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CLASS CANCELLATION POLICY:  

To reserve a place in a class, the class fee must be paid at the time you register.  Thistle Dew Quilt Shoppe (TDQS) reserves the right to cancel a class if the required minimum enrollment is not met.  Earliest notification will be given and the participant may choose either a full refund or a TDQS credit.  

If a student cannot attend a class, for whatever reason, a refund will be given only if the student notifies TDQS at least one week (7 days) before the class start date.  This is because the teacher needs at least 1 week to prepare for the class, and the teacher and Thistle Dew incur expenses to set up the class.  


Classes

The Marula is regarded as a sacred tree in Africa and often the spiritual center of villages. Sue's African Marula design is a blank canvas for you to unleash your embellishing creativity. You will choose your own fabrics and embellishment threads. You can follow Sue's pattern or make yours into a family tree, a travel journal, or anything else you can imagine. The finished size is 25"x 28". This is a class for beginners and advanced stitchers. 4th Tue, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Jun-Aug 2017, Judy Cummings, $105 for three classes, supply list.

Cost: $ 105.00
All you moms, grandmas, and aunties ... come and join Susan and share patterns and ideas to make garments for your special little girl's American Girl (or other 18") doll. Susan will have lots of adorable clothes to share with you. Bring your sewing machine (or knitting needles, crochet hooks, etc.) and be prepared to be creative and have a great time. (4th Thursday of each month, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.)

Cost: $ 5.00
Sandra Mollon has exhibited her exquisite quilts all over the U.S., including Houston and PIQF, and has won many awards. This class is open to all levels, and you can start the class at any time. In each class you will learn a new technique. ---- JAN - Getting started in applique, prepared edge applique technique, with hand sewing; recommended blocks: Ruched Rose Lyre or similar block with a vine and leaves. FEB - Ruched rose with optional rick rack center. MAR - Basic cutwork revised; recommended block: Fleur de Lis or Double Heart. ---- Sandra Mollon, 4th Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.. $40/class (Students must pay for 3 classes at a time - $120.) Supply list, including any of Elly Sienkiewicz' books.

Cost: $ 40.00
You've probably been hearing a lot about Big Stitch Quilting. Big Stitch Quilting is hand quilting with a larger thread and needle, and it adds beautiful color, depth, and texture to quilts. You can use straight lines or use a more intricate design from a quilting stencil. With the variety of threads and designs, the possibilities are endless. Beth will be teaching "mini" classes to get you familiar with the technique. Bring a project to quilt or just bring something to practice on. Saturday, Sept 2, 10:00 a.m. 12:30 p.m. -OR- 1:00 - 3:30 p.m., Beth Kondoleon, $10, supply list.

Cost: $ 10.00
This was Sue's BOM in 2015 and it is stunning! It features African animals, birds, insects, and trees, and uses many different layering and embellishment techniques. You must have prior experience with a Sue Spargo project. Judy Cummings, 2nd Sun -OR- 2nd Tue, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., beginning April 2017, $35/session. (Students must pay for 3 sessions at a time.)

Cost: $ 105.00
Have you always wanted to try Foundation Paper Piecing but did not know where or how to start? If so, then this Block of the Month is the class for you. In this class we will begin with the simpler blocks to get your feet wet and progressively get to the more complicated blocks. By the end of 2017 you will have a beautifully pieced quilt, a quilt to cherish for years and years, and a great understanding of foundation paper piecing as well. Foundation Paper Piecing is very accurate, very addictive, and a very fun way to quilt. Come and join Dana and she will show you all the tips and tricks. 3rd Tue beginning Feb 21, 2017, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m., -OR- 4th Wed beginning Feb 22, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m., Dana Lahargoue, $20/class. Students must pay for 3 sessions at a time ($60).

Cost: $ 60.00
In the first session, you'll learn machine set up and basic shapes and backgrounds and will have lots of time in class to practice. In the second session, you'll take your new found skills and put them to work on a continuous line design which you can use as a small wall hanging or pillow. This class is the perfect opportunity to learn from a wonderful instructor. Dana is an award winning machine quilter with many years of machine quilting and teaching experience. Wed, Aug 16 & 30, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m., Dana Lahargoue.

Cost: $ 40.00
Girls' Getaway is one of Crabapple Hill Studio's newest designs. The theme is a girl's camping (or glamping) getaway, and the designs are first colored and then embroidered. Beth's added some different stitches to her blocks. There will be a total of 5 blocks; the 6th pattern will have the piecing instructions. We've scheduled three sessions for this year, and will continue the class for three more sessions in 2018. 1st Saturday, Oct 7, Nov 4, Dec 2, 10:00 - 1:30, Beth Kondoleon, $60 (for three sessions), supply list.

