Remembering Larry McQuillan
Dear Friend and Honored Mentor
Patron Saint of Sewing Machine Repair
February 9, 1939 – July 9, 2021
Forever in our hearts, our thoughts, and our backroom.
Join Deanna and their Georgia family for a
Celebration of Life
at Berardinelli McGee Life Event Center
1399 Luisa Street, Santa Fe, NM
Thursday, September 9th, from 12 noon to 2pm.
Let's keep our friends and loved ones safe.
Please stay home if you are un-vaccinated or not feeling well
The Sewing Center of Santa Fe was founded in June of 2001 by Deanna and Larry McQuillan. They grew a strong community business by delivering quality products, expert advice and high standards of service. For 10 years, Larry worked his magic with both the customers and their beloved sewing machines, Countless cookies, hugs and kisses were gifted to him in appreciation!
Larry was dreaming of a quiet retirement in his recliner when they sold the store in 2011, yet he generously continued to share his expertise as LeRoy learned the ins and outs of sewing machine repair. We were all so grateful when Larry came back to the workbench after a few years of retirement to help out.
His expertise, steadfastness and calm presence were sorely missed when he and Deanna moved to Snellville, GA in April of 2020. It was a joy to know and work with him and an honor to be thought of as family.
Say goodbye to sticky needle syndrome, with our new Organ Anti-Glue Needles. They're perfect for projects using sticky stabilizer or spray adhesives.
They are also helpful in resisting the build-up of sizings and other chemical products used commonly in new and napped fabrics. The life of this needle is decidedly longer compared to conventional embroidery needles and thread breakage is considerably reduced.
Size: 75/11 | 5/pack | light ballpoint
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What We're Up To
I'm back on track with a year-old UFO for my oldest grand-daughter, Sofie. My first project using Kraft-Tex and I am LOVING it!
After 18 months off work due to Covid-19, I am finally getting back to longarm quilting so I can be ready to help out on rentals.
I am eager to make my first freestanding embroidered "Happy Camper," in the meantime, I'm working hard to get the service backlog caught up.
I'm finishing up my Halloween wall hanging quilt, and learning how to digitize embroidery. (Her Crazy Quilting and handwork details are haunting!)
I'm working on a super cute serged flat-lock table runner. Who knows, maybe it will be a class some day.
Now We'd Like to Know What You're Up To
We'd love to see what you're up to, and share it to help inspire others—
whether it's a project, a great book you're reading, pictures from a
recent vacation, or a bumper crop of tomatoes.
Send photos by replying to this email, or sending directly to:
We are so excited to be offering project and techniques classes again! Even though Delta could derail us, we're moving forward with scheduling in-person project classes to start in October. Pictured below is a sneak peek of an upcoming jacket class taught by Lorraine Gruys.
For the safety of our students, teachers and staff, classes will be limited to 4 students. Students and teachers must be fully vaccinated and masks are mandatory.Learn More & Apply
Check Out Our Class Page
The 19th Annual Santa Fe Fiesta
de los Niños
September 4 & 5, 10am to 4pm
Enjoy entertainment by talented local dance groups and musicians, learn about New Mexico wildlife and the animals of Las Golondrinas, and make & take crafts, like mini adobe houses.
*Limited tickets only available onlineLearn More/Get Tickets
September Is National Sewing Month
The observance of September as National Sewing Month began with a proclamation from President Ronald Reagan. In 1982, he declared this special month-long celebration “In recognition of the importance of home sewing to our Nation.” Subsequent Proclamations declared that “Tens of millions of Americans sew at home. Their efforts demonstrate the industry, the skill and the self-reliance which are so characteristic of this Nation.”
"During a time when both new and experienced sewists became frontline supporters creating masks and other protective equipment, the 2021 theme of “Traditional Sewing Techniques, New Sewing Traditions” celebrates the skills that were learned, utilized, and taught to others. The drive to help others saved the day, then settled into a drive to simply create. As the need for handmade PPE dropped away, the love of sewing—whether new or nurtured—inspired a resurgence in the art of sewing that took the industry by storm."
In honor of this year's National Sewing Month, we will be sharing a new challenge,
right here, each of the next four weeks.
Check out nationalsewingmonth.org for more history and ideas.
Special National Sewing Month Financing