Saturday, November 29, 2008

December's FREE Block and Headliner Foam Now Available

The final FREE block of the month for December has been posted. This fun gift box block can be easily foundation paper pieced using your favorite method.
Click here to download the free patterns for all of the 2008 blocks of the month.
Don't forget, too, that I've designed a pattern, Simple Things, to use all of this year's blocks in a couple of cute quilts.
In other news, Headliner Foam is now available. This 1/8" thick nylon foam comes on a 54"-wide roll and is available in ½-yard increments. I prefer to use this in place of batting in all of my bags, purses, and totes. Not only is it very lightweight, but it gives the bag excellent stability and a very professional look. I currently have the foam available in beige and gray.

Super Sample Sale!

I've been cleaning my quilting studio and have decided it's time to say good-bye to some wonderful pattern samples and kits.

Take advantage of this limited time opportunity to purchase a one-of-a-kind purse, fashion accessory, or one of my wonderful organizational items. I'm even parting with a beautiful quilt top made with my I've Been Framed pattern.

These items are great for holiday gift giving — and you don't have to make them! Here's what is available right now:


Remember, these are one-of-a-kind samples. Please call to verfiy that your selected item is in stock. I'll add things to the list as I clean, so check back often.

Of course, you can save money by making your own items using my patterns. So, be sure to check out all the fun patterns, too. I usually have orders in the mail within 24 hours, so there's still time to make gifts for Christmas.

Finally, I'm offering a special discount through the end of December on my cookbook, From Halibut to Jalapenos. Order a cookbook and get any of my patterns FREE! And, yes, you can order more than one cookbook and get more than one free pattern. Just be sure to mention "WEB SPECIAL" when you order and be sure to let me know which pattern(s) you would like FREE!


Happy stitching!

Annie

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Bold Over Batiks! Kits Available NOW!



Many of you have asked for kits to make the Laptop Case or Laptop Purse from my Laptop Computer Carriers pattern using Bold Over Batiks! wonderful handpainted batik fabrics.

Because Bold Over Batiks! does not usually sell to the retail market, it is often hard to find their awesome fabrics.

Fortunately, I was able to pick up a few kits while I was at Festival in Houston. So, while they last, I have kits as follows:
Laptop Purse (warm colors)

$79.00 plus $5 shipping

Laptop Case (warm colors)

$59.00 plus $5 shipping
Laptop Purse (cool colors)

$79.00 plus $5 shipping
Laptop Case (cool colors)

$59.00 plus $5 shipping
Kits include Bold Over Batiks! handpainted fabric for the case or purse, the Laptop Computers Carriers pattern, and the finishing kit with zippers, strapping and all the necessary hardware for the Laptop Purse.
The kits use one of Bold Over's striking batik prints for the body of the purse or case with a coordinating "solid" for the straps, handles, and lining. A coordinating border print adds extra interest to the pockets.
The Laptop Purse includes a detachable, adjustable shoulder strap, carrying handles, and a velcro strap across the back so that the purse can fit over the handles on rolling luggage. It's a great way to carry your laptop computer in style!
Don't forget that, if you want to use your own fabrics for your laptop carrier, I have Finishing Kits which include three heavy-duty handbag zippers, the strapping, and all the hardware needed to make the purses. Currently zippers are available in black and dark brown. If you need another color, let me know and I can place a special order.
Since I'm not putting these on my website at this point, just email me at
annieu@infowest.com
or call me (435-674-9816) if you'd like to order any of the kits. I'll send you a request for payment via PayPal or you can call with your credit card information.

A beautiful, custom laptop carrier would make a great Christmas gift for yourself or someone special. Call or email today.

Happy stitching!

