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Thistle Dew Quilt Shoppe - 02/27/2013

February 27, 2013----------Vol. 5, No. 7

Announcements & Special Events

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 Yuba-Sutter Valley Quilt Guild's 30th Annual Quilt show, "Where Tradition Meets Modern", is March 16-17 at the Yuba Sutter Fairgrounds in Yuba City, CA.  For more information, please visit their website:

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:

The North Wind Quilters 2013 Biennial Quilt Show, "Spring Fling", is March 23-24, at the Fairfield Senior Center in Fairfield, CA.  For more information, please visit their website:

Northern California's 14th Annual Shop Hop, "A Creative Rush", is Wed, April 17, - Sun, April 21.  It's hosted by 15 area shops (including us!) and includes lots of great prizes, giveaways, and Fun, Fun, Fun!  Visit our website for more information:

New Fabrics & More

So many gorgeous fabrics have arrived!  Let's start with the fun and whimsical.   From Michael Miller, we have Lab Animals and Transportation.  These would make wonderful quilts, pillowcases, and clothes for children.  The coordinating fabrics could be used with either collection.  


Clothworks sent us Water Lillies, a colorful collection featuring (besides water lillies, of course) cattails, dragonflies, and water droplets.  There is a free pattern for a shower curtain with this line.  

We have two new collection from South Sea Imports:  A-B-Seas, a kids collection featuring cute sea creatures illustrating the alphabet, and a beautiful new blender line, Embellishment.  Embellishment is very classic and rich.  We have 12 colors now, and more will be arriving in the next 2 months. 


From Windham fabrics, we have Type, a retro line with typewriters as the focus--great for quilts, home dec, and fun purses, too.  Also from Windham, blenders that look like silk moire!

Classes & Groups

American Girl Doll Sit & Sew, Wed, Feb 27, 1:00- 4:00 p.m.
Crazy Quilt Group, Mon, Mar 4, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Women of Courage BOM, Sat, Mar 9, -OR- Tue, Mar 12, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Imperial Blooms BOM, Tue, Mar 12, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Blankets for Preemies, Fri, Mar 15, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


 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, Janome, or any Model!, 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, Sandy F., Sandy K., Sheila, Susan, Toni, Vicki, Donna, Janet,
Judy, Kristanna, Natalie, Pat, and Patty