Tuesday, March 15, 2016

April Classes at Mary Jo's

Quilting Classes






Tues, April 5

DOUBLE DRESDEN
Instructor: Daniela Hogan
Time: 10am to 3pm
Fee: $35
This quilt has a modern twist to the basic Dresden quilt. Creating a point at both ends gives you a whole new modern look. The Dresden Ruler is a versatile tool that is great to have with your quilting supplies. Join us as we learn how to use it!




Fri, April 8

FREE-MOTION QUILTING
ON THE BABY LOCK TIARA

Instructor: Linda Hall
Time: 9:30am to 4:30pm
Fee: $50 (kit included)
With Baby Lock Grip and Template Quilting System The Creative Motion Quilting Design System was created by a quilter for quilters to make Free Motion Quilting faster and easier for the Beginner yet versatile enough for the more advanced stitcher.

The system includes: Tru-Grip – with an offset holder for the Baby Lock Tru- Stitch Regulator. Free-Motion Grip – without the offset. Template pattern inserts for Structured Free-Motion Quilting. The main component is the Tru-Grip tool that acts as another set of hands to hold the quilt steady while free-motion quilting. The Tru-Grip also holds the Tru-Stitch Regulator secure so that the quilter can concentrate on his/her designs rather than holding on to the tools. No more racing motor or jerking speed, no more split second delay in movement and the machine's response, no more difficulty in controlling the machine or the stitch patterns, no matter how complex. Creative focus and flow is undisturbed without distraction when using it.




Sat, April 9

JANUARY SUNRISE
Instructor: Linda Hall
Time: 9:30am to 5pm
Fee: $50 (fiber kit included)
This one-day workshop features a combination of felting and embroidery to create more realistic landscapes. You will learn how to create a landscape on the Embellisher Machine then create machine embroidered appliques' with the Baby Lock Destiny IQ Designer and applies them to a needle felted background. The tree is uploaded into the Destiny IQ Designer and stitched out in two different settings that overlap to create a 3-Dimensional look. Call to reserve your seat!



Sat, April 16

AMERICAN FLAG
Instructor: Jean Cable
Time: 10am to 4pm
Fee: $40
What a wonderful, patriotic wall hanging or small quilt. It looks like it's waving in the breeze. Very simple to make. No corners to match. It doesn't get any better than this. Get it done in time for Memorial Day or 4th of July. Quilt finishes to approximately 43x58.




Tues, April 19

SUGAR AND SPICE
Instructor: Daniela Hogan
Time: 10am to 3pm
Fee: $35
Another great pattern using 2.5" precuts! We all love those precut packets and can't resist purchasing them, now it's time to start using them! In this class we will streamline cutting the 2.5" strips. Then we will mix them up to create this stunning quilt.




Tues, April 26

QUILT FINISHING CLASS
Instructor: Daniela Hogan
Time: 10:30am to 3pm
Fee: $25
Need some extra time and instruction on a project? Stumped on the next step of something you started? Join Daniela and get the help you need with those WIP's (Work-in-progress). This is a free form class that you can bring your own project and work at your own pace!

Sewing





Mon, April 4

ON THE GO LARGE CAR ORGANIZER
Instructor: Mary Sue Christenbury
Time: 9:30am to 1:30pm
Fee: $25
Keep your car tidy & transport bits & pieces in style. Waverly provides great organizer accessories for your car or any room in your house, this sewing pattern will make a useful addition to your rafty patterns.





Wed, April 6, 13 & 20

INTERMEDIATE SEWING CLASS
Instructor: Mary Sue Christenbury
Time: 9:30am to 12:30pm
Fee: $75 (includes 3 sessions)
The Beginning Sewing Class is NOT a prerequisite for this class. Learn more advanced techniques for sewing clothing and crafts. We will discuss when to use certain interfacings, matching plaids and stripes, and directional fabrics. Learn when to clip inner curves, when to notch outer curves, trim corners properly, stay-stitching, reinforced stitching, ease-stitching (for set in sleeves), under-stitching, princess seams, and sew a curved piece of fabric to a straight piece of fabric. Hand sewing: Hand-make thread eyes, attaching hooks and eyes, buttonhole placement, and sew on snaps.



