Welcome to the site!

October 15th, 2006


I’m Patsy Thompson and I’d like to welcome you to my new website.

Quilting has added a rich dimension to my life and through this site, I hope to share my love of textile art with you. Quilting is fun, exhilarating, challenging and sometimes, it can be frustrating. The Internet has been an invaluable resource for me in my own quilting, and now I want to use it to introduce you to my style of quilting, to new ideas for ways to incorporate thread as a design element, and to tips and tricks to make your quilting life easier. By using the Internet as our tool for sharing information and ideas, we can maximize the fun of quilting and minimize the frustrations!

You may use this website for many things:

  • Stroll through my gallery of quilts
  • Watch video clips from segments of my instructional DVD’s
  • Place your online order for instructional DVD’s
  • Download free drawings of quilting design ideas
  • Learn about the works of numerous other quilters and artists through links
  • Access websites for both conventional threads and unconventional heavy threads through links

Enjoy your visit and I hope you’ll be back…but until then, remember to dream your quilts, and then quilt your dreams!


Save those scraps

October 15th, 2006

Save your batting scraps and use them for trapunto and for making small practice quilt sandwiches.

What size is that needle?

October 15th, 2006

Keep a small magnifying glass next to your machine and you will be able to read the size off any machine needle once it’s outside its packaging.

Using Metallic Threads

October 15th, 2006

Avoid frustration with metallic threads by:

  • Lowering your top tension
  • Using either a Metallica or Topstitch needle (these have larger eyes and are less likely to produce shredding)
  • Lubricate your thread spool with a few rows of “Sewer’s Aid”, which is liquid silicone. It will help the metallic thread flow more smoothly through the machine parts and should not “gum up” your machine.
  • Use a smooth thread in your bobbin, like lingerie thread or bobbin fill thread, and this will not “grab at” the metallic thread like a furry cotton thread would, and this thereby reduces your risk of thread shredding.

Toss those bad needles!

October 15th, 2006

Don’t ever be frugal about throwing out your machine needles.  They can easily develop nicks or become bent and your quilted stitches will suffer!