KayeWood.com Weekly Email Newsletter Week of 7.30.14 - Choosing Thread for Your Quilt, New Products and FR** Ebook
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Today at the Cabin:
I'm not going to do the Today at the Cabin thing today because it's cold. And it's July and it's not supposed to be cold in July. And it's threatening rain too. It's a good thing my sump pump is reliable or we'd be swimming. I've had to put layers of hay and straw under my veggies in the garden to keep them from drowning. And last night it was 40 degrees! That's Fahrenheit, peeps. 40! That is not conducive to tomatoes and peppers and watermelons. I should have planted celery. And rice. And cranberries. But no, I had to stick with the norm and do regular things like cucumbers, squash, radishes and beets. All of which, no doubt, have grown gills.
So, that's that!
Every once in awhile we introduce a new pattern that gets quite a bit of attention. This latest one has proven to be a King! Sitting on the throne and everything! We're definitely on a roll with this one, and have the tissues to prove it! lol.
We're On A Bigger Roll Wallhanging Pattern by Java House Quilts.
This updated version of a classic JHQ pattern features a larger wall handing with multiple blocks. Make your powder room the topic of conversation....(You will have a rousing discussion of "the right way" to hang the roll and why men so often don't "get it....")
Tablet/EReader Tote Pattern
New in the Shop HERE
Travel Duffel Bag Pattern
New in the Shop HERE
Baby Travel Accessories Pattern
New in the Shop HERE
This week, on our sale page, We are featuring the bag and quilt patterns and accessories by Joan Hawley of Lazy Girl Designs as well as the funky and fun patterns by Jeri Kelly. Hurt and clearance 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....
Poinsettia Wallhanging Pattern
Pumpkin Vine Wallhanging Pattern
The Press Perfect Set
Mini Miranda Bag Pattern
With Love Wallhanging Pattern
Purse-Nickities Set of 3 Purse Patterns
All Lazy Girl Interfacings
Candice Bag Pattern
New In The Shop....
Harbor Town, SC Lighthouse Pattern
Get Out of Town Duffel Bag Pattern
Back At Ya Backpack Pattern
Precious Cargo Stroller Organizer Pattern
TwinStar Mega Sale....
Kaye's TwinStar Jacket Pattern is the star of this show, but wait, you also get Vests To Dye For, Terrific Triangles, Serger Patchwork Projects, Sunny Skies, Patchwork Pyramids, Starring The Eagle, Savage Star and Sensational Seminole.
All in all there are 7 patterns and 2 books in this collection. They are sure to sell out fast at this price, so hurry!
On Our SALE Page
Bias Bindings Simplified by Janice Pope of Anything But Boring
on our YouTube Channel
This Week in History, July 30-Aug 5....
Jul 30, 1965 - Johnson signs Medicare into law
Jul 31, 1975 - Jimmy Hoffa disappears
Aug 01, 1961 - Texans head for the thrills at Six Flags
Aug 02, 1990 - Iraq invades Kuwait
Aug 03, 1958 - Nautilus travels under North Pole
Aug 04, 1944 - Anne Frank captured
Aug 05, 2002 - Divers recover U.S.S. Monitor turret
Why Use Cotton Thread....
Early in my patchworking career I was taught to choose 100% cotton thread for both piecing and quilting, to safeguard my work.
The theory goes like this, cotton threads will protect your cotton projects because the threads will not be stronger than the fabric, and therefore they won't cut through the fabric at the seams. If you plan for your quilt to be loved, and used, you can expect that it will be subjected to lots of handling over it's life. It is always much easier to replace a line of stitching than to try to repair a seam line where the fabric has been cut by the thread.
Cotton threads are also kinder to your sewing machine because they will break before they bend a valuable part and are not likely to cut channels in the thread path.
I can remember when the synthetic knit fabrics (crimpalene etc) first started appearing on the market people stopped using 100% cotton thread and started using polyester threads because they were stretchy, to match the fabric.
Some of these early threads were so strong that they actually damaged the sewing machine. In the late 1970s, when I worked in a craft/ machine shop, the sewing machine mechanic showed me the damage that some of the threads were causing to the machines. He was finding grooves & channels were being cut into the thread path and he attributed it to the thread being much tougher/stronger than the cotton thread people used previously.
I am pleased to be able to say that polyester threads have improved since that time and the good quality threads are now "machine" safe.
However, after that visual example I was always careful to pay attention to the quality of the thread when dressmaking and this followed on to my patchwork.
