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Updates from MakerCraft Studio - July 2

Dear Friends and Supporters, We are excited to let you know that we passed our insulation inspection and drywall has begun! We don't have a lot of photos to share this time because the only visible change has been installation of drywall. Rob, Joe, and Patti first started by installing vapor barrier and then drywall went up. This week, they are taping and mudding the drywall. The addition of drywall has made a huge difference in the feel of the space -- it's getting real! Among the "hidden"...

Dear Friends and Supporters, You haven't heard much from us, because what we've been doing isn't very exciting -- but it's crucial work! The most visible accomplishment was Rob getting our new columns placed on the rebuilt front porch! With our friend Toni's help, the columns and the front door got a first coat of paint. Patti started scraping around the windows on the front of the building. The primary activity over the past two weeks has been insulation installation! All four of us have...

Dear Supporter, This past week, we passed an electrical and framing inspection for the first floor. Yay! So, that means it was time for insulation installation. Yesterday, Patti, Cass, Gail, and Toni (yay, girl-power!) spent the day installing insulation in the walls on the first floor rooms. We still have to do the ceiling on the first floor, but we made good progress! This week, we'll be working on laying the floor in the downstairs kitchen and electrical work will move upstairs. Classes!...

If you are not local or don't have any interest in taking quilting classes at the Studio, you can disregard this email. Cass and Patti are beginning to plan classes we'd like to offer at MakerCraft. These would be QUILTING classes (don't worry, we'll be offering other classes too). We need to hear from you! When do you want to take classes? Do you have interest in the classes we are considering offering? We've prepared a survey to get feedback from you. Please note that many of these proposed...

Program News We are excited to announce that we are taking reservations for retreats! You can learn more on our website: http://www.makercraftstudio.com You can join us on one of our retreats or book your own event. We plan to be open by the end of July! Note: The online booking system only allows bookings for the next 6 months. To book further out than 180 days, contact us. We also have availability for retreats at Nora’s in Denver, PA, in May 2025 and in Lancaster, PA, in September 2024....

Dear friends, We are finally ready to accept reservations for retreats hosted by Patti and Cass at the new space. These will be 4-day retreats at which you can work on your own projects. The dates are: July 25-28, 2024 Aug 30-Sept 2, 2024 (Labor Day weekend) Sept 26-29, 2024 Oct 24-27, 2024 The cost is $350/weekend and that includes meals. You’ll need to pay a $100 deposit when you book; the balance is due 30 days before the retreat. Weekends start at 9 AM on the first day and run until 5 PM...

Hi, everyone, So much accomplished in the past month! Patti retired from her "day job" on April 1! Patti and Joe traveled to Texas for the eclipse (saw some of it... it was cloudy), and for a long-overdue visit with her family. While they were gone, Rob continued work downstairs and replaced the windows on the first level. So much more light now! New window! Outside of new window Gail and Toni worked on painting the trim in the living room upstairs. Gail (left) and Toni Living room trim color...

Since we got the building permit, so much work has been happening! The electrician has been running new wiring all over the building. New wiring The guys at Dapper Scrapper cleaned out the back room on the first floor and demo'ed the old first-floor bathroom. We recommend them highly! Professional work at a reasonable price. Back room - Before Back room - After Tristan from Dapper Scrapper working on demo'ing the old bathroom Old bathroom - gone! Rob framed out the ADA-accessible new bathroom...

We have gotten the building permit! This is a BIG step, and our electrician is already hard at work. Here he is installing lots of floor outlets. Rob and Joe have been working on the porch. They repaired water damage, raised up the whole porch to fix its sagging (we have new period columns to replace the old 4 x 4's), painted new floor boards, and replaced the old roof with a lovely green metal roof. Patti and Cass attended QuiltCon last week in Raleigh, NC, where we got a chance to learn,...

It's been a few weeks since we've shared news, but things have been moving along! We are awaiting the issuance of our final permit: a building permit. We expect it any time. Until we get that, our major systems contractors cannot get to work. However, we are doing what we can while we're waiting. Joe finished taking down the old ceiling in the main first-floor space. That was a BIG job. Rob has started rebuilding the front porch, including ordering some lovely period columns to replace the 4...