Thurs, April 7, 14 & 21

INTERMEDIATE SEWING CLASS
Evening Class
Instructor: Mary Sue Christenbury
Time: 6pm to 9pm
Fee: $75 (includes 3 sessions)
The Beginning Sewing Class is NOT a prerequisite for this class. Learn more advanced techniques for sewing clothing and crafts. We will discuss when to use certain interfacings, matching plaids and stripes, and directional fabrics. Learn when to clip inner curves, when to notch outer curves, trim corners properly, stay-stitching, reinforced stitching, ease-stitching (for set in sleeves), under-stitching, princess seams, and sew a curved piece of fabric to a straight piece of fabric. Hand sewing: Hand-make thread eyes, attaching hooks and eyes, buttonhole placement, and sew on snaps.




Sat, April 9

ON THE GO LARGE CAR ORGANIZER
Instructor: Mary Sue Christenbury
Time: 1pm to 5pm
Fee: $25
Keep your car tidy & transport bits & pieces in style. Waverly provides great organizer accessories for your car or any room in your house, this sewing pattern will make a useful addition to your rafty patterns.




Mon, April 11

EASY PIECING SERGER PILLOW
Instructor: Mary Sue Christenbury
Time: 10am to 2pm
Fee: $25
Inspired by the modern quilt movement, Susan Zellers created this quilt using her Ovation Baby Lock Serger. As an educator for Baby Lock she has always used her serger to piece garments because it is faster then her conventional machine. So she experimented with the chain stitch and found it very strong, fast and easily removed, and not a knife to deal with. We love this technique and thought you would too!




Fri, April 15

SERGER VEST
Instructor: Mary Sue Christenbury
Time: 10am to 1pm
Fee: $20
Enjoy making this SUPER-EASY Circular Serger Vest. Bring your serger set up for the 3 thread rolled edge and you'll be finished in no time.




Sat, April 16

SERGER: THE NEXT FOOT FORWARD
Instructor: Melanie Stiwalt
Time: 10am to 4pm
Fee: $50
Specialty presser feet can save time and simplify your sewing, but only if you know how to use them! You will learn techniques for using basic and specialty feet to give your projects a professional look.




Sun, April 17

EASY PIECING SERGER PILLOW
Instructor: Mary Sue Christenbury
Time: 1pm to 5pm
Fee: $25
Inspired by the modern quilt movement, Susan Zellers created this quilt using her Ovation Baby Lock Serger. As an educator for Baby Lock she has always used her serger to piece garments because it is faster then her conventional machine. So she experimented with the chain stitch and found it very strong, fast and easily removed, and not a knife to deal with. We love this technique and thought you would too!




Sat, April 23

STARFISH
Instructor: Sandy Cleasby
Time: 10am to 3pm
Fee: $35
Inspired by the underwater sea life of Hawaii, this quilt is a beautiful and timeless piece that will bring a splash of color to any room. Use a jelly roll + a charm pack OR a fat quarter bundle to get started on your very own version of the Starfish Quilt. This class is for advanced beginners to intermediate students; and while it may look intimidating, we'll use techniques that will result in precise points and perfectly squared blocks.




Thurs, April 28

SERGER VEST
Instructor: Mary Sue Christenbury
Time: 6pm to 9pm
Fee: $20
Enjoy making this SUPER-EASY Circular Serger Vest. Bring your serger set up for the 3 thread rolled edge and you'll be finished in no time.




Thurs, April 28

GET IT DONE
Instructor: Mary Sue Christenbury
Time: 10am to 2pm
Fee: $25
Need some help finishing an apparel or home dec project? Too many distractions at home? Join us for a "Get it Done" sewing class with our expert Mary Sue Christenbury.

Clubs & Events



Fri, April 1

KIDS CLUB:
Spring Purse
Instructor: Melanie Stiwalt
Time: 4pm to 6pm
Fee: $25
This purse is fun, flirty and perfect for Spring! It's a great way to accessorize and all your essentials will fit perfectly inside. Come work on your sewing skills in this hands on kids class.



Sat, April 9

MAKE IT CUSTOM DEMONSTRATION:
Pintuck Wave Pillow
Instructor: Mary Sue Christenbury
Time: 11am-12pm
Fee: FREE
This week Mary Sue will show you how to make Decorative Throw Pillows using pintucks. Pintucks can add a special detail to a project but are a simple sewing technique. Join Mary Sue for this FREE demonstration in our Drapery Department.



Sun, April 10

MAKE IT CUSTOM DEMONSTRATION:
Pintuck Wave Pillow
Instructor: Mary Sue Christenbury
Time: 2pm-3pm
Fee: FREE
This week Mary Sue will show you how to make Decorative Throw Pillows using pintucks. Pintucks can add a special detail to a project but are a simple sewing technique. Join Mary Sue for this FREE demonstration in our Drapery Department.



