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Classes & Events • Summer 2011

Inside: FREE Lifetime Learning Win with UFO Eradication! More Super Serger Classes New Coupon Savings!


Season of Plenty

The luxury of summer is slowly unfolding: gardens planned and planted, first Farmer's Market tables laden with fresh offerings, blossoms bursting open every day and the lure of long evenings to spend with family and friends. Our creative ideas and classes are bursting into bloom, too, with lots of inspiration for you to choose from! Our patio is being readied for you to welcome back Linda Johansen and her top-notch dyeing, stamping and painting techniques. If you have plenty of Un-Finished Objects waiting for you in your sewing room, let us help: register your UFO's to win gift certificates, and earn entries by attending our UFO Workshops, Linda Morris' free lecture and Victoria's Secrets classes on finishing techniques! You'll also find an expanded selection of serger classes! Learn it all from basic techniques to making terrific garments and accessories with these amazingly versatile machines. And don't miss the showstopping new Technique of the Month from Judy Niemeyer, a stepby-step creation of her Glacier Star quilt. Happy Summer Stitching!

BE INSPIRED! Enter your quilts for over $13,000 in cash and prizes. Our featured artist: Ronda K. Beyer. Our guest artists: Marjorie Post & Cathy Erickson. Our national instructors: Katrina Hamer, Carol Doak, Anita Grossman Solomon & Karla Alexander. Our machine quilting instructors: Karen McTavish, Pam Clarke, & Myrna Ficken. Join us for five days of classes, three days of outstanding vendors and over 450 quilts, including special exhibits by Pendleton and The Oregon Quilt Project!

‘Seasons’ by Island Batik

Island Batik designed Seasons exclusively for us. Available in three different colorways, it features trees, water and mountains in the changing colors of the seasons. Forever Seasons, our new quilt challenge, runs for a whole year giving you plenty of time to create your entry with one of these fabrics! Visit our website for details.

Open House Friday & Saturday • May 6 & 7

Refreshments • Class Sign-Ups • Inspiration Friday 10:00 am-1:00 pm Victoria Jones • Freeform Piecing Techniques Bonnie Fletcher • Brazilian Embroidery Cindy Calderwood • Ready, Set, Serge!

2:00-5:00 pm Accessory Focus • Feet That Finish The Job Victoria Jones • Piping Hot Curves

Saturday 10:00 am-1:00 pm Victoria Jones • It's A Wrap! Basket & Bowls Errin Rissberger • Hand Embroidery Linda Johansen • Fabric Dyeing, Stamping & Painting 1:00 pm & 3:00 pm FREE LECTURE! Attend to earn an entry into our UFO Drawing! Details on page 28. How To Work with Long-Arm Quilters by Linda Morris 1:00-5:00 pm Accessory Focus • Super Sergers Wendy Mamattah • Silhouette Art Polly Bingham • Brazilian Embroidery Cathie Boucher-Sollman •Judy Niemeyer's Quiltworkx Paper Piecing

2011 CreativeArts Arts Festival 2011Sewing Sewing and and Creative Festival

September 22–24, 2011 • Portland Expo Center • Portland, Oregon • nwquiltingexpo.com

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Fashion & Accessories 519 Sassy Little Apron with Victoria Jones Stitch up this cute one-size-flattersall apron and learn how easy it is to add sass and drape to woven fabrics by using bias cuts. Sunday, May 15 • 1:00-5:00 pm Cost $30 or FREE to Passport Members

Appliquéed Messenger Bag 812 Learn to Sew Children's Garments with Victoria Jones Learn to read a pattern, make buttonholes, create piping, ruffles & gathers, and try out our classroom serger for professional seam edges as you create one of three designs: two charming dresses or a pair of simple pants that are easily adapted for boys or girls. Saturday, June 11 10:00 am-5:00 pm Cost $45

My Garden Zips, above, and Sassy Little Apron, left 871 My Garden Zips with Pat Andrews Create a fanciful garden of delightful flowers and little friends from zippers. Recycle those old metal zippers or use new zipper yardage to make a charming array of brooches that will add a little 'zip' to your wardrobe! Wednesday, May 25 • 10:00 am-1:00 pm Cost $30 or FREE to Passport Members 955 Yo-Yo Blooms with Sandy Sciorratta Make these stuffed yo-yo fashion accessories out of cotton, silks and/ or velvets. Once these little gems are embellished with beads, buttons and ribbons you can create a necklace, bracelet or attach them to a collar or cuff for the perfect fashion accent. Tuesday, May 31 • 2:00-5:00 pm Cost $30 or FREE to Passport Members

872 Appliquéed Messenger Bag with Errin Rissberger Choose wool or cotton fabrics to make this colorful, modern bag featuring an echo-quilted floral appliqué or Errin's own bird design. The adjustable strap takes it from shoulder bag to messenger in an instant. Bag includes a hidden inset back pocket, inside pockets and optional magnetic closure. Saturday, July 23 • 10:00 am-5:00 pm Cost $45

465 Zippy Strippy with Katrina Hamer Start your holiday gift-making now with these easy, quilt-as-you-go bags. Collect buttons, rick-rack, and other fun trims to embellish each one with unique character. This is a great project to use up your favorite scraps or an eclectic mix of bold prints. Wednesday, June 22 • 10:00 am-1:00 pm or Sunday, July 24 • 1:00-4:00 pm Cost $30 or FREE to Passport Members

