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Morning Star Quilts

43 Pearson Road

Paradise, CA 95969

(530) 876-3243

Happy Spring or Happy Rain,

Just what season is it, Spring, Winter, or Summer? We are very thankful for all the rain but I know I’m personally ready to lie out on a rock and soak up some warm sunshine just like a lizard. We will soon be in our 6th year of business at Morning Star Quilts. It hardly seems possible that, that much time has already passed. Ninety percent of that time has been pure joy, fun and excitement. The other ten percent has definitely been the effect of the economy and the rise of cotton. It has always been my goal to keep our prices as low as we can and still pay the bills, but the world in general can definitely influence that decision.

You our cherished customers continue to capture our hearts, make us proud of your abilities and quilting growth. The laughter in this store is the best medicine possible for all of us. I hope that we continue to provide a fun place of refuge for you, and a nice break in your busy schedules.

We are making several changes in the store. They are a surprise for now. As soon as our project is finished we will let you know. Look forward to some fun goodies.

Our class schedule has some fun summer projects for you. Teachers include Marsha, Jen, Debi Soares, Liz Brown, Debbie D’Ewart, Donna Greenwald, Jim Sorrell, Don Linn, Christine Barnes, Linda Ballard and Cindy Needham. Please read on for our class descriptions. We do have a tendency to add classes as time goes on. Jen is good about keeping our page updated.

New fabrics are arriving almost everyday. New batiks, Christmas (already), some Halloween, new Riley Blake, Moda, Henry Glass, Lecien, Robert Kaufman, and new wool. Our shelves are full of new patterns and books.

I have been trying to do better with my blog posts, check in and see what’s up. Just go to our web page morningstarquilters.com and click on our blog.

Have a great Spring and Summer!

God Bless,


“Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.” Mother Teresa

June 2011 ~ September 2011

**Morning Star Quilts Class Policy***

Class sign ups will only be accepted when accompanied by full payment. You may register at the shop or by phone. You will be given a supply list at the time of registration. A ONE TIME 20% discount will be given for class material with your paid registration. Store credit will be given if you notify the store of your need to cancel at least (5) five days prior to the scheduled class date. No refunds or credits will be given if the 5-day notice requirement is not met. If Morning Star Quilts must cancel a class, we will issue a full refund.


Enjoy a workday for returning students. Come spend the day with Cindy, marking, basting, or quilting your unfinished tops.

Dates: June 3

Times: 10-4

Cost: $10.00

Taught by: Cindy Needham


Wanna get away for a fun day of sewing with friends, then these are the days for you. Class size is limited please call ahead to reserve your spot.

Date: June 7, 17, 20, 27, July 5, 15,

Time: 10 - 4 pm

Cost: FREE

Taught by: No Instructor

GAMES QUILT (Beginner +)

From the makers of "Quiltsmart" fusible interfacing come make this delightful quilt for a child of any age. Quit top has four game boards that are appliquéd on the top of the quilt: Mancala, Tic-Tac-Toe, checker of chest, shoots/ladders. Drop it on the floor and this quilt will attract children like a magnet. Fun to make, appliqué patterns sew up fast with the help of the fusible interfacing. No curved piecing.

Available to students who feel they might need another session: June 24th.

Date: Friday, June 10 or Saturday, June 11

Time: 10 - 3 pm.

Cost: $35.00 plus pattern and supplies

Taught by: Debi Soares

MONKEY WRENCH (Beginner +)

Join Jen as she teaches you to cut correctly, proper piecing, and how to put your borders on. This is a fun block and a fun quilt.

Date: Tuesday, June 14, 21 and finish up class June 28th

Time: 10 - 4 pm.

Cost: $35.00 Pattern included

Taught by: Jen Van Iderstine


We are very excited about this class. This is the perfect class for the new quilter or someone wanting to take a refresher. We will be teaching you proper cutting, piecing and borders. The exciting part of this class is that not only will you be learning the basics; we will also be teaching you the basic blocks. Flying Geese, 9 Patch, 4 Patch, Half Square Triangles, and appliqué. This is going to be a great class.

Date: Thursday, June 16, 23, & 30 optional day July 14 (finish day)

Time: 10-4 pm.

Cost: $40.00 plus pattern and supplies

Taught by: Jen Van Iderstine & Marsha


Take one awesome fabric and watch it change into this beautiful quilt. Debi will walk you through the fun process to making this quilt.

Date: Thursday, July 7

Time: 10 - 4 pm.

Cost: $35.00 plus supplies

Taught By: Debi Soares


Undercover in Houston is a fun mini retreat where Marsha will teach you how to make this beautiful quilt. You will learn new fun techniques and how to use the Tri Recs Ruler.

Mini Retreat lunch will be provided the 1st day.

Date: Monday, July 11 & Tuesday, July 12

Time: 10-4 pm.

Cost: $35.00 plus pattern and supplies

Taught by: Marsha Haunschild


Have you ever wanted to learn Freezer Paper Appliqué? This is the class for you. Marsha will take you step by step from notions to stitching. Marsha will also teach you different options for making stems. All levels welcome. If you are in the block of the month you may use your pattern from the club for this class.

Date: Monday, July 18

Time: 10 - 4 pm.

