Sunday, May 31, 2009

Tom Durham Brings Class to Calico Cow

Hello, this is Ruby-a quilter and Delta resident who loves going to the Calico Cow classes. Well, here's a picture of 3 generations with Papa Durham in tow. He originates from Kentucky but they moved to CA to acquire better teaching opportunities. Tom is a 47-year career retired teacher/administrator from California. He's also dad to 1 daughter and 2 sons, Dave (who was our wonderful banker for years) and Jeff (Soil and Water main "go-to guy" and community leader). Tom also has a wife, Lois, whom we didn't get to meet but heard all about as he explained "what to do with my hands" once I tried to quit smoking.

The solution, was to crochet and sew. Remember, men are great tailors too! I also recall hearing that many a football players picked up needlepoint to do on the road and increase finger dexterity. My father hooked rugs when he quit smoking and I have one in my spare bathroom downstairs. So, Tom quilted. Some of his inspiration comes from his mother's quilts whom she got from her great grandmother. He was generous enough to do a "trunk show" and it was FABULOUS! A rare treat and I am so happy that I was able to see and treasure the time and inspiration.

3 generations of Durhams and I thank them all for their efforts, the slides, quilts, talk and humor that was a family love of an artwork hopefully never forgotten. Way to go Calico Cow! What fun we had and a memorable time of sharing.

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Sunday, May 17, 2009

Party with Patrick??

Hey everyone,

Are you ready to Party with Patrick?? Actually, party without Patrick for now, but he says he's coming in August or September. If you don't know, he's a famous fabric and pattern designer. Have you ever seen the applique' with big round baby faces? That Patrick.So, once a month, we'll be partying! Patrick provides the theme, the pattern for the project, the recipes, etc.

This month will be on May19th - that's THIS Tuesday, so get ready, and let us know if you can make it. It's only $10, for all that! This month is get ready for those June weddings - a table mat that can be used under the cake, or on the gift table.

Actually you could make it in any color, or since it has hearts, you could be ahead of the game for Valentines day!

Here's what you need:
First of all, make and wear the craziest bridal veil you can think of (we probably wouldn't kick you out if you don't have one, though). We pick the best one, and turn it in to Patrick, and that person gets entered to win a prize from Patrick.

Check out if you want to see what Patrick is all about!
Background: 21 X 21" square
Fat quarters or scraps of pinks for hearts and leaves, light pink and dark pink
Backing and batting: 22 X 22" square of each
Fusible web
Thread for quilting and satin stitching

We don't have a sample made, but you can see a picture of it on Monday or Tuesday.
We won't be actually teaching the class, just facilitating, or if you want, just get the pattern and do it later.

Since this is our first one, we'll be flexible to see how it goes!I'll send another email later about the Tom Durham classes on the weekend of the 30th.Hope to see you on Tuesday!!

Call the shop if you have any questions.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009


Only in Delta at the Calico Cow----Willow Bend Bison Creation Pattern

Hy everyone!

Do we ever have some cool new stuff!
Is anyone out there an Amy Butler fan? She's a really popular designer, especially among the younger crowd. We got in several of her ready-made bags, as well as 2 of the 4 bolts of fabric we ordered. We also have some of her patterns, so you can make your own bags, or a gum drop pillow.

We also got in some new Robert Kaufman batiks, and a bag pattern and clothesline for the soon-to-come Hoffman Bali Pops (pre cut 2 1/2" strips of Hoffman batiks).

Coming up May 29th and 30th, we plan to have a special guest. The father of Delta's own Jeff Durham, (whom many of you may know,) Tom Durham! He'll be doing a trunk show, I believe, on Friday night the 29th, and teach some kind of class on Saturday the 30th. Jackie says he is an out-of-the-box type of quilter, so we're not quite sure what he'll come up with! Stay tuned for more details, or call the shop.

On June 20th, Eddy will be teaching the Professional Tote, again! This is a very popular bag class. It works for anything from a diaper bag to a laptop bag. I love mine for traveling - it has a strap on it that fits over your handle on your roller suitcase. Some of you have been waiting for this class, so don't miss it!

In July, Jackie is planning to have the much-requested Kid's camp! We don't have the dates nailed down for sure yet, possibly July 6-10, but it will be a Monday thru Friday, day-camp style, in the mornings.

OK, now for the biggy, as if this isn't enough! Another designer! We are starting a new program called "Party with Patrick". Patrick Lose, a fabric and pattern designer has started a new program for once a month parties. We'll hold ours on a weekday evening. He has the cutest easy applique' patterns you'll ever see. We already missed the first month, so we must get going. I'm thinking of the 3rd Tuesday of each month, but I'd like some feedback from possible participants. It's our option of how to run it, and we haven't decided that for sure, but I wanted to give you a heads up, and have you put your thinking caps on. The May project is a bridal theme for those June weddings we must all get ready for. Each month's theme has a recipe, a small quilt pattern, and something especially fun. (This month we are all supposed to come with a CRAZY hand-made bridal veil - Patrick says by crazy, he means disturbing).We get to choose the winner, and our winner gets voted on by Patrick, with the winner getting some really awesome prizes! Patrick Lose, himself, is planning a trip to Alaska sometime in August or September and will be visiting our shop! We are thrilled for this opportunity!

Oh, our Great Alaska Shop Hop has begun! Actually our block kits aren't quite ready yet, we are still awaiting the final finished, corrected background square instructions, but we are taking orders, if you're willing to wait a week or so. I hope to get the picture of the block and quilt on the website today.

So, now you're pretty much up to date on all our happenings. We are so excited! See you soon!
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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Material at the Calico Cow for May

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