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2014 Block of the Month, Sutter Breast Cancer Auction, Foothill Quilt Show

10127 Fair Oaks Blvd, Fair Oaks, CA 95628   (916) 967-5479  
February 14, 2014
--------Vol. 6, No. 3

Happy Valentine's Day!

Announcements and Special Events

We will be starting our 2014 Block of the Month (pieced) program in April.  We've selected a Marti Michell quilt, Anniversary Waltzpictured.  Many of you are familiar with Marti's templates.  We did one of her quilts a few years ago, and the same templates are used for this quilt (B&D).  The quilt is made with twelve 12" blocks set on point.  Our color scheme is black and white with touches of red.  The finished size is approximately 85" x 105".  A sample block is on the left.  Sheila Bayley will be giving the demonstrations, and they will be on the first Thursday of each month at 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.  The cost to register is $100, and this includes the first month's block and the finishing kit (which will be distributed at the end of the program).  The monthly cost for the next 11 months is $25.  We are taking registrations now through March 21.  
The 2014 Foothill Quilt Show, "Glorious Foothill Flowers", is Sat-Sun, Mar 22-23, at the Gold Country Fairgrounds, Auburn.  There are over 300 spectacular quilts and wearables, 40 vendors, and a Country Store.   The special guest quilter is Velda Newman.   Enjoy quilting demonstrations, fashion show, door prizes, raffle baskets, and lunch at our cafe — there's something for everyone.
The Sutter Breast Cancer Quilt Auction is a community service event to raise funds for the Sutter Cancer Center breast cancer research and treatment programs. In total, more than 2,500 quilts and quilted art pieces were donated to the five prior auctions providing over $550,000 for the Cancer Center programs.

The next auction will be held on Saturday, October 4, 2014. The quilt display and silent auction will open September 8, 2014 at the Sutter Cancer Center in downtown Sacramento.

The quilts may be any color, size or design. The quilts must be new, quilted, not tied, and have a hanging sleeve on the back. You can drop off your quilt at Thistle Dew. 

To view quilts that have been a part of past auctions, click here:

If you have questions about the auction, please email or call 916-887-7070.

Remember, the Eleanor Burns Trunk Show will continue through the end of this month. 

New Fabrics & More

Well, it's been a few weeks since the last newsletter, and we have received LOTS of new fabrics.  In addition to those pictured below, we've added to our batiks, color wall, kids fabrics, silk dupionis, minky prints, and rayon batiks.  We also have new buttons and ribbons. 

Let's start with our favorite Fair Oaks feathered friends -- chickens!  We have two new collections....

Continuing with the animal theme, we have North American Wildlife from Robert Kaufman and some gorgeous coordinating prints.  You really have to see these in person to appreciate the depth and textural quality of these fabrics. 

Now switching from fauna to flora, we have Mineral Forest by Andover-Makower.  This is a contemporary line inspired by the patterns and textures in rocks and minerals. 

Another contemporary (and somewhat wild!) group of prints has arrived from Alexander Henry. 

Calming things down a bit, here's Chantilly from Moda.  We have an adorable little girl's dress and a gorgeous, fun quilt made from this collection on display. 

From Westminster, we have Market Mix another contemporary group, and Vintage Florals, a selection of prints reproduced from the Victoria and Albert Museum's fabrics.  These prints are from the late 19th and earlier 20th century. 

And last of all, a very pretty traditional collection from Marcus Brothers. 

In our last newsletter, we showed you Le Petit Bistro, a coffee-themed collection.  We now have the table topper from this collection on display, and we've made kits, too! 

Classes and Groups

Blankets for Preemies, Fri, Feb 21, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

American Girl Doll Sit & Sew
, Wed, Feb 26, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Crazy Quilt Group, Mon, Mar 3, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Sit & Sew, Thu, Mar 13, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Beginning Crazy Quilting, Toni Jordan, Sun - Feb 23, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.; Mar 2, 11:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.; Mar 9, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., $60, 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”.

Hexie Garden Quilt, Sheila Meehan, Fri, Mar 7, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m., $40, supply list. Come make this fun, scrappy quilt and learn a method that makes sewing hexagons easy. There are no set-in seams!

Cathedral Window Jacket, Rami Kim, Sat, Mar 8, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., $55, supply list.  This jacket is featured on the cover of Rami's book, Quilted Elegance (AQS). This cathedral window block originated from Korean wrapping cloth called Bojahgy. Instead of using hand stitches that ancient Korean women used, you will use your sewing machine to create an elegant jacket made with cathedral window blocks only. Rami will teach you how to calculate a block size to fit your measurements-no pattern is needed.

Sue Spargo Felted Wool Pillow, Judy Cummings, 2nd Tue -OR- 2nd Sat, Mar-May, 2014, $35, supply list. Make this 18" square top for a pillow, wall hanging, or tote. You'll applique the pieces and then add embellishments to make the project uniquely yours!(Note: March meetings will be Sat, March 1, and Tue, March 4.)

Beginning Machine Quilting, Dana Lahargoue, Thu, Apr 10 & Apr 17, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m., $40, 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 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.
Imperial Blooms-2014 (Sue Spargo), Judy Cummings, 2nd Tues -OR- 2nd Sat of the month, 1:30-4:30 p.m., starting in April, $15/class.  (You must pay in advance for the first four classes, a total of $60.)  This quilt features nine blocks of beautiful embellished layered flowers of wool and other fabrics.  Judy will teach new stitches and embellishment techniques each month. 
Beginning Needle-turn Applique, Judy Cummings, 1st Tues of the month, 9:00 a.m. - noon, starting in April, $15/class, supply list.  (You must pay in advance for the first four classes, a total of $60.)  Learn to needle-turn applique and make this charming wall hanging, The Garden at My House, from The Best-Ever Applique Sampler by Becky Goldsmith and Linda Jenkins.  Judy will teach you curves, points, circles, and more.  Another fun handwork class!
Foundation Paper Piecing, Dana Lahargoue, Thu, Apr 24 & May 1, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m., $40, supply list.  Come and learn this traditional quilting technique that produces perfect blocks, even with small pieces! The class project will be "Rays of Hope" by Carol Doak, which can be made into a pillow or wall hanging. Thu, Apr 10 & Apr 17, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Beading on Fabric, Janet Paehlig, Sat, Apr 5, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 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 ($5) from Janet to work on.  (The kit includes fabric, batting, beads, and thread.)  

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

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, Jennifer, Judy, Kristanna, Natalie, Pat, Patty, Sheila,
Susan, Toni, Vicki, Donna, and Janet

Thistle Dew Quilt Shoppe
10127 Fair Oaks Blvd, Fair Oaks, CA 95628 916-967-5479