Annie

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Carryalls for Widescreen Laptops, Book Bags, and Finishing Kits

I just got home from Pacific International Quilt Festival and am off on Thursday for Quilt Market and Festival in Houston. So, this is going to have to be a quick message!
I'm happy to announce that I now have a laptop carrier pattern for those of you with widescreen laptops. The Executive Carryalls pattern is similar to my Laptop Computer Carriers pattern, but on a larger scale. Kiss your dreary briefcase goodbye and carry all your business needs in one of these attractive bags!
My other hot-off-the-press pattern is for a handy book bag. Perfect for a Sunday bag for scriptures, the Bookin' It! book bag protects precious books and holds bulletins, study materials, pens, and more.
Finishing Kits containing all the necessary hardware and zippers are available for both the Executive Carryall and for the Bookin' It! Book Bag.

If you will be in Houston, please stop by the Superior Threads booth #608 to say hello and check out these new products.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

And the winner is. . . Shimmer!

A big thank you to all who submitted name ideas for my newest pattern. It was obvious that you each put some serious thought into your submission and it was difficult for Heather and I to choose just one name for the pattern.
I was pleased to see that the "shimmering" quality of the quilt was apparent to so many of you. And, since I just couldn't seem to come up with that word on my own, I was thrilled to see "Shimmer"as a suggestion for the pattern name. Believe it or not, three people submitted that (or something close) as a name choice, making it the clear winner.
So, congratulations to Janet Best, Dorothy Schreyer, and Brenda (who posted on September 12). A hot-off-the-press pattern will be in the mail to each of you as soon as you send me a mailing address.
In other news, the October block of the month has been posted. How about making this cute paper-pieced cat block in black fabrics for a scary Halloween cat?
Click here to download the free patterns for the 2008 block of the month.
I'm busy getting ready for three shows this month: Pacific International Quilt Fest in California, and International Quilt Market and Quilt Festival in Houston. I've got several new patterns and some time-saving kits in the works. Watch for more info about all of those soon!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

"Name the Quilt" contest, new kits, and September's free block

The FREE block of the month for September has been posted. This cute school house block is easy to make using paper piecing techniques. You can make it even more fun by fussy-cutting some kids for the windows and doorways.
Click here to download the free patterns for the 2008 block of the month.
After a delightful summer in Alaska, I'm back home and ready to tackle some new patterns and sewing projects. I've got a new pattern almost ready to go, but I need your help!
This new quilt, which was designed and made by Heather Purcell, was a big hit in the Superior Threads booth at the Long Beach show this summer and we had lots of requests for the pattern. The pattern is written and the quilt is photographed, but I'm coming up blank on a name for the quilt.
Please send me your ideas. If I pick the name you suggest, I'll send you the first pattern hot off the press FREE!
In response to numerous requests, I now offer kits for the Thread Dispenser/Sewing Case.

The kits include all the ultrasuede, zippers, and heavy-duty vinyl needed to make both the large and the small thread dispensers. These handy cases make great Christmas gifts for friends who quilt or sew, so save time and money by ordering a kit today.

Zippers and ultrasuede come in beige or black. Please be sure to let me know which you prefer.
I've also had numerous requests for a pattern for a carrier for a widescreen laptop. I'm working on that and hope to have a pattern ready soon. I'm learning that widescreen laptops come in lots of sizes, so I'm still trying to figure out just what size/configuration to make. If you have any ideas or special requests for that type of bag, please let me know!

Happy stitching!

Annie

Sunday, August 3, 2008

EQ6 Classes at The Cotton Patch in California


I will be teaching EQ6 classes at The Cotton Patch in Lafayette, California, in October and would love to share this fun program with you.

EQ6 is a magnificent program for designing quilts and is the program that I use for all of my pattern designs. A class offers the best opportunity to really get up and running on the program, so make plans now to attend.

Classes will be held on Monday, October 13, and Tuesday, October 14.
These are the classes you can enjoy:

  • EQ6 Beginning
  • EQ6 Easy Draw
  • EQ6 Patch Draw
  • EQ6 Layouts and Borders
More information about classes, costs, and schedules can be found at my website: http://www.byannie.com/eq6_classes.html/.

We have scheduled the classes for right before the Pacific International Quilt Festival in Santa Clara. So, if you live in the area or plan to attend PIQF or just want an excuse to visit California in the fall, this is a great opportunity to learn to make the most of this versatile program.

