In the second blog post about Community, I want to talk a little about Online Communities.
Quilting, creating, even running a quilt related business can be very isolating. We set aside "me time" to work on our creations,, but that time is often spent alone in our sewing rooms, with only our sewing machines for company. With this tendency to hibernate in our sewing rooms, many of us crave a quilting community where we can join with other quilters who like to do the things we like to do! We want to hang out with people who enjoy fabrics, sewing, and learning about our quilt hobby. Where do you find your quilting community?
Last week I was at the Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival. This was my first time at this regional guild show and it was a blast! Also vending at this show was Iris Karp, the owner of Attached, Inc, the home of Mistyfuse. I was able to get a way on Saturday afternoon to interview Iris about Mistyfuse, and two new products that I will be offering in my Website Store. Iris has invented Bunny Paper and is now packaging MistyQs, fat quarter size precut Mistyfuse sheets to fuse your fat quarters of fabric!
An excerpt from Rotary Cut Applique with the Leaves Galore Templates.
Fabric choices for Fusible Applique:
My friend Sherri Noel has just published a new book, "Text It". Sherri and I have been in the same quilt guild for years and have so much in common as quilt designers. When she asked me to make a quilt from her new book and blog about it, I knew I was going to make the "1 Sheep" quilt! After reading all about "Counting Sheep", tell me the one thing that helps you relax before bed in a comment below to enter the give-away! Tag a friend in the comment for an extra chance to win!
We are pleased to announce that we are taking special orders for Quilter's Dream Batting for Machine Quilter's Expo in Manchester, NH. You can order rolls or packaged battings by printing out the PDF order form on the SPD home page. Once you print out the form, please fill in the quantities and types of battings.
It's here and we are ready!! The next nine month Quilt-Along, Belle en Rouge, will begin on April 1st. Be the early bird and sign up before March 1 to get 2018 pricing of $4.95 per month! If you wait until March 2nd, the price will go up to $5.95/ month for nine months. After April 1 our option for monthly payments goes away. Join now while the price is as low as it will go!!
We have added many new products to the clearance section of our Website Shop! All of these items are first quality, still available products that we just have decided not to haul to shows any longer. Check out the new Mistyfuse Zips! You can use these thin strips of Mistyfuse to make your own fusible batting. Fuse your quilt tops instead of pin basting! You can really save some bucks if you shop not to take advantage of limited quantities of these great items!
Over the past nine months over 275 of our customers and students have been participating in a Block of the Month quilt program online to learn to use their Leaves Galore and Hearts and More templates. On Friday I posted the final installment of our Block of the Month pattern on my website. I can not wait to see the progress of my students and to start posting photos of the finished quilts!
Thanksgiving is tomorrow,a nd I can't believe it is here already! While I will spend my day preparing for my family Thanksgiving, I want to let you know that our once a year Black Friday Sale starts...you guessed it...On Black Friday! This year the 18% discount will be extended through Cyber Monday. If you are on my e-mail list you should have received an e-mail announcement about a special preorder of the Daylight Omega 7" magnifier and lamp that I use when I buttonhole stitch applique. I am working on my button hole stitch applique video,and hope to get it posted t