Yo-Yo Blooms and Zippy Strippy, far right

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Simple, Spectacular Skirts 512 Simple, Spectacular Skirts with Brendalee Haunschild Easily one of the most versatile items in your wardrobe...and so simple to sew! Choose from three classic shapes. Learn to give your garments a professional finish with serger seams, how to take body measurements, tips for reading patterns, and best ways to insert a zipper. Friday, August 12 • 10:00 am-3:00 pm Cost $40

Serger Party: Simple Flatlock Jacket 305 Serger Party: Simple Flatlock Jacket with Barbara Thomas Learn construction and embellishment techniques with your serger! This flattering jacket is perfect for many fabric choices, and quickly serged and accented with decorative threads. Saturday, June 18 • 5:30-8:30 pm Cost $30 or FREE to Passport Members 300 Serger Party: Camp Shirt or Bowling Shirt with Barbara Thomas Nothing says 'summer' like a camp shirt! Make this classic style for men, women, boys or girls from soft rayon batik or a fun cotton print, using your serger for a professional finish! Saturday, May 21 • 5:30-8:30 pm Cost $30 or FREE to Passport Members 564 Zip It! with Brendalee Haunschild You'll learn three methods of inserting zippers as you create three clever zippered bags just right for make-up or tools. Friday, May 20 • 10:00 am-1:00 pm Cost $30 or FREE to Passport Members

595 Bag Ladies Club with Pat Andrews & Ellen Cortright Can you ever have enough handbags? Pat and Ellen have selected the best of the many stylish and practical designs for purses, handbags, totes, clutches and carryalls for this popular monthly class. You’ll love learning to use a wide variety of professional materials and detailing techniques that will make your bags the unique accessories you want to reach for every day! First Fridays • 10:00 am-5:00 pm May 6: Brentwood Bag June 3: Bella Bag July: no class for summer break August 5: In A Clutch or finish any of the bags, totes or purses you’ve started in this series Cost $30 or FREE to Passport Members

320 eBook or iPad Carrying Case with Ellen Cortright Chances are you already know someone with an eBook or iPad, so this class is a wonderful and practical head start on holiday giftmaking! Choose a shoulder strap or book-style case, and personalize with fabric choices and embellishments. Thursday, June 9 1:00 - 5:00 pm Cost $30 or FREE to Passport Members

eBook or iPad Carrying Case

303 Serger Party: Garments with Elastic with Barbara Thomas Barb will s-t-r-e-t-c-h your knowledge in this serger class! Learn the tips and tricks to sewing elastic on a serger as you make your choice of a garment with an elastic waistband: pajamas, skirt, shorts. Saturday, August 20 • 5:30-8:30 pm Cost $30 or FREE to Passport Members 620 Altering Reality: Jeans with Brendalee Haunschild Brenda shares her easy solutions for getting your jeans to fit perfectly. You'll learn how to make her almost-famous Butt Gussett – no more cheek when you bend over – and how to create an adjustable hem to fit any heel height. Bring your problem jeans to class, and you might be wearing them home! Friday, May 20 • 2:00 pm-5:00 pm Cost $30 or FREE to Passport Members

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Quilting Skills 744 Day & Night Quilt plus Bonus Projects! with Ellen Cortright It’s like magic! This classic pattern is fresh again with just a few simple tricks. Ellen shows you how to conjure up a showstopping quilt with just two or three fabric colors, three strip sizes and one terrific ruler. But wait, there’s more! Cut-away scraps perform double duty in your choice of three fun bonus projects. Saturday, July 30 • 10:00 am-5:00 pm Cost $40 721 Pick A Project: Piping Hot Curves with Victoria Jones A length of piping edges the curves in all five of the dynamic designs in this popular book. That simple trick makes each one smooth and easy to sew, and the playful contrast creates a unique design element. Tuesday, August 2 10:00 am-5:00 pm Cost $45

Day & Night Quilt

Pick A Project: Piping Hot Curves

868 Color Work Table Runner with Victoria Jones Cut and sew gentle, unstructured curves as you enjoy playing with color. Tiny bits of contrasting color are scattered here and there to create interest in this simple yet sophisticated table runner design. Choose one of two runner sizes. Saturday, August 13 • 10:00 am-5:00 pm Cost $45

Color Work Table Runner

Paper Piecing Adventures: Tutti Frutti

Silhouettes in Motion Wall Hanging

421 Paper Piecing Adventures: Tutti Frutti with Victoria Jones This design looks complex, but Victoria teaches you easy techniques to stitch a magnificent, octagon-shaped wallhanging or table topper with sharp points and precise triangles and miters. $10 kit fee payable to instructor. Thursdays, August 4 & 18 10:00 am-1:00 pm • Cost $45

758 Silhouettes in Motion Wall Hanging with Wendy Mamattah Wendy's designs dance with life and color, and you can learn to create silhouettes with movement and exuberance! Create dancers of any culture, and bring them to life with fabrics and embellishments in this unique design-oriented class. Friday, July 22 • 10:00 am-5:00 pm Cost $45

Win Your next Class Passport! Our Class Passport has always been the best way to expand your sewing skills and creativity, and we've made it even better by giving you the chance to earn a $10 Gift Certificate and win your next Passport! Just $75 allows you to take any – or all – of our popular Passport classes. There are over 40 Passport classes to choose from, including techniques, projects, Clubs and Open Sew sessions, in this Summer 2011 newsletter from May 1 – August 31. To win simply attend all the Passport classes you sign up for, give us at least one week notice if you must cancel, and have your Passport stamped by your instructor. If you have perfect attendance you'll receive a $10 Gift Certificate and you'll be entered into our drawing for next trimester's Passport! We'll keep them on file in the classroom, so you won't have to worry about leaving it at home. Sign up for no more than five classes at a time so that everyone can enjoy the fun!

