Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Our appreciation today goes to Margaret Miller of St. George, Utah for sharing with us a handmade card she received that incorporated Texture Magic.
This was Pat Rimpau and Maggie Nicholes' way of saying "thank you" to Margaret who had taught them how to use Texture Magic in a purse class.
The fabric card was designed and created by Carolyn Chuatiuco, a member of the Dixie Quilt Guild.
The texturized fabric has been framed for the front of the card. A simple and yet unique process that can be applied to cards and even scrapbook pages.
Monday, March 29, 2010
In authentic style, we must first take our shoes off at the door and neatly line them up. No shows on the tatami (straw mats). Sometimes you can go home with a better pair of shoes!
Pat, our office manager answers the door most humbly when Bob knocks. Nice form, Pat! Head down, hands together. "Please enter, most honorable master."
He enters to make sure all is well. "Hey, do like Pat!"
And the instruction of how to bow correctly begins (and seems to go on way too long). "Most honorable master, may we humbly get up now? My legs are hurting."
More instruction on beautiful artwork.
Friday, March 26, 2010
The name of this room is "Kaizen no ma" which means the space of continual improvement.
This room has been designed as a place of study and for meetings. We also frequently use this room to study Japanese. Bob is the 'sensei'.
Our employees may use this room to brainstorm new ideas or to contemplate.
The furnishings may look plain or unfinished to some, but this room design is authentic. The mats are made out of straw. The room is designed to bring nature inside. It is very simple, yet beautiful.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
We have a wonderful idea, made especially with Texture Magic.
Spring-time fabrics make a basket perfect for Easter egg hunts or a spring table centerpiece.
The All Occasion Baskets by Annie Unrein are offered in two versions.
Version 1 has a texturized inset strip bordered with optional rick rack trim.
Version 2 has a texturized body and optional rick rack trim spanning the plain inset strip.
Pick a fabric appropriate for the recipient and make baskets to use as gift baskets for any occasion through the year.
I can think of a few sewing friends who would love a basket full of Superior Threads.
All Occasion Baskets can be ordered on our web site.
Monday, March 22, 2010
"Bali Hai" (94" X 94") was made and quilted by Marilyn.
In her artist statement, Marilyn shared the back ground for Bali Hai:
"Blocks were paper pieced using silks and cottons, then the entire center and all four corners were pieced together, piped and appliquéd to the background fabric. I then quilted 10,000 yards of metallic thread in a style I call overlay quilting. That is, the stitching provides another separate dimension to the quilt so that the quilting stands on its own."
Marilyn used all Superior Threads in the construction of her quilt.
- 10,000 yards of Superior Metallics (copper and gold)
- Bottom Line in the bobbin
- Green variegated Rainbows in the background
"I made the quilt to showcase working with guides and tools on the longarm and recently featured this quilt and Filigree on my taping of Love of Quilting with Fons & Porter which is airing now. It is a Claudia Myers design." Marilyn said.
Bali Hai has currently been honored with 5 awards:
1st Place Innovative Template and Viewer's Choice at MQX
1st Place Tools of the Trade at MQS
Best Artistry in Longarm Workmanship at Quilt Odyssey
Best Longarm Workmanship at AQS Des Moines
Best Large Quilt at Road to California
Friday, March 19, 2010
"Birds and Roses" (85" X 85")
All the applique and quilting have been done by hand.
Birds and Roses is from a book by Margaret Docherty of London, England.
There are 21 pieces in each rose.
"It took me 2 years to finish it, and I worked on it every day for about 4 or 5 hours. I enjoy the whole aspect of making a quilt, no matter how long it takes!!! By the time I am finished with it, I am ready to be finished!! It is done completely in batiks, and the shading of the roses was easier using the batiks. I wanted it to look like an English garden." Pat shared.
Pat used all Superior threads: Bottom Line for applique, and Treasure for hand quilting. "I loved the Bottom Line, because it completely, well almost completely disappears in the fabric." Pat said.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
1. The next time you make a purse or tote bag, try texturizing your main fabric. I made a small purse and the just the flap is textured and it adds a bit of pizazz.
2. Before any project using Texture Magic, make a few samples first. A 1" straight stitch grid gives you a puffy appearance, whereas small free-motion stippling give a very crinkled appearance. I have samples of my four favorite "looks", depending on what I plan on doing.