Cost: $35.00 plus pattern & supplies

Taught by: Marsha Haunschild


We are so excited to bring you this clinic. We are very lucky to have Jim Sorrell coming to our shop while he is in town on vacation. He has offered to teach a workshop on "How to Service your own featherweight". When you leave the class you will have a serviced machine, as well as the knowledge to service your machine in the future. You will also learn how to troubleshoot the machine as well as make adjustments. If you own a Featherweight this class is a must!

Date: Tuesday, July 19

Time: 10 - 4 pm.

Cost: $40.00

Taught by: Jim Sorrell


Do more with your tabletop decor! Your fabrics become your focal point with this four-sided placemat. With a simple flip with your hands you change the decor; one placemat has four different fabrics (four sides) and you choose which one you want to have facing up to go with your decor.

Date: Thursday, July 21

Time: 12 - 4 pm.

Cost: $20.00 plus pattern and supplies

Taught by: Debi Soares


Have you always wanted to quilt by hand? Let me take you step by step through the process. We'll learn how to mark a pattern and baste our project. Then I'll show you how to get those even stitches without a machine. I'll explain what to look for in needles, thimbles, batts, fabric, and etc in order to make your hand quilting experience a success. We should have ample time to practice, ask questions, and have fun.

Date: Friday, July 22

Time: 10 - 3:30 pm.

Cost: $35.00 plus $4.00 material fee

Taught by: Elizabeth Brown


Join Debbie D'Ewart for a day filled with fun as you learn the mechanics behind fabulous (fillers / feathers). This hands-on class will give you the confidence to quilt (fillers / feathers) and take your quilts from wow to WOW!

Date: Saturday, July 23

Time: 10 - 4 pm.

Cost: $35.00

Taught by: Debbie D’Ewart


Have you taken a Donna Greenwald class that you need to finish or just want some extra help? These are the perfect days for you.

Date: Monday, July 25, or Tuesday, July 26, or Monday, August 22, or Tuesday, August 23

Time: 10 - 4 pm.

Cost: $10.00

Taught By: Donna Greenwald

MAIN EVENT (Beginner)

Main Event is a very fun quilt focusing on your favorite print. Jen will teach you proper cutting, piecing and borders. Great class for all beginners, or if you just want a refresher course.

Date: Tuesday, Aug. 2 & 16

Time: 5:30 - 8:30 pm.

Cost: $35.00 plus supplies

Taught by: Jen Van Iderstine

DONNA’ FLOWERS (Beginner +)

Join Donna as she walks you through creating beautiful flowers through thread painting and fabrics.

Date: Thursday, Aug. 11, 12 and 19th

Time: 10 - 4 pm.

Cost: $60.00

Taught by: Donna Greenwald


Learn the basics of machine quilting in a fun and informative day. Cindy will teach you all about setting up your workspace, tools, basting techniques, battings and threads during her morning lecture. The afternoon workshop is hands-on with your machine as you learn free motion skills.

This class is offered in different sessions. All sessions are one day only!

Dates: Friday, Aug. 26th or Saturday, Nov. 5th

Time: 10 - 4

Cost: $35.00

Taught by: Cindy Needham


Donna is back with a brand new class for new students to Donna. Join her for a floral potluck. You will be able to pick from one of Donna’s tried and true flowers and learn all of her fun and exciting techniques.

Date: Tuesday, Sept. 6, 13, & 20

Time: 10 – 4 pm

Cost: $60.00 plus supplies

Taught by: Donna Greenwald


We are very excited to have Don Linn on our teaching schedule. Don will be teaching his circles and rays class. Don is a great teacher with lots of great stuff to teach you.

Date: Thursday, Sept. 22

Time: 10 - 4 pm

Cost: $35.00 plus $10.00 pattern fee

Taught by: Don Linn


As you look at the quilt you’ll see movement, circles, stars and chains. The beauty to this quilt is how easy it is when it doesn’t look that way. I’ve taken the traditional Tennessee Waltz pattern and did a little different spin on it and I think you’re going to like piecing it. Quick methods, tools and the instructor (me) will make this a great quilt for you to piece. This is a new pattern and is being offered in several sizes.

Date: Thursday, Sept. 29

Time: 10 - 4 pm.

Cost: $35.00 pattern included

Taught by: Linda Ballard

COLOR CAMP (Beginner)

Do you stress when it’s time to choose colors and fabrics for a new quilt? Do you wish you had a better “color sense”? You need to go on retreat to gain a new perspective. You need to come to Color Camp!

This no-sew workshop based on Christine's new book, The Quilter's Color Club, consists of cut-and-paste color studies, with lots of help from the teacher and group critique of every block. The first three mock-block exercises focus on value (light and dark), temperature (warm and cool), and intensity (bright and dull). These characteristics, more than color itself, determine the impact of a quilt. An overview of the color wheel and a final exercise expose students to this invaluable (and amazing) tool for quilters. It’s lots of creative fun, and you’ll leave “Color Camp” with fresh ideas for working with color.

At the midpoint of the day, Christine presents a mini trunk show of garments and quilts that show how she applies color basics to her work.

Date: Saturday, September 17

Time: 10 - 4 pm

Cost: $50.00

Taught by: Christine Barnes

Remember we are always adding classes after the newsletter is sent. You can check the class schedule at . The webpage is kept up to date with classes and pictures.