Category: AccuQuilt

Quilts for QOV

Earlier this year, SewCalGal hosted a Charity Quilt Block Challenge, that was sponsored by AccuQuilt and Martingale & Company, home of That Patchwork Place.

Quilters from around the world submitted Patriotic 12.5″ blocks, quilt tops and finished quilts to benefit Quilts of Valor.    While I support many charity quilt programs, Dick & Tink Linhart were the first to respond to a post I made, earlier in the year, where I announced I was looking for charity programs that would be able to commit to completing donated blocks and tops,  and ultimately donate the finished quilts to do good that would make a difference in the lives of those that needed good quilty hugs. It was thru that post, that I was connected to Dick & Tink Linhart’s QOV program, and pursued my lst Charity Quilt Block Challenge.

Entries were calculated on a formula that for those that submitted quilt blocks, quilt tops vs finished quilts.  There were 600+ entries to this Challenge.  And, quite a few blocks and quilt tops for Dick & Tink Linhart’s QOV group of volunteers to finish. 

I have received updates from Tink & Dick to let me know, as the quilts are finished, where they’ve been donated.  This challenge certainly resulted in making many beautiful quilts that have been given to Veterans and wounded soldiers, from all over the country.

While I appreciate everyone that participated in this challenge, as well as those that help to make charity quilts in general, I want to share insights with you today on a beautiful machine embroidered quilt made by Marjorie Busby (Marjorie’s Quilting Bee).  She used the AccuQuilt GO! Star die to cut a variety of stars and machine embroidered (ME)  these applique’ pieces, using ME designs she created.

I’ve just learned that this beautiful quilt is going to a USMC 1/3 OIF/OPF Marine in  California, and I wanted to let everyone know.  I also thought I’d take this opportunity to share a few insights on Marjorie that I think you may be interested in:

Marjorie Busby is a very talented lady that has designed & digitized for longarm quilting, machine embroidery, shared some amazing tutorials and inspiration on her blog, and is a good soul all around.

I think you’ll enjoy her insights on making a placemat with the AccuQuilt GO! Fun Flower.  This placemat also looks extra special with her machine embroidered Fun Flower designs!

Marjorie also creates designs and digitizes them for longarm quilting.  She currently has 42  designs are available through Intelligent Quilting.

She has an great tutorial on her blog for machine embroidery with die cuts:

Completed Round Flower for 8 inch quilt block

And, she has many useful tips for using die cuts in machine embroidery on her online store.

But, of course, what I’m most exited about is that Marjorie is a digitzer of AccuQuilt die cuts for machine embroidery (ME).  She has many ME designs now available on her online store that are perfect for AccuQuilt precuts and she is adding more designs all the time.  Her designs include stars, as she used in the the QOV quilt, as well as hearts, Christmas Trees, GO! Critters, GO! Fall Medley, and many more ME designs that work with AccuQuilt cuts. 

If you enjoy machine embroidery, I hope you’ll take time to visit Marjorie’s new online store and check out her designs that work beautiful with AccuQuilt applique designs.

Related Links:

  • http://b-quilts.com
  • http://b-quilts.com/blog
  • http://shop.b-quilts.com 
  • http://facebook.com/marjorie.busby
  • http://www.SewCalGal.blogspot.com

    My favorite tutorials: Dresden Plates

    I love Dresden Plates, but have this perspective that it needs to be balanced (with equal number of petals in each quadrant).  While I’ve seen some quilters that make Dresden Plates with 21 or 22 petals, I’ve often wondered if it was a result of the die, template, or not sewing a perfect 1/4″ seam that caused this problem.  To clarify, this post isn’t intended to pick on anyone or a tool, but to share some of my favorite tutorials for making Dresden Plates and some tips. 

    Sew Mama Sew is a wonderful blog and there are some excellent tutorials.  But there is a particular tutorial that I want to heighten awareness of today and that is Sew Mama Sew’s tutorial for making a Dresden Plate

    This tutorial does a great job showing how to make a traditional Dresden Plate, using traditional paper templates, but I also love that it follows a traditional “balanced” design with 20 petals (5 petals in each block).

    If you want to make a Dresden Plate quilt this is a great tutorial for reference.  If you are using the AccuQuilt die to make a Dresden Quilt, I’ve not yet had the opportunity to make a Dresden Plate quilt with an AccuQuilt, but I’ve seen a variety of bloggers sharing mixed results, showing Dresden Plates with 20, 21 or 22 petals.

