March Madness: Better Late than Never

20 03 2012

With Spring Break and tons of company, the best laid plans can go awry. I had every intention of getting this information out in a timely fashion, but, alas, life got in the way!.

That being said, my March Madness sale will begin on WED., MARCH 21. It will continue through midnight FRI., MARCH 23. The images below are items that I can order for you and personalize. I WILL PERSONALIZE THESE ITEMS FOR 10% OFF. The cost of the item cannot be discounted but I can purchase them at VERY reasonable prices that will passed along to you. If you are interested in purchase, please email me at

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Oops! Friday Got Away From Me! Longarm Tip #3

4 03 2012

Friday was way too busy and I didn’t have an opportunity to post…in fact all of last week is a blur! Nevertheless, here is Longarm Tip #3:

Would you like to use prewound bobbins but feel that they are too expensive to use on a regular basis? Here is my argument for using them: they really do have more thread on them and the time saved by not having to change bobbins or even to prepare them is worth it. That being said, I have also found some great sources for prewound bobbins.

Ken’s Sewing Center has a great selection and be sure to check out their store brands of threads. The threads, both the quilting, embroidery and bobbins are awesome and they are very reasonably priced.

APQS has a very reasonably priced prewound bobbin. I have been using these for the past two years and have found them to be well worth the money.

Metro Embroidery also has some great deals…you can keep an eye on their specials and their regular threads are always a bargain.

Hope you have a great week!

Friday Longarm Quilting Tip #2:Squaring The Backing

24 02 2012

This week’s tip is dealing with squaring the backing of the quilt. We all know about squaring the quilt top and how important it is but how do you do the back. You MUST have the top straight as that is how you will attach the backing and if it isn’t straight as it pulls inward you will end up with pleats and a general mess.
If you find that the back has to be pieced, square the two pieces and then sew the seam horizontally. This will give you a great way to see if you are keeping the back straight as you load it as well as keeping the seam tight (iron the seam flat open, by the way). Next fold the back in half and lay it over one of your frame bars lengthwise…be sure the the fold is in the middle and check to see if it lays flat when the edges are together. If they don’t match up, use your rotary cutter, ruler and mat to make the edges even. Now fold the backing along the width of the piece. Follow the same procedure. This should square the backing so that you will be ready to load it.

Artsy Fartsy Class at Quilting with Machines

18 02 2012

One of the techniques that I will be teaching in my class in Sept. is how to make a soft background fabric for an art quilt. I have woven straight strips before, but wanted to try the wavy strips in some practice fabric before I did “the real thing”. I do like how it looks…it gives the fabric so much movement.

Woven irregular strips of fabric

Background Fabric Weaving

Update on Binkie Fabric

8 11 2011

I was able to buy some amazing binkie fabric at the Houston Market from Shannon Fabrics which is a wholesale provider. It is so unbelievably soft and cuddly.. people kept stopping at the craft show to “pet it”. Any one who has a new baby or toddler will want to get one!

Quilting with Machines

5 10 2011

Checked into the conference today and had some time to see the vendors and look at the quilts..OMG! Beautiful quilts and lots of cool things for sale.

So What is a QR code & Why Do I Need One?

3 10 2011

There has been alot of buzz about QR codes and the jury is still out on its ability to promote businesses. Since I have had alot of questions about QR codes in my classes, I thought I would pass along the information that I have researched. For the record, I think it is a great marketing tool and I plan to add it to all my business cards and anything else that I print for my business.

What is a QR Code?

Quality Response codes (QR codes) were originally created to track cars during the manufacturing process. Toyota is created with developing this method.

With the rising sophistication of technology, this code now has a wider range of uses which not only include tracking merchandise but also for purchase of tickets for transport or entertainment events, marketing products and to give consumers further product information within a store. These latest uses target mobile phone owners; they can receive test messages or go directly to web site. Users could also create an email or text message after scanning a QR code.

Businesses can generate their own QR codes so that mobile/smart phone users can scan. The generation and printing of these codes can be done very easily by visiting on of many free QR code generating sites or apps.

QR codes can store addresses and URLs that may appear in magazines, on signs, buses, T-Shirts or business cards. Users who have a camera feature on their phones

QR codes storing addresses and Uniform Resource Locators (URLs) may appear in magazines, on signs, on buses, on business cards, or on almost any object about which users might need information. Users with a camera phone equipped with a QR reader application can scan the image of the QR code to display text, view contact information, connect to a wireless network, or open a web page in the telephone’s browser.

It is believed that use of QR codes and other two dimensional codes (which can hold thousands of alphanumeric characters of information) will continue to grow in popularity. Why? Because users want immediate access to relevant information and QR codes can meet that need.

Because the code can hold large amounts of information, the simplicity of use, and its ability to connect people with each other and data makes it practical for businesses and the consumer.

To generate a QR code, businesses can use a free generator such as Kaywa, a site created by Datamatrix. Businesses can have the code link to a web page, text, or phone numbers.

There are a severalĀ  sites for generating QR codes and all are free. Consumers may want to download QR reader apps such as i-nigma (iPhone) or Barcode Scanner (Android).

How can you use QR codes in your business?

Here are some possibilities:
Share videos, web sites, or an eBook
Link to a Like button on the business Facebook page. You can use Likify to create a QR code that links your mobile device to a LIKE button on the page. Good news is that this simplifies merging all your social media with just one click.
Provide consumers with opportunities to receive special offers from your business or to subscribe to newsletters.
Place the QR code on the front or back of your business cards, brochures, T-Shirts or other marketing materials.
Place on the sides of your vehicles
Place on product tags and packaging, convention and event nametags
Add to point-of-sale receipts

Other great uses for QR codes:
Directions for product use or construction

Installation instructions
Places to purchase replacement parts or services
Directions to your business
Coupons or special offers for products
Additional products that would complement the product the consumer may have already purchased.
Customer feedback survey forms

To make sure that you use the QR code technology effectively, you may want to provide information on how to use them to your clients; make sure they understand the ease of use even for those who feel they are technologically challenged. You may also want to experiment with the size, location and color of the code. One more thing: register your business with Google Places and you will receive a decal from Google with a QR code to your company website.