Playing with Blocks

July 20th, 2014
…quilt blocks, that is!  This is my latest block design:
 
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It’s a 15 inch square block that was designed to be a companion block to what I am calling Pennsylvania Dutch Block #1:
 
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These are all machine embroidery applique designs and they hold a lot of texture because the stitching is fairly dense.  The flowers in each one are somewhat reminiscent of one another:
 
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That first flower is from PA Dutch Block #1, and this next flower is from PA Dutch Block #2:
 
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(There is a jump stitch in that last photo that hasn’t been snipped away yet!)  I’ve also just began playing around with “sub-blocks” that are derivatives of the above two blocks.  Here is one:
 
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And here’s a small version of PA Dutch Block #2:
 
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…and here’s what that last block would look like set on point:
 
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Oh wouldn’t it be nice if a day were just 35 hours long?  And don’t forget to sign up to win a free seat in my Craftsy class that will be launching very soon!  If you’d like a chance to win, make a comment to this specific post from last week by 5 pm on Tuesday, 7/22/2014 (Eastern daylight savings time.)
 
 

Rulers, Templates, Embroidery Needles and Great New Patterns!

July 18th, 2014

Hello Quilting Friends! 


Are you looking for a great new ruler or template to add to your arsenal of tools? We have new Handi Quilter Wave Rulers, you aren’t going to want to miss. Check out some of our great new additions below!

The products in this newsletter are all new, so for the first week in the store we will be offering most of them at a reduced introductory price. You will not need to enter a discount code to receive these introductory savings and the prices are valid until July 25, 2014 at 9 am, E.S.T. *Please note we are not allowed to offer some products at a discount.

Remember that each and every retail purchase that you make in our store is being tabulated to count toward a gift certificate you may use for a future purchase.  We also offer free shipping to US customers on orders over $10.00 and a discount for our International Customers. This is our way of thanking you for being a loyal customer.  Please make sure you are logged into your account when making a purchase to properly track your points.

Wave Ruler A 12in

            

Made from .25-inch thick quality acrylic. Use the HQ wave to make spines for feathers and other designs. This ruler makes a 12-inch wave from peak to peak and makes either 1-inch or 2-inch deep waves. Rulerpackaging includes instructions for use, safety tips and design ideas. Use with the HQ Ruler Base.

 


 MSRP $39.95… reduced introductory price $35.56

 

Wave Ruler B 10in

    

 

Made from .25-inch thick quality acrylic. Use the HQ wave to make spines for feathers and other designs. This ruler makes a 10-inch wave from peak to peak and makes either 1-inch or 2-inch deep waves. Ruler packaging includes instructions for use, safety tips and design ideas. Use with the HQ Ruler Base.

 

MSRP $49.95… reduced introductory price $44.46

Wave Ruler C 8in


 

Made from .25-inch thick quality acrylic. Use the HQ wave to make spines for feathers and other designs. This ruler makes a 8-inch wave from peak to peak and makes either .75-inch or 1.75-inch deep waves. Ruler packaging includes instructions for use, safety tips and design ideas. Use with the HQ Ruler Base.

 

 

MSRP $24.95.. reduced introductory price $22.21

Wave Ruler D 6in & 3in


Made from .25-inch thick quality acrylic. Use the HQ wave to make spines for feathers and other designs. This ruler makes both a 3-inch and 6-ince wave from peak to peak, with .75-inch deep waves. Ruler packaging includes instructions for use, safety tips and design ideas. Use with the HQ Ruler Base. 

  MSRP $49.95.. reduced introductory price $44.46

Wave Ruler E 6in & 3in


Made from .25-inch thick quality acrylic. Use the HQ wave to make spines for feathers and other designs. This ruler makes both a 3-inch and 6-ince wave from peak to peak, with 1.75-inch deep waves. Ruler packaging includes instructions for use, safety tips and design ideas. Use with the HQ Ruler Base.

 

 MSRP $39.95.. reduced introductory price $35.56

Wave Ruler F 4in

Made from .25-inch thick quality acrylic. Use the HQ wave to make spines for feathers and other designs. This ruler makes a 8-inch wave from peak to peak and makes either .75-inch or 1.75-inch deep waves. Ruler packaging includes instructions for use, safety tips and design ideas. Use with the HQ Ruler Base.


MSRP $24.95... reduced introductory price $22.21

One-Derful One Patch Tessellating Windmill Template

One multi-size acrylic tool with guidelines for cutting 8 sizes of the Windmill shape. Instructions included for cutting pieces so they are automatically on the proper grainline, playing Leap Frog, chain piecing, and making joining rows. 
MSRP $14.00… reduced introductory price $12.46

One-Derful One Patch Tumbler Template


One multi-size acrylic tool with guidelines for cutting 7 sizes of the classic Tumbler shape. The smallest is just the right height for 2-1/2in strips. The largest finishes at 6 inches high. Perfect for scrap quilts. Perfect thimble proportions, which is why this pattern also called Thimble. 