I connect my laptop to a projector so that everyone in the class can follow each step. Bring your laptop with the program loaded or make arrangements with me to try a demo version of the program.

You will love this powerful and fun program!

Summer Flowers, Samples, and Shows


The FREE block of the month for August has been posted. This fun flower block can be easily appliqued using your favorite method: fusible, needle-turn, or by machine.
Click here to download the free patterns for the 2008 block of the month.
My sewing machine has been humming this week as I've worked on samples from some of my patterns. First on my list were Laptop Computer Carriers for Bold Over Batiks. I used one of Bold Over's striking batik prints for the body of this Laptop Purse and a coordinating "solid" for the straps and handles. A coordinating border print added extra interest to the pockets. Kits will be available for these carriers later this fall.
The Laptop Purse includes a detachable, adjustable shoulder strap, carrying handles, and a velcro strap across the back so that the purse can fit over the handles on rolling luggage. It's a great way to carry your laptop computer in style!
Don't forget that I have Finishing Kits which include three heavy-duty handbag zippers, the strapping, and all the hardware needed to make the purses. Currently zippers are available in black, dark brown, and beige. If you need another color, let me know and I can place a special order.
Next on my to-do list was a Travel Set. For this set I used Moda's Friends and Flowers line of fabric by Mary Engelbreit. Isn't it fun and cheery?
The bag holds my super-comfy U-shaped neck pillow, a bottle of water, and book. An outer pocket allows easy access to my boarding pass, MP3player, snacks, and more.

I especially like the luggage tags in this pattern. A hidden pocket holds my business card for private and secure identification. I've made several of the tags in my favorite fabrics. Won't my bags be easy to find at the airport?
If you're looking for a fun, easy, and quick project, this is it! The luggage tags are perfect for holiday gift tags. Make them in fabrics to depict the recipient's hobby or special interest. The tags would also be a great way to present a gift card. Best of all, they take only minutes to make!
This week I head to Seattle for the Pacific Northwest Quilt Show. If you are at the show, please stop by the Superior Threads booth to say hello. From Seattle, I go to back to Alaska for a couple of weeks. The kids will join us so we're all looking forward to eating crab, reading, relaxing, and visiting. Maybe we'll even get ambitious and try a little kayaking.

As before, the best way to contact me will be by email, with orders sent through PayPal. If you prefer to order by mail, please note that orders sent by mail will not be processed until I return on August 26.

You may also order some of my patterns through The Quilt Pattern Shoppe. The Quilt Pattern Shoppe is an online quilt pattern store offering many immediate for-download quilt patterns from a diverse and talented group of quilt pattern designers.

Because all quilt patterns on the Shoppe are for immediate download, you don't have to wait for the quilt patterns to arrive in the mail. By simply printing out the quilt patterns on your home computer, you can begin your next quilting project right away! Aside from no shipping costs, you can also earn Shopper Reward Points from your purchases and receive free quilt patterns, thread, and fabric from partner stores.

At present I have only a few patterns on the Shoppe, but hope to include more as time goes. I'd love to hear your thoughts about this new way of providing patterns.

Happy stitching!

Annie

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Feeling Crabby!

Feeling Crabby,
the fun and FREE
July block of the month
,
has been posted at
www.byannie.com.


This block is especially appropriate for me this month as I am writing this from our island home near Sitka, Alaska -- and we're having sweet, delicious, Dungeness crab for dinner! (And you thought I was going to say that I've been feeling REALLY crabby lately, didn't you?)

Did you know that there are between 5,000 and 6,000 kinds of crab in the world? The largest crab is the Japanese Spider Crab, whose legs can stretch as wide as 12 feet. Crabs have claws on their two front legs, which are used for eating and defense. Crabs walk sideways and have eyes at the end of stalks on top of their heads. If a crab loses a claw, it will grow back!

Two types of crab can be found in Southeast Alaska -- Dungeness and Alaska King. Both are delicious and packed with high quality protein, amino acids, and lots of minerals -- plus they are low in fat.

