October @ Compass Star Quilt Shop (formerly Delphine's)
114 N. Otsego Ave. Gaylord, MI 49735
10am to 5pm Monday - Friday 10am to 4pm Saturday
OCTOBER IS HERE!
October has arrived, and rather quickly I might add. I swear I thought yesterday was the first day of school. My goal of having a daily routine to sew has not happened like I had hoped. Despite my best efforts, I have made time to sew only a handful of days. With two boys in High School, it seems like our lives are a little busier than before. For those of you who don't know, I have a freshman and a senior this year. Having the "last first day of school" and the "last Homecoming" for my senior has had this mom in a whirlwind of emotions. When the announcement came in the mail to order caps and gowns, I felt silly bursting into tears. Having time in front of my sewing machine, though my "therapy", comes second to enjoying the time with my family. I can only wish time would slow down just a little.
PATRIOTIC QUILTERS ANNIVERSARY!
Congratulations to our Patriotic Quilters group who are celebrating their 10 year mark this month! Since they began in 2013, they have presented over 275 quilts to veterans in our local area. On average they finish 2-4 quilts per month, with about 6-8 ladies participating. If you are interested in learning more about this group and how you can help, stop by on Thursday, October 12th during their anniversary celebration. Drop in anytime between 10:30am and 4:00pm. See you then!
MACHINE CLEANING WITH AARON LEE
Aaron Lee will be here on Wednesday, October 18th for another machine cleaning and scissor sharpening day. If your machine needs a good clean, oil and adjust, now is the time to get it taken care of. You'll be happier and your machine will be happier! Machine cleaning fee is $75.00 per machine, $85.00 for a Husqvarna. If you have scissors that need sharpening, Aaron can take care of that too! Only $6.00 per pair. Call the shop to sign up for an afternoon time-slot, availability is first come first serve. Cash or check only for Aaron's services on the day of the event.
WITCHIN' NIGHT OUT
An event hosted by Downtown Gaylord scheduled for Tuesday, October 10th from 5:00pm-7:30pm. Purchase a $5 Witchin' Night Out Tote Bag at White Birch Outfitters (302 West Main St) for specials and treats at participaing businesses. Compass Star Quilt Shop will be open that night with a special deal! Show us your $5 Witchin' Night Out Tote Bag, and purchase a $25.00 gift card for only $20.00.
Upcoming Clubs for the Month
2nd & 4th Wednesday's
October 11th & 25th
Love working with wool and using different embroidery stitches to embellish your projects? Bring your current work in progress and join this group of ladies who LOVE working with wool. Maybe you can learn a new stitch or two!
|Just Sew with Us!
October 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th
|A day to work on whatever project you want to work on! Bring your supplies, machine if necessary, and join the group for some sewcialization! Bring money for lunch...the group usually orders lunch from one of the surrounding restaurants.
2nd & 3rd Thursday's
October 12th & 19st
|This group meets twice a month to work on quilts for veterans in the area. All fabrics are provided, and all the cutting is done for you. Bring your machine and thread, and help work on these well deserved donation quilts.
Monday, October 9th, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Cost: $10.00 per month, plus supplies
If you've already taken a beginner quilt class and are ready for the next step in learning how to quilt, look no further! This class is designed for the beginner quilter who would like to build their knowledge base. You'll learn the next steps in piecing various blocks and make a sampler quilt at the same time. Class meets once a month and each month you will be working on a different quilt block. Examples include the Bear Paw, the Snail's Trail, and Cottage Garden. At the end of 12 months, you'll have 12 blocks ready to assemble in a layout of your choice. Come join Jen as she shares her love of quilting with you.
This class will repeat, so you can join us anytime!
Ursula & Emily Purse Class
Saturday, October 7th, 10:30am-12:20pm
Saturday, October 14th, 10:30am-3:30pm
Cost: $50.00 plus supplies
Are you wanting to make a stylish purse in fabrics that you love? Not to mention a purse with LOTS of pockets? We have just the pattern! Join Kathy as she demonstrates how fun this purse is to make. This is a 2-session class which will go in-depth on understanding the pattern, the fusing and cutting process and then purse assembly. This is a great way to learn how to put zippers in purses and Kathy will share with you her tips/tricks and shortcuts along the way. We're sure you'll want to make another when you finish!
Wednesday's: October 25th, November 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th
Jen will be teaching this 6-week class on foundation paper piecing using a pattern by Judy Niemeyer called Lakeshore Hosta. If you've tried foundation paper piecing in the past and really enjoyed having exact points then this class is for you! The class will cover how to read the pattern, cutting for all sections of the quilt, piecing curves, piecing straight lines, and assembly of the top. This is an advanced class and you should have some experience of foundation paper piecing using the add-a-quarter ruler before signing up.
Vintage Sunburst Class
Friday, October 27th, 10:30am-12:30pm
Cost: $15.00 plus supplies
Want to learn how to do Foundation Paper Piecing with the add-a-quarter ruler? Join Jen as she walks you through how to make the Vintage Sunburst block. This is another great way to use up your scraps of fabric!
Beginner English Paper Piecing
Friday, November 10th, 10:30am to 1:00pm
Cost: $20.00 plus supplies
Learn the basic techniques of English Paper Piecing (EPP) using hexagons and diamonds to create a cute table topper. Join Kathy Williams as she shows you just how much fun this hand-stitching technique can be. Finished project size is approximately 25" round.
It's starting to act like soup weather...here is one of my family's favorites!
Potato Kielbasa Soup
This potato kielbasa soup recipe is full of cheese, crispy sausage pieces, and potato chunks! It's a hearty and cheesy soup, perfect for lunch or dinner. Yield 12 servings.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 pound kielbasa, cut into ½ inch pieces
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- ½ cup finely diced yellow onion
- ½ cup peeled and finely diced (2 large carrots)
- ½ cup finely sliced celery (2-3 stalks)
- 4 cups chicken stock
- 1 1/2 pounds potato, cut into cubes
- 2 cups milk
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- ½ cup shredded parmesan cheese
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- ¼ cup chopped parsley
Add olive oil to a Dutch oven or soup pot and heat over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and cook for 5-6 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove the sausage using a slotted spoon.
Add garlic, onions, carrots, and celery and sauté for 2 minutes.
Add the chicken stock and potatoes. Bring to boil and then reduce heat. Cover and cook for 15 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender.
Add the cooked sausage, milk, cheddar cheese, parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper. Stir and cook on low heat 5-10 minutes longer, until the cheese has melted.
Stir in parsley before serving. Enjoy!