Owner's Guide
Class 101

Tuesday, April 5th, 9:30am-12:30pm
Thursday, April 7th, 6:00pm-9:00pm
Tuesday, April 26th, 9:30am-12:30pm



Owner's Guide
Class 201

Tuesday, April 12th, 9:30am-12:30pm
Thursday, April 14th, 6:00pm-9:00pm



Baby Lock Embroidery
Machine Owner's
Class 3

Tuesday, April 19th, 9:30am-12:30pm
Thursday, April 21st, 6pm-9pm



Overlock Owner's Guide
Class 1

Tuesday, April 5th, 2:00pm-5:00pm
Thursday, April 7th, 6:00pm-9:00pm
Tuesday, April 19th, 2:00pm-5:00pm
Thursday, April 28th, 6:00pm-9:00pm



Overlock Owner's Guide
Class 2

Tuesday, April 12th, 2:00pm-5:00pm
Thursday, April 14th, 6:00pm-9:00pm
Tuesday, April 26th, 2:00pm-5:00pm
Thursday, April 28th, 6:00pm-9:00pm

Class Policy:

Class Policy
  • The class fee must be collected when you sign up for the class to guarantee your seat. Each fee is listed next to the class listing.
  • If you cannot attend a class for which you have registered you must let us know 7 days prior to class time. We will be happy to refund you class fee and/or register you in another class.
  • If you cancel after the 7-day time allowance, up until the day of the class, your class fee is nonrefundable.
  • A minimum of 3 students is required for class. If this requirement is not met, usually the class will be canceled and you will be refunded your class fee.
  • Mary Jo's' reserves the right to cancel classes for any reason. If this happens, you will be refunded your class fee.
  • There are no refunds on class fees for 'Special Event' teachers/classes within 30 days of class date unless we can fill your spot with another person. NO EXCEPTIONS!
We reserve the right to substitute fabrics based on availability.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

March Classes at Mary Jo's

Quilting Classes





Thurs, Mar 3, 10, 24 & 31

BEGINNING QUILTING
Time: 10am to 2pm
Instructor: Daniela Hogan
Fee: $95 (includes all 4 sessions)
This class will teach you all the basics for making your first quilt from start to finish. From pressing to binding you will learn it all. Whether you've never made a quilt before or you want to freshen up on the fundamentals, this class is for you.



Sat, Mar 5

BEGINNING MACHINE QUILTING
Time: 10am to 3pm
Instructor: Jean Cable
Fee: $35
Learn the basics of machine quilting including straight-line techniques and free motion quilting designs. Discussion about needles, batting, thread, marking tools and techniques.




Sat, March 5 or 26

SEW WORTH IT WOW WALLET
Time: 9:30am to 12:30pm
Instructor: Cindy Jahnke
Fee:$25 (Stabilizer kit and hardware included in class fee!)
This frame wallet is super cute and super simple! Don't be surprised if it becomes your new "go-to" pattern for gift giving! You will want to make one for everyone on your list!



Sun, March 6, 13, 20, and April 3

BEGINNING QUILTING
Time: 1pm to 5pm
Instructor: Cindy Jahnke
Fee:$95 (includes all 4 sessions)
This class will teach you all the basics for making your first quilt from start to finish. From pressing to binding you will learn it all. Whether you've never made a quilt before or you want to freshen up on the fundamentals, this class is for you.



Tues, March 22

QUILT FINISHING CLASS
Time: 10am to 3pm
Instructor: Daniela Hogan
Fee: $25
Need some extra time and instruction on a project? Stumped on the next step of something you started? Join Daniela and get the help you need with those WIP's (Work-in-progress). This is a free form class that you can bring your own project and work at your own pace!



Tues, Mar 1, 8, 15 & 22

PATTERN DRAFTING & DESIGN II
Time: 10am to 1pm
Instructor: Mary Sue Christenbury
Fee: $95 (includes all 4 sessions)
Learn how to take exact body measurements and make a Body Glove Pattern out of muslin for pants and skirts. Learn to cut & spread body glove to make a pattern that fits you perfect. Adapt body glove to make your own Pattern. The first 3 classes will be measuring, drafting, and fitting. The last class will be cutting and spreading to make your own patterns.