Our favorite way to eat crab is steamed and dipped in butter, but we also enjoy crab salad, crab bisque, crab cakes, and more. Here are a couple of great recipes that are perfect for summer dining: Crab-Filled Veggies and Crab Nachos.

These recipes (and more!) can be found in my cookbook, From Halibut to Jalapenos. Packed with over 600 easy-to-follow, inn-tested recipes, the book also includes "recipes" for two colorful, fun placemats.

If you'd like to order a copy (or two or three!) for yourself or a friend, I've got a great deal for you!

Order a cookbook before the end of July and receive any of my patterns (except Starr Fire) FREE. That's a savings of $7.95 to $9.95! Just be sure to include a message with your order that says "JULY SPECIAL" and the pattern which you'd like.

And, yes, you can order more than one book -- and get a free pattern for each book ordered.

I'll be in Alaska for just a few more days and then it's time to head back to the heat of St. George. I'll miss the solitude of our little cabin in the woods, but I'm looking forward to some time "home alone" to work on projects. Between class and store samples and new patterns, I've got my work cut out for me!

Here are a couple of the new quilt ideas that I'm working on:





I'll be sure to let you know when patterns for both are ready!

Are you going to the International Quilt Festival in Long Beach, California, from July 24 to 27? I'll be working at the Superior Threads booth, so if you go, please stop by to say hello and see my newest patterns and samples.

And, if you'll be in the St. George area this fall, be sure to check out my fall class schedule. I've got some great classes planned!


Happy stitching!

Annie

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Mark your calendar for fun classes this fall!

Greetings from the northland!

I'm on my way to Alaska, having attended my daughter's graduation in Seattle last week. She was only the second person in the history of the University of Washington to receive both a Juris Doctor degree (J.D.)and Master of Laws Taxation degree(LL.M.) in three years. We are very proud of this talented and hard-working young woman -- and her handsome and talented brother, too!



Before we left, I put together a schedule of classes for fall and have posted it on my website. You can find it all here. If you prefer to print a schedule, just click here.

Saturday, May 31, 2008

June Block of the Month and Pattern for Assembling BOM Quilts



The FREE block of the month for June has been posted. The whimsical sailboat can be appliqued using the method of your choice: hand, fusible, mock needle-turn, or machine. Add some waves and embellishments of your choice and enjoy some smooth sailing over the summer!
Click here to download the free patterns for the 2008 block of the month.
After numerous requests for a pattern for the quilts using the free block of the month patterns, I am happy to annouce that Simple Things is available.

Perhaps you have a year's worth of blocks from another block of the month program. Maybe you still haven't put together that pile of sampler blocks you made in a class. Or maybe you've fallen in love with my block of the month patterns and want to make a quilt "just like the one on the website."
Whatever the source of your blocks, you're sure to enjoy this easy-to-follow pattern which includes complete instructions for assembling a wall hanging or throw in two versions using ANY 9" blocks. Read more about it at my website: http://www.byannie.com/simple_things_quilt_patterns.html

In other news, I will be setting sail for points north in about a week. My daughter will be graduating from UW Law School on Father's Day (won't that be a wonderful gift for her dad!) and we'll be heading north to Alaska shortly thereafter.

The best way to contact me will be by email, with orders sent through PayPal. If you prefer to order by mail, please use the temporary address shown on the website.

I'll be attending the International Quilt Festival in Long Beach in late July as well as the Pacific Northwest Quilt Show in Seattle in August. If you are at either show, please stop by the Superior Threads booth to say hello.

Happy stitching!

Annie

Saturday, May 3, 2008

May Block of the Month. . . and I've Moved!



May's FREE block of the month, a beautiful butterfly, has been posted on the website. Paper piece the butterfly, then add triangles to each side of the block to skew it slightly. Finally, embroider antennae and embellish as desired.

Click here to download the free 2008 Block of the Month patterns.

It has been a busy month at my house. In between trips to the International Quilt Festival in Chicago and the AQS show in Paducah, we moved. After seventeen years in the same house, I was shocked at how much I had accumulated.

