Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Time is Running Out!

Time is running out to celebrate your LOVE of sewing with a new Baby Lock machine!

Don’t miss out on special Baby Lock rebates ending this Saturday, February 28th!

Purchase a Baby Lock Aria and receive a $100 rebate!

Purchase a Baby Lock Endurance and receive a $250 rebate!

Purchase a Baby Lock Ovation and receive a $300 rebate! 

 Purchase a Baby Lock Enterprise and receive a $400 rebate! 

Hurry into Mary Jo’s today before this promotion ends and make your Baby Lock dreams come true!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Signup Now for MaryJo's Summer Camp

MaryJo's Sunday Funday March 1

If Sunday your favorite “sew day” then you are in luck! Mary Jo’s is giving Sunday Funday a whole new meaning by opening our doors on Sundays from 12-6PM!

Join us Sunday, March 1st to celebrate! We’ll have special one-day-only sales going on all day, plus you’ll receive 5 MJ Bucks for every $50 that you spend! What’s not to love?

Find Minky Shorts for $7.99 a yard and Surprise Grab Bags for just $5 while supplies last!

Select drapery trims will be half off (giving YOU a value of $15.98 per yard),

Poly Wool Suitings will be buy one yard, get one FREE!

There will be an opportunity to win prizes every hour! One lucky Mary Jo’s shopper will even win a Babylock Rachel Sewing Machine!*Must be present to win

We’ll be offering free demos all day long! Learn all about:
·         Mitered Borders
·         The Perfect Binding Tool
·         Tiara 101
·         Striology Ruler Creative Grids
·         Home Dec
·         & much, much more!

Don’t live close to Mary Jo’s? Just make a weekend of it! We have partnered with local hotels for a discounted rate for all Mary Jo’s customers. Call to book your room today!

·         Hampton Inn 704.866.9090

·         Marriott Fairfield Inn  704.867.5073

        Comfort Suites 704.865.6688

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Rustic Chic Burlap and Lace

Are you planning a party or wedding reception?   We love the look of tables dressed with runners made from burlap and lace.  It’s the perfect backdrop for china, glass and antique silver.   This is an easier sewing project than you might think!

Photo courtesy of Hot Cocoa Design 

At Mary Jo’s Cloth Store you can purchase pre-cut burlap 18 inches wide, the perfect size for table runners.  The edges are finished with a serged seam.  This saves so much time!

Begin by measuring your tables and adding at least 12 inches to the length.  This will allow the runners to fall over the ends 6 inches on each side.  Or plan on a longer length for more drama, making them to the floor if you like!

Photo courtesy of RusticWeddingChic.com

Do keep in mind that if the table runners fall over the table edge where someone will be seated, a shorter length or ending on the tabletop is a good idea because burlap can shed. I don’t want guests in black pants or dresses to unknowingly wear burlap fuzz.

Photo courtesy of ruffledblog.com

After you know the finished length, purchase enough lace and burlap for each table.  There so many choices!  Look in the trims and bridal departments at Mary Jo’s Cloth Store for you need.

Cut the burlap and lace to the length needed.  Finish the cut edges of the burlap by serging, sewing with a straight stitch.  Pin the lace to the burlap pieces and sew using a straight and with your set for a large stitch length.

Your burlap and lace table runners are now ready to use!  We hope you have been inspired make table runners like this for your next event.  Please share photos!

Photo courtesy of theknot.com

March Classes at Mary Jo's

Quilting Classes

Tuesday, March 3rd

Time: 10am to 3pm
Instructor: Daniela Hogan
Fee: $35.00
This colorful quilt not only has the full spectrum in the rings, but the background can be any solid color you choose. Red, black, gray or white, let your creativity run wild. Jelly roll friendly!

Wednesday, March 4 & 18th, 2015

Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Instructor: Kathy Dyas
Fee: $70.00 for both sessions
Would you like to create a quilt that looks complicated, but is easy to piece together? If so, the French Braid is the quilt for you! Create this beautiful quilt using hues of your favorite colors. In the first session we will create our braids, and in the second we will put our masterpieces together.

