Friday, October 4, 2013

Sherri D's Blog Post

Sherri D wrote a blog post for Craftsy which includes her Carry On! Travel Bag. We love, love, love your bag! Thanks for sending us a picture and blogging about us. Be sure to check out her article here.

As always, send us in your projects as we love to see them.

You can order the Carry On! Travel Bag pattern, as well as many other patterns, here.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Soft and Stable makes great Halloween costumes!

Thanks to Linda C. for sharing this picture and story:

"I just thought you'd like to see my latest "beyond" adventure with Soft and Stable.

I was visiting my daughter to help with My Little Pony costumes for her daughters for Halloween. One needed wings and after my bag adventures with the product, I was pretty sure it would be just the ticket for this project as well.

We searched all the (local) sewing/quilting shops for it...or something else that might fit the bill, with no luck.

So I placed an order for some threads and more Soft and Stable (I have several packages at home...800 miles away)to be shipped. It arrived in time to create these awesome wings (if I do say so myself) before my "sewing holiday" was over.

We thought the costume was cute before...but the wings are its crowning glory. Thanks for a great product. Since my design and sewing adventures take me in so many different directions, it is great to have another amazing tool in my toolbox that can help my dreams come to life.

I used a double layer under the smaller wings "overlay" and quilted around them to give them more dimension. And because I did, I was able to hand stitch the elasticized straps through more than just the fabric, to make them more durable without the stitching creating dimples in the top layer of S&S."

We agree that the wings just make the costume. Thanks so much for sharing, Linda!

If you are making Halloween costumes, remember that Soft and Stable gives great structure while staying lightweight and comfortable. Be sure to check out another great Halloween costume idea in this earlier blog post.

Send us pictures of your projects. We always love to see them!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Facebook Sale

Go to our Facebook page to see an exclusive two day sale involving these two beautiful bags.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

About a year ago, Linda E. asked if it would be possible to use Texture Magic with sheer fabrics as she wanted to make a project using her 50-year-old silk organza wedding dress.

Having had great success texturizing all types of fabric, I encouraged Linda to give it a try and suggested that she might like to try my Special Occasions Purses pattern.

Just this week I received these pictures from Linda along with the following comments:

"It does work with a couple of suggestions. This is your Special Occasion Purses pattern.
This picture is of the lining which I embroidered with "Made for Alyssa Early in honor of her marriage to Joseph Sexton October 5, 2013. Made with love by G'ma Early from her Wedding dress Circa 1961.

I also added a pocket on the opposite side; the strap can be tucked in there if a clutch bag is preferred or a hankie or lipstick can be kept handy.

The texturizing was all done as bobbin work using YLI's Candlelight metallic yarn Rainbow for a little bling.

Your directions suggest using wool batting for the flap and placing it between the fabric and Texture Magic for greater definition. I realized right away that with the natural color of the wool and the sheer white this was not going to work so I did it in the traditional way so it is between the textured fabric and the lining. This still caused a slight variation in color so I would use a high loft synthetic in the future. With sheer colors you might have a different outcome.

As you can imagine I am still very pleased with the outcome and I will be giving it to grand daughter at her shower on Sunday. Thank you for the encouragement to go for it." Linda

Linda wrote later to say that her granddaughter was most appreciative and excited and that many of the moms had tears in their eyes when she presented the purse at the shower.

Thank you so much for sharing the story of this wonderful project with us, Linda.

Has anyone else tried texturizing a precious fabric to make a family heirloom?

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Facebook Goal of 1000 Likes

We are 75 shy of our goal of 1000 likes on Facebook. If you have a moment, please go like us there. Also, keep sharing our page, and be prepared for special offers and prizes exclusive to our Facebook likers once the goal is met.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Quilt Hawaii 2013

Aloha from beautiful Hawaii! I had a wonderful time teaching at the last Quilt Hawaii held on the beautiful island of Kaui.

Students came from everywhere: Alabama, Arizona, California, New York, Washington, Hawaii -- even Canada! The lady from Canada has a husband who loves to golf. He gets on the internet and finds something fun for his wife to do while he golfs -- so she joined us at Quilt Hawaii and he golfed each day. SMART husband! She's been to wonderful quilting conferences and classes all over the world and he's enjoyed some great golf courses. I think that is a win-win.

