Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Big spool quilt thread adapter

I won two big spools of thread in Linda Taylors long arm class at the Houston Quilt show. Since I'm pretty sure that a long arm is not in my future, I inserted a small wooden spool into the throat of the big spool and it works perfectly on my Janome. No more thread breaks, good thread really makes a difference with the free motion quilting. Sweet!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Hot fix Swarovski Crystals

Part two of the Cheri Meineke-Johnson class at the Houston Quilt show last October covered embellished quilts. Cheri is known for her crystal embellished quilts and she has her own line of helpful products. Cheri's cool tool is not just a mini iron, it has five special feet and can not only be used to set crystals... it can press seams, heat fusible bias tape, aid with freezer paper applique and fusible ribbons. Before embellishing a quilt for the first time, I tried Cheri's gadget on a thrift store denim jacket. Cheri's advice to use the iron in my left hand and her special tweezer's in my right hand makes the technique really simple. Eight seconds of heat and we have bling. Cheri's little triangular tray is perfect for easy access to the crystals. I rate this four thimbles. Thanks Cheri. You can get your Cheri's cool tool at

Saturday, January 16, 2010

My first quilts. Circa 1985

I made one quilt for each of my kids in 1985, after that my sewing machine stayed busy making household items and crafts for the next 15 years until I made my third quilt entirely by hand for my daughters college graduation.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

New wheels!

Looks like Santa brought Ky new wheels for Christmas.