    Terrie Sandelin, of Bits & Pieces,  has an excellent tutorial showing how she used the AccuQuilt GO! to make a perfectly balanced Dresden plate, with 20 petals. Thus, I’m inclined to think that those that have made Dresden Plates with 21 or 22 petals, or complained about this die, need to verify they are sewing with a 1/4″ seam.

    Jo (Jo’s Country Junction) has a tutorial to make a very cute Dresden Plate Dish Towel.  And, in addition to Jo’s inspirational tutorial she also has a great video on youtube:

    On the other hand, Jo does share a tutorial for making a very cute Dresden Plate Candle Mat using the AccuQuilt GO! where she was able to do a rounded Dresden plate with 20 petals, but when using pointed petals she needed 21 petals.

    Yet Mandy (Simply Solids) has a great tutorial to make the Dresden Plate, using the AccuQuilt GO, with twenty (20) perfect points. 

    Paulette (Sweet P Paulette) shared insights on her spectacular Dresden Plate quilt with 20 perfectly balanced “pointed” petals.

    Darlene (Quilting Haze) also created a beautiful 20 point Dresden Plate using AccuQuilt.

    SewCindy also shared inspirational insights on making the Dresden Plate using the AccuQuilt GO! and even used some fun strip piecing techniques to give this design a more pieced look.

    And Ariane (Ariane’s Crafts) also created a tutorial to make perfect 20 petal Dresden Plates using the AccuQuilt GO!

    Janet C. showed a lovely table runner on Facebook , made with the AccuQuilt, using a 22 petal Dresden Plate.

    And AccuQuilt created this youtube video that shares insights on the Dresden plate die and shares that the rounded petals need 20 petals to make a 12″ circle yet the pointed petals need 22 to create a 13.5″ inch circle and that you can also make circles with a combination of the rounded petals and the pointed petals. 
    I’m definitely confused now.  While I know many quilters expressed that they couldn’t get their Dresden Plates to lay flat, when using the AccuQuilt die, unless they used 21 or 22 petals, and this AccuQuilt video provides their insight on the number of petals (which does create an unbalanced Dresden plate with the pointed petals), how did so many quilters get the Dresden Plate to work with 20 pointed petals?
    The book Fancy to Frugal: Authentic Quilt Patterns from the ’30s”, by Kay Connors and Karen Earlywine, published by Martingale & Company, Home of That Patchwork Place, also does an excellent job sharing insights on Dresden Plates, which are all perfectly balanced with 20 petals.  
    And Eleanor Burns/Quilt in a Day has a variety of books, patterns and templates that all create perfectly balanced Dresden plates.
    I must confess that while I’ve made Dresden Plates before, I’ve not yet used the AccuQuilt die for this design.  My logic tells me that the die should result in the same balanced quadrants if there are rounded or pointed petals, or a blend.  And, if you follow the tutorials, videos, books, patterns on making this design you should also end up with a balanced Dresden Plate.  But, I’m leaning to believe this die should be able to create a balanced 20 petal Dresden Plate for both the rounded and the pointed petal, as well as any mix of the rounded & pointed petal that one wants to use.  If not, I’ll stand on my perspective that if a Dresden Plate doesn’t have balanced petals there is either a design flaw or the quilter needs to check their 1/4″ seams and try a scant 1/4″ seam.
    I’d love to hear your insights on the Dresden Plate, these tutorials, and definitely experiences with the AccuQuilt die for this design. But, ultimately, do you think it is ok for a Dresden Plate to have an unbalanced number of petals in each quadrant?

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    Sneak Peeks: GO! Bloom at Bernina University

    Bernina University (BU) is being held this week near the River Walk in San Antonio, Texas.  Bernina Dealers from all over the US will be attending, taking classes and learning new techniques and about new products.  Various vendors will also have booths showing off their new products too!  I did some searching to see what I could find out, but I think many of us will just have to wait for our Bernina Dealers to return and hear from them on what they’ve learned.  But I did find out a few things that I can share:

    The very talented Amanda Whitlach will be teaching several classes, including a Creative Cutwork class at BU.  Cutwork is growing in popularity and I expect to see more spectacular machine embroidery cutwork projects made as a result of this Bernina tool.

    Alex Veronelli will be in Aurifil’s booth at BU, showing all their beautiful threads.

    Sarah Vedeler will have her first vendor booth at BU and I’m confident it will be displayed with her award winning quilts and other spectacular projects.  Her lated GO! Bloom machine embroidery designs will also be showcased.