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Quilter’s Studio with Helene Knott Helene’s quilts are breathtaking up close and from across a room, due to her famously thoughtful approach and practiced techniques. Learn from this master technician with an artists’ heart! Helene’s popular methods are now split into five in-depth sessions to give you more resources and practice in class. Cost $30 each. Workbook fees payable to the instructor in class. 404 Machine Quilting Essentials This orientation class covers basics including troubleshooting and managing stitches, thread, feet and needles. Practice straight line quilting and stitch-in-the-ditch techniques on a simple sampler made prior to class. Then move beyond basics: bring the same practice sample to Helene’s advanced Focus classes. Thursday, June 2 • 1:00-5:00 pm 407 Focus on Drawn Line Patterns Experience all aspects of quilting along a drawn line both on fabric and using tracing paper as a sewing aid for complex patterns. Helene’s class workbook includes designs for class and future use. Thursday, June 30 • 1:00-4:00 pm

451 Focus on Freezer Paper Templates Freezer paper makes seemingly complex designs a snap to apply to your quilts and also can take the math out of border designs. Helene’s class workbook includes designs for class and future use. Thursday, July 7 •1:00-4:00 pm 452 Focus on Needle-Dancing Explore the spontaneous joy of dancing with your needle in flights of improvisation as you learn all aspects of free-form quilting including stippling textures and template-free designs. Helene’s class workbook includes designs for class and future use. Thursday, July 14 • 1:00-4:00 pm 453 Focus on Quilting Designs The world is full of pattern and texture that can be adapted for quilting designs that elevate your quilt beyond the boundaries of traditional quilting and make even a simple quilt exquisite. In this resource-building class you'll begin to assemble a library of designs that take you beyond quilting books. Thursday, August 4 • 1:00-4:00 pm

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All Day Happy Hour quilts 322 Pick A Project: All Day Happy Hour! with Victoria Jones Relax and enjoy making any of the super-simple, multiple-sized quilts and projects from the popular Happy Hour book! Victoria's tips and techniques make them easy, fast & fun. Stretch out in our spacious classroom for a day of sewing that both beginning and experienced quilters will enjoy! Tuesday, August 16 • 10:00 am-5:00 pm Cost $45 401 Beginning Quiltmaking with Victoria Jones Learn everything you need to know about quiltmaking from start to finish, plus tips and tricks to use in future projects. Tuesdays, May 17, 24, 31, June 14, 21 & 28 10:00 am-1:00 pm or 6:30-9:30 pm or Sundays, July 17, 24, 31, August 7, 14 & 21 • 5:30-8:30 pm Cost $55 or FREE to Passport Members 402 Quiltmaking II with Victoria Jones Explore variations with Victoria's design as you stretch your creativity and expand your knowledge. Choose from a variety of sizes and design options for your quilt. Sundays, May 15, 29, June 12 & 19 5:30-8:30 pm or Tuesdays, July 12, 19, 26 & August 9 10:00 am-1:00 pm or 6:30-9:30 pm Cost $50

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Beginning Quiltmaking

Quiltmaking II


Open Classroom 308 Machine Embroidery Open Sew Bring your embroidery machine and enjoy our spacious classroom each month! This is a great time to work on your Floral Visions quilt or any other project you enjoy. An experienced staff member will be available for basic troubleshooting. Fourth Thursdays: May 26, June 23, July 28 & August 25 • 2:00-5:00 pm Cost $10 or FREE to Passport Members

Forever Yours Table Runner NEW! 837 Judy Niemeyer's Quiltworkx Club with Cathie Boucher-Sollman Bring in any of Judy Niemeyer's Quiltworkx projects for a fun afternoon of stitching tips and techniques with Cathie, a Certified Judy Niemeyer Instructor. These designs may look challenging, but Cathie will show you the efficient, time-saving tricks and assist you as you create your own showstopping Quiltworkx creation. All levels welcome! Saturday, July 9 • noon-5:00 pm Cost $30 or FREE to Passport Members 490 Journal Quilts Club with Helene Knott Create personal, page-sized Journal Quilts as Helene mentors you in exploring creativity and new techniques. Over time these quilts reflect artistic development and growth. Confident beginners may join this informal series at any time. First Tuesdays: May 3, June 7, July 5 & August 2 • 6:00-9:00 pm Cost $30 or FREE to Passport Members

712 Forever Yours Table Runner with Cathie Boucher-Sollman Just in time for June wedding gifts! This table runner made with the classic Wedding Ring design is the perfect project for a beginner to learn the ease and accuracy of paper piecing. Saturday, May 28 • 10:00 am-5:00 pm Optional Fabric Selection Wednesday, May 18 • 5:30-7:30 pm Cost $65 480 Sleeping Dogs or Sleeping Cats Quilt with Helene Knott Look a little closer...the combination of piecing and appliqué blocks in Helene's own clever design form snuggling dogs or cats! Helene’s popular patterns are shown at 57” square - a perfect human snoozing size! - but you may increase or decrease the number of blocks as you desire. Friday, July 15 • 10:00 am-5:00 pm Cost $50

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305 Open Sew Hide-A-Way with Victoria Jones Do you dream of some uninterrupted sewing time? Maybe some focused time to finish those projects? Or maybe you just want to sew and enjoy good company. No matter your reasons, enjoy the camaraderie of both new and old stitching friends in our spacious classroom to Hide-A-Way! Every Wednesday • 2:00-6:00 pm Cost $10 or FREE to Passport Members

Sleeping Dogs Quilt, top, and Sleeping Cats Quilt, below

Our Sewing Community

We're dedicated to supporting the local Expo? creative community, and host meetings for several local groups here at A Common Thread to share skills and friendship. Check them out and we'll hope to see you here for their meetings! American Sewing Guild www.asg.org Machine Embroidery of Oregon & Washington www.sewmeow.org Northwest Quilters www.northwestquilters.org Project Linus www.projectlinus.org

205 Friday and Saturday Night Madness This session started out with friends just stopping in to sew, and has grown into a real social event! Join us for sewing, laughter and fun, and assistance with your projects from our staff. Second Fridays: May 13, June 10, July 8, August 12 Fourth Saturdays: May 28, June 25, July 23, August 27 6:00 pm-midnight Cost $10 or FREE to Passport Members

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Kid’s Camps & Classes

New Dates!

