I’ve Been Working Quietly

May 13th, 2014
How does this keep happening that I am not posting more regularly?  I love staying in touch with people through my blog but it sure doesn’t look like it when I go for these long stretches between posts.  Please don’t take this to mean I don’t cherish comments or other interaction through this blog.  I just find it harder and harder to get some quiet time to do a post and a post isn’t  a post without photos, etc.  Anyway, I apologize for my absence!
I have been working on developing a new machine embroidery applique block for the last month.  My goal is that there will be other companion blocks and they are all somewhat reminiscent of a Pennsylvania Dutch kind of  a look.  When you’re designing  a block like this, you go through many iterations of it before you end up with a block that you like.  Here is what the first version of this block looked like:
I liked the basic idea but there were a couple things that bothered me.  First thing that bugged me was all the internal embroidery inside the feather.  This close up shot is a good illustration of just how overwhelming it is:
Whoa!!  Talk about over-worked and over-designed!  So, first thing was to remove all that internal embroidery.  The other thing that bothered me was that the block seemed too “bare” near the center.  Taking these 2 changes into account, here was the second version:
After 4-5 more versions where we changed the swirl stitching inside the flowers, tweaked the stitching inside the leaves, and then made some minor changes on the feathers, we finally got to our most recent version, which I love.  Here’s what it looks like:
I find it hard to work with a lot of yellow, so I rarely do it, but I’m loving the colors on this block.  All of these shapes were cut from Appli-K-Kutz dies on my Sizzix Big Shot machine.   I can’t help myself, but I have fallen totally head-over-heels in love with machine embroidery applique!  I am regularly blown away by the transformative effect of thread work on an applique block.  Part of it is the interesting detail it provides and part of it are the 3-dimensional effects it creates.  Here are some closer up shots of parts of the block.  First up is my favorite part, the flower/leaf unit:
Is that not the sweetest thing?  Here’s the same flower/leaf unit  in another colorway:
…and here’s a feather (kind of boring compared to the flowers but I still like it):
…and here’s a close up of the center section:
Oh my, my!  This all makes my heart flutter!  And to finish off this post, a little garden shot:

New Modern and Machine Quilts Unlimited and Much More!

May 9th, 2014
Hello Quilting Friends! 

Make sure you check out the newest Machine Quilting Unlimited and Modern Quilts Unlimited for some great inspiration!  Machine Quilting Unlimited is Patsy’s favorite quilt magazine and she drools over those quilting photos!

We will also be having a sale! Retail sales of the following product categories will be 30% off  for the next week: PTD DVDs, PTD BooksAppli-K-Kutz fabric cutting diesStencils and Digitized Designs.  This sale will run until Friday, May 16 at 9 AM (EST).  Just enter the discount code: May 2014 in the discount code box during checkout.

We have many other great new additions to our store, including new cutting rulers, new machine quilting rulers, new patterns, and new notions and you can read all about them below! The products in this newsletter are all new, so for the first week in the store we will be offering 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 May 16, 2014 at 9 am, E.S.T.

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.

**Please note that when purchasing any item in this newsletter , your order will not ship until Tuesday May 13, 2014, as these are new items in our store**


Machine Quilting Unlimited May/June 2014


Vol. XIV No.3 May/June 2014

This issue includes:

  • Sue Brenner Mastering Fused Collage
  • Precision Line Quilting
  • Machine Quilt with Ease
  • Dottie Moore in the Art Studio
  • Let there be Light
  • Applique Quilts

MSRP $8.00… reduced introductory price $7.12

Modern Quilts Unlimited Spring 2014



Vol. 3 No.2 Spring 2014


This issue includes:


  • 13 Sunny Spring Projects
  • Heather Bailey Fabric and Pattern Designer
  • Mod Manor with Vanessa Vargas Wilson
  • Learn Gerings Slice Insertion Technique
  • Turbo by Jacquie Gering


MSRP $8.00… reduced introductory price $7.12

Creative Grids Curvy Log Cabin Trim Tool 8in Finished Blocks

Create the illusion of curves with this Curvy Log Cabin Trim Tool. Sew four blocks together to “piece” a circle. Mark the wrong side of the center square through the holes on the ruler to ensure a perfect seam allowance. Then sew a round – two narrow and two wide and trim. Add two more rounds to complete a perfect 8” finished block. The cutting requirements for the center square and the narrow and wide strips are printed right on the ruler. C

Only $20.95 

Creative Grids Scrap Crazy 6 Templates

Create six inch finished blocks with the four templates in this set. The tips are trimmed so the pieces sew together perfectly every time. Next, embellish the seams with your favorite decorative stitches and threads. Make an entire quilt or sew them into a scrappy, decorative border. 