The new house has an awesome sewing room/studio and I'm slowly getting things settled into new places. There are two great closets in the room but no cabinets or drawers, so I'm really glad to have two great hanging organizers for storing and displaying rulers, cutters, manuals, and all the various supplies that a quilter accumulates.

Click here for more information about these handy over-the-door organizers.
I really was amazed at how many boxes it took to move my sewing room. . . and at how many unfinished projects I had, not to mention finished quilts and store samples which I'd made from my patterns. So, I think it's time for an online studio sale. Watch for more info about that soon.

Happy stitching!

Annie

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Starr Fire and Starr Totes

I've just finished two new patterns and can't wait to share them with you. Both patterns were designed specifically for use with Starr Design Fabrics' awesome hand-dyed fabrics.



Starr Fire is a 68-1/2" x 88" quilt that is made using Starr's Starr Fire fabric pack of 20 fat quarters in vibrant, graduated colors. By using the fabrics in the order in which they are stacked in the fabric pack, you will get a beautiful effect of graduated color. Use the coordinating fabric yardage for the centers of the blocks, the sashing, outer borders, and binding.



Blocks are made by strip-piecing fabrics and then cutting into wedges using a special plastic template which is included in the pattern. You won't believe how quickly and easily this quilt goes together!

You can order a kit that contains all the beautiful, vibrant hand-dyed fabrics for the quilt top, along with the pattern and special plastic template. Regular price for this kit is $156.95. I'm happy to offer a SPECIAL PRICE of just $149.95 plus shipping. Click here to order online or to print an order form for mailing.

Starr Totes are also made with Starr Design Fabrics' beautiful hand-dyes. The 13"W x 12"H x 4"D tote has two outer pockets and an easy-to-install optional zippered closure.



The pattern feature two styles of borders. Folded fabric inserts give dimension to the Starrs & Stripes border. Full-size paper piecing patterns are included for the Starrs & Spikes border.

Moveable inner pockets enable you to keep your tote organized and to change your handbag in seconds. Load the pockets and insert them in your tote. When it's time to change bags, just lift out the pockets, put them in your new bag, and you are ready to go!



The Starr Fire quilt and Starr Totes will be on display at the International Quilt Festival in Rosemont, Illinois next week. Please stop by the Superior Threads or Starr Design Fabrics booths to see them and to say hello! Or, click here to order online or to print an order form for mailing.

Happy stitching!

Annie

Monday, March 31, 2008

April Block of the Month and Rosemont Show

April's FREE block of the month, a cute watering can, has been posted on the website. I recommend using a fun dotted fabric for the opening of the spout -- much faster than appliquing all those dots!



I'll be in Chicago next week for the International Quilt Festival at Rosemont. I'll have a great new quilt (with pattern) and samples to display, so be sure to stop by and say hello.

Happy spring stitching!

Annie

Friday, March 28, 2008

Laptop Computer Carriers pattern corrections

Good morning!

I sat down this past week to make a Laptop Purse and, since I couldn't find my personal copy of the pattern, I pulled a pattern off the sales shelf. As I worked, I came across a couple of things that didn't make sense to me. I finally figured out that somehow I must've copied patterns from the version BEFORE the final changes were made. YIKES!

When I write a pattern, I usually make the item once, then write the pattern. I then make another sample from the pattern and make adjustments to the text and drawings as I go. That process continues as I test the pattern and finally arrive at a final version. Somehow this pattern got copied from an interim version rather than the final version.

Anyway, I am posting a list of corrections that need to be made to the pattern. You can find it here:
http://www.byannie.com/images/laptop_corrections.pdf

The most important changes are to the cut size of the outer pocket on the Laptop Case(the picture is right; the measurements are not) and the point at which to baste the Inner Pocket A in place on the Laptop Purse. The pattern tells you to do it twice -- the second time is the correct time.

If you purchased a pattern from me before March 15, please make the changes to your pattern. If you purchased a pattern from me after March 15, you should be OK. Once I discovered the error, I discarded the remaining patterns and printed new ones.

