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Thistle Dew Quilt Shoppe - 01/03/2013

January 3, 2013----------Vol. 5, No. 1

Happy New Year!  We hope you had wonderful holidays with family and friends, and we wish you an amazing 2013.  It's time to get back to those projects that may have been put on the back burner for a few weeks.  We've got lots of classes, including three new ones by Rami Kim, and fabrics to inspire you.


Announcements & Special Events

Susan Berbec sends a very big Thank You to everyone who donated quilts for the victims of the East Cost storms.  Susan shipped a total of 153 pounds of quilts and blankets, thanks to your generous donations!  

On Saturday, March 23, 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 (707)942-2132 or email at 

New Fabrics & More

We've just put out some wonderful Valentine fabrics, including the two featured below.   We also have Love Letters by Stof, a very romantic collection featuring roses and vintage postcards. 

In addition, we have a new Stonehenge collection from Northcott and Forest Wonder by Clothworks. 



Classes & Groups

Crazy Quilt Group, Mon, Jan 7, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 
Women of Courage Block of the Month, Tue, Jan 8, -OR- Sat, Jan 12,
    9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Wool Applique Block of the Month, Tue, Jan 8, -OR- Sat, Jan 12,
    10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Sit & Sew, Thu, Jan 10, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Blankets for Preemies, Fri, Jan 18, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Gardener's Alphabet Block of the Month, Mon, Jan 21, 9:00 a.m. - noon
Hand Piecing Group, Tue, Jan 22, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Leanne's House, Tue, Jan 22, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
American Girl Doll Sit & Sew, Wed, Jan 23, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Chameleon Bag, Perky Brouilette, Sat-Sun, Jan 5-6, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., $55, supply list.  Perky is the designer of this beautiful bag.  It's a great size, has lots of pockets, and a strap that easily converts the purse from a shoulder bag to a cross-body bag!  Plus, it features an outside reversible pocket wrap that is removable, so you get three purses in one!  This class is in 3 weeks.  Start the year off right with a new purse...or rather, 3 new purses!

Beading Class, Janet Paehlig, Sun, Jan 13, 10:00 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.)

Charm-ing Table Runner, Anelie Belden, Sun, Jan 20, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., $40, supply list.  Using the pattern "Modern Charm Runner" and one pack of 5" squares, you can quickly put together a beautiful table runner.  The runner uses the "quilt-as-you-go" method, so it comes together really fast.  You'll probably be able to complete one in class.  Another fun class with Anelie!

Fabric Weaving in Three Directions, Rami Kim, Thu, Jan 24, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., $55, supply list.  Learn how to create an intricate cubic pattern with an optical-illusion affect by weaving folded fabric strips in three different directions. (Shown here in the center of the purse.)  You'll also learn how to add 3-dimensional blossoms from lined prairie points You can use these techniques to take your quilts and wearable-art projects to another level.


‘Doo-Roo-Mah-Gey’ Wall Hanging, Rami Kim, Fri, Feb 1, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., $48, supply list.  Doo-Roo-Mah-Gey is the name for a coat that is part of traditional Korean costumes called Hanbok.  This quilt wall hanging is fat-quarter friendly, and you can expand or reduce it to any quilt size you want by changing the number of hexagon blocks.  The blocks are connected using 3-D pinwheels and yo-yo’s, so you could even change the size a year from now!  This quilt looks wonderful in seasonal colors, too!  Think Spring!

Needle-turn Applique, Judy Cummings, Sat, Feb 2 & Feb 23, 9:00 a.m. - noon, $25 (includes pattern), supply list.   Make a charming wall hanging and learn the basics of needle-turn applique, including curves and points.

Beginning Crazy Quilting, Toni Jordan, Sun, Feb 3, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.; Sun, Feb 10 & 17, Noon - 2:00 p.m.  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”.

Lotus Blossom Wool Wall Hanging, Rami Kim, Thu, Feb 7, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., $48, plus supplies.  Designs such as sun, mountain, water, rock, and cloud represent longevity in Asia because these objects exist eternally in nature.  Lotus blossoms symbolize spiritual purity and freedom from the worries of a secular world.  In this wool quilt with pennies all these elements are harmonized through Asian-influenced colors. Perfect for recycling your old wool jacket or skirt for the background. This could be easily expanded into a three-panel quilt wall hanging.

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