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Archbold, Ohio 43502
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Current Threads April 2011

Current Threads April 2011

Quilt ShowDear Quilting Friends,

Spring has officially arrived, and with it always comes our annual Sauder Village Quilt Show. I hope all of you have the week of April 26 – May 1 marked on your calendars and plan to spend at least one day at the show, admiring the handiwork of your fellow quilters!

This year’s show promises to be exceptional since we have been blessed by such an abundant response to our call for entries that we have already reached our limit and closed registrations in most categories. At this point we are only accepting Challenge quilts and Youth quilts into the show. If you still want to register other types of quilts, we will add your name to the waiting list and you will be notified if space becomes available. For those of you who have entered quilts in the show, this is a reminder that due to the holiday weekend, we will be checking in all quilts on Saturday, April 23rd between 9:30 am and noon.

Thread SketchingIt’s not too late to sign up for workshops with Nancy Prince. This is a great opportunity to expand your quilting skills and learn a technique that is new to most of us.  Nancy has won many awards for her thread painted quilts, and still loves teaching her techniques to beginners. Add thread painting skills to your toolbox and have fun embellishing your quilt with realistic details! To see workshop information visit our website at:

Japanese Garden QuiltIn addition to the quilt show and workshops, we will be demonstrating various techniques throughout the week. On Wednesday, Marcia Derse, the designer of the 2011 challenge fabric will be available to talk about fabric design. On all six days of the show, talented quilters will be hand quilting a queen size Return of the Swallows quilt in Founders Hall. Other daily demonstrations will include wool appliqué, hand appliquéing a block from Karen Kay Buckley’s Japanese Garden Quilt, piecing Eleanor Burn’s Day & Night QuiltDay & Night quilt, as well as showing you how all the leftover pieces from the quilt can be used in two smaller projects so that there is no wasted fabric.

Twisted SixterAlso in Founder’s Hall we will be showing how to make continuous tessellating pinwheels using the special "Twister" tool. Fun and easy, the finished project looks much more complicated than it really is! Reduce, Reuse, Recycle is an important theme for our world today and when you combine popular bag patterns with new laminated cotton fabrics you have a reusable, easy to clean lunch bag, sandwich wrap, diaper bag, or tote. Every day we will be stitching up a different bag from the popular new Lunch Bags book.  Stop by the demonstration table for some great ideas!

Lunch Bags BookThen, when you have seen the show, be sure to visit Threads of Traditions for even more ideas, great fabrics and supplies! Or, if you want to beat the crowds, visit the shop first and then make your way over to the show. Either way, we hope to inspire and delight you with the variety and beauty of quilts, both in the show and in the shop.



March and April Classes

Rotary CuttingBasic Rotary Cutting
Tuesday, March 29, 6:30 p.m. -9:00 p.m.
Instructor:  Glora Belle Yoder
Skill Level:  Beginner
Class Fee:  $15.00/ $13.50 Members
Class Size:  Minimum 4 / Maximum 10
If you own a rotary cutter, ruler and mat and do not know how to use them, or just want to learn how to cut and piece quilts, this is where you need to begin. We will cover the grain of fabric, squaring up your fabric, how to cut different shapes and the different tools and how to care for them.
Click here for the Basic Rotary Cutting Supply List.
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basic hand appliqueBasic Hand Appliqué Techniques
Saturday, April 9, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Instructor:  Nancy Rosendaul
Skill Level:  Beginner
Class Fee: $30.00 / $27.00 Member
Class Size: Minimum 4 / Maximum 10
Master traditional hand appliqué techniques along with modern methods.This class will cover needle turn appliqué, freezer paper methods, working with bias pieces, circles, double face appliqué and much more. Learn to make tiny, invisible stitches while you enjoy this relaxing and portable way to create beautiful appliqué
Click here for the Basic Hand Appliqué Techniques Supply List.
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Register Now for Fall Retreat

Even though the outdoor weather did not cooperate, all sixty-two quilters at the Sauder Village Spring Retreat enjoyed a warm and welcoming atmosphere inside the Heritage Inn.  Sewing machines and conversation hummed all day and through most of the night as projects were completed and displayed on the walls all around the sewing room. If you enjoy meeting and being inspired by other quilters, and if you would love to have three days to totally dedicate to your quilting projects, register now for our Fall Quilting Retreat. We have room for 98 quilters in three sewing rooms at the Heritage Inn. At this time, there are still nine spaces available, so check the dates of October 7-9, 2011 on your calendar and then go online to see more detail and register at We’ll be looking for you in October!

