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August Newsletter

Delphine's Quilt Shop, LC
“Piecing the past and the present into the heirlooms of tomorrow!"

114 N. Otsego Ave.Gaylord, MI 49735 - 989-732-1252 -
Store hours: 10 am to 6 pm Monday thru Saturday
Any day spent sewing is a good day.
We hope you are taking time to be with needle and thread during these hot August days!


Time for 2 odd questions... #1:  Are you are the quilter who went to an estate sale on Sunshine Lane and purchased a bag of fabric pieces from Susan?  If so, I would like you to call me.  In that bag was a seat cushion cover made from very pretty floral fabric.  The chair that the cushion cover was made for was hiding under a green slip cover and the new owner of the chair would love to have the matching cover.

#2:  Are you the quilter who bought my Hintenberg hand quilting floor frame, at least a year ago?  I have found the two end pieces and would like to get them to you.  Again, please call if this is you.

The Sew Musical Row x Row Experience 2018 will continue until September 4th, 2018.   You can read all the particulars at or come into the shop and we will explain it to you.  A major change this year, is that the FREE patterns no longer need to be for blocks 9" x 36", so you will be seeing a variety of block sizes.  Delphine's block is titled "Quilting Makes My Heart Sing" and the free 18" x 18" pattern is yours for the asking.  We have fabric kits priced at $15.99 and $17.49 (includes binding). 

Thanks to the generous spirit of the quilting community, we are well on our way to reaching the goal of 65 quilts for the Honor Flight leaving from Traverse City this September!  We may even have more than that number once they are all turned in; and too many is not a problem.  Extra quilts will be given to veterans who cannot make the flight once they sign up for it.  These quilts will be hand delivered along with a care package by volunteers of the Honor Flight Network. 

If you would like to help, we are in need of people who can quilt and bind some of the quilt tops that have been turned in.  Plus, it's not too late to pledge completed finished quilts.   Please contact us for answers to any questions that you may have.  Contact Judy  (989-350-0157), Diane  (231-944-9654) or Delphine (989-732-1252).  Thank you so very much.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Very truly yours,
Judy, Diane and Delphine   

Are you making a Jelly Roll Rug?  Do you plan to make one?  If you answered yes please read on....the pattern calls for a size 90 Jean needle but some machines cannot make a zip-zag stitch without skipped stitches when a needle is that large due to the timing required to get the needle through the machine and then swing it, to make the zag.   After consulting with several folks who deal with machines we are suggesting that you switch to a Microtex / Sharp needle.  If you are using machine quilting weight thread you will probably still need to use a size 90 needle but the shaft of the needle will not be as thick as the Jeans needle.  A size 80 needle might work but you will need to see if your thread frays.  Because the shaft of the Micotrox needles are thinner you should run your machine at a slower speed to help prevent breakage.  Also, we have rolls of the thin pre-cut batting in stock and suggest you call to reserve yours or come into the shop before this batch is gone.  Due to a failure, which has been fixed, of the machinery used to make the rolls there will be a delay in getting more into the shop.

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Clubs at Delphine's

Consider joining one of our groups for one day or come on a regular basis, all are welcome.  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 -August 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th
Whether you are a beginner or an accomplished quilt maker or if you want to work by hand or by machine you are welcome.
Comfort Quilters
Thursday,  August 9th
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.  Volunteers who want to work from home are asked
Quilts of Valor Club
Thursday,  August 16th
New members are always welcome!  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.

4" x 5" Club
Tuesday, August 28th at 10am
This is the last meeting for this club!  Some of us are making just the 72 blocks called for and others are making double that number!

Upcoming Classes

Sashiko Pin Wheel (pincushion)
Thursday, August 30th - 3pm to 5pm & September 6th - 3pm to 6pm
Cost is $20 plus a pattern and supplies
This two day class will be taught by Ann Macon, the designer of the Pin Wheel.  In the first class session you will begin the embroidery.  During the second session you will sew the Pin Wheel together.

Jelly Roll Rug Class
Friday, August 31th or Friday, September 7th or Wednesday, September 26th - 10:30 to 3pm

Cost is $10.00
This rug is all machine sewn; no braiding or crocheting.  Make it from a 42 piece 2-1/2 inch strip roll set or use up your scraps.  Sign up for this class at a great price as Delphine wants to make another rug anyhow and enjoys the company while doing so.