    The GO! Bloom design collection comes with 14 individual designs that work well with 3 AccuQuilt dies (GO! Daisy, GO! Tulip, and GO! Fun Flower), on either the AccuQuilt GO! or GO! Baby.

    The collection comes with illustrated instructions to make the GO! Bloom Quilt, which measures 40″x40″.

    And the collection includes instructions to make four pillow tops that are shown on the cover of this collection.

    It is a very reasonably priced machine embroidery design collection, with a retail price of $45.  Plus, in July, there is a 20% discount for those that are Signed up for Sarah’s newsletter and use a special code when purchasing from her siteClick here to sign up for her newsletter.

    GO! Bloom – 14 individual designs using 3 AccuQuilt GO! Baby dies. In addition, illustrated instructions to make the quilt shown on the cover, and the four pillow tops also shown on the cover.

    Formats included: ART4, ART6, DST, EXP, HUS, PCS, PES, JEF, VP3, XXX.

    Sarah’s designs stitch out beautifully.  They really look great with Aurifil thread.  But, I’ll admit I used Isacord.  And, while it works, I have come to learn that Aurifil really does stitch out nicer than Isacord.  I had more thread breakage and more lint using Isacord than on projects that I’ve used Aurifil with.

    Machine embroidery applique’ has historically required that pieces of fabric be manually cut individually.  And, as such, you can stitch this embroidery design out without the use of an AccuQuilt.  Actually, I don’t have the GO! Tulip or GO! Fun Flower dies so I did use the old fashioned manually cutting method.  While Sarah’s machine embroidery designs stitch out beautifully, like many of us, my manual cutting is just not as accurate as AccuQuilt’s die cuts.  If you look closely you can see where my cutting was off and I have a little fabric showing past where a design stitched out.

    Clearly, if I had had the AccuQuilt dies this project would have been faster and far more accurate than with my manual cut of the applique pieces.  Definitely a sign that machine embroidery applique is so much better when done with an AccuQuilt, and I hope you agree too!

    Sarah will be teaching a two day machine embroidery class, at Road to California 2012, that the class project is the GO! Bloom quilt.  Sarah may view I’m staulking her, but I had so much fun at a prior class with Sarah I have signed up to take her class at Road in 2012 and looking forward to it.  If you are interested, I do hope you’ll check it out and come join us too.

    The possibilities with Sarah’s GO! Bloom, AccuQuilt and Aurifil are endless!  Yes, they definitely help your creativity bloom!

    Sew Biz: Researching Newsletters

    On my quest to understand what makes a good Newsletter for a quilting, sewing, or embroidery enthusiasts (vs what makes a bad newsletter), I’ve learned a common theme is that they share insights on sales, new products, appropriate tips and/or tutorials, etc. and, that the newsletter recipient does not end up with the feeling of receiving “SPAM”, with too many emails of no value to the reader. 

    While I’ll soon be reporting insights on SewCalGal’s Top Ten newsletters (and examples of newsletters that need to be re-vamped), I wanted to share with you some insights that I’ve found in recent newsletters that you too, may be interested in:

    Sarah Vedeler Designs is giving 20% off all of her designs, from her online store, with a code that is available in her newsletter. 

    This special is good thru the end of July and even applies to her beautiful new GO! Bloom design set!

     
    Sarah’s goals for her newsletter is to share insights about new stuff happening at Sarah Vedeler Designs, ideas on how to use various design collections, inspirational projects created by others using her designs, fun giveaways and specials and newsletters will be sent out once a month, generally the first Tuesday of the Month.  Great goals for any newsletter!  Click here if you want to sign up for Sarah’s newsletter.

    Quilt in a Day is celebrating Eleanor Burns’ birthday with 30% off everything sale.  No code required and this includes fabric, rulers, books, dvds, and AccuQuilt products.  There are also some really cute patterns and some very handy zippered vinyl bags, $1 each.  Sale is good thru July 10th.

    EmbroideryLibrary is celebrating having 70,000 embroidery designs on their site with a sale where you can get 7 designs for $7.77 with a code that comes in their newsletter.  This special is good thru July 10th and they have many designs on sale for $1 each, that does not require a special code.

    AccuQuilt has a 20% off sale that ends July 10th, plus they have a new free pattern called the GO! Baby 8″ Sampler quilt.  Although, they’ve sent out oodles of emails on this sale, so if you are on their list this shouldn’t be new news.  Click on the image below if you want to sign up for AccuQuilt’s newsletter and you’ll receive 22 free patterns too.

