Sunday, July 14, 2013

Stitches... fabric & yarn shoppe

Hello from Kelly Mall
We at Stitches... are ready for summer after checking off these important events :

  • Quilt Market in Portland, Oregon
  • All Iowa Shop Hop
  • Joyce's daughter's wedding
  • Holly's daughter's wedding

New Items
We have gotten some new fabrics in the store and they are ready for you to start making your projects from them :
  • Jeepers Creepers - a new Halloween fabric line
  • Chevron Fabrics - in pink, black and blues
  • Wide backings in black, red & beige for finishing those big projects
  • Shirtings
New notions :
  • Gingher stones for sharpening your dull scissors & rotary cutting blades
  • Aurifil thread
Attention Knitters & Crocheters
New  yarns we have gotten in are by Cascade Yarns (100% cotton this time)
  • Luna 
  • Pima
  • Ultra Pima
Also new is a novelty yarn called Yorganza - a must see.
We know that a person who knits is called a "knitter" and a person who sews is called a crocheter. If you are French they prefer crotchetier". You can choose.

Show your Stuff!!
The Floyd County Fair is coming soon.  It starts on Wednesday, July 17th and runs through Sunday, July 21.
Join the fun and enter your creations.   Whether it is quilting, wall hangings, needlework, projects in crochet or knit, photographs, woodworking and more.  Let everyone know what you have been busy doing. Show your creations.  For more information go to  

Hey Kids!!
You can learn to knit on Thursday afternoons this summer until school starts.  There is a one time fee of $10 which gives you needles and yarn and a chance for a life-long skill.  The class is from 1-3pm every week.  The only requirement is that you need to be 8 years old or older.

What to Do at Stitches...
  • July 11th  Thursday  3:30 pm  Sylvia's BOM
  • July 17th  Wednesday  6:30pm  Country Gatherings BOM
  • July 26th  Christmas ornaments/paper piecing with Joy
  • July 27th  Christmas ornaments/paper piecing with Joy
  • 1st  "Bag It"  Class ( project bag or lunch bag)
  • 5th  Patchwork Pals Quilt Guild Meeting at Bethany Alliance Church  6:30pm
  • 8th  Free Demonstration on an Applique Technique by Linda 5-7pm
  • 29th "A Panel, Not a Panel"  1-4pm  (come see what new thing you can do with a panel)
Christmas & Halloween in July Sale

Stop in at Stitches... in July and stock up on fabric for those Halloween & Christmas projects.  We have a 50% off sale going on all month.

Stitches...   715 Kelly Mall   Charles City, IA   50616    641-228-3383
                    Holly                          Joy                         Joyce                             Linda

Sunday, March 10, 2013

March Newsletter from Stitches...fabric & yarn shoppe

March wind doth blow and we will have snow and we will have cabin fever and get tired of winter!!  What's new in Iowa? - not snow and cold but Stitches... does have some new things so come in and take a look!

New Fabrics :

  • Blomma by Jessica Swift (oranges, golds, big beautiful flowered collection) great for spring
  • Spice Market by Jo Morton (another great collection by Jo in rusts, browns, golds, etc.) even goes with
  •                                                 Bridgeport from 2012.
  • Alchemy by Shell Rummel (beautiful subdued colors of stuff from the sea)
  • What Little Girls Are Made Of...
  •         AND                                                 PINKS & BLUES for darling quilts for little ones
  • What Little Boys Are Made Of...

Upcoming Events :

  • T-shirt Class with Ana Blickenderfer -- Saturday, March 9th, 9am-4pm
  • Twisted Sixter Class with Ana -- Saturday, March 23rd, 9am-3pm (come see the sample - fun class,                                                    awesome quilt)
  • Country Gatherings Block of the Month -- Wednesday, March 13th at 6:30pm
  • Sylvia's Bridal Sampler Block of the Month --   Thursday, March 14th at 3:30pm
  • Every Barn Tells A Story Block of the Month --  Thursday, March 21st at 6:30pm
Fun Run Shop Hop  --   

 6 Northeast Iowa Shops to visit and have fun
March 21st, 22nd, 23rd     

  Charles City, Cedar Falls, Decorah, New Hampton, Osage, Waverly
Prizes, Quilt Pattern, Refreshments, Special Fat Quarters, etc.

New Yarns :

Aria by Crystal Palace  (awesome multi yarn)
Ruffle Yarns (arriving weekly)
Treasure Packs in new spring colors

Come in and see our new samples in these and other yarns. Great projects and pastimes!!

Friday, January 4, 2013

January Newsletter  
Stitches... fabric & yarn shoppe in Charles City, Iowa

Happy New Year from the staff of Stitches...
2013 brings a whole year of new projects.  Let us help you get started.