Saturday, March 7th

Time: 11am to 4pm
Instructor: Daniela Hogan
Fee:  $35.00
With so many ways to set these curvy squares, you'll be addicted tothe curves! Whatever pattern you choose, the curves are fun and easy to stitch.

Saturday, March 7th, 2015

Time: 11 am - 4pm
Instructor: Kathy Dyas
Fee: $35.00
You'll be amazed at what you can create with just a Jelly Roll & a pair of scissors! This is a great quilt whether you are a beginning quilter or just want to sit and sew the afternoon away.

Tuesday, March 10th and 17th

Time: 10 am - 3 pm
Instructor: Daniela Hogan
Fee:$70.00 for both sessions
Gather all those t-shirts you just can't throw away and make a memory quilt!

Thursday March 12, 19, 26 and April 2 (4 sessions)

Time: 6pm - 9pm
Instructor: Cindy Jahnke
Fee:  $75.00 for all 4 sessions
This class will teach you the basics of quilt making from start to finish. Whether you have never made a quilt before, or if you just want to freshen up on your, this is the class for you. From pressing to borders, you'll learn it all!

Saturday, March 14th

Time: 10am to 1pm
Instructor: Cindy Jahnke
Fee:  $25
This class will teach three methods of appliqué: needle turn, lick and stick and a lick and stick variation. The class will discuss types of threads and sewing machine stitches to use with your appliqué designs. A heart and star design will be provided so that the student can practice appliqué in class.

Saturday, March 21st

Time: 10am to 5pm
Instructor: Cindy Jahnke
Fee:  $55.00
Easy Stained Glass is a simple, beginner quilt. This lovely quilt has a dramatic effect in any color and is an easy way to impress your friends and family!

Tuesday, March 24th

Time: 10am to 3pm
Instructor: Karen Ponischil
Fee:  $35
Get out your most colorful precut and let's make this happy quilt together!  It will make a great gift for a teacher or the favorite student in your life. Come play with pencils and a touch of appliqué too!

Wednesday, March 25th

Time: 2pm to 5pm
Instructor: Karen Ponischil
Fee:  $45
Feathers are the classic quilt motif. Learn the basics of creating feathers from the "shell/teardrop" shape in this free-motion quilting class. This is a minimal/no mark technique workshop where you will be introduced to several different feater patterns.

Students will learn:
  • about thread, machine feet, needles and batting
  • how to ready your machine
  • starting and stopping
  • several free-motion quilting feather motifs
    (with spine, withoutspine, free form, and funky feathers)

Friday, March 27th

Time: 10am to 4pm
Instructor: Karen Ponischil
Fee:  $65
Learn to create fabric landscape of the Blue Ridge Mountains! In this class you will learn to create a fabric landscape from a photo. By the end of the class you will understand the technique and know how to create your own landscape quilt.

Students will learn:
  • how to turn a photo into a pattern for a landscape quilt
  • how to choose fabrics
  • how to free motion quilt landscape
  • binding options

Saturday, March 28th

(Ginko Mini)

Time: 2pm to 5pm
Instructor: Karen Ponischil
Fee:  $55
Learn the basics of painting with thread. In this class you will learn how to add color, shading and hightlights to a flat area to give it dimension.

Students will learn:
  • learn about stabilizers
  • which threads work well for thread painting
  • how to build color
  • how to add overall color, shading and highlights

Wednsday March 25th or Saturday, March 28th


Time: 10am to 1pm
Instructor: Karen Ponischil
Fee:  $45
Curvy, Geometric or Both? Learn what style you like best in this free-motion quilting class. You will learn the basics of free motion quilting. This is a no mark technique workshop where you will be introduced to several different free motion quilting patterns

Students will learn:
  • about thread, machine feet, needles and batting
  • how to ready your machine
  • starting and stopping
  • several free-motion quilting designs (curvy and geometric)

Saturday, March 28th

Time: 3pm to 5pm
Instructor: Cindy Jahnke
Fee:  $25
Learn to make these amazing bowls, baskets and purses from clothesline and fabric using simple wrapping and coiling methods and zigzag stitching. You'll make one project in class, but you'll learn the techniques to make any project! These projects are easy and FUN to make and they make great gifts! Anyone and everyone can do this!

