Enter your original quilting masterpieces to be judged at the 2011 Pacific West Quilt Show and you could be one of the winners of over $25,000 in cash and prizes. The entry submission deadline is Thursday April 28, 2011. There is a limit of 2 quilt entries plus 1 wearable entry per person. To be eligible to enter a submission, you must be a permanent residents of the following states and provinces: Alaska, Alberta, Arizona, British Columbia, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, the Northwest Territories, Oregon, Saskatchewan, Utah, Washington, Wyoming and Yukon. Read more about the contest rules and information or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The 2011 Pacific West Quilt Show presented by the Association of Pacific West Quilters is August 26th-28th, 2011 at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center, mark your calendars! This is an exciting juried and judged quilting show with an extensive display of over 500 quilts featuring special invitational quilt exhibits. Events include the Lectures á la Carte series, Instructor for Hire, Saturday Sampler, Awards Ceremony, Show Preview and the Gala Dinner & Auction. Shop over 120 booths in the Merchant Mall and be sure to stop by the Quality Sewing Booth. Quality Sewing has donated a Baby Lock Esante quilting and embroidery machine which will be raffled at the event and a Baby Lock Serger with Jet-Air Threading to be awarded to the winner of this year’s Viewers’ Choice Award at the show! For additional information, please visit the official APWQ website.
Archive for March, 2011
This video tour of the Koala Cabinet Factory in West Chicago, Illinois is worth taking three minutes out of your day to watch! It is fascinating to view the entire process that goes into making each one of the Koala cabinets. Starting simply with raw material and ending with a finished product, there are numerous steps involved in creating each unit. Every piece that goes together to create a cabinet is cut to an exact specification, finished and assembled while being handled with care by numerous factory workers. The cabinets internal sewing machine lifts are individually tested to withstand up to 40 pounds. My favorite part of all is seeing that the Koala factory is in the United States and employs many hardworking Americans! Plus be inspired by the footage of numerous model sewing studios shown in different room configurations to suit any creative space. To see these cabinets in person, stop by your nearest Quality Sewing location for a complete demonstration.
It is so hard to find potholders in fabrics that I like or that match my décor. An fast and easy way to get plenty of potholders that match any color scheme is to make your own. I would like to share with you a very easy to make pot holder that has pockets on the back side so that you can slip your hands into them for the best protection from the heat of your oven.
Note: add 1/4” seam allowance to all sides of all pattern pieces.
Start by choosing your fabric. You can use a fat quarter of fabric or mix match your fabrics.
Cut 2 pieces of fabric from the main pattern piece and the appropriate batting (as listed on pattern piece).
Next Cut 2 of the Pocket pieces. Fold these in half, along dotted line, with wrong sides together and press.
Place one of the main fabric pieces right sided down on your work surface (this will be the bottom and will become the inside lining).
On top of that, put your batting.
Finally, place the remaining main fabric piece on the top of the rest (this will become the top or the main outside for your potholder.
Pin your layers together (or use a basting spray like KK1000 or 505).
Mark your quilting lines—these are 1 1/2” apart (see diagram on main pattern piece).
Using a good quality thread (preferably cotton) in both the needle and the bobbin, quilt your potholder by stitching along your marked lines.
Sewing Your Potholder:
First, loop your ribbon in half and place the tails even with the edge of the fabric in one corner, make sure the potholder top is the side you are working with from this point forward.
Stitch in place to hold.
Now place one of your folded pockets so that the fold is toward the center & the seam allowances are matched up at the bottom.
Pin into place.
Place the other pocket in the same manner but with the seam allowances toward the top of the potholder.
Stitch all the way around the potholder 1/4” away from the cut edge of the fabric.
Stitch past the starting point by an inch or so to make more secure.
Trim the edges, if needed, to make them even.
Use a zigzag stitch to secure the edges of the seam allowances together. Stitch this with the right needle swing coming off of the fabric edge by just a hair. This will help keep it from getting stringy when washed.
Turn the potholder inside out (flip the pocket flaps to the other side)
You are finished! Make more
Grace Company is known for it’s TrueCut rotary cutters that in conjunction with their rulers, mats and grips, form a cutting system that enables more accurate cutting. This system is safer and easier than traditional rotary systems. I was so excited to try out the newest rotary cutter available from Grace Company, The TrueCut Comfort Cutter. The Comfort Cutter has a unique ergonomic shape, the handle aligns your wrist naturally, placing all cutting power directly over the blade, eliminating stress in the wrist and arm. The benefit of this is maximum power, with less effort and strain on your wrists! I tend to over overextend my wrist when rotary cutting which always means that while trying to tackle a project, I often end up with sore wrists and asymmetric fabric. The design of this cutter is just what I need to support my wrists!
