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Thistle Dew Quilt Shoppe - 01/18/2013

January 18, 2013----------Vol. 5, No. 3

Announcements & Special Events

The Folsom Quilt & Fiber Guild's 2013 show, "Generations of Stars", will be held Feb 8-10, at the Folsom Community Center.  The show includes over 200 entries (quilts and wearable art).  For more information, please visit their website:

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 

The Foothill Quilters' Guild presents its 31st Annual Quilt Show, "Primetime in the Foothills", March 23-24, at the Gold Country Fairgrounds in Auburn, CA.  This year's special guest quilter is Freddy Moran!  For more information, please visit their website:

New Fabrics & More

We've received batiks from Robert Kaufman, more Australian fabrics, some solid flannels from Marcus Brothers, and the four groups pictured below:  an adorable flannel line from Marcus, gorgeous stripes from Alexander Henry, a contemporary print from Blend fabrics (with foxes & bears!), and another Dr. Seuss print from Robert Kaufman--"Oh, the Places You'll Go!


Classes & Groups

A note to those of you participating in the Imperial Blooms class:  If you signed up for this class, you need place your order and pay for your background (felted wool) fabric by Sunday, Jan 31.  You need slightly more than 1 yd for the quilt, but you can order 1/2 yd to start off with, if you want.  We have samples of available colors in the shop.  Also, please note that the 1st meeting of the Saturday class for Imperial Blooms will be on Feb 23, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m., not Mar 9, 10 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  Beginning in April, Saturday classes will meet the 2nd Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

Gardener's Alphabet Block of the Month, Mon, Jan 21, 9:00 a.m. - noon. (Full) (Bring your lightbox, if you have one.) 
Hand Piecing Group, Tue, Jan 22, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Leanne's House, Tue, Jan 22, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. (Full)
American Girl Doll Sit & Sew, Wed, Jan 23, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Crazy Quilt Group, Mon, Feb 4, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

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.


Pixeladies Piece Party Workshop, Pixeladies Piece Party Workshop, Pixeladies--Deb & Kris, Sat, Jan 26, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., $40, supply list. In this day-long homage to 1968, Deb & Kris will encourage you to "break free" from the "establishment" and create blocks without patterns.  Using scraps from your scrap bag (not to worry, they'll bring their scrap box, too), you'll make a placemat sample.  You can choose instead to start working on a quilt.  Since you won't be encumbered by using a pattern, you'll be able to concentrate on color and value.  To finish off your sample, Deb & Kris will show you the quilt-as-you-go technique and bias binding.  And no Pixeladies Piece Party is complete without their genuine Sock-it-to-Me cake for you to eat!  They'll pass on their melt-in-your-mouth recipe on workshop day.

‘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, $30 (includes pattern), supply list.   Make a charming wall hanging and learn the basics of needle-turn applique, including curves and points.

Lotus Blossom Wool Wall Hanging, Rami Kim, Thu, Feb 7, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., $48, supply list.  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. 

Winter Flower Quilt, Anelie Belden, Sun, Feb 24, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., $40, supply list.  This is an original pattern by Anelie and uses only three fabrics!  Join Anelie for another one of her fun classes and learn how to make this gorgeous quilt.  You should come into the shop and see the sample.  This picture just doesn't do it justice. 

My Favorite Bag, Martha Kunkel, Sat, Mar 2, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., $40, supply list.  Make a large or small version using the Katie Cupcake pattern.  This very stylish and practical bag features grommets, a contrasting tie, and many, many pockets. One can never have too many pockets!

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:  We have scheuled another Beading class on Sunday, April 14, and we're working on scheduling another Beginning Machine Quilting Class and 2-Fabric Applique class. 

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