Jean Wells Intuitive Color Workshop

A Common Thread’s Kids Camps & Classes are open to students from any school district, and offered through the Lake Oswego School District Community School. This trimester we’re offering classes for beginning stitchers ages 8 and up featuring fun sewing experiences that result in confidence and creativity as well as great gifts and useful items. Find complete information and registration for these classes, held at A Common Thread, on their web site: www.losdcommunityschool.com

Explore quilt design in a more intuitive way! Learn to cut without rulers, creating gentle curves and nice design lines as you choose the project you'll create: one design for a small wall hanging or pillow; four similar images set in a four patch setting for a wall quilt; or a larger quilt with no repeated blocks. Follow Jean's lead and use solids with the interjection of two or three printed fabrics, or all solids to focus on color relationships and value.

Learn to Sew Classes Our Learn To Sew classes are offered through Portland Community College. Find complete descriptions, fees, and registration for these classes, held at A Common Thread, on their web site at www.pcc.edu. Bring your own machine in good working order, or use ours!

1056 Jean Wells Trunk Show and Lecture Monday, June 6 • 6:00-8:00 pm Cost $30 or FREE to Passport Members 1055 Intuitive Color Workshop with Jean Wells Tuesday & Wednesday, June 7 & 8 10:00 am-5:00 pm • Cost $165

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Garment Sewing Basics This class introduces you to the fundamentals of garment construction. Learn to read and work with commercial patterns as you sew a simple garment. Prerequisite: Suddenly You’re Sewing. Required kit includes tools and book. Mondays, June 6, 13, 20 & 27 6:45-8:45 pm

Kids Learn to Sew: Pillowcases Ages 8 and older will learn sewing basics as they create a pillowcase for sleepovers, a super gift, or their very own bed; all materials included. Friday, June 17 • 2:00-5:00 pm or Friday, August 19 • 10:00am-1:00pm Kids Learn to Sew: Humbug Bag Kids ages 8 and older learn to add zippers and other details as they expand their sewing skills with this bag that’s perfect to take to the beach or a sleepover, or to carry school supplies. All materials are included. Friday, June 17 • 10:00 am-1:00 pm or Friday, August 19 • 2:00 pm-5:00 pm

Suddenly You're Sewing! Start with sewing machine basics, and build skills reading patterns and exploring tools and techniques that make sewing fun. Make a new project each week! Required kit includes basic tools, patterns and supplies for class. Mondays, May 2, 9, 16 & 23 noon-2:00 pm Wednesdays, May 4, 11, 18 & 25 or June 1, 8, 15 & 22 or Wednesdays, June 29, July 6, 13 & 20 6:45-8:45 pm or Wednesdays, June 29, July 6, 13 & 20 10:00 am-noon

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A Common Thread will be closed on Mother's Day, Memorial Day and Independence Day.


Block of the Month 217 Nanny's Flower Garden Block of the Month with Errin Rissberger Errin's class comes to an end this trimester, each quilt a work of art with her own hand-dyed wool, silk, velvet, and yarns. Third Saturdays: May 21 • 2:00-5:00 pm Cost $10 or FREE to Passport Members 214 Scrap Therapy Club with Donna Broadhurst It's fun to use your own “hidden treasure” fabrics as you enjoy a new project every month! Learn slick tricks for making every piece of your stash a valuable addition to fun new quilts and unique accessories. Third Saturdays: May 21, June 18, July 16; no August session • 2:00-5:00 pm Cost $30 or FREE to Passport Members

206 Stained Glass Block of the Month with Victoria Jones It's not too late to join this exciting Paper Pieced Block of the Month! It's amazingly easy with no bias strips or appliqué; just simple paper piecing techniques and Victoria's wonderful tips! First Wednesdays: May 4, June 1, no July session, August 3 10:30-11:30 am or First Saturdays: May 7, June 4, no July session, August 6 • 1:30-2:30 pm Cost $10 or FREE to Passport Members 203 Six Halves Block of the Month with Lois Keck & Katherine Schrader Lois and Katherine have teamed up again to take the mystery out of blocks with unique shapes with tips, techniques and lots of laughter and friendship. One time kit fee of $35 includes discounts on the required book and ruler. Third Fridays: May 20, June 17, July 15 & August 19 or third Saturdays: May 21, June 18, July 16 & August 20 9:00-10:00 am or 10:30-11:30 am Cost $5 or FREE to Passport Members

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Coming for Fall! 831 Judy Niemeyer Glacier Star Technique of the Month Quilt with Cathie Boucher-Sollman Join Cathie beginning in early October for a nine-month, step-by-step journey to this spectacular Glacier Star quilt. Only available through Judy Niemeyer Certified Shops & Instructors, you'll love learning Cathie's simple secrets to success each month in the handson sewing sessions, and enjoy the inspiration of a group! Register today! First Thursdays beginning October 6 6:00-9:00 pm Cost $35 per session, includes patterns

204 Rose of Sharon Block of the Month with Julie Glenn Choose to make this beautiful quilt your own way and enjoy every stitch! Choose your favorite blocks and techniques, then join us each month for tips and inspiration. Find us on Facebook and get updates as our store quilt blocks are completed! Third Saturdays: May 21, June 18, July 16; no August session 12:30-1:30 pm Cost $10 or FREE to Passport Members

Join our UFO Eradication Effort!