    22 Free Patterns - Download Now
    Superior Threads shared insights on how cotton prices are not only causing fabric prices to increase, but threads too.  While not a sale, they shared that you can purchase their thread at current prices thru the end of July, but as of August lst price for MasterPiece thread will increase 20%.  They also have a 40% off sale on a yummy Silk Sampler Set.  They have an excellent newsletter, always packed full of great insights and humor, plus they have an archive online of prior newsletters.

    Electric Quilt Company has a 40% off special on their Peel & Stick media.  They also pack their newsletter with great tips for EQ users, insights on fun contests, and free EQ projects.  They also have an archive online of their newsletters.

    I’d love to hear from you as to what are your favorite newsletters.  I’d hate to overlook a chance to give a shout out to a good newsletter for quilting, sewing or embroidery enthusiasts when I publish my official results on my newsletter research.  So, feel free to email me or leave me a comment if you have a favorite newsletter you want me to check out.
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    Happy 4th of July – Patriotic Insights & winners

    I want to wish everyone a Happy 4th of July.  Even if you don’t celebrate this holiday, I hope you have a happy 4th.  

    I have a variety of items to share today, but most have a Patriotic flavor.

    First, Thank You to everyone that took in the Charity Quilt Block Challenge, to benefit QOV.  There were many blocks, quilt tops and a few completed quilts that created as a result of this challenge and they are all beautiful.    I also want to Thank AccuQuilt, Quilt in a Day, and Martingale & Company for being a sponsor of this event and donating three wonderful prizes.

    I also want to thank Dick & Tink Linhart for volunteering their QOV program to be a recipient of my first Charity Quilt Block Challenge and working with me to coordinate this challenge.  

    You may recall that months back I published an post announcing my interest in periodically holding such Charity Quilt Block Challenges, to benefit a variety of programs, and was looking for non-profit charity quilting groups that would be willing to finish blocks or tops.  

    Dick & Tink were the first to respond to my request to find a non-profit program that could quickly turn blocks and quilt tops into finished quilts and find good homes for such quilty hugs.  They both dedicate many hours every week for QOV activities, and have a great group of volunteers who help with this worthy cause.  Thus, their QOV program was selected as the first recipient of SewCalGal’s Charity Quilt Block Challenge. Depending on interest, other non-profit quilt projects will benefit from similar challenges in the future.




    Tink did a great job calculating all the entries, as a single 12.5″ block = 1 entry and quilt tops of various sizes were given a formula, as well as finished quilt tops, thus those that donated tops or finished quilts received more entries.  But everyone that entered also did a great job helping to make beautiful quilts. 

    {above:   
    Tink’s bowl full of 633 entries, 
    of which she randomly selected the winners}

    Ok, time to now announce the winners of this challenge.

    The winner of the GO! Baby donated by AccuQuilt is Pam Wilson in North Carolina.

    The winner of the Radiant Star Quilt Book, 2nd Edition“, donated by Quilt in a Day is Cheryl  (So Many Quilts, So Little Time).

    The winner of the book Simple Graces: Charming Quilts and Companion Projects“, donated by Martingale & Company is Anita Haskin of Alaska.

    {above}  Quilt blocks submitted by Anita Haskins.
    Thank you to Linda Gilli, Carol Crago, Irene Vigil, Sue Weisshaupt, Linda Thielfoldt, Cherl Miller, Pat West, Laurie Becker, Linda Brock, Mary Grubbs, Thearica Burroughs, Pam Wilson, Sharon Parcel, Marjorie Coler, Anita Haskin, Joanna Perry, Bonnie Stapleton, Deb Donovan, Jocelyn Pleus, MJ Baker, Pauline Francis, Marjorie Busby, Maryellen McAuliffe, and Linda Thiefoldt for taking on this challenge and helping to make QOV quilts.  If I’ve overlooked anyone that has helped, my sincere apologies and I hope you will email me to let me know and I can update this post to recognize everyone that has helped.  Big hug to all of you and to all the wounded soldiers and Veterans who will appreciate the quilty hug you gave them!

