completely on wire racks and store in an airtight container. Cookies are best the next day, but you can have one whenever you like.
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