Sewing





Tues, Mar 1, 8, 15 & 22

BEGINNING SEWING EVENING CLASS
Instructor: Mary Sue Christenbury
Time: 6pm to 9pm
Fee: $95 (includes all 4 sessions)
If you have always wanted to learn to sew, now is your chance! Mary Jo's is offering hands on sewing classes that will get you comfortable with all the basics of sewing. This class is great for first timers as well as those who just need to revisit the fundamentals. In this 4 part class you will learn:

  • sewing machine maintenance
  • tools of the trade
  • pattern layout
  • fabric selection
  • cutting
  • matching repeat patterns
  • darts, gathers, easing, zippers, tucks & pleats





  • Thurs, Mar 3

    CROSS POCKET BAG
    Instructor: Mary Sue Christenbury
    Time: 6pm to 9pm
    Fee: $25
    This cute bag measures 10"w x 10"h x 1"d and it is Fat Quarter friendly! You will love making this easy bag so much you will probably want to make it again and again.



    Sat, Mar 5

    MONDO & MIDI BAG
    Instructor: Sandy Cleasby
    Time: 10am to 3pm
    Fee: $25
    Made with scraps from your stash, a jelly roll, yardage or even a layer cake; these bags are fun and easy to make. The Mondo Bag is great for an overnighter and its little sister, the Midi Bag is the perfect size for people on the go. The fusible interfacing panels will ensure your intersections match perfectly. Get ready, because all of your friends are going to want one of these bags!




    Mon, Mar 14

    CRAFTY CARRIER
    Instructor: Mary Sue Christenbury
    Time: 10am to 3pm
    Fee: $25
    These crafty carriers have handles, outside divided pleated pockets on front and back, and a single outside pocket on each side. This is a great catch all bag for craft supplies, school tools or even your beach necessities




    Mon, Mar 7

    DECORATIVE THROW PILLOWS
    Instructor: Mary Sue Christenbury
    Time: 9:30am to 12:30pm
    Fee: $20
    An inexpensive and easy way to change the look of most rooms in your home is to add decorative pillows. This class will show you how to make those pillows with a decorative touch.

    Clubs & Events



    March 11 & 12

    ANITA GOODESIGN
    Instructor: Anita Wonderland
    Time: 9am to 5pm
    Fee: $99
    Included:
    • Lunch and Snacks
    • Baby Lock Embroidery Machine available to use during Party Experience
    • Kits of fabric, thread, and stabilizer
    • Tutorial Book and CD
    • Prizes!



    Sat, Mar 12

    EMBROIDERY CLUB
    Instructor: Pam Carter
    Time: 9am to 10am
    Fee: $10
    Eye-catching effects with Embroidery Thread. In this demo/lecture we will show you how to master mylar film and metallic threads, use variegated thread effectively, choose the right thread weight and match the right needle to your thread.



    Sat, Feb 13, 11am to 12pm and Sun, Feb 14, 2pm to 3pm

    MAKE IT CUSTOM
    DEMONSTRATION:
    Grommet Drapery Panel

    Instructor: Mary Sue Christenbury
    This week Mary Sue will show you how to properly install grommets to your curtain panels. Join her for this free demonstration in our Drapery Department.



    Fri, March 4

    KIDS CLUB:
    Fabric Bowls

    Instructor: Melanie Stiwalt
    Time: 4pm to 6pm
    Fee: $25
    These cute bowls are just in time for Easter and they're just the right size for all your treats. They go together fast so you can make more to help organize and sort almost anything!

    Block of the Month



    SECOND SATURDAY OF THE MONTH NOW - OCTOBER 8

    ONLY TAKING 20 QUILTERS!

    Amish with a Twist III
    Instructor: Daniela Hogan
    Time: 9:30am-10:30am
    Registration Fee: $25
    Fee: $29.99 monthly or $250.00 upfront
    This essential basic now includes a group of vibrant colors with year-round appeal for quilters of any age or style. These colors are featured in Nancy Rink's new Amish With A Twist III, block of the month, entitled Best of Friends! Each participant can choose from a traditional pieced center or an appliqu├ęd center medallion design.

    During this 10-month Block of the Month program, you will receive a color pattern and fabrics needed to complete your block each month. It also includes fabric for the borders and binding. As a bonus there are 2 free project patterns included.

    Class Policy:

    Class Policy
    • The class fee must be collected when you sign up for the class to guarantee your seat. Each fee is listed next to the class listing.
    • If you cannot attend a class for which you have registered you must let us know 7 days prior to class time. We will be happy to refund you class fee and/or register you in another class.
    • If you cancel after the 7-day time allowance, up until the day of the class, your class fee is nonrefundable.
    • A minimum of 3 students is required for class. If this requirement is not met, usually the class will be canceled and you will be refunded your class fee.
    • Mary Jo's' reserves the right to cancel classes for any reason. If this happens, you will be refunded your class fee.
    • There are no refunds on class fees for 'Special Event' teachers/classes within 30 days of class date unless we can fill your spot with another person. NO EXCEPTIONS!
    We reserve the right to substitute fabrics based on availability.