A good guide to use to test a thread is to try snapping it with your fingers. The thread should not break immediately (too weak) but you should be able to snap it before it cuts your fingers.
If you find that the thread is so strong that it cuts you before snapping, then image what constant use will do to your machine.
So think about your machine, even though it may be more expensive to buy good quality thread, if you have a good sewing machine then you shouldn't have to think twice about choosing a quality thread.
Monofilament is another thread to be wary of using on your machine. Despite popular opinion, many machine mechanics claim that it is does damage the tension dials and thread path. If you use this type of thread be sure to choose the finest best quality possible and give it a "break test" before considering it for your machine.
I am a firm believer that colour matching thread to your fabric will enhance your quilt. There are so many beautiful cotton threads available today that when you think about the time and money that you invest in the making of a quilt, the cost of a spool of good quality cotton thread is insignificant in the total cost.
However one thing to be aware of when choosing cotton thread is that not all cotton thread is created equal. Some are not designed for use in the sewing machine. Never use a "quilting" thread, that has been waxed or glazed, in your machine. This thread is designed to be used for hand quilting and the waxing materials used to coat the surface of the thread can gum up the tension discs on your sewing machine.
If you have not yet tried cotton sewing thread for you patchwork consider using Cotton Mako' in your next project.
It is made by AURIfil in Milan Italy using MAKO' the BEST grade of 100% long staple Egyptian cotton. This mercerised cotton thread is an exceptional quality and value. It the cleanest, smoothest, almost lint free thread on the market making it a high quality thread with very little 'fuzz' to accumulate in the bobbin race when stitching.
Cotton Mako can be used for a wide variety of your sewing, quilting, embroidering and serging projects. It is excellent for all your hand piecing, quilting and applique projects and can be used in all home and commercial embroidering and quilting machines. It is also competitively priced to make it an economical choice for a high quality thread.
Just a final comment on the use of embroidery polyester threads such as Aurilux when quilting. If you test these threads you will find that they pass the "snap" test and are therefore safe to use on your precious projects. They will give a wonderful sheen to the stitching and will not cause any problems to the fabric when used in wall hangings and other "low use" items. If you wish to use Aurilux on a bed quilt, or other item that will have heavy use, and are concerned about potential stress damage I would recommend that you use Cotton Mako in the bobbin. This way you will still have the brilliant colors of the Aurilux threads on the surface but the added safety of a cotton thread on the back to reduce any stress on the fabric.
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Reader's Show and Tell....
Here is my latest of Kaye's patterns. "Orange Blazing Stars". I used 4 different oranges to show the light/dark difference how color plays together. This is one of the easiest patterns and is a joy to put together. I especially like the updated way to sew in the background pieces. ......Sharon
Send me pictures of your creations and we'll put them here and on our Show and Tell Page.
On Sale This Week....
Sunflower Swirl Wallhanging Pattern
Caterpillar Wallhanging Pattern
Aunt Junes Quilt Pattern
Starmaker Design Concepts EBook
This is the book you need to compliment your Starmaker tools. A chapter devoted to each one, this technique book will show you how to use your tools to their fullest potential. Over 140 designs and shapes to help perfect your quilting skills.
Get your Starmaker Master Templates HERE
Or save money and get the entire set, complete with 70 minute DVD HERE
DVD of the Week....
Love Letters Quilt Pattern and DVD
This unique and lovely envelope quilt is the perfect way to convey how you feel. Whether it be treats, fond memorabilia or your own personal messages, fill the envelopes with your favorites! Fat quarter friendly, Love Letters can be made in 3 different sizes, all included in this pattern with full instructions and supply lists. Use your imagination and choose a fabric to make it your own such as: a baby quilt with cute little baby surprises, racing car fabric with little Hot Wheels in each envelope, sweet treats fabric with little candies as a surprise, or fish fabric with lures in each envelope, the possibilities are endless!
DVD and Pattern are on sale this week, HERE
List Your Event....
Kaye Wood's 14 Day Quilting Cruise to Hawaii - Nov 28-Dec 13, 2015, kaye@... http://www.kayewood.com/Hawaiian_Quilting_Cruise.pdf
All across the land, Quilt Guilds and Groups are gearing up for their shows. Get yours listed!
Bali Cream Crackle Quilt Pattern
A Little Something Jacket Pattern
Ham and Eggs Quilt Pattern
A Note About Facebook....
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Flower Of The Month For July....
Tiger Lily Pattern
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Have a Great Week! And, if you have a passion, get out and enjoy it!
Terrye and Kita
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