Monday, December 17, 2012

I'm getting ready to order more Serenity fabrics for kits which reminded me that Randall M. had sent some pictures over the summer of some amazing bags that he made using those beautiful fabrics. I'd meant to share them right then, but time got away from me. What's new?

Anyway, I found the pictures again and was just as impressed with them the second time around, so thought I'd post them for you to see, too. Here's what Randall wrote:

Hi, Annie.

I haven't sent you any pix in a while but that doesn't mean I haven't been at it. I've made two more Serenity bags since my first. One also used the Serenity fabric with Texture Magic, but the second was for a cat loving friend who insisted on cat-themed fabric. It all came together well. I'm sorry I didn't snap a pic to send you.

I'm going to the UK next month to visit a number of friends, and I thought I would bring some bags and totes as gifts. I'm going to send some pix of four that I've made this week. Two, of course, are ByAnnie patterns. The other two are from A QuiltersDream - my other favorite designer. I just hung the bags on my overgrown back fence, so the pictures aren't great. But the bags are!

I'm also going to send a snapshot of a resized MiPad Case that I made for my friend Eva. She wanted something just right for her daily walks. Room for her ID, a small water bottle, and her keys. I'll also send a pic of it with a standard sized case for comparison.

Here's one more of a MiPad case I made last night using Serenity fabric along with some Japanese yarn-dies.

Hope you enjoy seeing these. You'll see that my love for Japanese fabric hasn't diminished.

Randy M.

P.S. I really like the dark Bookin' It bag. It gave me a reason to finally use some of the black Soft and Stable that's been sitting on my shelf.

Thank you, Randall, for sharing the pictures and your story. I am so impressed with your careful and meticulous work. Your fabric choices are exquisite and are inspiring me to order more of the beautiful Serenity fabrics.

Happy holidays to you and yours!


Thursday, December 13, 2012

Kathy B. sent this fun picture of the awesome diaper bag she made for her new grandson, Noah. Annie
Kathy writes:
I made this bag using Soft and Stable instead of the fleece that the directions called for. It is very sturdy, but pliable, and I loved the cross-hatching quilting on this…it has such a wonderful definition! This is going to be used as a diaper bag for my newest, and 6th grandson, Noah!
That's one good-looking bag, Kathy, and I know your new grandson and his parents are going to love it. Thanks for sharing!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Melissa's Thoughts on Soft and Stable

Designer Melissa Stramel recently wrote a post about using Soft and Stable for the first time. You can find it here:
I enjoyed seeing Melissa's "JOY" bag — it makes me joyful just looking at it. The appliqued flowers at the top are a really nice touch. Thanks for sharing, Melissa!

Rosalee's Serenity II Bag

Rosalee wrote recently to say, "Just wanted to say I made a purse using your pattern Serenity II, Soft and Stable, and Texture Magic, and love how it came out--have received lots of compliments! Thank you so much for the great products and service!"
Thank you for sending in your picture, Rosalee. Your purse was crafted beautifully. I always love seeing the different fabrics that people use to make the Serenity Shoulder Bag.
Edie K. recently shared this picture of the On the Town handbag that she made using fabrics from Mother Superior's Fab Fabrics, our area's newest fabric shop.
LOVE the bag, Edie -- your fabric choices are terrific!
Phyllis writes: "I just wanted to send you a thank you to say how much I have enjoyed making bags using your patterns. The Soft and Stable is wonderful. I would have never attempted bags, but your supplies and videos inspired me. Everyone I make one for loves how unique they are as I use Texture Magic and quilting. I have attached (pictures of) two of my latest bags. The one with flames is for a friend who wanted something for his wife with Harley colors."
"Thanks again. I enlarged the MiPad Case bag and made it for my two granddaughters and put their favorite sayings on the pockets. Then my daughter had a co-worker who wanted one larger than the iPad. This bag was a big hit and I am now getting ready to start my sixth and seventh bag."
Thanks for sharing your story and pictures, Phyllis. Keep up the good work!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Nature Using Texture Magic

Add texture to your art quilt projects quickly and easily using Texture Magic. Learn how to obtain different effects by using various stitches, threads, fabrics, and battings. International Quilt Festival George R. Brown Convention Center Houston, Texas Mixed-Media Miscellany Sampler Nov 1, 2012 2:00-4:00 PM

Quilt Market 2012

If you will be at Quilt Market, please stop by to see us in our very own first-time-ever booth #620. We've got great new patterns and products to share with you as well as ongoing demos and more. During Market we will also be presenting a Schoolhouse, taking part in Sample Spree, filming videos in the Checker booth, and participating in a special Fall Quilt Market Scan-a-thon organized by Websites for Quilters. Be sure to ask us about this fun activity — participants can win fun prizes! We'll be in the same spot for Festival (Booth #620) as part of Superior Threads' booths, so be sure to visit us during Festival, too, for inspiration, demonstrations, and fun shopping. Come early to get best selection of Soft and Stable, patterns (special show pricing), finishing kits, and more.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Pacific West Quilt Show

We are ready for Pacific West, are you?