Tuesday, March 31st

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 WIPs (work-in-progresses). This is a free form class - bring your own project and work at your own pace!

Sewing Classes

Monday, March 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd

Time: 10am - 1pm
Instructor: Mary Sue Christenbury
Fee: $100 all 4 classes
Learn about the Basic Concepts of Sewing, Sewing Machine Maintenance, Hand & Machine Sewing, Tools of the Trade, Pattern Layout, Fabric Selection, Interfacing, Cutting, Matching repeat Patterns, Seam Finishes, Darts, Gathers, Easing, Tucks, Zippers, Pleats, & Closures.

Wednesday, March 4th

Instructor: Melanie Stiwalt
Time: 10am - 1pm
Fee: $20
ICalling all homeschoolers! Come spend the morning with Melanie and let your creative juices flow while making new friends. New project on the first Wednesday of each month, this month kids will learn to make a Sewing Machine Cover!

Saturday, March 14th and Wednesday, March 25th

Time: 2pm - 5pm OR 10am - 1pm
Instructor: Mary Sue Christenbury
Fee: $30
Learn what to do and not do when hand hemming dress pants, dresses, jeans and skirts. You will learn at least 3 different hand hemming techniques and how to use your blind hem stitch on your sewing machine, as well as other useful hemming tips.

Saturday, March 15th OR Wednesday March 18th

Time: 10am - 1pm
Instructor: Mary Sue Christenbury
Fee: $30
Class Limited to six students
Learn how to put in a centered dress zipper, lapped pants zipper and an invisible zipper.

Saturday, March 28th

Time: 10:30am – 4pm
Instructor: Pam Carter
Fee: $20
Take your embroidery to the next level and discover the best ways toavoid puckering, wrinkling and distortion. We will take your machine embroidery to new heights by referencing which needles, marking and hooping method works best for an assortment of fabric types.

Home Décor Days

Saturday, March 14th

Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Demo: Located in the Home Dec department Instructor: Susan Woodcock the Home Dec Gal
Fee: Free
Located in the Home Dec Department

Tuesday, March 19th

Time: 6pm - 8pm
Instructor: Susan Woodcock the Home Dec Gal
Fee: $25
Are you redecorating your home and need inspiration for window treatment ideas? Would you like to learn more about planning and sewing curtains, valances and shades? Join home décor sewing expert Susan Woodcock for a fun and informative look at decorating your windows!  In this class you will learn how to measure your window, choose fabric and lining and design the best window treatment style for your home. Susan will share general supplies and techniques used in creating custom window treatments, and tips for installing on your window.  If you plan to purchase or sew window treatments for your home, this class is the perfect introduction to the world of curtains, valances and shades!


Saturday, March 14th

Time: 9 am - 10:30 am
Instructor: Pam Carter
Fee: $10.00 Must sign up prior to class. Class size is limited!
Not sure how to place your embroidery on a napkin, towel, cuff or polo shirt?  This month we will focus on placement techniques using Creative Notions Snap Ease Hoop Press and Eileen Roche's Snap Hoop. Club is located in the Mary Jo's Sewing Center and Baby Lock embroidery machines will be set up for the perfect hands on experience! You do not need to own a Baby Lock embroidery machine to come. We welcome all wanna be embroiderers as well as those that have embroidered for years. Expect to have a great time!

Every 3rd Saturday of the Month

Instructor: Daniela Hogan
Time: 10am to 1pm
Fee: Fee: $250 includes fabrics for the top, pattern and 3 hours of instruction for 9 months

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 your 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 Jos 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!