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Quilt Rush, Button Trunk Show, Great Classes

10127 Fair Oaks Blvd, Fair Oaks, CA 95628
(916) 967-5479  
March 14, 2016
--------Vol. 8, No. 3

Announcements and Special Events

Quilt Rush 2016:  Northern California's
17th Annual Shop Hop - “Quilting the Blues Away"
Wed, April 13 - Sun, April 13, 2015
All shops are open 9am to 7pm Wed-Sat
    and 10am to 4pm Sunday.
For more information, click here:  Quilt Rush
Prizes!  Surprises!   Fun!Fun!Fun!

On Saturday, April 30, 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 (415)619-0172 or email her at

Classes and Groups

Ongoing classes and groups:
Blankets for Preemies, Fri, Mar 18, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Handwork Sit & Sew, Mon, Mar 21, 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
American Girl Doll Sit & Sew, Thu, Mar 24, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Baltimore Album, Sat, Mar 26, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    (This is an ongoing class, but you can start at any time.  
     Please see our website for details:  Baltimore Album Info
Seasonal Blackwork (full), Mon, Mar 28, 9:00 a.m. - noon
Marti Michell BOM (full), Sat, Apr 2, -OR- Thu, Apr 7, 10:15 - 10:45 a.m.

Sue Spargo's In Full Bloom (full), March - Tue, Mar 22, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.;
    April - Sat, Apr 9, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. -OR- Tue, Apr 12, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Cindy Blackberg's Jewel Box (full), Mon, Apr 4, 9:00 a.m. - noon
Sue Spargo's Crimson Tweed (full), Tue, Apr 11, 9:00 a.m. - noon

Spicy Spiral Table Runner, Martha Kunkel, Fri, Mar 25, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., $40, supply list, including pattern.  We love this table runner! It's fun to make (not as hard as it looks), and the results are dramatic. It's great to make in holiday fabrics or use one of your favorite groups of fabrics for beautiful results. The Halloween version is shown her. It would be pretty with florals for Spring or red/white/blue for the Summer.

  Machine Quilting with Your Walking Foot, Beth Kondoleon,  Tue & Wed, Mar 29 & 30, -OR- Thu & Fri, Apr 21 & 22, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., $40, supply list.  Can't quite get the hang of free motion quilting? Come join Beth as she shows you how to quilt with your walking foot. You will learn some basics of the walking foot, then move on to do some matchstick and crosshatch quilting. We will explore using some of your decorative stitches along with quilting some curves, circles, and radiating designs.  Beth will demonstrate which templates you can use to make life easier.  So come join the fun and start quilting those tops!  
Sew Your Seeds Needlecase (Sue Spargo), Judy Cummings, Thu, Mar 31, Apr 28, May 12 & 19, 9:00 a.m. - noon, $60, supply list, including pattern.  Sue's funky floral needle keeper was featured in 'American Patchwork and Quilting' magazine.  It is a tri-fold, so it has lots of room for all your handwork needles.  This is a great class to learn wool applique, layering, and embellishment. 

Beginning Free Motion Quilting, Beth Kondoleon,  Sunday, April 3 & 10, 12:30 - 3:30 p.m., $40, supply list.  Want to learn how to free motion quilt on your home machine? Come join the fun with Beth as she teaches you the basics in this beginning level class. She will introduce you to several stitches along with tips and tricks for free motion quilting.
Crazy Quilting - Continuing, Toni Jordan, Sun, Apr 24, 12:30 - 3:30 p.m., $20.  This class is for those who have taken Toni's "Beginning Crazy Quilting" class, and want further instruction on embellishment stitches.  Bring your block to class and Toni will help you with your stitches. 
Foundation Paper Piecing - Advanced, Linda Bergman, Wed, May 4, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. and Wed, May 18, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., $45, supply list, including pattern.  It's here!  This is a class many of you have requested -- an experienced teacher to show you how to make  a Judy Niemeyer foundation paper pieced quilt.  Linda has made several Judy Niemeyer quilts and has taught this class for many years.  You will use Judy Niemeyer's "Dancing Batiks" pattern, and you can make the quilt with batiks, as shown on the pattern, or you can make a "scrappy" version, like Linda's sample.
Tuffet Class, Jill Schlageter, Wed, June 8 & 15, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., $60, supply list (pattern required for class).  Tuffets are all the rage! They can be whimsical, elegant, scrappy, or made to match any room. This is a 2-session workshop, and you'll have a completed tuffet at the end of the class! Session 1 is sewing and learning the technique to make the foundation pieced Tuffet cover. Covers are finished at home prior to Session 2. In Session 2, we assemble the upholstered form. The instructor will bring the tools needed for construction. Tuffeteers can purchase one of the instructor's finishing kits ($125) or gather the materials themselves. Pattern purchase is required ($28). You must be an intermediate quilter/sewer and have a good working knowledge of your sewing machine.
Beading on Fabric, Janet Paehlig, Sun, June 12, 12:30 - 3:30 p.m., $25.  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.)
Crazy Quilting - Beginning, Toni Jordan, Sunday, June 26, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Sunday, July 3&10, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., $65, supply list.  In the first session you will 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".

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

New Fabrics & More

We've received flannels, new batiks (including batik stripes from Robert Kaufman), Dimples, solids, white-on-white blenders, and lots of fabrics from Westminster (the company for which Kaffe Fassett designs).  Also from Robert Kaufman, we have the Fragmental line, and they loaned us a quilt made with these fabrics, pictured below.  It's even more beautiful in person -- the quilting is stunning! 

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, Donna, Janet, Jennifer, Judi, Judy, Kristanna,
Natalie, Pat, Paula, Susan, and Toni

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