We received lots of new fabric during March including Garden Project by Tim and Beck and Block Party by Sandy Gervais. Both of these collections are cheery and bright--just right for a new Spring dress or a fabulous Summer quilt.
Brown Bag Club Month 7
The Brown Bag Club Group I will meet this coming Monday, April 6. Group II will meet April 13. If you are in this club, please look for special emails relating to “The Club.” These are only sent to club members and includes helpful information and notes about making the prescribed blocks.
BERNINA Finance Special
April 15 - 20, 0% interest for 36 months on BERNINA purchases totaling $3,000 and up.
Modern Quilt Guild Meeting
The new Modern Quilt Guild meets monthly at the shop. April meeting is scheduled for April 9 at 6:30.
Moda Piece and Comfort Challenge
The Deadline for entering a quilt in the Moda Challenge is March 31. Please bring your quilt by with entry form. We will accept late quilts as long as they are here in time to be displayed for voting. Quilts will be displayed in our shop April 6 - 18 and customers may vote for their favorite. Our shop winner will qualify for the national competition. Please come by to choose your favorite
“Club Special” - attend both clubs for $10.00. As always, you will receive a CD containing the project directions and hints to make your projects successful. BERNINA Club and All About ME (Machine Embroidery) Club are now scheduled back to back to accord with our customers’ convenience.
BERNINA Club - 10:00 am. Friday April 24 Today’s Table
Set a lovely table with a custom and reversible table topper made with chalkboard fabric. Make it plain or fancy and don’t forget the napkins to complete the look. Learn these techniques: sewing with chalkboard fabric, reversible miters, serger finishes, hemstitch accents.
All About ME (Machine Embroidery) Club - April 24, 11:00 am (following BERNINA Club). Chocolate is Good for You
If you love chocolate, you will love these kitchen towels embroidered with chocolate recipes. The chocolate recipes are stitches with small letters that you will learn to successfully embroider. These towels make great house warming or wedding gifts.
Guide to Our Favorite Stabilizers
Fusible Polymesh is a fusible, cut-away stabilizer that is versatile and can be used with knits or woven fabrics when the stabilizer needs to stay through laundering and wear. To use on the back of onesies, t-shirts, and sweatshirts, cut mesh just large enough to accommodate embroidery design. This stabilizer will be the first applied to the back of garment. After design is complete, the excess stabilizer around the design may be trimmed by applying an iron to the back of design. While the fabric is still warm, gently lift edges and trim excess. This stabilizer also works great for embroidered quilt blocks. For this application, use a piece of stabilizer large enough to accommodate entire block and leave stabilizer in place.
Stabilstick is a tear-away stabilizer with a sticky surface that is exposed when the protective paper is removed. This stabilizer is usually hooped on its own with protective paper intact, and then the protective paper is scored with a straight pin and torn away to expose the sticky surface. The item to be embroidered is then stuck down to the sticky surface on contact. This stabilizer is great for difficult to hoop items. When a water soluble stabilizer needs to be used in this manner Aquamesh Plus may be used.
Aquamesh is a high grade water soluble stabilizer that works great for sheer or delicate fabrics such as fine linen, batiste, voile and chiffon. We also recommend this stabilizer for freestanding embroidery such as embroidery machine made lace. This stabilizer differs from Aquafilm and Solvy because it does not perforate or break down in the embroidery process. Aquamesh Plus is this same stabilizer with a sticky surface.
Solvy is a water soluble stabilizer that is typically used as a top cover on towels, fleece and other fabrics with a raised nap. Because this stabilizer perforates in the embroidery process, the excess tears away easily and the remainder will dissolve in the first laundering. Aquafilm is a similar product from OESD.
Totally Stable is a very versatile iron-on, tear-away stabilizer. It can be ironed directly onto your fabric or used behind other stabilizers. It is a light-weight, light duty stabilizer that may need to be used with other stabilizers depending on the fabric of item to be embroidered and the density of the embroider design--removes and tears away easily after design is finished.
Ultra Clean Tear Away is a light to medium weight tear-away stabilizer that is often floated under the hoop for an extra layer of stabilization. It tears away easily and cleanly. This stabilizer is usually used in conjunction with other stabilizers such as Totally Stable, Stabilstick or Fusible Polymesh.
Gentle Touch is not really a stabilizer but a protective backing that can be ironed on after the design is finished. This creates a soft durable back for the embroidery that allows the embroidery to be worn comfortably next to the skin.