 Only $23.45

HQ Mini Ruler 2 in x 6 in

Perfectly sized to fit in your hand, this 2in x 6in, 1/4in thick acrylic ruler is used for straight-edge quilting, stitch-in-the-ditch, diagonal lines, etc. Best used with HQ Ruler Base. 

 MSRP $15.95.. reduced introductory price $14.20

Quilting Arts TV Series 1200 Episodes 1-13


Hosted by Pokey Bolton, founder of Quilting Arts Magazine , “Quilting Arts TV” features many of today’s top quilt artists and modern quilters as guests including: Sue Bleiweiss, Ana Buzzalino, Vanessa Christenson, Marlene Glickman, Debbie Grifka, Heather Jones, Lynn Krawczyk, Iliana McGrath, Linda McLaughlin, Judy Coates Perez, Luana Rubin, Sophie Rubin, Pauline Salzman, Barbara Schneider, Cheryl Sleboda, and Dianne Springer. This season features free motion machine quilting tutorials; surface design from screen printing and digital design to dyeing and painting; modern quilting ideas; fabric collage; embellishment techniques; heirloom smocking; facings; international quilting trends; techniques for mounting art quilts; and more Projects include quick and easy pet postcards; strip pieced fabric coasters; a sweet patchwork handbag; a weatherproof, fabric collaged mailbox cover; a zippered makeup bag; an ensemble for baby’s room; fabric covered pins; and more Tune in to season 12 and channel your art quilter extraordinaire. Run Time approx 5 hours 48 minutes
MSRP $6.49… reduced introductory price $5.78

Machine Embroidery 101 DVD


Machine embroidery is simply fun and relaxing. It is the perfect way to monogram purchased items or embellish any of your sewing projects.

With this video, Pam Mahshie, Education Director for Baby Lock, takes your hand and starts at the very beginning. Pam makes machine embroidery come alive for those beginners who know little or nothing about machine embroidery. She covers all the basics in simple, easy terms so you can begin an incredible and fun journey into machine embroidery. The basic principles can be used on any brand of embroidery machine.

Some of the topics included are hoops, notions, articles to embroider, formats, downloads, marking for perfect placement, design opening basics, and stabilizer for different fabrics. After watching this DVD, you will have a working knowledge of the beginning steps to perfect machine embroidery. Welcome to Machine Embroidery 101.
Run Time 1 hour 45 minutes

MSRP $29.95... reduced introductory price $26.66

Zip Bind System

The Zip Bind System is a hand binding system that consists of several tools: three sizes of Zip Guns with plenty of extra Zip Clips, three sizes of Minute Miters, and a Zip Bind Tool. Together, these tools will actually make your binding experience easy and fun. More importantly, your bindings and mitered corners will turn out perfect and consistent every time! Complete printed instructions and a DVD are included.
MSRP $59.99... reduced introductory price $53.39

Clips Quilters Snap on 30 ct

Quilter’s snap on binding clips by Bohin. This very clever clip will help you hold different parts of your quilt together while stitching. 30 clips in a plastic box.

MSRP $8.96... reduced introductory price $7.97

Needle Inserter with Brush

Lint brush and needle inserter. Holds machine needle for easy insertion.

MSRP $1.39… reduced introductory price $1.24

Twisterz Storage Jar Small Tall

Interlocking storage system. Great for buttons, pins, bobbins, snaps, and more. Dimensions 2-1/4in x 2-3/4in jars 

MSRP $1.29... reduced introductory price $1.15

Twisterz Storage Jar Large Short

interlocking storage system. Great for buttons, pins, bobbins, snaps, and more. Dimensions 3-1/2in x 1-5/8in jars. 

MSRP $2.29… reduced introductory price $2.04

Twisterz Storage Jar Large Tall

Interlocking storage system. Great for buttons, pins, bobbins, snaps, and more. Dimensions 3-1/2in x 2-7/8in jars. 

MSRP $2.59… reduced introductory price $2.31

The Gypsy Quilter Bitty Buddy


The perfect collector for the trimmings and snippets that invariably occur with every sewing and quilting project. Light weight and collapsible, this cute accessory packs easily for your classes and retreats. Open size is 6in D x 7in H. Flat size is 6in D x 1/2in H.

MSRP $9.00… reduced introductory price $8.01

Soda Pop


Finished Size 48in x 66in

From Amanda Murphy Design, LLC
By Murphy, Amanda

MSRP $10.50… reduced introductory price $9.35

Flower Power


Finished Size 44-1/2in X 60-1/2in

From Amanda Murphy Design, LLC
By Murphy, Amanda

MSRP $19.00... reduced introductory price $16.91