MSRP $14.00… reduced introductory price $12.46

Fan Favorite Quilt Blade Template

The Fan Favorite Quilt Blade Template is used in making the Fan Favorite and Scrappy Tidbits quilts found in the book, Embroidery & Patchwork Revisited (L11314) The 7-blade fan works into a 4-1/2in finished square. The fan blocks may be embellished with stitches.


MSRP $10.00… reduced introductory price $8.90

Folded Star Stencil


Sparkling clear acrylic stencil for creating perfect 8-pt stars. Can make stars in 5 sizes from 3-1/2in to 8in. It can be used to create stars blocks that have 22.5, 45, and 90 degree angles. It can be used to trace PlumEasy’s Folded Star Hot Pad positions or the new EasyStar block.


MSRP $25.00... reduced introductory price $22.25

Schmetz Embroidery Gift Box 3.7in x 5.5in Tin

Included in box: Embroidery Gold needles sizes 75/11 (item 1824) and 90/14 (item 1825), embroidery assorted sizes (item 1742) and embroidery Twin needle size 3.0/75 (item 1736). Also included – sample spool SulkyPolylite thread and Schmetz ABC Pocket Guide in reusable hinged box.


MSRP $24.95.. reduced introductory price $22.21

Schmetz Quilting Gift Box 3.7in x 5.5in Tin

Included in box: Needles – Quilting size 75/11 (item 1735), Quilting size 90/14 (item 1719), Microtex size 70/10 (item 1729) and Topstitch size 90/14 (item 1793). Also included – sample spool Sulky Polylite thread and Schmetz ABC Pocket Guide in reusable hinged tin.

MSRP $24.95… reduced introductory price $22.21

Schmetz Universal Gift Box 3.7in x 5.5in Tin

Included in box: Needles – Universal size 70/10 (item 1708), size 80/12 (item 1709), size 90/14 (item 1710) and size 100/16 (item 1778). Also included – sample spool Sulky PolyLite thread and Schmetz ABC Pocket Guide in a reusable hinged tin. 

MSRP $19.95… reduced introductory price $17.76

Sew Darn Charming

5Baby 40-1/2in x 54in, Lap 54in x 67-1/2in, Throw 67-1/2in x 81in, Twin/Full 81in x 94-1/2in, Queen 94-1/2in x 108in, King 108in x 108in.

From Nite Owl Quilting

 

By Metsker, Janel

 


MSRP $10.00… reduced introductory price $8.90

Let’s Eat

  

That’s What the Fox Says. 17in x 14in

From Susie C. Shore Designs
By Shore, Suzanne

MSRP $9.00... reduced introductory price $8.01

What I’ve Been Working on and a Give Away

July 16th, 2014
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I have been plodding away with the quilting on “My Thistle Quilt,” which I am affectionately calling “Big Red” because it’s made of different cranberry/maroon kinds of background colors.  This quilt is so large that I don’t have any pictures of it once I had it completely pieced; the photo above is from before it was fully pieced.  (4 more borders were added to it after this photo was taken.)  This quilt was basted by a long armer friend and I’ve encountered some challenges with it that I haven’t encountered before. (The reason it was long arm basted is that it has a ton of machine embroidery applique and is a very, very heavy quilt.  There is just no way that spray basting would hold this baby together!)  Anyway, I am having issues with shifting that I’ve not dealt with before and I believe this is due to the fact that:
1.  The basting wasn’t done as densely as it should have been done and
2.  It has a 100% polyester batting.  Polyester is a very smooth batting as compared to a wool or cotton batting so it doesn’t “grab onto” the fabric at all and instead is kind of slick so it can move a little.  This same long armer has basted a couple quilts for me before with the same amount of basting, but those quilts all had wool battings and wool has small barbs that like to grab onto things.
 
Here is a shot of the most egregious issue I have had with it.  This is in one of the center blocks:
 
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UGH!!! You can’t miss it!  This happened about 4 months ago and I was so upset that I put the quilt away and didn’t even look at it for about 2 months!  Now I am working on the rest of it thinking that by the time I return to fix it, I’ll have put so many quilting hours into it that I won’t be able to walk away from it again.  All I can do is take out all that stitching and then try to do it again very slowly, trying to ease all that fullness in.  Not looking forward to that part…
It took me a really long time to simply outline all the pieces of applique shapes.  For the large leaves, I felt like I needed to literally encircle all those scalloped edges like these:
 
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My favorite part so far is a leaf border zone that has McTavishing in it:
 
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That photo above is pretty realistic for the color of that particular border.  This is another shot of the same border taken without a flash that gives a better sense of the texture that’s developing:
 
