Friday, March 23, 2012

LIVE Relay for Life Auction

Our LIVE Relay for Life Auction is tomorrow from 4pm - 7pm with the auction starting at 5pm.  If you are planning to attend and use the Quilt Bucks that you have accumulated since January, please RSVP by emailing Katie at

Don't forget to bring "real" money too, 100% off the proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society through our Relay for Life team, the Polka Dots.

We've collected all of the donations, here is the list of what will be available at the auction:

Baby Cakes (Teresa Thoennes) - Decorated cake for any occasion
Common Threads - First-Time Quilter basket of goodies, Experienced Quilter basket of goodies, select table runners and quilts, Stash Bash ticket, 2 - $50 machine quilting certificates
Evansville Sports and Lawn - 2 - $25 gift certificates
First Security Bank of Evansville - Cooler bag (full of snacks) and bleacher seat
Garfield Cenex - $25 gift certificate
The Garfield Diner - $20 gift certificate
Lia Sophia (Katie Satterlie) - 4 jewelry sets including necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and rings
Longaberger (Karen Larson) - Small oval basket and large canister basket with lid and owl tie-on
Mary Kay (Julie Satterlie) - Microdermabrasion kit, Time-Wise Facial Care kit, and Pedicure set
Millerville Creamery - 2 gift certificates for 5lbs of butter
Origami Owl (Holly Thoennes) - Medium locket and 4 charms
Pampered Chef (Heidi Thoennes) - Classic Batter Bowl, Bamboo Spoons, and Mini Serving Spatula
Paparazzi - 3 hair accessories and 1 necklace/earring set
Ron's Johns - Weekend Porta-John rental (20 mile radius)
Tastefully Simple (Julie Satterlie) - Party Time Kit and Ultimate Seasonings Kit
Thirty-One (Holly Thoennes) - Picnic Thermal bag and Organizing Utility Tote

A reminder that the Garfield Lions Club has their annual Easter Ham Bingo night at 7pm after our event.  Plan to have a evening out in Garfield! :)

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Happy National Quilting Day

Happy St. Patrick's Day AND National Quilting Day!!!

According to National Quilting Day is a day to recognize and appreciate the quiltmakers, the skill and the warm and the results. If you are a quiltmaker, spend a minute to recognize and appreciate that you have truely been blessed with a special skill. If you are not a quiltmaker, wrap yourself into a quilt and enjoy the warmth.

So when you're out tonight having a Guiness or some sort of green beer, remind everyone that you are a quilter and it's your day too! :)

Saturday, March 10, 2012

EChatter - March 2012

We want to start this post by thanking everyone that came out for our Rescheduled Leap Year Sales Event on March 7th.  We all had a blast leaping frogs into baskets and even considered making it a regular happening at Common Threads....we should never need an excuse to play games.  :)

What's New this month?  We have fun new fabrics, some books, and only one kit to share.  All of these items will be available on our online store on Tuesday 3/20.  If you would like to order before than, give us a call at 320-834-2563  Before we get to the fun new things in the store we want to remind you of a couple events we have coming up.

Our Relay for Life Auction will be happening on March 24 from 4pm - 7pm.  We've received a bunch of donations from area businesses to auction off as well as quilting items.  Please invite your friends, neighbors, family, church folks....we will have things on the auction for everyone.  Some of our supporters include The Garfield Diner, Evansville Sports and Lawn, Ron's Johns, Mary Kay, Lia Sophia, Origami Owl, 31, Tastefully Simple, and more!  Don't forget, any money you spend until March 23rd will get you twice that amount in Quilt Bucks to use at the auction (along with real cash).  100% of the proceeds will benefit our Relay for Life Team, The Polka Dots.

Registration for Stash Bash is only $150 if you register before April 1st.  Don't miss out on this discount, register today, click here for the registration form:

Shamrock Runner - $14.99 (pattern included) - This quick and easy table runner can be finished just in time for St. Patrick's Day!


Zakka Style
Rashida Coleman-Hale has gathered talented designers from around the world to bring you 24 delightful Zakka projects. Zakka, a Japanese term meaning “many things,” is all about all the little things that improve your home and appearance. Create a one-of-a-kind picture frame, a stylish bread bag, a whimsical bookmark, a chic tote, and so much more. You’ll love these bright, imaginative designs—make them for yourself and everyone you know!

Modern Quilting Designs
No matter if you are a longarm quilter or if you quilt on a domestic sewing machine this new book which features over 90 quilting designs would be a welcome addition to your library.  I would call this book a “design library” book.  It does not give advice on how to do longarm quilting  or domestic machine quilting, but rather it provides a wealth of line drawn designs.

Transparency Quilts
Master the illusion of transparency with these ten quilt projects and easy-to-follow guide from popular quilting duo Ringle and Kerr. Transparency Quilts teaches you how to use traditional piecing techniques to create layered translucent effects. By learning how to distinguish and balance the subtleties of colour in your fabrics, you can achieve remarkable results. Youżll also discover how the visual relationships between different colours make all the difference in your quilts.

New English Paper Piecing
You’ll love these ten soft and pretty designs made with traditional hexagons, as well as squares, circles, pentagons, and other shapes. Learn the fundamentals of English paper piecing and needleturned appliqué to add to your repertoire of quiltmaking skills. Whether you are a beginner or a more experienced quilter, Sue’s teaching style will help you rediscover the joy of handwork.

Modern Mix
A printed fabric is eye-catching, but when it's paired with the right solid, the result can be truly brilliant. This how-to book features 16 projects with a contemporary style that exemplify the dynamic partnership of large-scale prints and bright solids. With pages of fabulous ideas, all the information needed on integrating fabrics and even a chapter on quilt making basics, The Modern Mix is a must-have addition to your sewing library.

Bridgeport by Jo Morton

Royal Peacocks by Punch Studio

Lark by Amy Butler

Soul Blossom by Amy Butler in Corduroy (it's so soft, you have to feel it to believe it!)

Yo Gabba Gabba by Hoffman

Allegro Artisan Batiks