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Family Threads News - JUNE 2024 - SHOP HOP BY THE BAY

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June brings exciting things in the quilting world. Holiday fabrics are arriving and it's never to early to start stitching gifts. Nothing beats a gift from the hands and heart. Who couldn't use a new bowl cozy, potholder, bag or table runner. Or why not a quilt to cozy up under. We will continue to stitch samples and make kits.

Shop Hop by the Bay starts this Wednesday June 19 and goes to Saturday June 22. Participating shops will be open from 10-5 each day. If you haven't participated before, here's a little rundown...
(1) At your first stop (here's a list of participating shops) you'll receive a passport and free pattern.
(2) At each shop you visit your passport will be stamped. You'll receive two coordinating strips of fabric to use in the project from the free pattern you got at your first stop.
(3) At the last shop you visit, turn in your completed passport (here are the official rules) and receive a finishing gift. This also gets you entered in the prize drawings.

It's a great opportunity to see what each shop has to offer. So why not call a friend (or two) and take a road trip. 

We really hope you'll join us and look forward to seeing you.

A Peek at a Few Things from Our Website

These are a few new things we've added to our website. Just click on the picture and it'll take you to our site. 




A recap of what we've been posting on social media - just in case you missed it.



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! 

WHEN VIEWING our Class Schedule, whatever month/page you are on ONLY shows classes for THAT month (and not ALL the classes available for the entire year).

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.

  • Time: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Cost: $25
  • Skill Level: N/A
  • 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: Intermediate
  • 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 8 people

Dates: 3rd and 4th (or sometimes 5th when the month has them) 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 month for a little show-and-tell.

Please note the new cost structure below.

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 April 2024
  • Time: 9:00 am - 10:00 am
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Instructor(s): Sheila Galindo
  • Pre-class homework: N/A
  • Supplies: (Book) The Perfect Patchwork System we offer 20% off; (optional) acrylic templates



Simply Cindy is a monthly hands-on class (not just a demo) where you'll make a small project. Each month Cindy will be picking something different but simple.

The class will meet the 4th Wednesday of each month (unless otherwise noted). You'll need to bring your sewing supplies including your machine. You can also bring a snack if you'd like as there will be no scheudled lunch break.

We're offering two options. $35 with the kit, $20 without. If you chose the version without the kit, you'll still need to purchase the pattern.

While beginners are welcome, you need to know how to use your sewing machine BEFORE class. You do not have to know all the in’s and out’s, but please come to class knowing at the very least how to turn your machine on, thread your machine and wind a bobbin. Also, quilting is based on using a 1/4” seam, so please make sure your machine has a 1/4” foot.

Maximum 8 people.

Dates: 4th Wednesday - June 26
Time: 10:30 am - 2:30 pm
Cost:  $35 (includes kit); $20 (no kit provided, you bring your own supplies)
Skill Level: Beginner
Instructor(s): Cindy
Pre-class homework: N/A
Supplies: Vary according to the monthly project + basic sewing/quilting supplies


Need a place to sew or meet up with your stitching friends?

During our regular shop hours (M-F 10-5, Sat 10-3), and when it's not in use, we've started renting out our classroom.

We have TWO different options:

  • $5/person gets you a seat in the room
  • $50/day gets you (your group) the room exclusively 

What we have:

  • Chairs for up to 10 people
  • Dedicated cutting and ironing stations
  • A few standard rulers to share

You bring your own supplies/sewing machine. You can bring lunch or visit one of the town's restaurants.




Machine quilting each long row - up, down, up, down - on her king sized jelly roll strip quilt felt like a never ending peregrination. 

A journey, especially a long or meandering one.

Each week our good friends at Machine Medics come to pick up/drop off your sewing machines.

Each week Luis (with Karen's help sometimes) brings us a word and we have to figure out the definition. It's now become a source of entertainment we thought we'd share.


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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