3. Instead of using fusible web to attach your Texture Magic fabric pieces, try good old Elmer's Glue. First I tried using a variety of specialty glues make for attaching embellishments, but Elmer's holds better, is quick to dry and dries clear.
Bridget recently made a journal cover using Texture Magic and Superior Threads.
"I took a few 8x8 squares of Fairy Frost with the Texture Magic on the back and I did some really dense free-motion stitching on a few of them (the blue and yellow). I also used a serpentine stitch to make a grid pattern with the squares being about 1/2" or so on the bright pink fabric. It's neat how you can have a really puffy piece or a really crinkly piece depending on your stitching.
On the quilted fabric cover I used Superior Thread, of course! Brytes #1132"
Thank you for sharing your ideas with us Bridget!
We would love to see how you are using Texture Magic in your projects. Please send pictures and a short description to email@example.com
Monday, March 15, 2010
We figure it's time she learns the business. Pulling orders was her first assignment.
We hope her first word is "thread".
No, it should be Grandma.
Or maybe "grandpa". That would be OK, too.
Friday, March 12, 2010
2. Top tension: loosen to a "1" on home machines
3. If a spool, position the spool on the vertical pin holder in such a way that the thread unwinds directly from the side of the spool with the spool rotating. The thread should not unwind over the end or top of a spool.
4. If a cone, thread must unwind straight up over the top of the cone.
5. Bottom thread (bobbin): any smooth polyester. The Bottom Line is best.
•A strong, durable, beautiful 40 wt. thread. Available in 25 colors.
•Ideal for embroidery, quilting, applique, and decorative serging
•The only metallic thread that is guaranteed to work.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Bridget altered the pattern slightly and used Texture Magic on the flap. She shared with us her experience in using Texture Magic:
"Thanks for coming up with such a neat product! I make quilts for the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative and I can't wait to use it in one of my quilts!"
Bridget Wideman (QuilterBridget)
*We love seeing your projects made with Texture Magic. Please send photo's and a short description to firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, March 8, 2010
Friday, March 5, 2010
S.T.E.P (Superior Threads Educational Program) is optional, and provides incentives for our staff to read books that will increase their knowledge in business and customer service.
We pay them $20 for each book completed, with an accompanied 1 page report. (Yes, you read that right).
Adam Fisher, who works in our warehouse, is the current leader in number of books read. In the last 10 months, Adam has read around 37 books. This has been a great way to supplement his income as he is married, going to school, and expecting his first baby any day.
Adam feels that he has learned many things in reading this last year. "I have definitely become more business savy." he said. "I've learned ideas of how to be unique in the business field, and how to stay ahead of the game. I've learned the steps a person can take if they choose to start up their own company. And I've learned many values and ethics in the work place."
Adam said his favorite book read so far is "Who Moved My Cheese?".
Adam likes caring for spiders as a hobby. I have seen them and even touched them. Tarantulas to be exact. He would like to start his own business raising Tarantulas and selling them. Any customers?
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Assembly is easy using time-saving methods — no curved piecing involved!
Pattern designer Annie Unrein includes step-by-step instructions for texturizing the fabric as well as assembling the quilt.
With eye catching accents, this masculine quilt can be made into a twin/ full size (75" X 90") or a table runner (24" X 42")
Annie used Java Batiks by E.E. Schenck.
Machine quilting by Suzanne Earley.
Architexture and all other Texture Magic friendly patterns can be found on our web site.
Monday, March 1, 2010
We would love to have you join us for three days of fun. A two day class from Pam ( 3rd and 4th) with Bob and I teaching on the optional third day.( 5th )
Registration is limited, so make sure to sign up now by e-mailing email@example.com
Pam is a Houston Best of Show winner teaching classes all over the world, and we feel very fortunate to have her join us as a guest teacher here in St. George, Utah.
Have you wanted to learn how to have the fabric do the talking? What are the award winning quilters' secrets to maximizing their fabric choices?
"Fabric Collage" is a class for all levels of experience. If you can cut a piece of fabric and lay it down, you can make a collage.
Pam has promised to teach us a no-fuss collage technique that will be easily accomplished in class.
In this class you will learn:
1.The excitement of the fabric hunt.
2.Learning to let go.
3.Art and expression.
4.Creative and expressive quilting
For more details on the session, visit our web site.