New fabric:

  • Monkey Around by Quilting Treasures
  • Honeybell by Blank Quilting
  • Sumatra Batiks by Blank Quilting

Classes :

  • Thursday, January 10th, 3:30pm  Sylvia's Bridal Sampler BOM
  • Wednesday, January 16th, 6:30pm  Country Gatherings  BOM
  • Thursday, January 17th, 6:30pm  Every Barn Tells A Story  BOM
  • Friday, Saturday, Sunday,  January 25, 26, 27  Cabin Fever Weekend Retreat @ Stitches...
  • Thursdays, February 21, 28, March 7,  5-7pm  Beginning Quilting

Coming soon :  Technique Workshops

Quilter's Fun Run Shop Hop  -   March 21st thru 23rd
We're joining 5 other shops for a local shop hop - get ready for some fun, prizes, new ideas, etc.
You know what the shop hops bring!!!
Stitches...   Debbie's    Moose Patch    Crazy to Quilt    Quilter's Window    Red-Roxy Quilt Co.

From the staff at Stitches...         Holly             Joy           Joyce            Linda    

Monday, July 2, 2012

July Newsletter

July 2012 Newsletter from Stitches... in Charles City, IA

  • Welcome to the jungle - speaking about the weather.  Wow, what a hot June and July looks to be the same.  Lots going on in July to keep quilters busy though.
  • Quilt Appraisers are coming to Charles City on July 9th.  Don't miss this opportunity if you want some real experts to look at your quilt.  They will be at First Citizens Bank in the Heritage Club Room from 9am to noon and 1pm to 4pm on Monday the 9th.  It is free for a verbal appraisal and $35 for a written appraisal (apt. needed for this). Take advantage of the knowledge of Val Bonk and Charleen Ritchmeier.  Thank you 1st Cits!
  • Floyd County Fair Time will soon be here and a favorite of local fairgoers is the quilt show so we're asking you to get involved and show off your quilts.  We will have information sheets at Stitches... for you to fill out and times and dates for drop-off and pick-up at the Fairgrounds.  The fair starts on July18th so make your decisions soon and show your stuff!  Betty Jo Staudt and Karen Thomas are in charge.

Thursday, July 12th 3:30pm  Sylvia's Block of the Month
Friday,Saturday,Sunday - July 20,21,22 - Sewing Retreat
Guild members - this could be a good time to sew with Sheila's Fabric

  • New Block of the Month starting in September will be the 3rd Thursday of the month at 6:30pm - "Every Barn Tells a Story" for 6 months.  We encourage new or inexperienced quilters to join a Block of the Month class and you will be a mazed at what you will learn from the instructors and the other members of the class.  Learning techniques from each other and having the cameraderie of the group will be a pleasant experience for all
  • $35 + Book + Fabric = Awesome Quilt
  • New at Stitches...
  • Capri Collection of fabric by AdornIt in grays and yellows
  • Cuddle Fleece in Elephant Motif
  • Ruffle and Ladder Yarns  in new colors
What about a Buggy Barn Quilt?  Ana Blickenderfer has volunteered to teach "Barn Chicks" at Stitches... so we are taking names and will announce a date when the class is full. This is a really fun 2 Saturday class.

Beginner or Wannabe Quilter?  We are also taking names for a class for you beginners.  Come in and sign up now and let's get a class going for the fall.  It could be a table runner, bed runner, baby quilt - you help decide what to make while learning to quilt.

Friday afternoons under the Pergola - bring your project and join us for Iced Tea or Coffee

FYI : Stitches... will be closed the week of August 7th - 11th

Email us at visit our blog or call us at 228-3383

Joy          Holly          Joyce

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

May Newsletter from Stitches... in Charles City, Ia
Happy May Basket Day!

Remember the days when we spent hours making our little paper May baskets and delivered them to a friend's front or back door and went scurrying away hoping to get caught?!?  You younger Stitches... Friends may not recall those days but that was when girls weren't participating in sports, TV wasn't worth watching ("It's Howdy Doody Time") and parents would allow us to use the phone in emergencies only.  My how times have changed.

Some of us still love to take time to make special, handmade gifts and home decor.  It is all very fun and therapeutic and we encourage everyone to try something handmade.  Knit and crochet teaching goes on daily at any level, come give us a try.  We have some great yarns and patterns.

Enough about the good old days, let's talk about future projects, classes, fabric, yarn, notions and the All Iowa Shop Hop.

May Calendar
Thursday, May 10th, Sylvia's Bridal Sampler Block of the Month  3:30pm

Thursday, Friday, Saturday,  May 17, 18, 19  Stitches... will be closed for Quilt Market in Kansas City (we promise to bring back some great ideas, fabrics, notions, etc.

Wednesday, May 23rd, Signs of the Seasons Block of the Month 6:30pm

Friday, May 25th, 1-4pm Interchangeable Bag/Purse Class with Hazel Smith (sign up now, class is filling up)

June 1 thru 14  All Iowa Shop Hop  (90 participating shops) Flyers available at Stitches...