2012 Pacific West Quilt Show
August 24-26, 2012
Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center
1500 Broadway, Tacoma, WA 98402

Be a part of the celebration!

Join us in Tacoma, Washington for the Pacific West Quilt Show.

Annie will be attending the show with Superior Threads (Booth #201) and will demonstrating Texture Magic and Soft and Stable.

Stop by the booth to say hello and see what's new!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Feeling Crabby

One of the helpers, Kait, found a Feeling Crabby quilt hanging, clear across the country in a quilt shop in New Jersey. How fun!
Thank you to our supporters everywhere!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Thanks to Georgann P. for sharing a picture of the beautiful MiPad Case that she made.
Georgann writes:
"The Soft and Stable gives a great foundation for the form of the bag. Thanks for creating a great pattern with easy to follow directions and the supplies to make it look very professional. Thanks again, I look forward to making other bags in the future."
Love that red handbag zipper on the back, Georgann!

It's National Cheesecake Day!

It's National Cheesecake Day so we enjoyed a piece of cheesecake this afternoon.

Here is a picture of my two helpers, Kaitlyn (aka Kati) and Kaitlyn (aka Kait) getting ready to dig in!

We thought we'd share a couple of our favorite recipes for cheesecake with you, too. Both were favorites at our Country Inn in Alaska.

One version is for a rich, dense New-York-style cheesecake. The other is for a lighter, easier-to-make cheesecake that you are sure to love.

Recipes are from Annie's cookbook, From Halibut to Jalapenos.



Thursday, July 26, 2012

Ditty Bags Help

Thanks to Jan Swartz for the picture of the medium-sized Ditty Bag that she recently sent. Jan wrote: I enjoyed doing it and it went together well. I am sending it as a gift to someone. I still have to sew the last step of the binding by hand. Straights are fine, but the curves give me a fit. Have you done a tutorial on that?
A Ditty Bag tutorial is a great idea. We'll add it to our list and hope to get to it soon! Until we get the tutorial done, here are some tips for sewing the binding on the curved edge: First, make sure that you have the body of the bag against the bed of the machine when you initially sew the binding to the bag. When you turn the binding to the other side to enclose the raw edges, use a stiletto to hold the binding in place. It enables you to keep your fingers out of the way while keeping the binding perfectly in place. The knurling on the tip of our stilettos also really helps to grab the edge of the binding and pull it into place. Here is a link to a video showing application of binding using the stiletto.

Monday, July 23, 2012

From Joan

Another creation from another talented lady! She writes "HI LOVE YOUR PRODUCT SOFT AND STABLE. THE MORE I USE IT THE BETTER IT GETS!!!! THANKS SO MUCH." Here is a picture of the bag she made.
Looking great Joan!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Quilt Hawaii

I had a wonderful time at Quilt Hawaii on the beautiful island of Kauai in late June. I got to relax on the beach for a couple of days (heaven!) before starting classes. The first class was "Feeling Crabby" and I had a delightful, fun group of ladies in that class. Everyone got at least one of each block done in class and we had a great time.
We followed that class with three days of intensive thread training. Because Bob and Heather (Superior Threads owners) were unable to attend (Bob broke his foot the week before!), I taught the entire School of Threadology by myself. That was a first for me, but it went very well.
In lieu of Bob's class, we'd planned to show his Thread Therapy with Dr. Bob DVD presentation. Unfortunately, we couldn't get the machine to work. Fortunately, Bob and Heather's son, Todd, was vacationing on the island at the same time, so he stepped up to the plate and presented Bob's lecture. He did a masterful job. I told Bob and Heather that they can feel confident that the company will be in good hands when they are ready to retire!
I was impressed with the care and attention to detail that each of the students put into their projects. They were hard workers and good listeners and just a very fun group of ladies.
I had such fun teaching the classes and enjoyed sharing the fun of using all kinds of threads, Texture Magic, fusible thread, Soft and Stable and more. We'll be back at the same location on Kauai next June. If you'd enjoy a learning vacation in paradise, come join us. I'll be sure to include info in my newsletter as dates, times and schedules are solidified. More information can be found at . For questions please email Faye at .

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Kathi's Netbook Carrier

Thank you to Kathi, a rep at E.E. Schenck, for sharing this Netbook Bag she made using Soft and Stable and Red Rooster's Ella fabric. Beautifully done!
This Netbook pattern is perfect for keeping your electronic device safe. Also, we have finishing kits available- just add fabric!

Mimi's MiPad Case

Thanks to Mimi for sending in this picture of her MiPad case. She found the online tutorials very helpful in putting in the zipper and was able to finish her project over the weekend. Way to go Mimi! It looks great!
If you are having trouble with the MiPad case be sure to check out our online tutorials. They guide you every step of the way. Also, the pattern can be found here. Happy Stitching!