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APRIL 2023 Newsletter


APRIL, 2023
Do we dare utter the word "Spring?" Or "sunshine?" It seems like every time we think Spring is on its way, it snows! HA!

But as the snow melts...eventually, we are looking back on our projects and community activities. The Giving Tree outside our shop was a source of warm hats, mittens, and scarves for many this last winter. It means so much to AIS to be able to give back and support our community. Thank you all so much for your generous donations for the tree and for community outreach in 2022. We are told that 50 bags were FILLED with foster quilts! The volunteers who made bears and tote bags to accompany the quilts also went above and beyond. The large quilts and pillowcases made and donated for Second Circle were much appreciated and we have been told that they had enough for this year AND next! Safe Harbor also appreciated the numerous pillowcases that were made and generously donated. It is an honor to be located in such a supportive and generous community and we look forward to continuing our community outreach projects.  

Sadly, this is Viktra's last month with us before she moves to Idaho to be closer to family. :( We are sad but so happy for her and Chris. She promises to visit!  

Remember to tune in on Saturdays at 9:00am to "Sew What's the Stitch, Susan?" This is a weekly Facebook Live Video Show that gives updates and highlights for All in Stitches. And...the host is pretty fantastic and her puppy is a real cutie! ;) You can watch it on our Facebook page and on our Youtube Channel 

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

March winner: Melodie Stephens

We greatly appreciate all of our customers and the continued support! Read on to see what we have planned for April.

Saturday, April 15th 

The Teakettle Quilt Guild is sponsoring a quilt show at the Glacier Gateway Elementary School (440 4th Ave West in Columbia Falls) on April 15th.  There will be quilts on display, vendors (we will be there!) and a boutique for shopping. Raffle tickets will be available for purchase as well. Admission is FREE and the featured 2023 quilter is Jane Packer!  Come and join the fun! 


Viktra's Last Day

Thursday, April 27th

Come and see Viktra before she leaves for Idaho (aka "Spud-landia!") ;) 




Saturday, April 29th 

All of our fat quarters are $2/each or $20/dozen for ONE DAY ONLY! You don't want to miss this sale!

Camp Stitch S'More
Registration Opens April 3rd

Mark your calendars because for this retreat, registration is a first come-first serve. Your spot isn't held until a $100 deposit is paid. The cost of the retreat will be $285 & the dates are Oct. 12-15th. You have two payment plan options: 

1. To pay the full registration ($285)-click here.

2. To pay the deposit ($100) to hold your spot- click here. You will pay your remaining balance ($185) by clicking here

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 (April 12th)
$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. 


Kreative Kids Class
Thursday, April 13th

$20- includes materials!

Join Mary Jamison on your day off from school to make a fun springy project. Bring your machine and an extra bobbin. If you need to borrow a machine, please call the shop to reserve one.

Mesh Bag Class

Saturday, April 22nd
$10- plus supplies

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

Clutch Class
Monday, April 24th
10:00am - 2:00pm 
$20 plus supplies  

Create this classy cork clutch purse in a day with our newly returned Judiee! Price does not include the cost of materials.       


From Moda: 


From Moda: Bliss 
(Available in precut bundles and layer cakes) 

From Moda: Filigree 

From Ruby Star Society: 
Warp & Weft- 
From Hoffman: 
Autumn Awaits  
(panel and accompanying fabric)
From Island Batiks: 
Bird's Nest   
River Walk

Don’t be fooled and think that Spring is here. The weather forecast is for snow again this weekend.

Those of you who catch our Saturday morning live on Facebook know that I took off last week end and went to Cranbrook, BC to spend time sewing with a friend. I had a great time, spent hours sewing, visiting, and of course driving.  The Canadian Rockies were magnificent with the snow still covering them. They seem so different from our mountains here. I am always amazed at how different the world is in such a short distance.

Our vision of all things is so individual and based on our experiences and perspectives. I have been made so aware to that in the last couple of weeks. My daughter and her husband were in Italy for 10 days and Kara flooded my cell phone with pictures and descriptions  of what they were seeing. They are both real foodies and love their beer and wine. There were more pictures of the food that they ate then the sites they saw. Pat and I figure they must have eaten 6 meals a day to have experienced all the variety.  It made me feel like I should add Italy to my bucket list. The interesting thing is a good friend is in Italy right now with her adult kids and visiting many of the same areas as Kara and Matt. Jil’s pictures are just as beautiful and amazing but so very different in their perspective and what they are showing. You would almost think they were seeing entirely different cities. Both people seeing the same place but through totally different views.

Isn’t that same thing so true of how we look at the quilts we create. As the maker we see the end product all the way from the initial yardage and pattern to the finished quilt. To those unfamiliar with the process and work involved they see just the end result. If they aren’t a quilter or sewer at all they really have no concept of the expense and time involved. The end result may be beautiful to them but they see a wall hanging or covering for a bed. As the quilter you see the details of the design and the hours spent making it. It’s all a matter of perspective.

As the main person involved in choosing what fabric we carry it is so difficult to step out of what I like into the broader sense of what do my customers like. What will appeal to the greatest number of quilters so it sells quickly and I can bring in new stock. It doesn’t matter who my favorite designers are if the fabric doesn’t sell, I need to look in a different direction with my next decision.

As we journey through life we always need to remember that everyone sees the world through different eyes. We may all see the same site but the understanding of what we see is totally personal. Don’t be afraid to see things differently.