KayeWood.com Email Newsletter, Week of 4.23.14 - Landscape Quilts, Spring Table Accessories, Rings That Bind and a FR** Pattern!
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In This Issue....
- Today at the Cabin
- What's On Sale
- New In The Shop
- Spring Cleaning
- Quilt Batting and Backing
- DVD of the Week - Rings That Bind
- Tahoe Tote Bag
- Flower of the Month - Daisy
- Little Glam Bags Pattern
- Catalina Sling Bag Pattern.
- This week on our YouTube Channel - Chloe Bag
- This Week in History
- Readers' Tips
- Readers' Show and Tell
- Circle of Friends - Turquoise Turtles Pattern
- Accidental Landscapes - Beaches Pattern
- Fr** Pattern - Tumbling Winds
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Welcome to the 15th Annual Northern Michigan Lamb & Wool Festival
September 27 & 28, 2014
Today at the Cabin:
The days are getting longer, the sun a bit higher in the sky and there's warmth. Yes, real warmth! My barefoot days are back. Asparagus beds have been cleaned out and more planted; same with the strawberries. Peas and spinach has been planted, that's about the only thing that can go in the ground this early. Chicken coop needs to be cleaned out and a new door put on the shed, any volunteers to help? The motorcycle has been rolled out of the garage, gassed and aired up and even taken for a ride. Spring is finally here.
New in the Shop...Press Perfect Boxed Set by Joan Hawley of Lazy Girl Designs.... HERE
This week we have an interesting selection of patterns featured. Don't forget all of our clearance and HURT items too.
Remember.... orders over $50.00 are fr** shipping (US only, sorry)
Go HERE for all of our sale, hurt and clearance items.
Lots of cool new stuff on our New Page too!
What's On Sale....
Rock Candy Table Topper Pattern
Regular price is $6.50
Sale price is $4.75
Night Sky Quilt Pattern
Regular price is 10.00
Sale price is $7.50
Sunflower Swirl Quilt Pattern
Regular price is $8.50
Sale price is $6.00
Deer Meadow Pattern
Regular price is $8.50
Sale price is $6.00
Regular price is $24.00
Sale price is $18.00
Sidelights Quilt Pattern
Regular price is $8.00
Sale price is $5.50
Doo Dah Daisy Quilt Pattern
Regular price is $5.00
Sale price is $4.00
Whispering Willows Quilt Pattern
Regular price is $9.00
Sale price is $6.00
Be sure to check out our SALE PAGE for all of our recent sale and clearance items!
New In The Shop....
We are proud to announce we are now carrying Joan Hawley of Lazy Girl Designs entire Press Perfect line! Must-have ironing accessories to take your needlework to the next level!
Check them all out on our What's New page, HERE
2x4 Mighty Mini Ironing Board
Iron Safe Iron Protector
Woven Ditty Bag Pattern
Redwork (or blue, green or purple) Embellished Book
1) Make a list of what you want done and be realistic, tomorrow is another day!
2) Gather up all the tools and cleaning supplies you need.
3) Do one room at a time and don't leave it till you're done. Bring in your supplies, boxes and whatever else you need, to get it done! If you're like me, you're easily distracted and a half cleaned room, just doesn't cut it.
4) Start at the top and work your way to the bottom! That way you're not redoing the same thing.
5) Kick out the hubby and kids and kick on the music! Music is a great motivator and an upbeat tune, can get you moving.
Quilt Batting and Backing 101....
Ever been overwhelmed by the variety of batting (or wadding) options available to quilt stores? This week I'm going to talk about the different kinds of batting and which projects they are best for. And, as always - feel free to weigh-in. I love when you do because I haven't tried every product or technique. For example, has anyone out there used the Bamboo batting? What did you think?
Basically the definition of a quilt is a blanket made of a top (front) and back with a layer of batting sandwiched in between and held together by some kind of stitching through all three layers. Today we are going to discuss choosing batting and backs.
There is a wide variety of quilt battings available on the market. Like everything else, the variety can get overwhelming so I'm going to break down some of the differences so that you can pick the batting best suited to the project you have in mind.
The two most relevant factors in choosing a batting are Loft and Fibers.
First off - Loft. This means how thick or thin your batting is.
Low Loft = thin and High Loft = thick. Thin batting makes a thinner quilt (obviously) but it works much better for a running stitch whether done by hand or machine. High Loft batts are best for a thicker comforter-type finish where the quilt is only going to be tied.
Fiber defines what the batting is made of. The three most common types of quilt batting are polyester, 100% cotton, and cotton/poly blend and each has it's own pros and cons. (Wool and silk are other options that are wonderful, but usually a lot pricier, so we won't discuss those here.) Another recent option is batting made from bamboo. To be honest, I don't know much about it yet. If you've used it or know more, please feel free to chime in!
