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.

Enjoy!

Annie

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 quiltventures.com . For questions please email Faye at fayequilt@comcast.net .

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!