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2014 Block of the Month-Corrected!

10127 Fair Oaks Blvd, Fair Oaks, CA 95628   (916) 967-5479  
February 27, 2014
--------Vol. 6, No. 4

Announcements and Special Events
You know the rule..."Measure twice, cut once"?  I'm adding "Review your calculations three times and once more for sanity before putting them in the newsletter"! I waaayyyy overstated the price for our block of the month.  The correct price is $75 to register (which covers the first month's block kit and the finishing kit), and $7/month thereafter.  The program will start in April and the quilt is Marti Michell's Anniversary Waltzpictured.  It's 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.  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, and Thistle Dew will be a vendor!
The 2014 Quilt Rush is coming up soon--April 9-13 (Wed-Sun).  This year's theme is "Up in Charms", and there are 15 wonderful quilt shops participating.  As always, there will be lots of prizes and lots of fun.  Click here for more details:

New Fabrics & More

Here are the new fabrics we've received recently.  In addition, we have new precuts (charm squares and 2-1/2" strip rolls in cotton prints and batiks) and 13 bolts of absolutely beautiful Jinny Beyer batiks

Many of our new fabrics are Asian and/or have metallic accents...


This  is a great new line from Northcott called "Shimmer".  These are the warm colors; we'll be getting the cool colors in a couple of weeks. 

This fun collection from Clothworks was used to make an adorable little girl's dress (Kwik Sew pattern). 

London Calling is a collection of lawn fabrics that pays homage to Liberty of London prints.  These would be beautiful in quilts and would also make lovely garments for spring. 

And also great for spring fashions, we have many new beautiful rayon batik prints. 

Classes and Groups

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.

Handwork Sit & Sew, Mon, Mar 17, 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
American Girl Doll Sit & Sew
Thu, Mar 20, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Blankets for Preemies, Fri, Mar 21, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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

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