Polyester - Less expensive, better for hand-quilting (low loft), doesn't need to be quilted as closely together. Tends to shift when not quilted closely and 'beard' (which means the polyester fibers migrate through the fabric to the outside of the quilt).
Cotton - Feels like a thick flannel. Better option for machine quilting. Generally must be quilted closely. Washes better without pilling. Shrinks slightly. (This can be good or bad, depending on your personal preference. I personally like when the batting shrinks after the first wash because it softens the quilt and gives it more of a vintage appearance.)
Cotton blend (usually 80% cotton/20% polyester). Very similar to the cotton option, but is less-expensive and doesn't shrink as much. Good forÂ machine quilting. This is what I use most often.
Batting can be purchased by individual size or big sewing stores will also let you buy it by the yard. Batting goes on sale oftenÂ at the big box stores. I always stock up then - or use those 40% off coupons. Save your batting scraps. It's very easy to whip-stitch (largish) scraps together.
Size: you want your batting to be slightly larger than your quilt top (front) and slightly smaller than your quilt back. In other words the backing should be the biggest.
Now let's talk backs. Most fabrics come 42-44" wide, which is perfect for baby or crib quilts. For larger quilts you will need to piece your back - meaning you will need to sew yardage together. Some fabric companies do make fabrics that are 90" (or more) wide if you don't want to piece a back. A pieced back can be as simple as one seam, using the same fabric for the whole back or complex with multiple fabrics and seams. Just so long as it's a few inches bigger on all sides than your front, you're fine. The reason a back needs to be bigger is because you're usually quilting from the top of the quilt and the batting and backing can shift slightly underneath. The extra inches are your insurance policy that your back doesn't suddenly become smaller than the front.
This article courtesy of Amy Smart at Diary of a Quilter
DVD of the Week....
Rings That Bind DVD
Watch Cheryl create her Double Wedding Ring Quilt, the easy way
Tip: Matching diamonds for 8-pointed stars.
Technique DVD on sale, HERE
Tahoe Tote Bag Pattern
List Your Event....
Spring Retreat, Main Street Quilt and Thread Guild, April 24-26, 2014, Round Rock, TX
All across the land, Quilt Guilds and Groups are gearing up for their shows. Get yours listed!
Flower Of The Month For April....
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A Note About Facebook....
Our daily Facebook Deals are better and better every day. 4 or 5 different deals each day and they're all on our sale page Best to check the sale pages every day to make sure you're not missing out on anything, or better yet.... sign up for our Facebook page.
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This Week On Our Youtube Channel....
Chloe Bag by Joan Hawley of Lazy Girl Techniques
150 (ish) shows. Check them all out... HERE
Watch the Chloe Bag Techniques HERE
Chloe is the goddess of all things zip, zing and sassy. This fat quarter friendly bag is fully lined and has several inside pockets, with an inside closure. Video includes all the techniques featured in this pattern.
This Week in History, April 23-30
Apr 22, 1970 - The first Earth Day
Apr 23, 1564 - William Shakespeare born
Apr 24, 1916 - Easter Rebellion begins
Apr 25, 1983 - Andropov writes to U.S. student
Apr 26, 1954 - Polio vaccine trials begin
Apr 27, 4977 B.C. - Universe is created, according to Kepler
Apr 28, 1945 - Benito Mussolini executed
Tips From Our Readers....
If you need to keep your machine needles organized, take Velcro and stick it together. Slide your needles in and they'll stay in place. You can have different pieces for different sized needles to keep the same sizes together.
I use a magnetic Bingo wand to pick up and pins or needles I might happen to drop. If you're older like me, it helps too because you don't have to bend over as far to get them.
You can use bags of confetti, that you can find in any dollar store, to decorate your quilts.
I use poster putty to hang my patterns on the wall for quick reference. It also works to hold my seam ripper on top of the sewing machine, or anything you'd like close by. It comes right off and doesn't leave a residue.
Reader's Show and Tell....
My boys make baby quilts for their teachers. My 13 year old son made this quilt the teacher who listened to his math abilities. He called it "A Maze of Holes." It was the first time he used the Starmaker 6. It not only won 1st Place in the Jefferson County Fair in the Senior Youth division but also Grand Champion for 18 and under! Quite proud of him!
Send in your creations. Include a picture or two and a short story about your quilt/tablerunner or wallhanging (or other) and we'll put it on our Show and Tell Page!
Send to terrye@...
Circle of Friends - Turquoise Turtles Pattern
On our New Page this week
Accidental Landscapes - Beaches Pattern
On our New Page this week
Tumbling Winds by Kaye Wood!
The winds and sagebrush that tumble across the prairie will lull you to sleep as you create your own personal haven in your bedroom. These Quarter Quilts and coordinating pillows are easy enough to make, and fast too, with Kaye's techniques, that you can change them out as often as you change your mind. Tumbling Winds uses the View & Do Octagon Shapes as well as the Starmaker 8 Master Template (sold separately) Tumbling Winds
Have a great week everyone.