December Update, What's Coming & April BOM
114 N. Otsego Ave. Gaylord, MI 49735
10am to 5pm Monday - Friday 10am to 3pm Saturday
Welcome December! This is it...the last month of 2023. As you finalize your holiday projects, and work like elves to get projects finished, remember to sit down and take a moment to reflect back on what you've accomplished this year. Maybe you were a rock star and finished everything on your WIP list...or maybe you didn't get much done, but you simply enjoyed time in front of your machine. Either way, great job! Sometimes we don't give ourselves enough credit (I'm totally guilty of this.) So I encourage you to take a moment, reflect, rejoice and relax.
Also, I want to give a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who has supported me in my role as Shop Owner. Thank you to my customers who come in and shop...without you we would not be here. Thank you to my staff who help me provide exceptional service to our customers. Thank you to my family who understand that sometimes late nights are required. My journey, though it has just begun, has been amazing, exciting and a little overwhelming at times. But I wouldn't trade this job for anything. I'm looking forward to what's ahead and I can't wait to experience it with all of you.
MACHINE CLEANING WITH AARON LEE
Aaron Lee will be here on Thursday, December 14th 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 a time-slot, availability is first come first serve.
Cash or check only for Aaron's services on the day of the event.
WE WILL BE CLOSED ON MONDAY, DECEMBER 25TH TO CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS.
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILIES!!!
Upcoming Clubs for the Month
2nd & 4th Wednesday's
December 13th & 27th
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!
December 4th, 11th, 18th
|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
January 11th & 18th
|No meetings for the Patriotic Quilters during the month of December. If you are interested in helping with the group, let us know and we can get you connected. The group will resume their meetings at the shop in January 2024.
Monday, December 11th, 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!
Sew Scrappy Spools Sit & Stitch
4th Thursday of the Month, January 2024-September 2024
10:30am-12:30pm, Cost: $10.00 per month plus supplies
Join Jen and Kathy for this scrappy sew along! We will be breaking up the pattern so it's more manageable. Each month we will meet to show you what blocks to focus on for that month and walk you through any tips and tricks we've learned. The last month will be for quilt assembly.
First get-together is January 25th, 2024!
HURRY! Only 3 spots remain!!!
SAVE THE DATE
Blushing Blooms - Block of the Month
Starting in April 2024
More information to follow as we get closer to the fabric arriving. We will have a limited number of kits available, so if you are interested, please let us know. We'd be happy to put you on a list to notify you as soon as we have pricing.
Upcoming Fabric Collections Arriving at Compass Star Quilt Shop
Time for a quick update on what will be arriving soon at the shop! This is just a partial list. I'm so excited and I hope you're excited too! FYI, we are still experiencing some delays on fabrics from some manufacturers. Thank you for understanding.
- Noah's Ark from Moda - January
- Strawberry Lemonade from Moda - January
- Stone Bridge from Robert Kaufman - February
- Woodsy & Whimsy from Checker - February
- Chill & Grill from Michael Miller - February
- Blushing Blooms Block of the Month from Checker - March
- Shoreline from Moda - March
- Kaffe Collective from Free Spirit - March
- All Michigan Shop Hop fabric from Windham - April
- Playtime Flannels from Checker - April
- Stars & Stripes from Northcottt - April
- Lydia's Lace from Moda - April
December Recipe: Mistakes
My mother-in-law was making cookies one year and ran out of the Hershey Kisses that usually go on top of her Peanut Butter Blossoms. She had all 4 of her grandchildren with her and decided that it would be easier to skip the trip to the store to get more kisses, and that she could use Reese's Peanut Butter cups instead. She referred to them as "Mistakes", but if you love peanut butter and chocolate together, you'll agree that the cookies are just fine with the substitution.
- 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1/2 cup sugar, plus more for rolling
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 large egg, room temperature
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- Reese's Peanut Butter cups (approx 36), unwrapped
Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
In a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the peanut butter, unsalted butter, sugars and salt. Cream together by beating on medium speed until well combined. Add the egg and vanilla. Beat until well combined. Scrape down the bowl. Add the flour and baking soda and beat on low speed just until combined.
Scoop the dough and roll into 1-inch balls. Coat in additional granulated sugar if desired. Place on a prepared baking sheet 2 inches apart.
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until the cookies look puffy and cracked and the bottom just start to turn brown. Immediately press a chocolate kiss into the center of each cookie. (The cookies will crack and that’s okay!) Allow the cookies to cool completely on the pan, until the chocolate is set. Serve or store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.