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April Newsletter from Quilt Shop Co-op



                     The only certainty with Minnesota weather is --anything can happen. 

                     Many things are happening in April at Quilt Shop Co-op too! Read on.


Co-op Member's Rotary Blade Sale April 8 - 10, or as long as supplies last. (Members were notified on Saturday the 3rd.
If you did not receive the email, please contact  

Not a member yet? There's still time to buy a $120 membership before the sale.

A generous "Friend of the Co-op" has donated the funds for a membership giveaway drawing. All that is needed to enter is to make a purchase in the month of April. Current members may enter a friend's or relative's name. 



Join this 6 month Block of the Month using the Luminous pattern from Seams Like a Dream and Tamarinis.  You'll love these luscious batiks in blues, greens and purples.
The cost is $28.00 to join and $12.00 a month for five months (the sixth month is free).  A separate purchase of 5 yards of background is required.  We have lots of options at the shop.

Each month you will receive the pattern and fabric to make the stars that month.  There will be a Facebook Live presentation each month with sewing suggestions.  Starts mid April.
Choose from three fabric groups: Batik Colorway, Solids Colorway, or Kaffe-Fassett Colorway.

Here's the link to the Products page. Scroll to the bottom and click on the Luminous Quilt.

Lots of books:

Moda All Stars - Top the Table
Season to Taste - Quilts to Warm Your Home All Year Long
Acorn Cottage - Quilts with Simple & Sophisticated Style
Sisterhood of Scraps
Learn to Paper Piece
120 Original Embroidery Designs
Pat Sloan's Teach Me to Machine Quilt
Pat Sloan's Teach Me to Make My First Quilt

Beautiful Kaffe-Fassett fabric. 
                                                  Cactus Flower Tawny, Garlands Red . and many more!
A link so you can browse:

Landscape Quilting Class

April 10 and 17 from 10 am to noon. 

You can still learn how to create a one-of-a-kind quilt. Instructor, Laurie Bushbaum, will teach how a landscape quilt is created, from the background to the foreground, adding distance and rich detail. You will receive suggestions on decorative stitching and finishing your quilt.

Laurie is a Quilt Shop Co-op member, Minneapolis resident, and quilter who has taught quilting and fiber arts for many years and in many settings. She would love to have you join her in this class!

Check out Laurie's Facebook Live presentation on the class.

Earth Day

April 22

You may ask, "Wait. WHAT? How does Earth Day pertain to fabric and quilting?"

Answer: Earth Day pertains to everything! Quilt Shop Co-op wants to help draw attention to the continued need for all of us to reduce, reuse, and recycle. We are planning a few simple activities, and have some ideas for how to involve the neighbors of 3400 Bloomington in them. We'd like to involve YOU too!

We could use a few volunteers to connect with other businesses near Bloomington and 34th, deliver information to residences on the block, and oversee a table of co-op giveaways. And you may have other good ideas for ways to promote, enhance, and support this event. 

To volunteer, please contact Maggie at
State of the Co-op:  Two Years Later

Considering that the store began in the middle of a pandemic, and is alive and growing seven months later, we are cautiously optimistic. Sales are below target, (Hint: Please shop ! ) but things seem to have turned a corner. Spring has come, the pandemic seems to be ebbing somewhat, and more people are visiting the store to shop. 

Funds are still tight-- too tight to hire staff yet. That's why we are grateful to the volunteers who are working in the store. We'd like to thank our most recent store volunteer, Reagan Mock-Nelson, who has joined Jennie, Laurie, and Mary Ann in shopkeeping.

      We need volunteers in other ways. 

To date, the work of running Quilt Shop Co-op has fallen primarily to the Board of Directors. It's a lot of work for a small number of people. Yet, this co-op belongs to all of its members. 

       Can you help out?

We are looking for individuals who have experience with:

 social media (Facebook, Instagram, Next Door) to promote a business or organization 

 - community outreach

 - marketing

 - financial / accounting work  

If you can help in any of these ways, please contact Maggie at  
               Your co-op needs YOU.

Wishing everyone a lovely week!

Your Friends at Quilt Shop Co-op

Fabric. Notions. Community.

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Are you interested in teaching a class or workshop at City Blocks Quilt Shop? Please download the Course Proposal Form here!