What’s the Buzz: March Events at Rocky Mountain Sewing and Vacuum

March brings us wind, snow, St. Patrick’s day, and a change to Day Light Savings time. It also brings us a slew of March events, classes and the opening of our event center at Rocky Mountain Sewing and Vacuum. We’re going to be really busy this month!

Special March Events

Sewing Revolution 2-day Event

Photo of Kym Goldup-Graham instructor for Sewing Revolution one of the March Events at RMSV

We’re so excited to bring you, all the way from Australia, The Sewing Revolution with Kym Goldup-Graham! Kym is a published, passionate and enthusiastic teacher who is constantly devising new methods to inspire and motivate. Kym combines patchwork, quilting, appliqué, and machine embroidery together with amazing results!

The Sewing Revolution has created a unique ruler/template system for embroidery and quilting. It is a world where arcs and circle centers magically appear, where shapes almost draw themselves, and where embroidery design placement is perfect every time.

Join us for this two-day event, Friday, 03/15 from 10am to 5pm and Saturday, 03/16 from 10am to 5pm. Create 4 different projects using both sewing and embroidery on the Janome Horizon Quilt Maker Memory Craft 15000. We will provide all of the machines, the materials, and kits as well as lunch. So the only thing you have to remember is to bring yourself. Best of all, your new skills are transferable to any machine!

Kym is passionate and enthusiastic about her craft and loves to share the secrets to sewing learned along the way. You are guaranteed to not only learn from this presentation, but also be entertained and leave with a smile on your face.

What a great event to open our Event Center! Click here to register.

Quilt, Craft and Sewing Festival

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It’s that time again for the Quilt, Craft and Sewing Festival at the Denver Mart. At the festival, you can find a wide variety of sewing, quilting, needle-art, and craft supplies from many quality companies.

Of course, RMSV will have our usual large display and great deals, so stop by our booth to see the newest machines, product demos.

The festival is open Thursday March 21st and Friday, March 22nd from 10 am until 5pm and on Saturday, March 23th from 10am until 4pm. We hope to see you there! Click here for more information and directions.

Handi Quilter Classes at the Festival

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In addition to our booth, we’ll be holding six Handi Quilter classes at the Festival. If you missed our Handi Quilter event back in January, here’s a great opportunity to brush up on your long arm quilting and learn new techniques. Even if you’re just thinking about a long arm, you can really benefit from one or more of these classes. Oh, and if you are thinking of a long arm you know we’ll make you a great deal at the Festival!

Stand Up Longarm Quilting Basics

This class removes the mystery of longarm quilting by explaining machine and frame elements and features, how to load a quilt, and vital facts about thread, needles and tension.

The cost is $59.99 for this class on March 21 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. Click here to register.

Fast, Fun & Fabulous Free Motion Quilting 

Create flowing designs by connecting simple design elements with continuous lines, traveling across the quilt or filing in a specific area. Learn how drawing and muscle memory contribute to beautiful free motion quilting and how to create stunning designs.

The cost is $59.99 for this class on March 21 from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Click here to register.

Creative Textures and Fills

Come expand your design portfolio by learning the stitch path of a wide variety of creative filler designs. Learn which designs lend themselves best to micro-quilting and how to use Micro Handles for best results.

The cost is $59.99 for this class on March 22 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. Click here to register.

Ruler Essentials

Learn to handle rulers and templates safely with the ruler base and Sure Foot, and how to achieve accuracy with the markings. If you love precision and consistency in your quilting designs, you will love using design rulers and templates!

The cost is $59.99 for this class on March 22 from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Click here to register.

Background, Borders, Blocks

Tried and true fillers and “go to” designs will be featured as you learn how to select and adapt designs to compliment each area. You’ll also learn how to accomplish the quilting efficiently and easily.

The cost is $59.99 for this class on March 23 from 9:00 pm to 12:00 pm. Click here to register.

You Can Do That on a Longarm?

Come see how techniques usually done with a sewing machine can be accomplished with a longarm machine. You’ll leave with brilliant shortcuts and ideas for quick and easy projects and a whole new perspective on what’s possible with a longarm!

The cost is $59.99 for this class on March 23 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Click here to register.

Sew Fun

March Sew Fun is a week early this month due to the Quilt, Craft and Sewing Festival. The March dates for Sew Fun are:

  • Aurora: Tuesday, March 12, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m or 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. or 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Littleton: Wednesday, March 13 , 10 a.m. – 12 p.m or 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. or 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Arvada: Thursday, March 14 , 10 a.m. – 12 p.m or 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. or 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Colorado Springs: Friday, March 15 , 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. or 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

In Store Classes

Kimberbell Club, March 6, Aurora

Kimberbell project one of March events at the Aurora RMSV store

Come to the Aurora store March 6 for the Kimberbell Club. Create a candy heart pocket tag with a pocket just big enough to hold a chocolate treat, love note or gift card. With techniques like applique and lining in the hoop, this sweet project really is as fun to make as it is to give.

The class runs from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm and is $29. Click here to register.

Jelly Roll Race, March 9, Littleton

Jelly Roll Quilt made in Jelly Roll Race like one in Littleton March events

Join us for our Jelly Roll Race! Class begins at 10:30 am and everyone will sew their strips together to make one long monster strip. Once everyone has their monster strip completed, we will take a break for everyone to grab lunch and rest. (Check out one of our earlier blogs, Ready, Set, Sew! A Jelly Roll Race at Rocky Mountain’s Colorado Springs Store, for more information on a Jelly Roll Race.)

Then we will come back together and the race is on! The person who finishes their quilt top the fastest will win a fabulous prize.

The cost of the class is $20, and it’s BYOJR (bring your own jelly roll). We have a great selection of Jelly Rolls, and if buy your jelly roll from us for class you’ll save 30%. Click here to register.

Scan N Cut Glass Etching, March 13, Colorado Springs

Photo of etched glass a project for March Events

Learn to use your BROTHER Scan N Cut to cut adhesive craft vinyl for creating a stencil for glass etching. The class fee, $30, includes a kit so you will leave with a finished project.

Pleas note: You must have basic knowledge of how to use your Scan N Cut as this is a project class, not a usage class.

There are two opportunities to take this class on March 13. Click on the time below to register.

Spring Break Sewing Camp, March 25 – 29, Arvada

sketch of tote bag, one of projects in sewing spring break camp at Arvada march events

Creative kids now have an incredible place to go to learn and master the great art of sewing! Students learn and build valuable, lifelong skills like 1) how to operate a sewing machine, 2) carry a project from concept to completion, 3) patience, 4) artistry, and 5) reading patterns and visualizing in 3 dimensions.

We begin with DIRECTIONS, a series of educational sewing patterns developed just for young people. Then students progress on to sew clothes, gifts, accessories, stuffed animals, quilts, etc. Sewing machines, tools and beginning patterns are provided for boys and girls ages 7 to 17.

Join us all week long. Sewing Camps over spring break meet 1.5 hours each day for five days. The cost for the week is $135, but each student saves $5 when they sign up for same camp with a friend.

Click on one of the four available time slots below to register.

Stitcher’s Garden, March 7 – Aurora; March 29 – Littleton

Showcase the decorative stitches on you machine and make a beautiful quilt of appliquéd block. All of the flowers, which are rather large, are stitched in place using specialty feet & decorative stitches found on your machine.

Learn different techniques and use tools and sewing feet, while making a new block each month. Once all the blocks are sewn together you will have a masterpiece and thoroughly know your machine!