New Products in the Store and January Cabin Fever Sale!

January 13th, 2010

blue feathered swags before HQ
(Click on picture to enlarge)

We have a cool new product in our notions section, and it comes in two sizes. It is the mini and large scallop ruler, which can be used to create beautiful swag borders on your quilt. These swags can stand alone or be further adorned with plumes to make the feathered swag border above. Either way, they add a lot to the overall quilt design and make a beautiful frame!

If you’re beginning to feel trapped by the cold, snowy weather and are developing cabin fever, check out our store for a January cabin fever sale. Effective now, all retail sales of stencils, threads, notions (yes, even the new rulers!) and patterns are 20% off. That’s everything in the shop except for DVDs! All you need to do is enter “Cabin” in the discount code line at checkout and 20% will be deducted from your retail order. Stock up and use your “snowed in” time to quilt! Sale goes through midnight on 1/25/10!

If You’re Not a Believer in the Power of Thread…

January 12th, 2010

Before… (Click on photos to enlarge them)


periwinkle center 2nd border done

…then maybe these photos will convince you! It was only through hyperquilting with a high contrast decorative thread (in this case, Robison Anton’s 24 karat gold rayon thread) that I was able to bring out the lovely lines of the feathers. Don’t you love how those border lines just play off one another?! WOW!!! There’s actually another border beyond this one, so there’s even more fun stuff to be had! I have 5 different Amish quilts I am working on now with all kinds of fun feather designs and I am having a BLAST!!

I also finished my tulip quilt. It is bound and has a sleeve and all that remains is the label:


This quilt has all kinds of incredible texture, partly because of the trapunto, partly because of the machine embroidery, and partly because of that heavy upholstery braid. Here’s a closeup of the center, which has the most layers of trapunto:


I ended up stitching a loose version of swirls around the outside portion. Here’s a closeup of the bottom left corner:


…and here’s the upper half:


I am spending countless hours every day at the computer, putting the finishing touches on the Feather Adventures book (it should be here in the early spring!!!), and working on the next DVD. All this quilting is what is keeping me sane!