Cost: $ 60.00
Yet another beautiful project from the book, "Gorgeous Wool Applique"! You'll learn how to applique on wool and enhance your project with different embellishment threads and stitches. Beth will also teach the "big-stitch" quilting technique to finish your project. Beth Kondoleon, 3 sessions - 3rd Wednesday -- Sep 20, Oct 18, Nov 15, 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., supply list (including the book).

Cost: $ 60.00
Another beautiful project from the book, "Gorgeous Wool Applique"! You'll learn how to applique on wool and enhance your project with different embellishment threads and stitches. Beth will also teach the "big-stitch" quilting technique to finish your project. Beth Kondoleon, 3 sessions - Wednesday, June 21, July 19, and August 16, 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., supply list (including the book).

Cost: $ 60.00
These sessions are for advanced beginners and intermediate quilters. If you've done a little quilting, but still have questions, this is the class for you. (If you've never quilted before, you will take the Beginning Quilters' University classes on Wednesdays.) Beyond-beginner quilters may choose their own project, but must have completed a quilt top in this series and have their project approved by Judy. $20/class (Students must pay for 3 classes at a time - $60.) 3rd Tue or 3rd Sat of each month, 9:00 a.m.-noon or 1:00-4:00 p.m., Judy Cummings.

Cost: $ 20.00
Kari has created her own wonderful design and used it for several years of beginning quilting classes. While making this quilt, you'll learn techniques beyond the usual beginning piecing, including curved piecing and applique (machine and hand). Of course, Kari will also cover all the other basics, too. Kari MacDonald, 1st Wed -OR- 1st Thu of the month, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., $20/class, supply list. Students must sign up for three months at a time. The signup fee for the first classes will be $75: $15 registration fee and $60 for the first three classes. After that it will be $60 for three classes.

Cost: $ 20.00
This Sit and Sew is for students who have taken one of Judy Cummings' handwork classes and want to come and work on their project. This is not a teaching class or a beginning handwork class. Judy will be available for help only on her projects. Come for a couple of hours or stay all day. 3rd Mon of the month, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., $5.00, Judy Cummings.

Cost: $ 5.00
This Sit and Sew is for students who have taken one of Judy Cummings' handwork classes and want to come and work on their project. This is not a teaching class or a beginning handwork class. Judy will be available for help only on her projects. Come for a couple of hours or stay all day. 2nd Sat of the month, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., $5.00, Judy Cummings.

Cost: $ 5.00
Here is another beautiful, usable Sue Spargo project. Join Judy for a fun class learning felted wool applique, fabric layering, and gorgeous embellishments with all kinds of threads and stitches. This project is great for beginners, but more advanced students will love it, too. Judy Cummings, 4th Mon (Sept 25, Oct 23, and Nov 27), 9:00 a.m.- noon. $45 for three sessions. Students must purchase pattern.

Cost: $ 45.00
Celebrate summer with this jewel-tone, whimsical wool sampler. The blocks in the book are beautiful with simple stitches, but Beth will help you take yours to the next level by adding more embellishment stitches. Come into the shop to see the three blocks that Beth completed (pictured here), and we're sure you'll be hooked. You will sign up for three classes at a time (one block per class). Beth Kondoleon; 1st Sunday - Sep 3, Oct 1, Nov 5; 12:30-3:30 p.m., $60 for three sessions . (This class if for students who took the first series starting in June. There is a new class scheduled for beginning students.)

Cost: $ 60.00
Celebrate summer with this jewel-tone, whimsical wool sampler. The blocks in the book are beautiful with simple stitches, but Beth will help you take yours to the next level by adding more embellishment stitches. Come into the shop to see the three blocks that Beth completed (pictured here), and we're sure you'll be hooked. You will sign up for three classes at a time (one block per class). Beth Kondoleon; 4th Tuesday - Sep 26, Oct 24, Nov 28; 10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., $60 for three sessions; . Students must purchase the book, Summertime Sampler, and other supplies.

Cost: $ 60.00
Tuffets are all the rage! They can be whimsical, elegant, scrappy, or made to match any room. This is a 2-session workshop, and you'll have a completed tuffet at the end of the class! Session 1 is sewing and learning the technique to make the foundation pieced Tuffet cover. Covers are finished at home prior to Session 2. In Session 2, we assemble the upholstered form. The instructor will bring the tools needed for construction. Tuffeteers can purchase one of the instructor's finishing kits ($125) or gather the materials themselves. Pattern purchase is required ($28). You must be an intermediate quilter/sewer and have a good working knowledge of your sewing machine. Jill Schlageter, Thu, Oct 5 & 19, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., $60, supply list (pattern required for class).

Cost: $ 60.00