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FEBRUARY Newsletter


Is it February already?! It seems like we were just putting up Christmas decorations...maybe this means we can continue speeding towards Spring and warmer weather! We hope you all are staying warm and cozy during these extremely chilly days. Remember that our website ( is always an option so you don't even have to leave the comfort of your home to get your project needs. But if you are out and about, please come and visit our physical store! After being away from the shop, your AIS crew members are GIDDY to see you again! Read on to see what we have planned for you all!

Congratulations to our drawing winners! ($20 store gift cert.)

December winner: Sylvia Snow
January winner: Judy Williams 

We greatly appreciate all of our customers and the continued support! 


February 6-11th

All red fabric will be discounted 20% all week! Toweling is included in the sale! Come see our NEW lines!

Sunday, F
ebruary 12th

We will be open on Sunday, Feb. 12th for a Pre-Game Superbowl Sew-In! BYOP (Bring Your Own Project) into the store any time between 11am to 4pm or learn to make a quick microwave bowl cozy. Snacks and beverages will be provided and there will definitely be chili! Space is limited, so call to reserve your seat on the 50 YARD line. ;)



Call (406.883.3643) or sign up on our website 
today to hold your spot.

Block of the Month:
Nautical Dreams

Every Second Wednesday of the Month
$30-includes materials, pattern, and class

Sandy Taylor will be guiding us on the 2nd Wednesday of each month to create Nautical Dreams. Nautical Dreams is a combination of two mariner's compasses and flying geese. It is surrounded by eight 10" stars and more flying geese. It is a paper pieced design and requires some knowledge of this technique. The pattern includes all the paper patterns needed to make the quilt. The quilt was made with Island Batik fabrics. This is the last call for sign-ups as we start this month! 


Jelly Roll Rug Class
Monday, February 6th

$15 plus supplies

Susan would love to share her knowledge as she teaches how to make a 30"x 44" oval jelly roll rug!                                           

Sew Easy Heart Doorhanger Class
Saturday, February 11th
10:00am - 2:00 
$15.00 includes all materials  

Join Mary Jamison in making this cute Doorhanger-just in time for Valentine's Day! 
Mesh Bag Class
Thursday, February 16th

$10.00-plus supplies

Need a gift idea? Or just a fashionable bag to carry your things? Join Susan Hartman to learn all the inside tips for making this fun project!


      From Clothworks: Delilah

From Dear Stella: Multi Blossoms 
From Windham: Laura Heine's
Yippie Yi Yo Ki Yay
From FIGO: Local Honey 
From Phoebe Fabrics:
Spring Promises

We tried heading south to find the sun and warm weather but it mostly evaded us. We spent 10 days in Arizona and the high was 60 degrees and the lows were in the LOW 30’s. Actually, there was frost a couple of mornings in Tubac. It was still a great vacation, seeing friends, new places, good food and SUNSHINE. The difference in the landscape and vegetation is amazing. I think I might be able to talk Pat into spending a bit of time there someday in the future when I retire. He fell in love with the saguaro cactus and rugged terrain.

Closing the store for 2 weeks seemed like a bold move but I think it was a good decision. I was able to step away from thinking about the store and worrying if things are going to be okay. I have a great group of ladies working for me but, like a mother hen, I tend to have a need to smother. With the store closed there was not the constant wondering and worrying. I admit there were days that I didn’t really think about business at all.

Now, however, it is back to full speed ahead. We had done some rearranging before I left and when we got back Pat and I did some painting. It is still in progress but stop in and see the changes! Lots of new fabric in and several great models to inspire you.  I visited a few shops in Arizona and was reminded of how important good customer service is to a shopper’s impression of a store. I’m pleased to say that the quilt stores were all very friendly and engaging, the shops at the outlet mall and several galleries not so much. I hate that feeling of being invisible to the clerks.

As we put our heads together and look toward this New Year, we would really like to hear from you. What can we do to meet your fabric and project wants and needs better? Being a small, local quilt store in a limited population area is a tough job! Through social media we are expanding our reach somewhat, but it is really the local base that keeps our doors open. Help us keep the doors open by letting us know how we can better serve your quilting/fabric/project needs.

The road behind is long gone with its twists and turns.

 The road ahead is an adventure yet to be taken. 

The most important road to navigate is the one under my feet at this moment.

May I navigate it with clear vision, perseverance and  wisdom.