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January 2024 Newsletter

January 2024

Happy New Year! We are looking forward to sewing with you in 2024!  We hope you had a great holiday season and we thank you for your support of our small business during 2023. 

It's been a few weeks since we've established our NEW point of sale system and our new website! We are still adding inventory and classes to the new website, so check it out frequently!   You can also find previous issues of our newsletters on the Newsletter page. 


What's the best way to avoid winter blahs?  Take a sewing class and learn something new!  If you're interested in any of these classes, call the shop or sign up online! All class dates will be posted to the calendar on our new website!

January 9:  By Annie Call Me Bag
We're continuing our series of By Annie classes!  This month Tracie Harmon is teaching the Call Me bag. Bring your sewing machine and sewing supplies. Items needed for class include: 2 fat quarters, main and coordinating fabric, soft and stable, mesh, clear vinyl, fold over elastic, handbag zipper and thread to match fabric. Left over mesh, vinyl, elastic can be used in future ByAnnie classes!  Contact the shop to sign up! $25.  Class meets at 10:30. 

January 27-28:  Kimberbell Easter Tier Tray Event

We'll be hosting this new Kimberbell event for the first time January 27-28 at the Tawas Bay Beach Resort in the beautifully remodeled banquet room!  We'll work on 8 projects over the two days, and you'll also get additional files to complete 4 more projects at home.  It's full of cuteness and you'll learn some new techniques such as embroidering lace. You'll get the Event kit which includes fabric and embellishments for the projects; you'll need to bring stabilizer and thread.  A supply list will be provided to attendees soon. Call the shop to sign up before January 10 so we can get kits ordered. We welcome virtual attendees too!  Jan will teach this class, and the cost is $179 for two days, we'll meet from 9:00 to 4:00 ET each day.  

New Block of the Month Projects!

Another way to beat the winter blues is to get involved in a Block of the Month (BOM).  We're excited about these two new BOMs coming soon to Erin Matthew Sewing! 

Windsong BOM - Starting March 1, 2024
Registration is now open for the Windsong BOM!  This is a 12-month BOM which uses traditional piecing techniques to complete the 108" square quilt.  The quilt features Tonga Windsong fabric, which is a 20-piece batik collection featuring the best of nature's colors.  It uses 13 specially chosen fabrics that represent the colors of the season.  The quilt blocks were created and colored to represent the warm and cool tones of nature. Some months you will make individual blocks features warm or coll fabrics while in other months fabrics will be blended to create stunning seasonally colored blocks.  The 12th month you will receive two packets. One will contain the final four blocks and the other will contain the fabric to complete the pieced borders and binding. 

The cost is $24.95 per month (shipping cost is extra if it needs to be shipped).  You'll receive 19 1/2 yards of fabric through the year and the Windsong quilt pattern, which includes a full-color double sided (11" x 17") pattern cover, an 8" x 10" image of the quilt, color block pictures, and the fabric to grayscale conversion chart. 

Call the shop to sign up! There is a $10 non-refundable sign up fee. Monthly block cost $24.95.

We have some optional tools available at the store: 
- Creative Grids Ultimate Flying Geese Ruler (no slip texture is helpful for squaring up geese)
- Creative Grids 4 1/2" Ruler

'Twas the Night Block of the Month - Starting April 2024
This will be a 6 month Block of the Month - for those of us who need more immediate gratification than a 12 month commitment.  It's super cute, done in soft blues, grays and lavenders.  The fabric line is Winter Gardens by Clothworks.  The quilt features pieced, applique and hand embroidery techniques. The finished quilt will be 60" x 68".  We met "Meags and Me" at the Houston Quilt Market and were delighted with their sweetness and their whimsical designs.  We are excited to bring this BOM to our shop.  We're still gathering cost information, so watch for more information in the February newsletter.  

New Fabric Collection! 
Tilda is coming to Erin Matthew Sewing!!  You've been asking for it, we're getting it!  Their newest collection - Jubilee - is their 25th anniversary collection.  We're expecting it in February and we'll let you know when it arrives!  If you're not familiar with Tilda, you're going to love the way it feels.

Coming in Late February
We're eagerly awaiting the latest Kimberbell quilt--Quilting Through the Seasons.  It's also known as the "ladder quilt" because it was displayed on a ladder at Quilt Market. It is a 20" x 60" quilt, and it utilizes 4x4, 5x7, 6x10, 8x8 and 8x12 hoops. This quilt is great for those of you who like to change your decor for every season. The base of the quilt is done in neutral colors, and then you machine embroider 63 seasonal accessories to add to the quilt each season.  The CD will retail for $89.98, and there is of course an embellishment kit which retails for $49.98.  We can get fabric kits if you want one. We don't have the price for the fabric kit yet, but suspect it will be around $140.  If you're interested in the CD, embellishments or fabric kit, send an email to the shop so we can make sure we get enough of them in.  

Stay warm and sew!!  Watch for more news on our Erin Matthew Sewing and Quilt Shop Facebook page or join our private Sewing with Erin Matthew Sewing Facebook group.