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What's New at HIQ!

by Jo Morton

Elementary by Sweetwater

Figures by Zen Chic

Block of the Month

  We love wool and handwork here at Happiness Is ... Quilting! Sue Spargo's wool applique quilt Flowerbed is gorgeous. This 31''x38'' wallhanging is made up of 12 6'' blocks. Each one is appliqued with a combination of cotton and hand-dyed wool and embellished with silk ribbons, embroidery and beads. It is finished with a fun floral embellished border. You will receive two blocks for six months and the borders on month seven. Only $19.99/month for seven months. Get yours today!

It's Almost September, You Know What That Means
We are getting geared up for the Fourth Annual Quilt Across Texas. Make sure you have your passport because the fun begins September 1 and rolls through the entire month.

This year, there is an exclusive fabric panel designed for Quilt Across Texas instead of a whole fabric collection. Each shop with have various projects to inspire you on how to use the panel as well as other Texas-themed projects. Quilt Across Texas is spicing up the shop hop this year with each shop passing out a Texas recipe when you get your passport stamped. 

We are in Region 2 with 15 other stores. We think our region is the best in Texas. Why? We have the best prizes. If you are a lucky winner (and to do that you need to visit all 16 Region 2 shops), you could win (drum roll, please):
  • A Janome MC6600 Sewing/Quilting Machine valued at $2,499
  • A Sew Good Cabinets Cutting Table valued at $1,249
  • A retreat stay minimum of 2 nights and 6-12 people. Available to stay week days or weekends valued at $1,200
  • 1 of 32 $25 Gift Certificates
At each Region 2 store, you will receive a different collectable Villa Rosa pattern when you have to have your passport stamped.

Harriet Hargrave Workshops Are Underway

The students in Harriet's first two sessions have been working hard, but learning a lot. This is the last time Harriet Hargrave will be teaching here in McKinney for the foreseeable future. If you've been thinking about taking her machine applique or machine quilting class, now is the time.
  • Invisible Machine Applique
    Friday, Aug. 29, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Cost: $80 Enroll today.

  • Free Motion Quilting
    Saturday, Aug. 30, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Cost: $80
    Enroll today.
Machine Applique Club
You've bought the patterns, you've purchased the book. Now it's time to make the projects! Learn the ins and outs of machine applique including how to appliquilt in this series of three classes the first Tuesday of the month beginning September 2 from 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. You choose which project to work on, the fun sewing machine wall hanging or start your Christmas stitching with the "Merry & Bright" or snowman table runner. Penny will help you throughout the process. Register today.
ConKerr Cancer Sew-A-Thon
Join us and hundreds of other quilters across the nation as we participate in American Patchwork & Quilting's Pillowcase Sew-A-Thon. HIQ will be hosting a four hour event on Friday, Sept. 19, from 1-5 p.m. in conjunction with AP&Q to make pillowcases for DFW's chapter of ConKerr Cancer. We like to have fun, so we've added a gift basket for you to win. Here is how you can earn tickets for the basket:

1. Earn 1 ticket for every complete yard of fabric you donate
2. Earn 1 ticket for every pillowcase that you sew from our pillowcase kits
3. Earn 1 ticket for every completed pillowcase you donate
4. Earn 5 tickets for every hour that you work at our event

The first 50 people to work at the event for at least an hour will receive a free tape measure. For more information or let us know you are coming, visit the event page.

New Clubs Starting In September

September is just around the corner, can you believe it? Several of our teachers are starting new clubs this quarter, so make sure you add them to your calendar.

MJ's Tips & Techniques From An Expert club will be making the Lone Star/Radiant Star quilt over their next three meetings. This is a great time to join them if you've been wanting to make this bucket list quilt. MJ is adding a Building Blocks II club in addition to her Building Blocks I club. Both clubs will build upon the techniques from the previous month's block. Building Blocks I is geared toward a beginner to advanced beginner and Building Blocks II is geared toward an advanced beginner to intermediate.

Janet is starting another Stitching Society group. Stitching Society II is open to new members only and will follow the same Under The Garden Moon 12-month program as the current Stitching Societies. 

The Emily Munroe Quilt Workshop will be a "support group" for those who are working on The Emily Munroe Quilt block of the month. Timi Ann will guide and offer tips on the making of these gorgeous blocks.   

Thread Painting Class
Join Jill Luigs Saturday, Sept. 6, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to learn how to use threads to draw a picture using your machine and free-motion quilting techniques. You'll explore different applications of threads and floss and experiment with metallic threads and flosses in the bobbin during class. Register today.

Row by Row Experience
The "experience" ends September 2. Don't forget to stop in and pick up your free Row By Row Experience pattern. Our patterns and kits are in high demand, so we've been busy cutting kits and printing patterns. Our HAPI QLTR Texas license plate is on order, but if you prepay for your plate, we'll send it to you. If you live out of state or unable to make it to the shop, you can purchase your kit that includes the pattern online, but your kit will not ship until November 1 as per the event rules. For rules and more information, visit

Mark Your Calendar!
Learn from one of the industry's foremost applique experts and designers (and North Texas local) Becky Goldsmith on October 3 and 4. She will be teaching two applique workshops and space is limited. On Friday, Oct. 3, she will teach you how to applique with attitude the Piece O'Cake way in Chirp - Applique With Attitude. Your stitches not only hold the applique in place, but also embellish. Blowin' In The Wind on Saturday, Oct. 4, will focus on hand applique techniques that will help you sew better and happier. In addition to learning easy template making, making and using placement guides, and perfecting your invisible applique stitch, you will learn a variety of applique techniques including 2-point leaves and cutaway applique.

Happiness Is ... Quilting!
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