Other great features of this cutter include the blade allows for both left and right hand cutting, you can take the blade and guide and switch to the back for left side cutting. You can also customize the rotary cutter’s handle with your own designs, photos or fabrics. Use this cutter with the TrueCut Ruler that has a built-in ruler guide for improved accuracy, safety and ease of use. The cutter also features a easy to use safety guard. The Comfort Cutter comes in 3 sizes, 28mm, 45mm and 60mm.
All three sizes are in-stock and available, stop by your nearest Quality Sewing location to see this new cutter today!
Watch this informative video that reviews the features of The Comfort Cutter
The 2011 Sewing & Stitchery Expo at the Puyallup Fairgrounds was last weekend. This year’s event was bigger and better than ever! A few of our employees that worked the Sew Expo have highlighted their favorite parts:
“It is hard to believe that another Sew Expo has come and gone. As always, it is so much fun to see all of my stitching buddies! I trust that you were able to find all sorts of goodies to inspire you as we finish out the winter and head toward spring. There are so many things to see and experience. One of my favorite things from this year have to do with Texturizing fabric. Products like Texture Magic and Krinkle Magic have been around and you may have seen things made with them. There were wonderful samples of “smocking” type accents to children’s clothing, quilts and all sorts of things in the Superior booth. To see how it’s done, watch this video http://www.superiorthreads.com/shop/category/texture-magic/videos/. Now here is my favorite pick for using with this product! There is a new Embroidery Design Collection out by Jenny Haskins called “3D Embroidery Magic”. This Multi-Format CD contains textural designs that fill your hoop and make very interesting texture patterns when the Krinkle Magic is steamed. Read here for more information. In addition, the CD has beautiful flowers and leaves that have such dimension and just come to life with a simple burst of steam. I can hardly wait to make something fun with these designs! If you are as inspired to try these designs as I am, be sure to share a picture of what you created!”
Reva, Quality Sewing & Vacuum Event Coordinator
“Sew Expo was amazing this year. I have been with Quality Sewing for almost ten years, and this was my first opportunity to work at Sew Expo. It was wonderful to see all of the happy people walking around shopping and admiring the wonderful displays and products brought by the different vendors. Everyone was smiling and having a great time, and I got the chance to visit with several customers who called the Sew Expo, “the happiest place to be.” Everyone I saw took the opportunity to show me their new treasures and talked about the best places to go visit on my breaks. I can’t wait to see some of the great show and tell at the next few Sew Fun presentations, when the beautiful finds turn into the amazing work our customers display at show and tell.”
Jim, Quality Sewing & Vacuum Everett Manager
“This time of year is always exciting being Expo brings all sewers together for a great event of seeing what is coming out new and what great buys you can come up with over four days. So many fantastic new machines for our embroidery are being introduced and great quilting machines to make our projects easier to get done and the quality is the best! Being I work for Quality Sewing is even better being most of the time I get a preview of what is coming out for all our great customers so I can share with you which makes my position very special in every way. Working at Expo is great, I am there each day to view what others have in their booths that is new and interesting for many classes I share at the Everett store. I am on my toes always looking for that special project you all might like to try in the coming months ahead. Expo is really a big help being we all get together in one spot and so you don’t have to travel so far to find that special item you might want to use down the rode! I found many new items to share in my classes that will be wonderful for our homes, gifts and for the holiday ahead! I look forward to many fun classes ahead with many smiling faces and great friends I have had and many new ones I made at Expo this year. This year was great as I had the opportunity to see many of the gals I don’t see unless I am in the south end at these events. Seeing the smiles and listening to what each person is doing was very special in every way. So many ideas and so little time but getting together to share the love of sewing and what everyone wants to do is very special in my heart. Hope you found that Expo was that way for you too! Yes I had fun too and found many wonderful new items to try out and especially in my embroidery classes ahead at Quality Sewing in Everett.”
Betty, Quality Sewing & Vacuum Everett
Other Sew Expo Highlights:
The Pillowcase Patrol at the Sew Expo was a huge success, over 2300 pillow cases were received! View great pictures of the collected pillowcases on the Coats & Clark blog.
Congratulations to the following customers that won the following Expo door prizes donated by Quality Sewing & Vacuum:
Karlene from Utah won a Viking Sapphire Quilting Model 875, Carol from Snohomish won a Brother Model 1500D Sewing, Quilting and Embroidery Machine and Lorri from Oak harbor won a Quilt Expressions 4.0. Sally from Bonney Lake was the luck winner of the drawing for the Brother 950D at the Quality Sewing booth in the Showplex.
If you missed Sew Expo this year or wish that Sew Expo was happening again this weekend – be sure to save the date for the 2012 Sew Expo March 1-4, 2012! To keep updated on Sew Expo 2012, check out their website. They have pictures and additional blog posts too!