Spring 2011 Quilter's Retreat

Fun Seasonal FabricsFun Seasonal Fabrics

Hearing the birds singing in the morning is one my favorite signs of Spring. To celebrate the rebirth of nature, we purchased Nature’s Poetry—which features a variety of songbirds, butterflies and flowers in soft, natural colors.

Habitat by Marcus Brothers is a beautiful group of fabrics printed in light teal, brown, and cream that would make a soft and subtle summer statement.

New summer fabrics like Life on the Farm also celebrate our rural roots with realistic pastoral scenes, barn wood, rocks and cultivated fields.  Kits are available for the 55” x 63” quilt shown here.

And for those of you who celebrate Christmas all year round, or just like to plan for and dream about the holidays, Yuletide Magic fabrics by Benartex feature a printed panel with holiday silhouettes and coordinating fabrics. Yardage or kits for the To all A Good Night quilt are currently available. This lap quilt is simple to stitch-- just add the pieced border around the center panel for a quick and easy, yet beautiful winter quilt.

To All A Good Night Quilt


Nifty Notions

Soft & StableWe’ve recently added Soft and Stable to our selection of stabilizers. This black 100% polyester stabilizer is soft and comfortable, lightweight, easy to sew, maintains it’s shape, and gives a professional finish to bags, purses, placemats and tablerunners. It is washer and dryer safe, and comes packaged in either 18” x 58” or 36” x 58” sizes.  Companion patterns are available or use it with your favorite bag patterns.


Pleasing PatternsHigh Chair Helper

GloraBelle has been experimenting with No Sew Fabric Floor Mats and Placemats. You can see the results of her work in the shop.  Another really good use of this technique would be the High Chair Helper floor mat. Every Grandma needs one at her house since the finished mat can be wiped clean with a damp cloth and then rolled up and easily stored when the little darlings go home again.




Pot Handlers

Pot Handlers are potholders and oven mitts with personality. Choose favorite fabrics and fun embellishments to turn this practical, useful kitchen item into a decorative item as well. A great gift idea for bridal showers, housewarming presents, or for anyone who loves to bake.



Books, Books, Books

Rotary Cutting Revolution BookWhen you find a great new idea do you ever wonder “Why didn’t I think of that?” That’s often the reaction to the innovative approach to cutting in the new book Rotary Cutting Revolution with a revolutionary cutting technique that saves time without wasting fabric. Over 300 photographs guide you every step of the way as you build your blocks the Make It Simpler way—stack, cut and sew perfect blocks.



Quilter's Academy BookQuilter’s Academy Vol. 3 is the third volume in Harriet and Carrie Hargrave’s popular quilt making series that takes you from the basics to complete mastery! Add eight new methods to your repertoire for creating precise, half-square triangles. Learn how to make three-triangle unit squares, quarter-square triangles, as well as the Flying Geese and Feathered Star blocks.  Also discover new “internal frame” border ideas to make your quilt designs even more dynamic.



501 Quilting Motifs501 Quilting Motifs—Designs for Hand or Machine Quilting includes beautiful quilting motifs to enhance patchwork or appliqué. You’ll find a variety of styles and sizes, and variations on each motif provide alternatives for your projects.  An extensive index allows you to search for a motif alphabetically or by size. We hope you find this collection an inspiring resource as you create the rich surface textures of your quilts.



Countrside SoftiesA tweet, a grunt, a squeak and a hoot!  Countryside Softies includes 28 unique fabric softies that can be sewn by hand or machine. With these forgiving patterns, imperfect stitches make these cuties even cuter! Learn how to personalize your creation with a variety of whimsical embellishments. A little time, supplies and a dash of creativity are all you need to bring these adorable critters to life.



Sewing Pottery bookSew, you’re a potter! Shaped like pottery but supple like fabric, each project in Sewing Pottery by Machine is a visual and tactile treat. Learn the simple technique of wrapping fabric strips around cording to make coiled pots, then take your skills to the next level and make traditional pottery shapes: vases, urns, jugs and more. Put your fabric stash to use and sew something spectacular!



I hope you’ve picked up a few new ideas that you want to explore on your quilting journey—it’s so much fun to try new ideas! Quilters are a wonderfully creative bunch and never cease to amaze me with the variety of ways they devise to turn fabric into works of art. For even more inspiration, be sure to explore the diversity of the Sauder Village Quilt show coming up very soon. I hope to see you then!

Keep on stitching,


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22611 State Route 2, Archbold, Ohio 43502
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