I enjoyed sharing the joy of working with all of Superior Threads' wonderful threads with the group. We made projects using Texture Magic, fusible thread, and Soft and Stable, played with decorative stitches and fun threads, and just had a great time enjoying each other's company.

Thank you to Faye and Ellen for many years of great Quilt Hawaii classes and shows and to all of the wonderful students I have met over the years. Let's start planning a Quilt Hawaii class reunion!


Here are a few photos from the trip.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Shirley P and Carry-All Bag Finishing Kits

Here we have a few projects from Shirley P. She says, "I absolutely love your selection of patterns. I have completed the thread holder/dispenser and the carryall bag. I'm not so much a traditional "quilter", but I do like to make bags and cases and such." Looks great, Shirley. Thanks for sending the pictures in!

Sometimes it can be hard to find good quality inserts for the Carry All bag that do not have printing on them such as Ziploc. We have found bags that are great quality, aren't printed on, and aren't too bulky. You can order them in the finishing kit here.

Sun Visor Season

Summer is officially here where we live!
It has now gone over 100 degrees.
My sun visor has been my best friend to help keep me cool. Have you made one yet?
We have patterns available here and finishing kits available here, which have everything included for the three sizes of visors.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Sandy's Serenity Bag and Changes

Thanks to Sandy M for sending the pictures of the Serenity Bag she made for her daughter who is the head designer at a sportswear company.

Sandy writes,
"The patterns are unique and the Soft and Stable is simply outstanding. I've designed my own purse patterns and that product will make a major difference in their appearance. The flap had a double layer of batting under the circle so that it would pop more when outline quilted." We love the fabric you picked Sandy and the addition of pockets on each end of the bag is a great idea.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Tech Totes and Upcoming Patterns

At Quilt Market we gave away kits to make Tech Totes at Schoolhouse. Sally H sent us a picture of her completed project right away. She said,
"Hi there Annie!
I wanted to thank you for the kit you handed out at the schoolhouse in Portland. I made the tech tote yesterday; a photo is attached. I’m very pleased with how it turned out. Soft and Stable has revolutionized my purse and tote projects. At the market I bought all the travel patterns you showed at schoolhouse. I can’t wait to get started; all I need is the perfect fabric. I’m looking forward to the pattern for the project you thought you would call “Travel Essentials”. Thanks again for your generosity.

Looks great Sally! We're glad you like Soft and Stable as much as we do!

As Sally mentioned, be looking for a few new patterns on their way shortly! Be sure to follow our Facebook page or subscribe to our newsletter to get the quickest details.

Also, you can buy your own pattern for Tech Totes here.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Easy Flip and Sew Placemats

I've got a new pattern ready to go to print. Easy Flip and Sew Placemats features placemats made using Soft and Stable.

However, I'm having a hard time deciding on a cover. I'd love your opinion!

Bright and bold in red and yellow?

or classic in blue and white?

Leave a comment by Saturday, February 16, with your thoughts. We'll pick one name from the comments here and on my facebook page.

The lucky winner will receive the hot-off-the-press pattern and a ByAnnie's Soft and Stable Project Pack with four die-cut placemat pieces.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Quilter's Calendar

I just learned about a great new service and wanted to share the information with you. If you know the program chair at your quilt guild or another guild, please share this.

The Quilter’s Calendar is a brand new website that connects quilters and guilds with quilt teachers, using an easily searchable online calendar.

Instead of having to search through every quilt teacher’s website, looking for opportunities to book that teacher or attend a class, quilters and guild members can use the calendar, which is searchable by state or province, to see quilt teachers that are scheduled in their state/province or nearby.

Guilds can then contact the teacher to book them to their guild, sharing expenses between guilds. That means less expenses and more opportunities for classes for guilds and their members.

Quilters can easily see what events, classes, retreats and shows are happening in their state, month by month.

Teachers can submit their teaching engagements for free, and by being visible on the calendar they can enjoy higher attendance and increase their opportunity to receive “piggy back” teaching engagements.

Visit today to see what’s happening near you!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Happy New Year from the Unrein Family

It was a special treat to have both our kids home for the holidays and we even made time to take a family photo.

I found a great website for designing and printing cards, stationery, and more, so decided to print a few cards to share with family.

Designing the card was easy and they've got cards for lots of occasions and events.

Stationery card
View the entire collection of cards.