Do you have an older Block of the Month project waiting for finishing touches? We're offering all the help you need this summer to get it done! And you could win a Gift Certificate to A Common Thread while you do it! Check details on page 28.

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It's Party Time!

Try Before You Buy! We're sharing the most exciting new BERNINA

sewing machines and accessories, and you're invited! Get hands-on with the sewing machine, serger, or software of your dreams to make sure it's everything you thought it would be as you explore features and create a project to take home and enjoy. Enjoy our spacious classroom and experience the best BERNINA instructors in the Portland metro area! A perfect chance to find out hands-on that nothing sews like a BERNINA!

830 Exploring BERNINA 8-Series Thursday, June 2 • 10:30 am-1:00 pm Are you one of the many sewing enthusiasts who are seriously coveting a new BERNINA 8-Series sewing machine? You'll love this in-depth test drive, and make a great personalized Journal Cover. Try out many of the advanced features and technologies of the 830E and 820 that will allow your creative confidence to soar. Prepare to fall in love with your next sewing machine!

333 BERNINA's Super 3-Series Wednesday, July 27 • 6:45-8:45 pm Did you know that BERNINA makes sewing machines for all skill levels and every budget? The new 3-Series machines combine cutting-edge technology with long-lasting quality. Try one out at our Pillow Pizzazz Party! A kit fee of $10 provides everything you need to make your own. It's time to fall in love with a machine that won’t hold you back...it's the beginning of something beautiful!

335 Ultimate Quilting Experience Thursday, May 26 •10:00 am-1:00 pm Is there a gap between the quilts you want to create and your results? Find stitching satisfaction with the best BERNINA sewing machine to fit your creative quilting goals! Experience the BERNINA line from the 3-Series all the way up to the 8-Series, and try special accessories and tools. $15 kit fee includes everything to complete a project as you find out why BERNINA is the gold standard in quilting experiences!

334 BERNINA Serger Soiree Thursday, June 30 • 11:00 am-1:00 pm Prepare to be amazed at all the speed and professional touches these wonderful machines can add to all your sewing! A kit fee of $10 provides you with all the materials to make a Jazzy Little Lingerie Bag while you learn professional serging techniques and enjoy the features of several different serger models. They're not just for garments anymore!

Education For Life at A Common Thread

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If you purchased your sewing machine at A Common Thread, you receive unlimited education as long as you own it! That includes every function your machine was made for, from beginner basics to advanced functions including buttonholes, hemming, zipper insertion, BERNINA Stitch Regulator, walking foot, and more. Just schedule a time with our knowledgeable staff members to make the Unlimited most of your wonderful sewing machine! Learning! page 19


NEW! 617 Such A Doll! with Sandy Sciorratta Dollmaking has a fresh new face! Sandy shares her amazingly creative ideas to help you to customize a very simple doll pattern with the fashions and accessories that add detailed personality. Whether you indulge your own alter-ego or create a compliment for a dear friend, you'll love this fun, creative class series! Tuesdays, July 26, August 9 & 23 2:00-5:00 pm • Cost $50

Craft & Decor Sewing 357 Fun, Fusible Fabric Boxes with Cindy Calderwood Choose from five sizes of handy boxes to organize your home, closets, office and more! Made with cereal boxes, these fast, fun, no-sew boxes and a clever, useful way to recycle. Thursday, July 14 • 10:00 am-1:00 pm Cost $30 or FREE to Passport Members 959 Perfect Placemats with Donna Broadhurst Create a pieced placemat that complements your table perfectly with Donna's size and style adaptations to this easy and adaptable pattern. Friday, May 27 • 2:00-5:00 pm Cost $30 or FREE to Passport Members 958 Every Day's A Holiday Table Runner with Victoria Jones Clever piecing creates seven classic blocks for a table runner that's perfectly suited to small prints as well as holiday feature fabrics. Whether you choose to fussy-cut center blocks, or just go with a color theme, you'll love sewing and displaying this project! Thursday, August 11 10:00 am-5:00 pm Cost $45

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Such A Doll! Fun Fusible Fabric Boxes, top, Perfect Placemats, above, and Every Day's A Holiday Table Runner, below

Our Friendly Class Policies

• Check your class supply list well before class and assemble the materials required for your success. • If you must cancel, allow one week notice for full store credit. • Arrive on time and ready to learn with materials & supplies prepared for class. • Leave promptly to accommodate the next class, unless your instructor announces that extra time is available. • Leave your work area clean, so the next student can enjoy class! • Turn off your cell phone. • Children may only attend classes specified as Kid’s Camp or Kid’s Classes. • Please don’t talk while your instructor is teaching! • Many people are allergic to fragrance – please don’t wear perfume to class.