If you prefer to receive a revised pattern with corrections made, please return the inner part of the pattern (everything except the front and back covers) and I will send you a new pattern.

Again, I am sincerely sorry for the incovenience. The initial run of these patterns was certainly not up to my usual standards.

Happy stitching,

Annie

Thursday, March 6, 2008

March Block of the Month

The FREE March block of the month has been posted.



This month's block is for a paper-pieced basket. Fill the basket with Easter eggs, flowers, or whatever your heart desires.

Have fun! And don't forget, I'd love to see pictures of the blocks that you are making.

Kits, washable white pencils, sharpeners, basting clamps and more!

I got home on Monday from the Sewing Expo in Puyallup and found lots of fun new supplies that had arrived while I was gone. I've got them all posted on my website, so be sure to check out these handy items:

Laptop Purse Finishing Kits



Finishing kits for the laptop purses are now available with zippers in #563 Yellowish-Gray (which looks like beige to me) as well as #580 Black.


Washable Stabilo Pencils (white)



These Stabilo pencils are terrific for marking quilts or appliqué pieces on dark fabrics. Unlike chalk pencils or other common white pencils, these pencils don't rub off as you work. So, you can mark a quilt and the lines will last until you wash them out.

I also use these pencils to mark lines on vinyl pieces used in my various patterns. They mark easily on the vinyl (which is difficult to do with pencils or other washable markers) and then wipe off easily with a damp paper towel.

The pencils come pre-sharpened, but you'll love the Alvin Brass Bullet Pencil Sharpener for sharpening the pencils as you use them.

Please note that there are Stabilo Pencils available in a variety of colors. Do NOT use the other colors on fabric as they will not wash out.


Brass Bullet Sharpeners




Alvin's Brass Bullet Pencil Sharpener is the perfect addition to a quilter's kit of tools.

It's one of the tiniest and most compact pencil sharpeners ever made, yet it's one of the sturdiest.

The sharpener features solid brass bullet-shaped construction with a replaceable stainless steel cutting blade. The blade can be removed and sharpened in a knife sharpener.

This is the perfect sharpener for use with the washable Stabilo pencils.

Basting clamps (package of 14 clamps)



If you've ever tried basting a quilt using binder clips, you know how hard they can be to squeeze open to fit over your quilt and onto your table.

You will LOVE these easy-to-use clamps that slide easily onto the table to baste your quilts.

The clamps are designed to fit onto a 3/4" thick table. If you don't have a table that size, try using a 3/4" piece of plywood instead.

To order any of these items, please visit my website:
www.byannie.com/online_order_form.html

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Quilt Care Instructions

I'm off for Seattle tomorrow to visit my kids and then attend the Sewing Expo in Puyallup, Washington. If you're lucky enough to get to the Expo, please stop by the Superior Threads booth to say hello.

I'll have lots of patterns and samples of many of my products, including my newest Laptop Purse, Laptop Case, and Purse Organizers.

I got a telephone call today from a quilter wondering about how to launder the quilt she just made for her sister. Because I baste with water-soluble thread and mark my quilting designs with washout markers, I wash all of my quilts. I use Orvus soap and wash in cold water on a delicate cyle. I've posted the complete instructions on my website in a PDF format.

There are four "labels" on an 8-1/2" x 11" piece of paper so that you can print them onto fabric and attach them to your quilts. In addition to washing instructions, the labels also include recommendations for display and storage of quilts.

Happy quilting!

Annie

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Fun with fusible thread

I just spent three very enjoyable days in the company of about 50 delightful ladies who attended the first-ever Superior Threads Seminar here in St. George. We learned about thread quality, weight, tensions, needles, working with decorative threads, and how to use different threads in design. A good balance of lectures and hands-on classes plus time for visiting and sharing ideas made the seminar especially fun. At the end of the seminar Bob and Heather held a graduation ceremony and presented each of us with a Post-Doctorate Degree in Threadology. You may now refer to me as "Dr. Annie."

