Wow!! Where has the time gone???? This time of year is so busy and frantic that I've hardly had time to breath & enjoy it.....harvest was completed just before the big rain to fill our tanks in time for Christmas, but I do feel for those that had not yet finished as this rain was not advantageous to them at all! We ended up with reasonable yields, not so good quality and typically dropping grain prices ....but that is farming!
I'm very proud of all my kids achievements this year with one of the three getting DUX of their year level & the other two coming VERY close. We have high expectations as their past performances have always been of a high standard, but we are always proud no matter what!
My next GOOD NEWS is that I have finally been successful in ordering more of the Featherlight Clamps! They are flying their way here right now. The bad news is that the price has had to change to $40- each due to the current global economy/exchange rates.
Use these clamps on longarm, midarm, and shortarm machines.
LIGHTWEIGHT: Only 1.3 ounces/pair. They will not pull down on your quilt edge.
WIDE (8 1/2"): Provides even tension across your fabric edge. This reduces side distortion.
THIN: Will not interfere with your extended throat plate or the edge of your machine. No more bumping into the clamps. Quilt right up to the edge of the clamp.
EASY: Snaps on with a pinch of your finger and thumb.
Strap is 72" Long.
NOTE: These clamps are designed to attach onto one layer of fabric. They do not clamp onto batting.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR BEST RESULTS:
This method will provide even tension on all three quilt layers.
1. Baste the top of your quilt along the sides to secure the top and batting to the back of your quilt.
2. Clip the clamps onto the quilt backing.
3. Gently pull the straps to the side. As soon as you feel the slightest pressure on the strap, lay it onto the velcro strip. This will support the side of your quilt without causing distortion. (DO NOT Torture your quilt by stretching it sideways.)
4. Quilt as desired.
5. Advance your quilt.
6. Repeat 1 to 5. Baste as you go after each time you advance the quilt.
The next GOOD NEWS is the latest DVD from Patsy Thompson Designs. I am so impressed with the quality & content of these DVD's for domestic machine quilters that I just have to gush over them. I have learnt so much that has enhanced my design repertoire with my longarm that I watch the DVD's whilst on the treadmill for even more benefits to myself VBG.
If you enjoy free motion quilting and are looking for luscious and innovative quilting designs to enhance and showcase your quilt tops, then this 2-disc set of DVDs is for YOU!
Learn the skills to add pizzazz and beauty to your quilts as Patsy explains and then demonstrates how to stitch more than 35 different quilting designs and gives you the tools to create even more spin-off designs! After that, learn Patsy’s secrets to quilting a large quilt on a home domestic sewing machine, as well as her system for deciding which quilting designs will work on any given quilt. You’ll be exploding with new ideas and free motion quilting skills once you’ve studied this 2-disc set, so get ready to blast off with Patsy into the exciting world of free motion quilting!
Total Play Time – 4 hours, 4 minutes
I have also started stocking some more general supplies to assist you in your business and patchwork.
Problems with arthritis, carpel tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, hand fatigue, neck or arm pain? Then the Martelli 2000 Rotary Cutter is the only cutter for you! Unlike traditional rotary cutters, the Ergo Cutter is held in a natural position with your arm and hand evenly distributing all of the pressure. Cuts round, scalloped or patterned shapes. Safe, automatic springloaded guard closes with a flip of a finger.
Our unique sharpening system has created a blade that is in for the "long haul" especially when used with the Martelli’s Ergo 2000 Rotary Cutter and Tri-Co Professional Mat. The life of the blade will last approximately 5 times longer.
Fiskars Blunt Nosed kids scissors with large grip which are excellent to use to snip your threads without the fear of dropping them & putting a hole on your quilt top!! Very sharp and with large handles to easily use them...
Fiskars extra strong & sharp Titanium Nitride blade coating resists scratches, wear and corrosion which helps keep your scissors like new. Fantastic for cutting fabric & batting!
Constantine Quilts will be closed from 8th January to 28th January 2009 due to our annual holiday at the beach with the family! All orders will be filled on our return in order of receipt.
Sharon Schamber is visiting Australia in May 2009 and will be teaching some classes. The classes for Sharon have been filled very quickly, but I am taking names for the waiting list if anyone needs to drop out! There is space to attend her evening lecture on 'Her Quilting Journey' on Saturday 23rd May however. This is from 7pm and is $25- and includes Sharon's talk, show'n'tell, vendor shopping and door prizes. Country supper also included.
If anyone is even contemplating purchasing an A1 Longarm quilting machine or an IntelliQuilter computerised system that will go on nearly 'any' brand longarm machine, then don't hesitate to contact me!! Prices are subject to exchange rates at all times. We will be attending Quilt & Craft Expo in Sydney in June 2009, so come along & have a play on the A1 and see how simple & easy it is to use the IntelliQuilter! I will also be teaching some classes on the features of the Intelliquilter at the Longarm Symposium at this event as well.
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