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Special Techniques 478 It’s A Wrap: Baskets, Bags & Bowls with Victoria Jones Learn how much fun it is to make unique baskets, bowls, purses and mats from your stash and cotton clothesline. You'll love this easy and rewarding technique! Saturday, May 14 • 10:00 am-4:00 pm Cost $40 358 Beginning Freeform Piecing with Victoria Jones Graceful curves and flowing lines are well within even a beginner's reach with just a few simple tricks! Learn them and get started sewing your own elegant designs. Sunday, August 7 • 1:30-4:30 pm Cost $30 or FREE to Passport Members 610 Fabric Collage Workshop with Victoria Jones Victoria's playful process spins scraps of all sorts into beautiful and unique fabric that you can use it to enhance quilts, garments and so much more! Sunday, August 14 • 1:00-4:00 pm Cost $30 or FREE to Passport Members

It's A Wrap: Baskets, Bags & Bowls 361 Decorative Stitch-O-Rama with Cindy Calderwood Learn both the fun and the fine points of your sewing machine's decorative stitches, as you create beautifully detailed blocks for either a quilt or table runner with Cindy's tips on threads, needles, stabilizers and more! Stay for Midnight Madness afterwards and stitch the evening away! Friday, June 10 • 2:00-5:00 pm Cost $30 or FREE to Passport Members

Ready, Set, Serge!

Fabric Collage Workshop

580 Electric Quilt Club with Katrina Hamer Katrina will teach you to enjoy all that Electric Quilt has to offer! Avid quilters and budding quilt designers alike will find this Club is a wonderful way to develop skills and personal design style. Check the supply list in advance to make sure you and your computer are prepared! Thursdays, May 26 & June 23, no July or August sessions 6:30-8:30 pm Cost $30 or FREE to Passport Members 438 Beginning Fusible Appliqué Workshop with Victoria Jones Complex-looking appliqué is fast and easy using fusible appliqué methods. You'll learn about the methods and materials that make this technique a favorite medium for quilters of all levels! Wednesday, August 17 • 10:00 am-1:00 pm Cost $30 or FREE to Passport Members

Beginning Fusible Applique Workshop 371 Pick A Project: Ready, Set, Serge! with Cindy Calderwood You'll learn to use your serger as you create fun and practical projects from this terrific skill-building book. Choose from cheery patchwork pot holders, a handy foldover purse, or a ruffled pillowcase. Tuesday, May 24 • 2:00-6:00 pm Cost $30 or FREE to Passport Members

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Threadpainting 784 Threadpainting with Helene Knott Use your regular sewing machine and thread like a box of crayons! Simple enough to render in a basic "color inside the lines" style, more adventurous stitchers can add complexity to this project by adding details and blending colors. Bring your basic sewing machine with free motion features – no computers! You should be familiar with basic freemotion methods to enjoy this class. Friday, July 29 • 10:00 am-5:00 pm Cost $50

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Victoria’s Secrets

Victoria Jones’ popular series of hands-on technique classes are perennial favorites! Join her to learn secrets, tips, and tricks to add special touches to every creative sewing project. Each class is $30 or FREE to Passport Members.

Fabric Dyeing & Marbling

365 Layering Quilts with Victoria Jones Proper layering ensures that your quilt is smooth and pucker-free. Learn about new products and several time-tested methods for layering your next quilted project with results to be proud of! Sunday, June 12 • 1:30-4:30 pm or Thursday, July 21 • 10:00 am-1:00 pm

Fabric Stamping & Painting 1036 Fabric Stamping & Painting with Linda Johansen Linda teaches you to make gorgeous sky fabrics and unique textures as you work with cotton fabric and light-activated Setacolor transparent fabric paints. $45 kit fee includes stamp making kit with tools, 2 yards of fabric, one pair of gloves, and seven colors of paint; bring your own texture makers and extra fabric and get ready to play! Saturday, July 30 • 10:00 am-4:00 pm Cost $40 1030 Fabric Dyeing & Marbling with Linda Johansen Learn how easy it is to dye and marble fabric with fiber reactive dyes to create textures, color gradations and overdyes. $40 kit fee includes seven colors of Procion fiber reactive dyes, five yards of prepared-for-dying white cotton and Synthrapol to wash out the fabrics. Bring a colorful sense of adventure and extra fabric for dyeing to class! Saturday, July 23 • 10:00 am-4:00 pm Cost $40

363 Batting Choices with Victoria Jones The choices have multiplied! Do you want puffy or flat? Cotton, polyester, or bamboo? Let Victoria teach you which batting is right for every project! Wednesday, May 18 • 10:00 am-1:00 pm or Sunday, May 29 • 1:30-4:30 pm

Textured Details 786 Textured Details with Pat Nida Leave convention behind with out-of-thebox fabric transformations including freehand cutting, tearing, and distortion such as burning, shrinking and fusing. $10 kit fee payable to instructor. Tuesday, June 28 • 2:00-5:00 pm Cost $30 or FREE to Passport Members 788 Custom Colors with Pat Nida Capture your creative impressions on fabric as you experiment with paint, ink, flower pounding, paint sticks and more to create unique textiles for your next fiber art piece. $10 kit fee payable to instructor. Tuesday, June 21 • 2:00-5:00 pm Cost $30 or FREE to Passport Members

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867 Needles & Threads with Victoria Jones If you could take just one class to improve all your sewing & quilting results, this is it! The choices can seem endless, but Victoria will teach you to choose needles and threads to achieve your desired results. Sunday, July 17 • 1:30-4:30 pm or Wednesday, August 10 • 10:00 am-1:00 pm 601 Continuous Binding Workshop with Victoria Jones Learn simple secrets for perfect quilt binding: easily pieced, smooth and flat with crisply creased corners, a fitting finish. Kit fee of $12 payable to instructor. Wednesday, June 15 • 10:00 am-1:00 pm or Sunday, June 19  • 1:30-4:30 pm

