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Thistle Dew Quilt Shoppe - 03/20/2013

March 20, 2013----------Vol. 5, No. 9

Announcements & Special Events

Several of you have asked if we still give a Birthday discount, and the answer is "Yes"!  To honor your birthday, you will receive a 20% discount off one entire purchase made the week before or after your birthday. 

This 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:

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! We're busy getting ready and setting up demos.  On Friday, April 19, the Pixeladies will be at our shop to give demos (11 am, 1pm, and 2pm) on Furoshiki, the ancient, elegant Japanese art of enfolding objects in fabric.  Visit the Quilt Rush website for more information on participating shops, times, and prizes:

New Fabrics & More

From Loralie Designs,  "Paper Posies", is a fun, whimsical collection featuring posies and bees and 'beaded curtains' coordinates in black, white, and yellow.  

We have three new indigo fabrics from Alexander Henry's "Indochine" collection. 

And, two new kids collections--"Undersea Adventures" from Northcott, featuring cute ocean creatures and bright Stonehenge coordinates; and "Arctic Friends (flannels), also from Northcott.  One of these flannel prints features large animals that can be cut out and appliqued onto quilts or sewn together to make adorable animal pillows!


We have two new quilt kits made from original Thistle Dew patterns--"Indigo Crossing" and "Transportation". 

We still have several Bali Pops at 20% off!

Classes & Groups

American Girl Doll Sit & Sew, Wed, Mar 20, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.  (Mtg date changed this month only.)
Hand Piecing, Tue, Mar 26, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Crazy Quilt Group, Mon, April 1, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Sit & Sew, Thu, April 11, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Blankets for Preemies, Fri, April 12, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Mtg date changed this month only.)

Elinor Peace Bailey will be teaching doll classes at Thistle Dew on Thu & Fri, May 9 & 10.  We don't have the details ready to announce yet, but we wanted you to save those dates on your calendar.  We'll give you more information next week.  If you're not familiar with Elinor's dolls, you can view some of them at

Ten Symbols of Longevity Wool Clock Quilt, Rami Kim, Thu, Mar 28, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., $48, supply list. In Asia, there are ten symbols of longevity: sun, mountain, cloud, rock, water, crane, deer, turtle, pine tree, and herb of immortality. Rami designed a felted wool wall hanging using these symbols and installed a clock movement kit to create a unique wall clock for your home decor.

Bolster Purse with Folded Pineapple, Rami Kim, Thu, Apr 4, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., $48, supply list. Rami has designed another beautiful purse--this one in a bolster shape with circular folded pineapples on each end. Make it in bright colors for the perfect Spring/Summer accessory!


Waldorf Doll Class, Diana Collins, Sat, Apr 6, 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., and Sun, Apr 7, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m., $55, supply list. Learn all the aspects of Waldorf-style doll making, as you make a 16” Waldorf Doll. This class is for you if you are new to doll making, or if you have already made a doll but just need a refresher. You will learn to make a shaped head, (which can be applied to any size and type of doll) and how to make the doll’s facial features and hair. You can even learn about designing or making the doll’s clothes from patterns or your own imagination. Supplies will be available for purchase in class. You can buy a complete kit for $35, which includes the pattern, doll skin, yarn for hair, wool for stuffing, and stockinette for the inner head.


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