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Thistle Dew Quilt Shoppe - 03/29/2013

March 29, 2013----------Vol. 5, No. 10

Announcements & Special Events

We will be closed on Easter Sunday, March 31. 

Amador Valley Quilters present "Quilted Treasures XV-Quilts from the Heart" on April 20-21 at the Alameda County Fairgrounds. For more information:

Loomis Quilt & Fiber Guild presents "Wish Upon a Star" Quilt Show, April 20-21, at the Blue Goose Event Center.  For more information:

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

We received LOTS of new fabrics this past week.  For our color wall, we added some beautiful tonals from P&B and several colors of "Stitch Circles" from Michael Miller.  There are several new whimsical additions to our flannel section, from Fabri-Quilt.  And Timeless Treasures sent us many novelty fabrics, including grapefruits, raspberries, and more for our "kitchen" area, and a gingham print complete with ants crawling over it! 

Jason Yenter has created a beautiful new line for In the Beginning Fabrics...

We received fabrics from three new collections by Moda:  PB&J, Comma, and Twenty Three.  A few are shown here.  (We also have charm packs for these three lines.) 

And, from RJR Fabrics, we have a romantic, traditional floral, and a wonderful new kids collection. 


Classes & Groups

Crazy Quilt Group, Mon, April 1, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Women of Courage BOM, Tue, April 9, -OR- Sat, April 11, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Imperial Blooms BOM, Tue, April 9, -OR- Sat, April 11, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 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.)
Gardener's Alphabet BOM, Mon, April 15, 9:00 a.m. - noon.
Leanne's House BOM, Mon, April 22, 9:00 a.m. - noon -OR- Tue, April 23, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Hand Piecing, Tue, April 23, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
American Girl Doll Sit & Sew, Wed, April 24, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.


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.  


Beginning Crazy Quilting, Toni Jordan, Sundays--May 5, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.; May 26, Noon - 2:00 p.m., June 9, Noon - 2:00 p.m., $60 for series, supply list.  In the first session you’ll construct a 14” block using a wide variety of fabrics; cottons, silks, tapestries, velvets, linens…  In the second session you will start the embellishments.  You will learn a variety of embroidery stitches using different threads and techniques.  In the third session, you will learn more embroidery stitches and embellishment techniques using buttons, laces, jewelry and other “finds”.  


Dollmaking Class (Dollmaker's Choice), Elinor Peace Bailey, Thu, May 9, -OR- Fri, May 10, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., $50 class fee, supply list.  Students select an epb doll pattern and spend the day learning the techniques and skills specific to their choice of pattern.  The materials list is on the back of each pattern.  If the student wishes, elinor will paint one doll face.  Patterns will be available at Thistle Dew beginning April 8.  

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