Early Bird Club! Special Guests • Refreshments • Hands-On Projects Sew-N-Tell • Demonstrations • Discounts Bring A Friend  • Make New Ones! Early Bird Club with Julie Glenn First Saturdays of each month • 9:30-11:00 am May 7, June 4, July 2 & August 6 FREE • FREE • FREE

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Stitched by Hand 947 Beginning Brazilian Embroidery with Polly Bingham & Bonnie Fletcher Brazilian Embroidery uses unique threads that lift stitches up off the fabric for an elegant dimensional effect, bringing fantastic detail to beautiful floral designs. This class is a prerequisite for joining other classes or groups; the $18 kit fee is payable to the instructor. Mondays, July 11, 18 & 25  1:00-4:00 pm or Sundays, May 29, June 12 & 19 5:30-8:30 pm Cost $45

NEW! 944 Brazilian Embroidery: Keepsake Mums with Polly Bingham & Bonnie Fletcher This small project can be adapted for many uses: sachets, ornaments or clothing enhancements. Become an expert stitching long bullions on elegant satin crepe and embellished with beads. Choose colors for the $10 kit, payable to instructor at the first class. Sundays, July 24 & 31 5:30-8:30 pm • Cost $30 945 Brazilian Embroidery Beyond Basics: Sue's Bouquet with Polly Bingham & Bonnie Fletcher This intermediate design features many basic flower and leaf techniques stitched onto Australian trigger cloth. Embellished with beads and a crystal butterfly, this is a wonderful step beyond beginner levels. $35 kit fee payable to the instructor at first class. Sundays, May 1, 15 & 22 5:30-8:30 pm or Mondays, June 6, 13 & 20 1:00-4:00 pm • Cost $45

Sue's Bouquet, left, and Keepsake Mums, below

Beginning Needleturn Appliqué

Brazilian Embroidery Mastery: Peacock Flower Brazilian Embroidery Skill-Building Groups Work on your own choice of projects. No pre-registration; $5 payable to instructor each session. Choose from three groups: First & Third Mondays of each month 10:00 am-noon Second & Fourth Wednesdays of each month • 6:30-8:30 pm Second Saturdays of each month 11:00 am-1:00 pm NEW! 951 Brazilian Embroidery Mastery: Peacock Flower with Polly Bingham & Bonnie Fletcher Learn to stitch rows of cast-on stitches, an unusual multi-colored stem using bullions and lazy-dazy stitches, and padded leaves. $40 kit fee payable to instructor at the first class; contact instructor prior to class for color choices. Prerequisite: Beginning Brazilian Embroidery. Sundays, August 7, 14 & 21 6:30-8:30 pm • Cost $45

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951 Beginning Needle Turn Appliqué Techniques with Helene Knott In the world of appliqué, the needle turn method yields the smoothest curves and creates fine detail. In this class, you'll benefit from Helene's wealth of experience as you master the four elements of appliqué – convex curves, concave curves, points and valleys – as you stitch a reference sample. Thursday, August 4 • 10:00 am-1:00 pm Cost $30 or FREE to Passport Members 861 Artisan Sewing Circle with Donna Broadhurst Discover – or re-discover! – the joy of taking life one hand-crafted stitch at a time. Bring your own project to enjoy the company of a sewing circle and Donna's guidance in all types of handwork. Third Thursdays, May 19, June 16, July 21, no August session 6:30-8:30 pm Cost $10 or FREE to Passport Members

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Machine Embroidery

858 Beginning Hand Embroidery with Errin Rissberger Learn the basics of decorative hand embroidery, an art form by itself or a wonderful addition to any sewing project. Learn the basic stitches you'll need to get started with your own stitchery projects. Thursday, June 9 6:30 pm-8:30 pm Cost $30 or FREE to Passport Members

Hand Embroidery classes for all levels

859 Intermediate Hand Embroidery with Errin Rissberger Once you have the basics of hand embroidery join Errin for advanced stitches and clever stitch combinations. Wednesday, July 20 • 6:30-8:30 pm Cost $30 or FREE to Passport Members

860 Hand Embroidery Skill-Building Group with Errin Rissberger Bring your own project and discover more tips, tricks and techniques as you expand your embroidery skills in the camaraderie of a sociable group! First Wednesdays: May 4, June 1, July 6 & August 3 • 6:30-9:30 pm Cost $10 or FREE to Passport Members

Join our UFO Eradication Effort!

While you were spring cleaning did you stumble across a few projects that need finishing touches? Bring in your list of Un-Finished Objects by May 15 and enter to win one of six Gift Certificates to A Common Thread! WIN! One $100 winner, two $50 winners, and three $25 winners Drawing at Fall Open House on Sunday, September 11. ENTER! There are five fun ways to enter the drawing: • complete your UFO's and bring them to the store • attend FREE UFO Workshops with Katherine Schrader Thursdays, May 26, June 23 and July 28 • 6:00-9:00 pm • posting your photo finishes on our Facebook page • enroll in any of Victoria's Secrets classes on finishing techniques • attend one of Linda Morris' FREE lectures on Saturday, May 7

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202 Embroidery Project Series with Jan Raith Join Jan for a new adventure in machine embroidery! You’ll love combining software & design skills as you learn about additional tools and products to enhance your machine embroidery. Our project for June is a computer tote bag featuring a special “cut-satin” embroidery technique. June 9: Planning & design June 16: Hands-on embroidery & sewing no July or August sessions 10:30 am-12:30 pm or 6:30-8:30 pm Cost $30 or FREE to Passport Members 208 Embroidery Tech Workshop with Jan Raith This new workshop series offers handson, in-depth exploration of the different software programs available to enhance Machine Embroidery. May 12: Make It Fit with Bernina Embroidery Software May 19: Cutwork Software & Tool; owners work hands-on; others are invited to see what this tool is all about! no July or August sessions 10:30 am-12:30 pm or 6:30-8:30 pm Cost $30 or FREE to Passport Members

Need space & time to finish your project? Join our Machine Embroidery Open Sew sessions! Details on page 13.

