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Creative Passions February 2024 Newsletter


February Newsletter

Laura's Corner

Happy Snow Days!

What a Michigan January we have had, 40 degrees, 20 degrees, rain, snow, ice… Good thing we all expect this every year.  Do you remember the year it was 80 degrees on St. Patrick’s Day?  Now that was crazy!

Just a reminder for your retreats, there are no longer 5-gallon water jugs at any retreat buildings.  If you cannot live without your bottled water, Franks Supermarket and Dollar General have individual and gallon size.  Our water in Chesaning is fine to drink, I promise we are not trying to poison you.

Have you heard that we are hosting a Quilt Walk in Chesaning, May 2-4, 2024?  We would love to have a quilt or few of yours to display that week.  There will be three categories that will win prizes: adult, teen and youth. Stay tuned for more information and follow Chesaning Quilt Walk on Facebook for updates.

Great news on the expansion of the Quilt Shop!  We will be having an open house at the end of February!  Tentatively we are planning Tuesday through Thursday, February 27-29 for the celebration!  Keep watching the progress on our Facebook page.  There will be LOTS of new products for quilters, items for scrapbookers and gift items too!

Looking forward to seeing you at the retreats and in the quilt shop!

Laura G

 Tamara's Tidbits

Hello friends! I promise the 2025 calendars are ALMOST DONE. We are working on streamling the availability on our website so that it is easier to read. And once it is all ready, we'll send out an email update.

Hope you are all staying warm and safe. 


Selena's Scoop

New year, new you, goals and resolutions galore, for some. I definitely like to have some things in mind when I start a new year and to reflect on what went right and what went wrong the previous year. I think all of us want more me time, eat healthier and spend less time in the kitchen or is that just me? I’m a huge fan of the Crockpot and the ease it provides. My family, although life is a little simpler, still has demanding schedules and odd times coming and going. For us, utilizing the crockpot is a huge help. This meal is delicious, healthier and can feed most families for an affordable price. Who doesn’t love saving money?

Bone in or boneless Chicken thighs or breasts-I use boneless

Baby potatoes

Shredded Parmesan Cheese

Olive Oil

Salt, pepper, thyme, rosemary, oregano

I start by placing my potatoes in the bottom of the Crockpot, add 2tbs of olive oil, sprinkle with any seasonings you want, I’ve suggested mine. Then add shredded parmesan cheese and mix well. Once mixed, place your chicken on top and season the same as you did your potatoes. I cook on my low setting for 4-6 hours depending on the size of your crockpot.


Michelle's Material


We have had a lot of new fabrics recently come into the shop!

Our newest line is Honeybloom, make something sweet and pretty using this collection by 3 Sisters. Honeybloom is a light and airy looking collection with pastel blues and yellows decorating wonderfully traditional designs of blooming florals, thriving foliage and a hint of unique and intricate geometric patterns, this collection is sure to stand the test of time. 

Bring a little piece of the garden into your craft room using this collection by designer Cassadra Connolly. Floral Song is a beautiful collection full of dancing florals and pretty pastel hues that come together to create a fabulous melody.

Get ready for the summer season with this bright and fun collection by Sherri & Chelsi! Strawberry Lemonade will bring a pop of color and a retro flare to anything you’re working on, with blooming florals, fancy plaids, wonderful polka-dots and so much more, all adorning beautifully colored fabrics.

All Michigan Shop Hop

We are so excited for the very first All Michigan Shop Hop! You can preorder your fabric and magazine HERE!


If you are looking for more information, continue reading or visit

The All Michigan Shop Hop runs June 1st - July 31st 2024! The All Michigan Shop Hop Magazine is your guide to all things about the event. In addition, you will find patterns, articles and resources for sewing and quilting. Your magazine will be a great reference even after the Shop Hop has ended. Use it as inspiration for a new project, or to find a quilt shop as you meander through Michigan.Your magazine will include an official Passport. Each person in your party will need a Passport in order to register for prizes.

Regional and state maps are included in the magazine to help you plan your routes. The magazine notes special hours for participating Shop Hop stores.

 Each year we have custom fabric designed exclusively for the All Michigan Shop Hop. The fabric is sold only at Shop Hop stores during the event. The 2024 exclusive  were designed by Windham Fabrics. Check with stores to find out which fabrics they will carry. You can pre-order the fabric, but you won’t be able to pick up your purchase until after the first day of the Shop Hop. Our exclusive Shop Hop Fabrics often sell out, so be sure to pick some up when you see it. When it’s gone, it’s gone!


Retreat Availability

Are you looking for a last minute get away, a little Valentine's love for yourself? We have some openings that could be yours so check your calendars, find your friends and give us a call at 989-845-2159.

February 2-4 @ CP3B up to 4 people

February 5-8 @ CP1 or CP3 for up to 12

February 12-15 @ CP3B up to 4 people CPRC 16 up to 16, 2nd floor bedroom

February 16-18 Suite A and C up to 4 people

February 19-22 @ CPRC 24 or 16 available

February 23-25 @ CPRC 16 up to 16 people

February 26-29 @ CP3 up to 12 people or CP3B up to 4 people

Again, if you're interested, please call our offices to book.