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Family Threads News - January 2024

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Hello and Happy 2024

It's the new year and I wish you good health, happiness and of course a lot of time to sew! My tradition for many years has been to gather with friends and sew on New Year's day. This year was three whole days of sewing fun. How nice to have the long weekend we did.

Some of you may notice a difference in the appearance of our newsletter. We're transitioning to a new program and have to re-learn things - it's been a little challenging and Holly hopes it goes smoothly. ????????

Our new website is up and running. It features a small amount of what we carry in the shop, but we are starting to add more. It does not, however, include any fabric on the bolt. But don't worry, If you see something in one of our social media posts, you can always contact us and we'd be more than happy to ship.

We are contiuing to work on new projects and quilts - some of which will be kits! So pop in when you're over our way.



A GREAT in-store sale on Christmas, Fall and Halloween fabrics and kits.
Saturday*, Jan 13 to Tuesday, Jan 16

(*Saturday hours are always 10:00 - 3:00)
40% OFF
Christmas, Fall and Halloween themed fabrics on the bolt (1/2 yard minimum)
(does not include fabrics that are just red or green toned)
30% OFF
Christmas, Fall and Halloween themed precuts
Christmas, Fall and Halloween themed already cut Fat Quarters and 1/2 Yards
Christmas, Fall and Halloween themed Panels and Kits



We will get back to posting to Social Media this month (Holly is very behind).



Please visit our website's class policies page for information on: 
• Before taking a class
• You'd like to sign up for a class
• Class day is here! 

View Class Schedule




Do you have a quilting project you'd like to start or have started but need a little help? Why not set aside time to get some help.

Aneda will be here once a month (the 2nd Thursday). She's been a quilter for decades and has knowledge of piecing, appliqué and paper piecing (machine, not English Paper Piecing EPP). This is NOT a structured class, nor should it be considered a private lesson but rather answering questions and offering help to get you going.

  • Dates: Second Thursday of the month
  • Time: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Cost: $25
  • Skill Level: 🧵
  • Instructor(s): Aneda Phillips
  • Pre-class homework: N/A
  • Supplies: Vary according to your individual project



Why not set aside some stitching time for yourself. Have a wool project you’d like to start but need a little bit of direction? Beth will be here the first Friday of the month. Come with your wool project and supplies. This is not a structured class, but Beth’s here to answer questions and help you along the way. 

To sign up please CONTACT BETH DIRECTLY or 408-418-0247
  • Dates: First Friday of the month
  • Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Cost: $25
  • Skill Level: 🧵🧵
  • Instructor(s): Beth Upstill (West Coast Wool)
  • Pre-class homework: N/A
  • Supplies: Bring your own wool project and wool stitching supplies



Come and sew on whatever you'd like. Call to sign up - please don’t just show up. 

So that everyone gets a chance, you may sign up for more than one a month but you might get bumped.

Maximum 6 people

Dates: 3rd and 4th Friday of the month
Time: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Cost: $5
Skill Level: N/A
Instructor(s): None
Pre-class homework: N/A
Supplies: Whatever you'd like to sew on.



In this Block-of-the-Month program, you'll be following along with Sheila as she guides you through each month's block(s).

All of your block construction will be sewn at home, but each month she'll talk about which blocks you'll be working on and how they are made. You can bring your completed block(s) the following mont for a little show-and-tell.

If you're looking for a little sewing time, you might consider coming to one of our Finish-It-Friday monthly events.

  • Dates: Third Saturday of the month Starting May 2023
  • Time: 9:00 am - 10:00 am
  • Cost: $5
  • Skill Level: N/A
  • Instructor(s): Sheila Galindo
  • Pre-class homework: N/A
  • Supplies: Barn Star Sampler Book + Fabric



This beautiful quilt starts with a medallion and grows from there. The pattern offers three sizes – wall hanging 60” square, throw 72” square and queen 92” square. You can use any colors for your strips - pick from a collection for a coordinated look or go for scrappy. 

During this class you’ll be shown how to make the blocks and put the quilt together. You will probably not have a completed quilt in 2 days. 

We require a minimum of 4 students (maximum 6) for this class to happen.

  • Dates: 2 Day class - Friday, January 12 AND Saturday, January 13
  • Time: 10:30 am - 2:30 pm
  • Cost: $75
  • Skill Level: 🧵🧵
  • Instructor(s): Aneda Phillips and Joanna Johnson
  • Pre-class homework: Cut out fabric per pattern instructions
  • Supplies: Pattern, fabric**, starch, small iron and ironing mat + basic sewing/quilting supplies; OPTIONAL (but QUITE handy) Creative Grids Corner Clipper Ruler
  • **FABRIC If you look at pattern cover: Color 1=RED and Color 2=GREEN


    COLOR 1

    COLOR 2




    2-1/2” strips (11) OR (4) ¼ yards

    2-1/2” strips (22) OR (8) ¼ yards

    2-1/4 yards



    2-1/2” strips (11) OR (4) ¼ yards

    (8) ¼ yards

    2-1/4 yards

    1-1/3 yards


    2-1/2” strips (23) OR (8) ¼ yards

    2-1/2” strips (27) OR (9) ¼ yards

    3-3/4 yards

    1-3/4 yards



Stained Glass wallhanging. There will be three different level of patterns to chose from - easy, confident, intermediate. 

We require a minimum of 4 students (maximum 6) for this class to happen.

We will start a waitlist for an additional class.

  • Dates: Saturdays, January 20 AND 27
  • Time: 10:30 am - 2:30 pm
  • Cost: $55 + pattern
  • Skill Level: 🧵🧵
  • Instructor(s): Sheila Galindo
  • Pre-class homework: No pre-class, but there will be homework
  • Supplies: See individual patterns for fabric requirements, Clover Fusible Quick Bias Black 1/4in  + basic sewing/quilting supplies



Roses are red, violets are blue. Fabric roses last longer, so join us and learn to make one or two. In this one hour class you'll learn to make a folder flower rose using a fat quarter. And don't worry, there's no cutting so you'll be able to unfold the flower and use the fat quarter if needed.

  • Dates: Friday, February 9 11:00 am to noon; Saturday, February 10 11:00 am to noon OR 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
  • Cost: $15
  • Skill Level: 🧵
  • Instructor(s): Aneda Phillips and Joanna Johnson
  • Pre-class homework
  • Supplies Included: 1 Fat quarter, enough to make one rose and one button stem; can purchase additional supplies if you want to make more flowers



In this class you'll get to work on four different ways to bind your quilts/projects. (1) Traditional binding (2) Add rick-rack to your binding for a little charm (3) double binding (4) fast and easy for those small projects

  • Dates: Saturday, February 24
  • Time: 10:30 am to 2:30
  • Cost: $40
  • Skill Level: 🧵🧵
  • Instructor(s): Aneda Phillips and Joanna Johnson
  • Pre-class homework
  • Supplies: Fabric for front and back (plain fabric for the backing so you can write notes on sample) + batting for four 15" blocks, fabric for binding (you'll use about 70 inches PER 15" block), rick-rack, Micron permanent pen. Optional (but VERY helpful) Creative Grids Corner Clipper Ruler CGRFCC (small one, not the XL size)

Thank you for supporting Family Threads Quilt Shop. We are now in our 14th year!
We appreciate you so very much and look forward to seeing you soon.


Family Thread Quilt Shop
107 D The Alameda
PO Box 1203
San Juan Bautista, CA 95045 

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