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!


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:

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,


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: