September is shaping up to be a full month. I’m inviting you to join me at the Quilt Bug Saturday the 14th. I’ll be showing batik quilts from Benartex and demoing piecing, and quilting with these delightful fabrics.
Sunday the 22nd I’ll be at The Quilted Nest in Collingswood NJ at the official Kick Off Party for their BERNINA sewing machines. I’ll be demoing the BERNINA Stitch Regulator and other feet for quilting.
Sunday the 29th I’m heading over to Pieceful Quilting sharing Northcott Quilts from our Stonehenge collections. And demoing some machine quilting.
At the last Dutchess Heritage Quilt Show I was honored to be the featured speaker. This year I am working with the Quilt Basket while amazing quilter and friend Debby Brown is the featured speaker! I’m so thrilled for her.
At Spring Quilt Market I had a chance to talk to Rhonda from Schmetz (Euronotions) explaining some issues I’d had stitching through all the layers of the Shannon suede backpack I was making. After a bit of a conversation she gave me a pack of nonstick needles to try. Over the years I’ve tended toward sharp needles for quilting for a variety of reasons. I was a little surprised that these size 100 needles were universal however I could not be happier with the results. What you see above is a “what if I tried this” experiment using two metallic threads in one needle. I’m backtracking with no thread breakage, the thread isn’t shredding at the needle and it’s stitching consistently meaning no skips or loops. While backtracking the metallic isn’t breaking which is allowing me to do the kind of stitching that I want to do with the metallic. One important thing when threading the two metallics through the machine make sure the thread is properly seated at the tension discs. The only trouble I had with using the two threads in one needle is when the thread wasn’t in the tension discs properly. If this seems a familiar reminder it is, the first thing to do when it seems there are tension problems is re-thread the machine.