Stitches... 715 Kelly Mall   Charles City, IA       641-228-3383 
Holly       Sheilah         Joy        Joyce

Monday, April 2, 2012

April Newsletter from Stitches...

Happy Spring... or is it summer already? Wow, what a great March we have had. We hope a frost in April doesn't cause flower, tree, garden problems. The warm weather doesn't mean we have to quit the fun pastimes we enjoy all winter long. We have great new fabrics and yarns arriving all year long.

Chickfest - 2012 "Celebrate Chicks"
April 7th 9am - 5pm
Join the fun
Demonstrations, Make-It & Take-It
Refreshments, Specials, Drawings

New Fabrics :
  • Who's A Bunny (Quilting Treasures)
  • 1862 Battle Hymn (Moda)
  • Sparky & Marie : Picadilly (Quilting Treasures)
  • Busytown Bood & Coordinates - Richard Scary (Quilting Treasures)
  • Be Prepared (Boy Scout Panel & Coordinates (Quilting Treasures)

New Yarns :
  • Boutique Ribbon in new colors
  • Starbella in new colors

Classes :
  • Signs of the Seasons (Block of the Month) Wed. April 11th at 6:30pm
  • Sylvia's Bridal Sampler (Block of the Month) Thurs. April 12th at 3:30pm
  • Paper Piecing Technique Class Thurs April 12th at 1:30pm(if you want to learn or improve your paper piecing, join this class with Barb & Joy)

Coming in May
Stitches... will be closed May 17, 18, 19 for Quilt Market in Kansas City
Bag/Purse Class - interchangable fabrics for use with all your fashions -
Friday, May 25th 1-4pm with Hazel Smith
Coming in June :
All Iowa Shop Hop June 1-14 (more information in May newsletter)

Holly, Sheilah, Joy & Joyce
Stitches... 715 Kelly Mall Charles City, IA 50616 641-228-3383 Facebook at Stitches
Tues - Sat 11am to 5pm Thurs til 7pm

Friday, March 2, 2012

March Newsletter from Stitches...

  • Hello and welcome Spring. This truly has been a remarkable winter. Thunderstorms in February. Maybe flowers in March. If you are itching for some spring ideas come in to Stitches and we'll load you with ideas, fabric, kits, whatever it takes to get a jump on spring.
  • Please welcome another new staff at Stitches... Joyce Laffe will be working on lFridays for you help and convenience. She, along with Sheilah McClain and Joy Frank have a wealth of knowledge waiting to be tapped. Just ask for help in finding or planning your next project. Sheilah will be at Stitches... on Tuesdays and Joy will be there on Wednesdays.
  • We again have some great bolts in the Dog Pound for $4 a yard. These are some of our quality fabric that we offer at great prices. Maybe a backing or a border that goes with some blocks you have already put together. Come, give it a look. We will always have the Dog Pound filled for your enjoyment. Also, fat quarters in the Dog Pound for $1.50 and some kits for 25-50% off. Great bargains!!
New Fabrics at Stitches...
  • 1862 Battle Hymn by Moda
  • Plaid, Plaid, Plaid by Moda
  • Lily & Will by Moda
  • Paddington Bear by Quilting Treasures
  • Richard Scary by Quilting Treasures
New Notions at Stitches...
  • Applique Fiber
  • Carol Doak's Paper Piecing
  • Pressing Sheets
  • TaDa's (in place of Thangles)
Upcoming Classes

  • Block of the Month - Sylvia's - March 8th at 3:30pm
  • Block of the Month - Signs - March 21st at 6:30pm *note change of date due to spring break
  • T-Shirt Quilt Class - March 17th 10am-4pm $12 plus materials - taught by Ana Blickenderfer - start collecting those T-shirts now to make this amazing keepsake.
Chickfest is coming April 7th
You won't want to miss the fun : make-it & take-it, demonstrations,
refreshments, prizes, etc. 9am-5pm

*Come and see our new samples of quilts, wallhangings, tabletoppers, etc. made with new fabrics at Stitches...

New Yarns at Stitches...
  • Tutu in 6 new colors (this yarn is so fun and easy to make into a scarf as a cool gift for friends and family) a must see.
  • Starbella - the hottest new look in scarves - new in black and white
  • Beautiful - (also known as windopane yarn) to make those awesome crochet necklaces ( you really don't have to know how to crochet)
  • Starter Kits by Dark Horse Yarn - for your little daughters and granddaughters who want to learn how to knit.
Join us on Friday afternoons (or any afternoon) for a 'sit & sew or knot or crochet or just sit group'. Tea and treats served every Friday.

Stitches... 715 Kelly Mall Charles City, Iowa
641-228-3383 or 641-330-2308
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