Wonderfil Spagetti 1200 meter cone 12wt White cotton thread

White WonderFil Spagetti thread - 100% Egyptian solid color cotton 12wt 1200 meter cone SPL100A lovely, lint-free, heavy quilting thread which sits on top of your work and really emphasizes your lines. This cone of White Wonderfil Spagetti is spooled with 1200 meters of 12 wt cotton thread.

Machine Quilting by Diane Gaudynski

Machine Quilting by Diane Gaudynski

Machine Quilting by Diane Gaudynski

Many of our customers have taken classes from Diane Gaudynski and really love using the YLI 100wt silk thread for their fine machine quilting. She teaches beautiful, tiny stippling, feathers, grids – and small shapes showing little or no build up of thread.

Her book educates the reader on all aspects of machine quilting from how to set up your workspace to finishing tips. There are plenty of photographs accompanying the instructions. And of course, images of the finished quilts.

As the popularity of fine machine stitching has caught on YLI have increased the amount of colours in the 1000 yard mini cones so you can really go to town.

The chapters cover:

  • A machine quilting overview which includes a paragraph on your mental attitude. Now that’s something I have never thought about! And there is a chapter at the end about Preventing Pain and Fatigue. Really useful information which we don’t think about until our necks are sore or our back aches unbearably.
  • The usual sections on equipment, supplies, batting, backing fabrics.
  • Chapters on how to mark your quilt, and pin basting.
  • A plan of attack, thread tension and the quilting technique.
  • There are two sections of the different styles of quilting. One on walking foot quilting and the other on free-motion quilting. Both these chapters are chocka block with information and there are frequently asked questions included.
  • A small section of quilting samples.
  • Some finishing tips on how to square your quilt, binding, washing and drying the quilt.
  • Three machine quilting projects to work on.
Detail of machine quilting from Machine Quilting by Diane Gaudynski

Detail of machine quilting from Machine Quilting by Diane Gaudynski

I am a fan of technique bibles and this is a machine quilting bible; especially when using very fine silk thread. Using Diane Gaudynski’s tutorials results in delicate and very beautiful heirloom stitching.

Published by The American Quilter’s Society.

 

 

 

 

Website: Diane Guadynski – A New Tradition in Quilting

Starry Starry Night – necklace design by Jean Power

Interchangeable pendant necklace - design by Jean Power. Beadweaving - seed beads, fire polish crystals, delicas, and Swarovski rivolis. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.

Swarovski rivolis bezelled with galvanised lemon delicas and contrasting dark blue seed beads give this lovely interchangeable pendant necklace a striking effect. The pattern is a design by Jean Power for the 2015 National Beading Week in the UK.

To see what others created go to the Facebook page Jean set up for her secret bead-along.

This is a close up of the five different stars.

Close up of interchangeable pendants - design by Jean Power. Beadweaving - seed beads, fire polish crystals, delicas, and Swarovski rivolis. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.

Fractal Ribbons – new fractal quilt

Fractal Ribbons - fractal art quilt. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.

Fractal Ribbons. A new fractal quilt created for exhibition in conjunction with the High Fiber Diet group – “Making Our Mark”. The quilt is hand stitched, with silk ribbon embroidery and hand quilted lines. It is 24″ square.

Our guidelines were to design a piece using neutral colours such as black, brown, grey, white etc. Along with no more than 25% other color.

In total 36 pieces were chosen, a core group plus alternatives.

Mettler fine embroidery silk finish cotton thread

Mettler cotton thread for fine embroidery 60 weight 2 ply 875 yards 800 meters 9248-0322 Rain CloudA new colour in the large spools of Mettler 60wt silk finish cotton thread – Rain Cloud.

Tillamook County Quilt Trail, Tillamook, Oregon

Tillamook County Quilt Trail

Tillamook County Quilt Trail

Several month ago we drove out to Tillamook. Mainly to see the Tillamook Dairy! But we kept seeing painted wooden quilt blocks on the sides of buildings. Which prompted me to do a little research. And I found a whole website dedicated to these blocks.

The Tillamook County Quilt Trail began back in 2009 and continued to add blocks to the trail. You can get a map and properly follow the trail. Or, like us, you can be pleasantly surprised to see a block just as you turn a corner. The picture above shows a quilt block on the side of Barker Farm.

National Beading Week in the UK

National Beading Week UKIt’s the first ever National Beading week in the UK, starting on Saturday, July 25th to August 2nd.

Jean Power is offering a secret bead along project. If you want to join in, sign up for her newsletter and you can get the pattern for free.

In June I bought some interesting rivolis at the Bead and Button show in Milwaukee. And I’m using some equally interesting bead colours from my stash to go with them, so I am curious how this will all turn out. At the last count she had over 4000 people signed up to work on the project, along with a Facebook page to show how everyone is doing.

Very exciting – I’m there! Are you?

Spagetti 12wt 400 meters

Fun Orange WonderFil Spagetti solid color thread - 100% Egyptian cotton 12wt 400 meter spool SPS02Golden Yellow WonderFil Spagetti solid color thread - 100% Egyptian cotton 12wt 400 meter spool SPS03Turquoise WonderFil Spagetti solid color thread - 100% Egyptian cotton 12wt 400 meter spool SPS05Magenta WonderFil Spagetti solid color thread - 100% Egyptian cotton 12wt 400 meter spool SPS08

Try this 12wt cotton thread from WonderFil. It’s a heavy thread and works well as a top layer in your machine quilting lines. Here are Spagetti spools in Fun Orange, Golden Yellow, Turquoise, and Magenta.

Row by Row experience™

Row by Row experience

Row by Row experience

How could I have missed this? I was talking to a quilt acquaintance and she mentioned this twist on a shop hop. Sounds like a good thing to get into during the summer months. Here’s the basic blurb:

Row by Row Experience™ began in 2011 with 20 quilt shops across New York State. In 2012 the event grew to include 62 participating shops. Pennsylvania came on board in 2013 for a total of 138 shops throughout the two states.

In 2014 over 1250 quilt shops participated in 34 states and Ontario.

All 50 states and several more Canadian provinces are planning fun for travelers throughout the summer. Although the quilt shops are organized by area, quilters have no borders.

Travel, shop, collect patterns and add rows to your quilt from any anywhere!”

“Visit any participating quilt shop during the summer and ask for the pattern for a row in the Row by Row H2O quilt. Each shop is offering one pattern at no charge to customers who visit the store between June 21 and September 8, 2015.”

“Complete a quilt using at least 8 different rows from 8 different 2015 participating shops. Be the first to bring it into a shop to win a stash of 25 fat quarters. (That’s 6-1/4 yards of fabric!) Win a bonus prize for using that store’s row in your quilt. A quilt will be considered “complete” when it is quilted, bound, and labeled.”

“Use any pattern to layout your rows. You decide. Stack your rows, arrange around a center medallion, make them horizontal, vertical, upside down, on the front, on the back, whatever! You are the designer. Be creative and have fun, but be sure to use at least 8 different 2015 rows.”

What a terrific idea. This year – 2015 – the theme is all about water.  Off you go!

 

The next lot of YLI 50wt silk thread colors

50wt Plum YLI silk thread 100 meter spool #81950wt Stone YLI silk thread 100 meter spool #82750wt Light Taupe YLI silk thread 100 meter spool #829

Well….. at least for a while. We have one or two more coming but this is it for a few weeks. Colors are Plum, Stone, Light Taupe.