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Thistle Dew Quilt Shoppe - 04/10/2013

April 10, 2013----------Vol. 5, No. 11

Announcements & Special Events

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:

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:

New Fabrics and More

This week (through Sunday, April 14), we have beautiful beads and fibers from Tenaj Creations for sale.  They are displayed in our classroom. 

From Moda, we have two new layer cakes, "Shades of Black" (black and white prints) and "Esprit de Noel".  Also from Moda, we have a new precut called a honey comb in their "Happy Go Lucky" line.  This is a package of 40 precut 6-inch hexagons, and it comes with a instruction sheet for sewing the hexagons together. 

And, by popular demand, we have in stock again the "Very Hungry Caterpillar" panel and border print from Andover Fabrics. 


We've also received several new blenders for our color wall, and we have lots and lots of elinor peace bailey patterns

And...we've been very busy making kits...quilt kits and felted wool kits.  We have two original designs made of felted wool that we'll be introducing during Quilt Rush, starting next Wednesday.  (Not to reveal too much, but they both feature chickens!)  Two of our new quilt kits are pictured below:  Undersea Adventures and Geisha Garden.  There are lots more kits in the shop! 


Classes & Groups

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.)
Women of Courage BOM, Sat, April 13, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Imperial Blooms BOM, Sat, April 13, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

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.

We have a couple of spaces available for our next block-of-the-month program:  Provence & Beyond, from Marcus Brothers, using fabrics by Faye Burgos and a pattern designed by Vicki Bellino of Bloom Creek!  The finished quilt size is 76" by 96", and the program will run June through November--only 6 months!   The program will be led by Dana Lahargoue, a perfect choice, as the quilt involves traditional piecing, English paper piecing, and applique, and Dana is very skilled in all of these.  If you enjoy using different techniques and rich, vibrant colors, this is the quilt for you!  Meetings will be on the third Thursday of the month, from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.  At each meeting, you will pick up your pattern and fabric, and Dana will provide instructions/demos for the pattern.  The cost is $36/month, plus tax. 


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.  This class is full.  There is a wait list started.  


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”.  This class is full.  There is a wait list started.


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.  We now have several of elinor's patterns available.  

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