    Tuesday, February 9, 2016

    DIY Scrap Fabric Wreath


    From Christmas Scraps to Spring Sensation

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    Do you have a ton of extra fabric laying around? We have the PERFECT idea for you... a fabric wreath! This is an excellent way to celebrate the ever-so-near spring season and an excellent project to do with the kids - no needle or thread involved! 


    What You’ll Need

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    • Fabric shears
    • Pieces of fabric
    • Wire wreath frame with multiple circular hoops (12”-18” in diameter frames, easily found at your local craft store)
    • "Extras" to embellish your wreath (small items to sew or hot glue onto the wreath)


    Step 1 - Cut Your Fabric

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    First, cut fabric into 1” x 6” strips and organize them by pattern. The sizing does not have to be precise, just remember the thicker the pieces, the fuller the wreath. (Beware! If you cut the pieces too thick or short you’ll have trouble tying them - your fingers might grow little mouths and start to yell, “Why would you do this to us?!’).


    Step Two - Knot Your Fabric

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    After your fabric is cut, begin tying the strips in simple knots around the wired frame. As you tie, keep the knots close together and bring all the fabric forward so that one side of the wreath is all fabric, while the other is just the knots. Continue this process around the frame until it’s completely full! 

    Tips: Alternate colors and patterns for a more vibrant look and remember, the tighter the bunches, the fuller the wreath! 



    Step Three - Add Your Extras 

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    You can get creative with this part! Add your extra little pieces with needle and thread, hot glue or thin wire. 



    Step Four - Hang Your Wreath

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    Just like that you are done! We hope this gives you a fun project to do as the weather soon transitions into spring! 


    Wednesday, January 27, 2016

    Kathy Stipe: Destined to Be

    Join Kathy Stipe, Baby Lock Educator March 17-19 for THREE fun-filled days of hands on experience with the Baby Lock Destiny with IQ Technology, Silhouette Cameo and Designer's Gallery Everyday Works.

    During the class we will complete six projects while exploring the many features on the Destiny using Everyday Works software as well as the Silhouette Cameo.

    All this for only $149.99, PLUS...


    You will leave with projects using:

    • Regular Vinyl
    • Heat Transfer Vinyl
    • Glass Etching
    • Fabric Cutting
    • Multi Line Text
    • In the hoop stippling around a design
    • In the hoop applique 

    Call today - 704.861.9100! Seating is limited! 



    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

    Join us in celebrating 65 years of Mary Jo's this Saturday!



    Join us in celebrating our 65th Anniversary and Mary Jo's 84th birthday. Sherrif Alan Cloninger (Mary Jo's son) will accept the Key to the City on behalf of Mary Jo at 11am by Mayor Bridgeman.


    Vintage Patterns 65 cents, Spend $65 and get $10 in MJ Bucks and other items marked down to 65 cents.





    Register Saturday and Sunday to win a Baby Lock Ellageo Plus, Madera Thread, 65 fat quarters and $65 in MJ Bucks!



    Arrive early! First 65 customers receive a special gift! 

    Doors open at 9am! 




    Monday, December 28, 2015

    Celebrating 65 Years at Mary Jo’s Cloth Store!

    Mary Jo’s Cloth Store was founded in 1951 by a young lady with a simple dream to own her own cloth shop. Now, 65 years later, we are celebrating the journey of the South’s Fabric Queen (Mary Jo) in conjunction with her 84th birthday! January 16, 2016 marks Mary Jo’s Cloth Store’s 65th Anniversary, and we have tons of fun events and offers in the works to celebrate Mary Jo’s favorite people, her customers, that day!

    Mary Jo’s Cloth Store Memories

    In honor of 65 years, we are looking to find videos, pictures and stories our customers have about their times at Mary Jo’s Cloth Store. With 65 years of history behind us, we know there have to be a few good ones! Did your mother purchase the fabric for all of your back to school clothes from Mary Jo’s or did you spend hours upon hours contemplating the perfect lace for your wedding dress in our store with your closest friends? Do you have an adorable picture of your grandson asleep in his stroller at Mary Jo’s? Then you’re exactly who we are looking for!


    Ready to be a part of Mary Jo’s history? 

    Share your videos, pictures or stories with us on Facebook by January 8th and we’ll feature them on the TV’s in our store during our 65th Anniversary Celebration on January 16! After the celebration, we’ll add your submissions to our blog for a permanent online feature!