Habitat Quilt 230 Habitat Quilt with Jan Raith This quick-to-piece quilt is the perfect foundation for random floral appliques, embroidered accents and quilting motifs designed to complement the Habitat fabric line in our kit. Stay after class to join Machine Embroidery Open Sew, and make the most of your sewing time! Thursdays, June 23 & July 28 10:00 am-1:00 pm • Cost $40 209 Software Sampler with Julie Glenn Turn your creative ideas into artfully embroidered reality in a monthly series of exclusive BERNINA software webinars. You'll see a project created, discuss and review techniques with Julie, and receive an instructive CD with complete instructions. Return the next month with your completed project and your session is free! First Saturdays: May 7, June 4, July 2 & August 6 • 11:30 am-12:30 pm Cost $15 or FREE to Passport Members

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W

hen you purchase a sewing machine or serger from A Common Thread, you are entitled to one series of New Owner Classes. These classes are available to you for free if you take them within six months of purchasing your machine. Owners who take classes within six months of the date of purchase have a much greater level of satisfaction and truly enjoy their investment. Classes may be repeated or taken as a refresher for a nominal charge of $25. And of course, we are always available to help you with questions about your machine or projects! If you have purchased a machine from another dealer within a 200-mile radius or would like to take our classes we are happy to provide an adoption program to provide you with classes and warranty work.

New Owner Classes 101 Guide Class #1: Getting Started Monday, May 9 • 6:15-8:15 pm Sunday, May 15 • 10:00 am-noon Sunday, May 29 • 10:00 am-noon Monday, June 6 • 2:00-4:00 pm Monday, June 27 • 2:00-4:00 pm

With Your New Sewing Machine Monday, July 18 • 6:15-8:15 pm Sunday, July 24 • 10:00 am-noon Monday, August 1 • 6:15-8:15 pm Monday, August 8 • 2:00-4:00 pm

102 Guide Class #2: Understanding Sewing Machine Memory Functions and Fonts Monday, August 8 • 6:15-8:15 pm Monday, May 16 • 6:15-8:15 pm Monday, August 15 • 2:00-4:00 pm Monday, June 13 • 2:00-4:00 pm Monday, July 25 • 6:15-8:15 pm 103 Guide Class #3: BERNINA Stitch Regulator Monday, August 1 • 2:00-4:00 pm Monday, May 23 • 6:15-8:15 pm Monday, August 15 • 6:15-8:15 pm Sunday, June 5 • 10:00 am-noon Monday, June 20 • 2:00-4:00 pm 104 Guide Class #4: BERNINA Artista and 8-Series Functions Monday, July 25 • 2:00-4:00 pm Monday, July 11 • 6:15-8:15 pm 105 Guide Class #5: BERNINA Aurora Embroidery Monday, July 18 • 2:00-5:00 pm Sunday, June 12 • 10:00 am-1:00 pm 106 Guide Class #6: BERNINA Artista and 8-Series Embroidery Monday, July 11 • 2:00-5:00 pm Sunday, June 26 • 10:00 am-1:00 pm

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Bring in this coupon page to redeem, including the mailing label on the reverse side. Item savings apply to in-stock books, patterns, notions, thread, batting or fabric. Only one coupon per customer each month. May not be combined with other offers or promotions. Serger Guide Classes 131 Saturday, May 28 • 2:30-5:30 pm or Sunday, July 10 • 10:00 am-1:00 pm 132 Saturday, June 4 • 2:30-5:30 pm or Sunday, July 31 • 10:00 am-1:00 pm 133 Saturday, June 11 • 2:30- 5:30 pm or Sunday, August 14 • 10:00 am-1:00 pm Software Guide Classes 128 Sunday, August 7 • 10:00 am-1:00pm 129 Sunday, August 21 • 10:00 am-1:00 pm 770 Janome Horizon Accessories Guide Class Sunday, May 22 • 10:00 am-1:00 pm

1010 HandiQuilter Training Required prior to HandiQuilter rentals. Third Wednesday of each month; ask us about reserving rental times: Wednesdays, May 18, June 15, July 20 & August 17 • 6:15-9:15 pm • Cost: $100 page 31


15230 SW Sequoia Parkway, Suite 100 Portland, Oregon 97224 503 624-7440 or 877 915-6789 www.acommonthreadsewing.com

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Open House Friday & Saturday • May 6 & 7 See page 3 for all the exciting details!

Table of Contents

Block of the Month: page 16 Coupons! page 31 Craft & Decor Sewing: page 20 Education For Life: page 19 Fashion & Accessories: page 4 Kid’s Classes & Camps: page 15 Learn to Sew: page 15 Machine Embroidery: page 29

New Owner Classes: page 30 Quilting Skills: page 8 Special Techniques: page 22 Stitched By Hand: page 26 Special Guests Jean Wells: page 11 UFO Eradication!: page 28 Victoria's Secrets: page 25

You’ll easily find us just west of Interstate 5 off the Carman Drive exit #291 at the corner of SW Sequoia Parkway & Redwood Lane. Monday through Friday 10:00 am-6:00 pm Saturday 10:00 am-5:00 pm • Sunday noon-5:00 pm

A Common Thread Summer 2011 Class & Event Catalog  

Classes and inspiration for stitchers and sewists of all levels.