QIC Staff and Friends Retreat

October 30th, 2016

For many years Jane has treated us shop gals with a retreat. This year was extra special. After the shop closed last December it has been harder to get together although we have had several gatherings throughout the year. There's nothing like getting to stay together in a special place and quilt and talk and eat as much as your heart desires! It was a wonderful opportunity to catch up and we added a couple of ladies to our crew. We hope you'll enjoy these pictures (and recipes) from our weekend.


Beautiful weather and a beautiful setting


The 1915 Barn. It would be an amazing venue for a wedding or family reunion.

Sewing in the hayloft. We had almost too space but no one was complaining!

Show and Tell and snack time.

Another cool feature of the barn-


We took time to cheer on the Cubs.

And to celebrate Kathy's birthday!

Wendy's Chocolate Coconut Gluten-free Cake

1/2 cup coconut flour

1 teaspoon baking flour

6 tablespoons cocoa powder

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

6 large eggs


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an  8 1/2" X 4 1/2" loaf pan or an 8" square cake pan.

2. Sift together the coconut flour and baking powder, mixing to combine, set aside.

3. In a large, microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter with the cocoa, stirring until well blended.

4. Whisk the sugar, salt, vanilla, and eggs into the butter-cocoa mixture. Add the coconut flour and baking powder, whisking until smooth.

5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Let it rest for 10 minutes. Bake the cake until set, and a cake tester inserted into the middle comes out clean. This will take 35-45 minutes in the loaf pan, or 30-35 minutes in the square pan.

6. Cool the cake in the pan for 30 minutes before turning it out on a rack to cool completely. The cake is easiest to slice when it's completely cool.


Marinell's Yummy Breakfast Casserole

1-16 ounce package ground pork sage breakfast sausage

12 eggs

1 -can condensed cream of mushroom soup/ or to make it gluten-free use 1.5 C sour cream INSTEAD OF SOUP

1 1/4 cup milk

Fresh mushrooms or a small sliced can of mushrooms

1 (32oz) package frozen hash-browns, thawed

1 cup each of diced red, green peppers and onion

2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

salt & pepper to taste


1. Place sausage in skillet over medium high heat, cook until evenly browned. Add peppers and onions. Sauté. Drain, set aside.

2. Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly grease a 9" x 13" baking dish.

3. In a large bowl, beat together the eggs, sour cream, milk and one cup cheese. Stir in the sausage mix and mushrooms. Pour into baking dish. Now mix in the thoroughly thawed potatoes. This can be covered and refrigerated overnight.

4. Bake in preheated oven for 65 minutes.

5. Sprinkle with 1 C cheese, and bake additional 10 minutes, or until cheese is melted.

6. This is great topped with some picante sauce or sour cream. Makes a lot. Great for brunch.



Please come join me. I've been going through all my class samples and I think they would make fun pot pads. Could you join me? I don't think you need to bring anything-- just yourself. Please let me know if you can come--- and I'll make the soup!  Thursday, November 10.  1pm.  Bring your friends. I'm anxious to see everyone!!


North Coast Limited

This kit was one of QIC's best all-time sellers! Its poster of the train in the Bozeman Pass made it an essential purchase for tourists coming through our shop and for quilters who saw the advertisement in The Quilter Magazine. We have two of the fabric kits left. If we had interest from two folks, we could purchase the accompanying giclee prints. Otherwise you can get this gorgeous bundle of fabrics for half the original price. There is 11 1/2 yards of fabric in 1/2, 3/8 and 1/4 yard cuts. Order by following this link or replying to the email.


 Quilt Display Stands

Many visitors to the shop over the years asked about these unique quilt display stands. I have three left that I don't have a use for and I would love to find someone who wants these. I won't be able to ship them but if you are local and would like one, let me know and we can set up a time for you to pick one (or two or three!) up. They were originally $49.95, but are now 50% off. Call 587-8213 or reply to this email to let me know you're interested.


And a few seasonal items we have available for you to purchase:

Friendly Trick or Treaters Runner

This is a pattern I developed to be either a seasonal table or bed runner. You can complete it in no time at all. 22” x 52”. Includes fabric for top and binding, pattern and antique prints.  40% off the regular price! You can also get the pattern alone for $9.50.
Order by replying to this email (especially if you're local to avoid postage) or following this link.


Pumpkin Rug Punch 

8” x 12”. Includes Pattern on Monk’s cloth and wool yarn. This project ranks high among those I have designed. The finished project can be attached to one of our custom made stools specially priced at $11.99. Order by replying to this email or follow this link.





If you don’t know how to rug punch you can purchase one of our rug punches with complete instructions on teaching yourself to rug punch. Order by replying to this email or follow this link.


Punch Needle Rug Hooking Techniques and Designs by Amy Oxford  $24.99. I could get rid of many, many books but this is one I will always keep in my library. It provides inspiration for many things—life in general. Sometimes I just pick it up for a boost for the day. Order by replying to this email or follow this link.