Machine Quilting w/ Delphine
, August 25th or Wednesday, September 5th
10:30 to 2:00 pm
Cost is $20.00
Learn how effective straight-line quilting can be and also explore your sewing machine’s hidden talents as you drop those feed dogs and begin moving the quilt sandwich with your hands!  Learn to meander, stipple, make simple feathers, do handwriting and more.  

Two Fabric Bargello
Wednesday, August 29
11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Cost is $30.00
Delphine, who has made 4 quilts from this pattern, will lead you through the process of making the Lighting Bolt design of this easy but complicated looking design.  Even beginners can have success with this class.   We limit this class to 5 students so don’t wait too long to sign up.


Prices are per month (shipping is extra) for the duration of the program.  After the initial deposit of the last month's payment, your card will not be charged until the middle of each month when we process the packages for that month.

Graphic Gems by Sarah Maxwell and Marcus Fabrics
9 month program
- We have just a few openings in this program since we hung up the completed quilt!

The fabric is distributed as packs of 10" squares each month.  Instead of using the new squares each month Delphine went back to her leftover squares, from previous months, and was able to preserve 52 squares which she used for most of her backing.  Only 2 1/2 yards of additional fabric was needed for the back!

The mix of gray with bright green and blues is quite pretty.  We are using the Lapis & Emerald colorway for this 76" x 87" quilt. The cost for this all batik project is  $28.99  $24.99 per month and includes all the fabric for the top, the binding and the pattern.  Shipping is $6.00 per month if needed.

Enchanted Garden Block of the Month featuring "Floragraphix Batiks IV" by Jason Yenter for In the Beginning Fabrics.

 This BOM will begin in November 2018 and run for 12 months at a cost of $12.99 per month. Kits will include patterns and all fabrics needed to complete the top and binding. Each month you will receive fabric for the floral appliques and background. NOTE: These are NOT precut laser-fused applique pieces.  The finished quilt is approximately 48 1/2" x 64 1/2" quilt.

NEW AGED MUSLINS have become a quilter's favorite new basic, often mixed in with Marcus prints for an interesting alternative to true solids. Now, designer Krisanne Watkins of Quail Valley Quilts brings us "Stargazing" a beautiful new BOM program that casts these gorgeous colors and subtle textures in their own starring role...

Pure and simple, Krisanne's design was inspired by color itself. "Color adds so much depth and texture to my world. My design inspiration for 'Stargazing' is based on that premise. The beautiful, rich colors of New Aged Muslins served as the spark of inspiration to design a new project." Krisanne adds interest to the program by naming each star after a celestial body, such as Pegasus, Orion, Vega and others."

Over the year-long process, quilters will immerse themselves in these saturated, not-quite-solid tones, using easy piecing techniques to create this 92" x 92" masterpiece.

This exciting program begins in September and runs for 13 months (one block per month, plus one month to finish).  The cost is $14.99 per month w/o backing or, for only $4.00 more each month($18.99), get the 8 yards of slate blue backing (20% off) also! 

Recipe of the Month 

This pretty (and easy) dessert has a crust made of refrigerated sugar cookie dough.

    1 16 1/2 - ounce roll refrigerated sugar cookie dough, cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
    2 3 - ounce packages cream cheese, softened
    1/4 cup granulated sugar
    1 egg
    1 teaspoon lemon zest
    1 tablespoon lemon juice
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla
    2 cups fresh red raspberries, blueberries and/or blackberries
    2 teaspoons granulated sugar
    Powdered sugar
Press cookie dough slices into bottom and fluted sides of a greased 11-inch tart pan with removable bottom. Do not prick. (Or, press onto bottom of greased 12-inch pizza pan.) Bake in a 350 degrees oven 20 minutes or until light brown. Remove from oven; set aside.

In a small bowl, beat cream cheese with an electric mixer on medium-high speed for 30 seconds. Add 1/4 cup sugar, the egg, lemon zest, lemon juice and vanilla. Beat until combined. Pour cheese mixture over warm crust and spread evenly.

Arrange the raspberries in a single layer on top of cheese mixture. Sprinkle raspberries with 2 teaspoons sugar. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes more or until or until cheese mixture is set. Transfer to a wire rack; let cool for 30 minutes before serving.

Just before serving, sprinkle with powdered sugar.