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Thistle Dew Quilt Shoppe - 02/07/2013

February 7, 2013----------Vol. 5, No. 5

Announcements & Special Events

The Folsom Quilt & Fiber Guild's 2013 show, "Generations of Stars", starts tomorrow, Feb 8, at the Folsom Community Center.  The show includes over 200 entries (quilts and wearable art).  For more information, please visit their website:

On Saturday, March 23, Linda Sicard will be at Thistle Dew showing and selling her large and unique assortment of antique and vintage buttons and buckles.  Linda continually adds to her collection, and it features several contemporary button artists plus the ever-changing, ever-expanding array of antique treasures.  Linda will also be displaying and selling her one-of-a-kind button jewelry creations, including earrings, bracelets, pendants and pins.  Contact Linda at (707)942-2132 or email her at 

The Foothill Quilters' Guild presents its 31st Annual Quilt Show, "Primetime in the Foothills", March 23-24, at the Gold Country Fairgrounds in Auburn, CA.  This year's special guest quilter is Freddy Moran!  For more information, please visit their website:

New Fabrics & More

From Benartex, we have received Tea House. "If you appreciate Asian art, this collection is meant for you. Benartex created an elegant hand-painted panel, delicately etched with gold, and then added an entire collection of beautiful Asian-inspired florals, geometrics and textures to complement the group. The result is a fabric collection that is truly a work of art." 
From Quilting Treasures, we have Victorian Dream.  "Victorian era marries science fiction in this hot trend known as STEAMPUNK! From the couture runway models in NY and Paris, to mainstream apparel and home decor, these very detailed and beautiful rendered designs will get you geared up and inspire so many creative projects!"  We've made the project quilt from this line, and it will be in the shop soon (as soon as it's quilted).  
And from Fabri-Quilt, we have Tribal Council, featuring a colorful giraffe print and two bright coordinating prints.  Also from Fabri-quilt, we've received fat quarter packs from their Living Wonders line.  There are ten fat quarters and each one features a different animal:  giraffes, lions, bears, koalas, tigers, polar bears, penguins, parrots, zebras, puffins.
We also have Valentine, St. Patrick's, and Easter fabrics for all your Spring decorating projects! 
Classes & Groups

Women of Courage BOM, Sat, Feb 9, -OR- Tue, Feb 12, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.  One slot opened up in this program, so if you are interested, please give us a call.
Greenbrier BOM, Sat, Feb 9, -OR- Tue, Feb 12, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Sit & Sew, Thu, Feb 14, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Blankets for Preemies, Fri, Feb 15, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Imperial Blooms.  The 1st meeting of the Saturday class for Imperial Blooms will be on Feb 23, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m., not Mar 9, 10 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  Beginning in April, Saturday classes will meet the 2nd Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
Hand Piecing, Tue, Feb 26, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
American Girl Doll Sit & Sew, Wed, Feb 27, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Winter Flower Quilt, Anelie Belden, Sun, Feb 24, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., $40, supply list.  This is an original pattern by Anelie and uses only three fabrics!  Join Anelie for another one of her fun classes and learn how to make this gorgeous quilt.  You should come into the shop and see the sample.  This picture just doesn't do it justice. 



My Favorite Bag, Martha Kunkel, Sat, Mar 2, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., $40, supply list.  Make a large or small version using the Katie Cupcake pattern.  This fun, gorgeous, and practical bag features grommets, a contrasting tie, and many, many pockets.  It's so great to be organized and stylish! 


2-Fabric Applique, Dana Lahargoue, Thu, Mar 7, 14 & 21, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m., $60, supply list.  Come and join Dana for this very fun, easy, and very effective method of hand appliqué using only two high-contrast fabrics and only one thread color. You may choose your own pattern (Pacific Rim Quilt Company--there are several), and in class you will make templates and adapt them for the fabulous starch prepared method of hand appliqué. (This is a 3-part class.)


Crazy Quilted Evening Bag, Toni Jordan, Sundays--March 17, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.; April 7, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.; April 28, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.; May 5, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., $75 for series, supply list.  This evening purse is made using a simple foundation method.  You choose your colors and types of fabrics for a one of a kind of purse.  You will then embroider and embellish to your heart's content!  This project is for intermediate to advanced students. 


Maintain Your Bernina and Janome, Susan Berbec, Sun, Mar 24, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., $20 fee, supply list.  Are you intimidated by the thought of cleaning and lubricating your sewing machine?  You shouldn’t be.  It’s really very easy and very logical. We will get out the lint, take steps to retard lint build-up and put oil where it’s needed.  Please wear your grubbies or a generous apron for this class.  We don’t want to get oil, grease or great gobs of goo on your Sunday Go to Meeting clothes.  Regardless of what you wear, you will go home with lint in your hair.  This class is not a substitute for a full service by a qualified technician.  You will learn to maintain your machine in peak condition between services.


Beading Class, Janet Paehlig, Sun, Apr 14, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., $20, supply list.  Janet, the owner of Tenaj Creations in Auburn, CA, has been designing and making jewelry and embellishing fabric projects with beads for over 12 years.  In this class, she will talk to you about the several different types of beads available and the best threads and methods to use to embellish your fabric projects with beads.  She has an amazing assortment of beads for purchase--Czech, fused, hand-blown glass, Swarovski crystals, fresh-water pearls, bamboo, sterling silver, and more!  You can either bring one of your projects to embellish or purchase a kit from Janet to work on.  (The kit includes fabric, batting, beads, and thread.)

Beginning Machine Quilting, Dana Lahargoue, Thursday, April 25 & May 2, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m., $40 for series, supply list.  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.  

Collage Vest Workshop, Christine Barnes, Sun, May 19 & Jun 2, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., $75, supply list.  In this two-day color-and-design workshop, students learn how to collage a variety of raw-edge shapes onto a foundation fabric, zig zag the edges lightly with a neutral thread, and surface stitch through all layers to create a new “fabric.” The workshop covers color, pattern, texture, and design principles, with lots of tips for creating a pleasing composition. On the first day, students will create their collages, zig-zag the raw edges, and begin the surface stitching. They will then have two weeks to complete the surface stitching at home and wash the vest pieces to make them crinkly. At the second meeting, students will cut out the vest fronts and the back and begin to assemble the vest. Instructions will include the Hong Kong seam finishing and binding. Students can make a vest using their own pattern, or my “Kimono Collage Vest” (fully lined, with collar and ties) or “Crossover Collage Vest” (self-lined and bound on the edges). The same principles and techniques can be used to create a piece for a table runner, purse, or wall art.

Please see our website for descriptions/pictures of the above classes and all of our other classes and groups:  

Remember to come in the week before or after your birthday
to get 20% off one purchase!  
Also, if you buy the end of the bolt, you get 10% off that fabric!  (Every day!)

Thank you for being one of our wonderful customers!

Phyllis, Sheila, Susan, Toni, Vicki, Donna, Janet, Judy, Kristanna, Natalie,
Pat, Patty, Sandy F., and Sandy K., and Sheila