On Tuesday, March 7, Bev Proulx will return to North Dakota to conduct appraisals and to teach another great class in fabric history. Appraisals are $35 per quilt and must be signed up for in advance at the shop. The class, Quilts through Time, 1900-1960, is a hands on, feel the vintage fabrics experience. The class fee is $15

Bev is a former high school and college English teacher. She taught literature and its history, research techniques, creative writing and formal composition; she also directed plays and coached competitive speech events. After taking early retirement, she has researched and written a 400-page semi-narrative book on her Dutch ancestors. Bev is currently researching her German ancestors and hopes to have the work completed by 2017. In addition to genealogy work, she continues to judge competitive drama and speech events in Minnesota and to extensively design and quilt works for herself and occasional clients.

Bev has been quilting and collecting antique and vintage fabrics for over 25 years. She began collecting antique blocks and studying the history of the fabrics. In the past 15 years, she has added antique and vintage quilts, quilt tops, quilt blocks, fabric pieces and yardage to her collection. As she studied what she had found, Bev also developed a large research library on fabric history and quilt history. Bev has two children and two grandchildren. She lives with her husband in North Branch, Minnesota

Bev’s first line of fabric for Chanteclaire Fabrics, The Roaring 1920’s, is scheduled to arrive at BQC by the end of February. This is the first line of reproduction fabrics to focus on the decade of the ‘20s. If you sign up for the fabric history class, you will receive a coupon for a discount on any purchase from the line. The deadline for registration for both appraisals and the class is February 25 .

Appraisals: March 7, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. $35 per quilt

Class: March 7, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $15 per person, non-refundable

Sustainable Quilting

Okay, there has been a lot of talk about Sustainable Sweden, and Bayfield and Washburn . . . Now we have sustainable quilting. A fancy name for quilting using recycled wool clothing. This will be a three part class—(1) finding and felting the fabric, (2) designing the quilt top, and (3) finishing and tying (yes, TYING, just like great grandma did) your top. Class dates will depend on your schedules. $15 for 3 session class.

The “A” Word—Appliqué!

We are going to attempt an easy appliqué wall hanging, using fusible web, batiks, and decorative stitches on your sewing machine. I don’t do hand appliqué! Class dates will depend on your schedule. $10 for two session class.


Here is an opportunity to get together and knit/crochet—and learn from each other. Morning, afternoon and evening sessions—again, dates will depend on your schedule. Donations for beverages/goodies appreciated!