A highlight of the week for me was being able to teach one of the seminar classes. Fun with Fusible Threads focused on using fusible thread for applique. We made little needle cases, using fusible thread to applique colorful circles and stars in place on the front of the cases. We used decorative threads (such as Highlights and Rainbows) to finish the raw edges on each piece.



Everyone seemed to really enjoy learning this quick and easy technique and many people told me that they appreciated going home with a finished project. If you are looking for a fun and easy class project, this is it. The pattern for the small needle cases can be found in my Gifts for Quilters or Needle Case & Wool Pincushions patterns.

In addition to using the fusible thread for applique, Julie Woods, whose guild in Australia awarded her a scholarship to attend the seminar, shared a great idea for using fusible threads with foil. All of you art quilters out there are sure to enjoy this technique!

You can either arrange the fusible thread on top of your fabric or use your sewing machine to stitch the thread in place. (Wind the thread on the bobbin and stitch from the back or use the thread through the eye of a 100/16 topstitch needle.)

Then place a piece of metallic foil paper (available at art supply stores) shiny side up on top of the fusible thread. Place an applique pressing sheet or piece of parchment paper over the foil paper. Press with a hot iron (no steam) so that the foil and thread will fuse to the fabric. Let everything cool; then pull the paper away from the design.

You'll have a beautiful shiny design to decorate your fabric. Here are pictures of some of the samples that Julie shared:



Try threading the fusible thread through your needle and making seed stitches on your art piece. Then apply the foil to the seed stitches -- beautiful! (Unfortunately my scanner doesn't pick up the colors in the sample. It's too dark.)

Susan Berbec also shared her technique for using the fusible thread to bind quilts. You can read more about this technique at the Superior Threads website:
http://www.superiorthreads.com
. Click on Education and then scroll down to Charlotte's Fusible Web/Using It For Speedy Bindings.

If you don't already get Bob's email newsletter, you can sign up for it at http://www.superiorthreads.com. It is full of great educational information. Be sure to watch for information about the next Superior Seminar. You won't want to miss it!

Friday, February 1, 2008

A great recipe -- and a terrific offer!

I found a wonderful recipe for Artisan Bread on the Spendid Table website and have made it numerous times over the past couple of months. It is absolutely the easiest bread you will ever make -- no kneading ever! -- and it is really, really good.

You can find the recipe here:

http://splendidtable.publicradio.org/recipes/accompaniments_fiveminute.shtml

I just use regular salt and that works well. We've tried it with part whole-wheat flour and some flax. That was good, too.

It's perfect with a nice bowl of soup on a cold winter day. My very favorite soup is Creamy White Chili. You can find the recipe (and several more) on my website: http://www.byannie.com/images/sample_recipes.pdf

Enjoy!

And, if you'd like to try some other great recipes, be sure to check out my cookbook, From Halibut to Jalapenos. Having sold out of the first printing, I reordered the books and THIRTEEN boxes of cookbooks arrived today. Yikes!

I'm happy to offer my "friends and family" special to all of you:

Order by February 29, 2008, and receive 3 books for just $50 (plus shipping if applicable). That gives you one book FREE!

NOTE: Since I'm not sure how to put the "special" on my order forms, just add a note with your order. For every two books that you order by February 29, I'll be sure to send a third at no charge.

You can read more about the book here:
http://www.byannie.com/cookbooks.html


Thursday, January 31, 2008

Laptop Purse Finishing Kit available now

By popular request, I now have Finishing Kits available for the Laptop Purse.

Having experienced how hard it can be to find the proper supplies for a project, I have put together a kit containing the zippers, strapping, and other hardware needed.



Because I ordered in bulk, I am able to price the kit at a very reasonable $15. That's less than the price it would be at the large chain crafts stores and you don't have to run around finding everything!

Zippers are currently available only in black; other colors are on order.

Free Block of Month pattern for February

The pattern for February's block, Cherries, has been posted. This is a great block for hand or machine appliqué.



Enjoy!

Annie