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There’s a narrow border that was hyperquilted that I kind of like.  The first round was stitched with Gold Rayon Thread and the second round with a  magenta rayon thread:
 
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You can see that I left the cornerstone blocks of that border blank.  I’m still trying to decide if I should stitch something in there or just leave them blank.  They are very small and I don’t want to put anything in there unless it will add something worthwhile to the overall design.  There’s a ton more quilting to go on this baby but if I keep focused, I think I could actually finish this quilt in the next 2 months.  It’s good to have an end in sight!
And did I mention a give away?  My Craftsy class is going to launch very soon…it’s called:
 
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Wow…Ultimate Free Motion Quilting!!!!  Don’t you just love that title?!  Anyway, I’m going to give away a free class to some lucky person.  All you have to do to enter is write a comment to this blog post telling me what you’d like to learn in the world of free motion quilting.  Comments need to be made by 5 pm eastern daylight savings time on Tuesday, July 22, 2014!

Red, White and Kaboom Sale!

July 4th, 2014

Hello Quilting Friends! 


Fourth of July already?! We thought we would celebrate this holiday by having a Red, White and Kaboom sale for all of our wonderful customers!  Retail sales of the following product categories will be 25% off  for the next week: PTD DVDs, PTD Books, Digitized Designs, Appli-K-Kutz fabric cutting dies, and Stencils.  This sale will begin immediately and run until Friday,  July 11th, 2014 at 9 AM (EST).  Just enter the discount code: Fourth of July in the discount code box during checkout.

Remember that each and every retail purchase that you make in our store is being tabulated to count toward a gift certificate you may use for a future purchase.  This is our way of thanking you for being a loyal customer.  Please make sure you are logged into your account when making a purchase to properly track your points.

*Please note our offices are closed today for the holiday. We will be back on Monday July 7, so all orders will ship at that time!

 

  

PTD BOOKS

 

 

 

 

PTD DVDs

 

 

 


Digitized Designs

 

Appli-K-Kutz Fabric Cutting Dies



 

 

 

Quilting Stencils 

 

 

A Race Against the Clock

July 3rd, 2014
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I got a wonderful surprise last week in that I received an invitation to teach at Babylock Tech in August.  This is the annual Babylock convention where dealers go to learn about the new machines being introduced and also learn new techniques that can be used on sewing/embroidery machines.  There was a catch, though…my classes could only be 3 hours long.  Trust me, when you have 30 people in a  class who need to hoop/re-hoop several times, get up and walk over to fusing stations repeatedly to fuse their pieces, and get up to walk to alignment stations multiple times to sit and align the fabric block correctly on the hoop, 3 hours is not much time.  Soooo, my challenge last weekend was to design a project for the class where they’d have enough exposure to my multi-hooping technique to learn it, all within a 3-hour period.   The “Springtime Bouquet Purse/Tote” above is the outcome of my weekend.  Both the front and back have a central MEA panel that requires 2 hoopings, so the class will allow them to do 4 hoopings using my technique.  My next challenge is figuring out how to set the class up so that all 4 hoopings are feasible, but I think I have that part nailed.  (They’ll need to complete the rest of the purse on their own time once they get back home.)
Here is what the front/back panels look like once pieced and sandwiched for machine quilting:
 
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I thought mirror image feathers emanating from each side of the stem’s base would look nice, but you can barely see them with the thread color I chose:
 
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This shot of the batting side shows the quilting better:
 
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I switched to a thread color with a bit more contrast and stitched swirls in the upper section, then a loop-d-loop design in the borders:
 
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Truthfully, I wasn’t happy with the quilting choices I made, but I just had to keep going since the real issue for me was whether or not the proportions of this project were going to work to create an enticing class project.  I sewed my 2 sides together, created boxed corners at the base, then sewed my ruffle and handles to the top edge.  (I had fused a medium weight interfacing to the wrong side of the ruffle before I pressed it in half.  That step is important because once the lining is added, I want that ruffle to stand up and STAY up, and the interfacing will allow that to happen):
 
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I put that part of the project aside and created my front and back lining with pockets and sewed those sides together, then created the same boxed corners at the base.  Lastly, I added magnetic snaps in the center of each side of the lining.  (You can see the metal snap in the photo below.)  This is the point where you attach the lining to the good side of the project.  You place the tote (good side facing outward) inside the lining (good side facing inward) and pin the top edges together, as shown below:
 
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I sewed them together, leaving an opening of around 8 inches long, as shown below:
 
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You reach into the opening with your hand and gently turn the tote inside out, so the good sides are now exposed:
 
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Just push the lining down into the tote, then pin the opening shut and hand sew that opening so it’s closed permanently.  The last thing to do is to topstitch along the edge, and voila, a very sweet purse/tote:
 
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 If you know a Babylock dealer, please ask them to come to my class…I promise it will be fun and educational!