Wednesday, February 18, 2009

We have a winner!

Thank you to everyone who participated so enthusiastically in my Valentine's Giveaway. We had 30 comments and 138 entries!

I filled out a slip for each entry and put them in a plastic bin. After some energetic shakes, I mixed things up really well and had my friend, Jan, pick an entry.

And the winner is. . . . GWEN!

Gwen earned five entries -- she did it all! -- so I guess that really helped. I enjoyed reading Gwen's blog. Beautiful work, Gwen! It looks like Gwen is a quilter who enjoys applique, so I think she will really enjoy learning both of these great techniques.

I'm trying hard to get the new pattern finished for the Texture Magic Totes before I leave for Asilomar, so guess I'd better get going on that. Wish me luck!

Happy stitching!

Annie

Monday, February 16, 2009

Guest Blogging

I’m a Guest Blogger on Quilting Gallery

Thanks to Michele at Quilting Gallery for the opportunity to be a guest blogger on her site today, Monday, February 16. Click here or on the image above to read my blog entry. You'll get a little view of my sewing studio and some of the projects that I've been working on.

I'm happy to say that the new product mentioned in that blog will be available very soon.

Texture Magic™ by Superior Threads is a terrific new product for producing texture on fabric. Creating texture is now as easy as 1 - 2 - 3!

1. Mark a grid or other design on the Texture Magic™. . .



. . . and pin it to the wrong side of the fabric. (Or, skip marking and just stitch free-flowing lines.)



2. Stitch through both layers along the marked lines.



3. With the Texture Magic™ side up, apply steam to the fabric unit.



The Texture Magic™ will shrink (up to 30%). When the shrinking process is complete, the piece will be flat and even on back.



But, when you turn it over, you'll see the magic! You now have wonderful texture on your fabric.



Here is a tote bag that I made using the texturized fabric.



I'm working on a pattern for this bag (plus a larger size) and hope to have it ready to go before I leave on Friday for Asiolmar. Heather (Mother Superior) and I are excited to be taking a class there with Carol Taylor. I've always admired her style and can't wait to learn how she makes all those pieces fit. I think my favorites are the quilts in her Confetti series and her Linear series.

From Asilomar, we go directly to the Sew Expo in Puyallup, Washington. If you are attending the Expo, please stop by the Superior Threads booth to say hello. I will be demonstrating Texture Magic™ in the booth, so be among the first to experience the fun of quickly and easily creating texture on fabric.

Until then, happy stitching!

Annie

Friday, February 13, 2009

Machine Applique and a Valentine's Day Giveaway!

Happy Valentine's Day!

I always look forward to February and Valentine's Day so that I can display two of my favorite little quilts: You Stole My Heart and Loves Me!

These quilts always made me smile. They also provide an opportunity to tell you about my two favorite methods of machine appliqué.

I used fusible thread to do all the appliqué on You Stole My Heart. If you've never used fusible thread, you've got to give it a try! You can read more about that technique at my website.



For Loves Me! I wanted to use my favorite method of machine appliqué, a method that produces the look of hand-done needle-turn appliqué using the sewing machine.



The secret to this method is using a specific product, Water Soluble Appliqué Foundation, which can be very difficult to find. I finally found a source so I am now stocking it and offering to you on my website: www.byannie.com/water_soluble_applique_foundation.html

I'd love to teach you how to use both of these techniques. Contact me to schedule a class in your area or check out my 2009 class schedule.

The Seasons class would be a perfect class for learning machine appliqué and has been rescheduled to start on March 16. Come join us and learn how easy and fun machine appliqué can be!

Finally, in honor of Valentine's Day, I'm offering a GIVEAWAY. I'll enter your name to win two complete kits, each containing all the materials, supplies and instructions to make a small project while learning both of these methods of machine appliqué! The fusible thread appliqué kit makes a small needle case. The mock needle-turn appliqué kit makes a small flower block to use in a quilt or pillow.

Here are the particulars to win the kits:

You will get one entry for each category accomplished:

1. Sign up for my email newsletter. If you already receive it, just let me know — and thank you!

2. Tell a friend about http://www.byannie.com/ and my blog.

3. Add a link to www.byannie.com on your website or blog.

4. Tell about my blog and my giveaway on your blog.

5. Place my blog on your blog's sidebar.

So, leave a comment on the blog and let me know how many entries you have earned. Make sure I have an e-mail address to reach you.

My deadline to close this giveaway will be Tuesday, February 17. I'll announce the winner on Wednesday, February 18.

Happy stitching!

Annie

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Superior Thread's Seminar, a New Product, and Fun Giveaways!

Last week I spent three fun-filled days teaching at the Superior Threads School of Threadology Seminar here in St. George, Utah.

At the seminar I helped introduce a brand-new product which is used to easily create texture on fabric. In one of the classes, each student texturized a piece of fabric and used it to make a cute little drawsring bag from a pattern that I designed.



This exciting new product by Superior Threads should be available to purchase in about two to three months. Be sure to watch my blog or subscribe to my email newsletter to be sure that you'll be notified as soon as it is available for shipment.

Be sure to check out Superior Thread's new blog, Mother Superior's Blog. They want to get the word out about the new blog so are offering a great giveaway.

My friend, Nedra, is offering a February giveaway on her blog, too. Check it out: http://cactus-needle.blogspot.com/2009/02/superior-threads-give-away.html

I guess it's time for me offer a giveaway, too! Let me put on my thinking cap and I'll get back to you soon on that.

Until then, happy stitching!

Annie