    SewCalGal also had a patriotic giveaway sponsored by Judy Howard, for a copy of her book “Thanking our Troops”.  The winner of this giveaway is:  Nini Frank

    Other insights you may want to check out:
    And here is a tip shared by Barbara Winkler, SoCal Quilts of Valor 

    For those who have family or friends serving overseas…
    Now friends and family can create a 20-page personal photo book and ship it to any APO, FPO, or MPO address for free. These full-color, 5×7 softcover books fit perfectly in a soldier’s cargo pocket, yet hold over 60 photos. RocketLife prints the books for free, and the USO pays for shipping
    http://uso.rocketlifeproduction.com/
    Barbara Winkler
    www.socalQOV.org www.qovf.org
    2005 Palo Verde Ave #257
    Long Beach, CA 90815-3322
    562.925.7673

    Lastly, here are a few insights on some Patriotic sales for quilters:

    AccuQuilt has a great sale that runs thru July 5th

    Eleanor Burns is celebrating her birthday and to help celebrate, 
    Quilt in a Day has a 30% off sale of everything (fabric, patterns, books, AccuQuilt, etc.). 
    This sale runs thru July 10th.

    Martingale & Company has a “Weekly Wow” sale with new products on sale every week. 

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    SewBiz: The Power of Facebook for Quilting, Sewing & Embroidery Enthusiasts and Businesses

    There are a variety of reasons for businesses and individuals to be active on Facebook, as it is a social media tool that helps businesses and consumers build strong relationships and have fun.  Facebook can help quilting, sewing & embroidery businesses engage with their customers, and customers share insights with other customers too.  Ultimately, the goal for a business isn’t to be good at Facebook, but to be good at business by using Facebook as a communication tool!  And the goal of a consumer is to have fun, be inspired, and share insights with their peers.

    Quilt businesses can quickly and efficiently increase awareness of new products and/or sales with their customers, through Facebook.  They can also increase sales by special offers only shared with Facebook fans.  And they can conduct inexpensive Market Research with voting on polls, as well as engaging customers in questions.  Product giveaways on Facebook are also a good way to grow you fan base, along with sharing quilty tips, photographs and creating interesting discussions on your Facebook page. 

    AccuQuilt has a giveaway every “Fun Friday” and everytime they reach another 1k level of Fans on their Facebook page.  Cozy Quilt Shop has Facebook Only Auctions for selected products.  Martingale & Company has frequent contests where winners receive free books.  And there are many more quilting, sewing & embroidery businesses that have an active Facebook page, and can show an increase in sales by way of connecting with customers thru this social media tool!

    There is a “viral effect” where insights on Facebook can quickly be shared, reaching far more people faster than a traditional “word of mouth” insight.  If a quilting business is not on Facebook, they are missing an opportunity to connect with a larger customer base.

    I haven’t been able to find out exactly how many quilting enthusiasts are on Facebook, but the rate is growing rapidly.  When we look at the connection rate (aka Fans, Likes, Friends) it is easy to see that those in the business are able to reach far more customers.  We also need to remember that information can be shared faster on Facebook than traditional communication tools that are typically one way (e.g. Newsletters, emails, et).

    While Hobby Lobby is focused on all sorts of crafty customers, they make a great example of what can be achieved through Facebook. Their connection rate of reaching 210k customers on Facebook is excellent.  And, they have already connected with several hundred more customers in a few hours since the graph below was created.  Amazing, having a couple hundred “new” customers come to you for information & fun on Facebook.  Wouldn’t every business love to pick up hundreds of  new customers every few hours?







    Adjusting the graph to exclude Hobby Lobby, and focus more on those in the quilty business, you can see Fons & Porter Love of Quilting (33k), Hancock Fabrics (31k), Quilters Club of America (22k), AccuQuilt (17k), and SewMamaSew (16k) are all great examples of businesses that have a great communication with customers on Facebook where they can quickly share insights on new products, sales, etc..  Customers also post photos of their projects, ask how to questions, and have fun networking on the pages of these businesses on a daily basis.

    Note:  If the graphical images are too small to view, try double clicking on the graph to enlarge the image for a better view.

    Some businesses may have an employee assigned as their Social Media Manager, whereby that person is responsible for facilitating the discussions and product information on their Facebook page. And other companies may have many employees share the responsibility for representing their company on Facebook. Either approach works, but the companies that have a Facebook page and ignore it tend to get hammered with spam on their wall. 

    When a business gets spammed on Facebook the quality of their wall deminishes and they loose the ability to engage customers, thus they loose out on the opportunities that Facebook can bring to their business. Their Social Media Manager can and should be blocking such apps from their wall (click on upper right hand corner “x” where you’ll see a “hide” app option).

    If a business doesn’t have the staffing to hire a Social Media Manager, they may want to consider hiring a part-time employee to help perform this service for them.  It really doesn’t take much time to effectively manage the Facebook tool, as well as increase your customer base on Facebook.  And the benefits are well worth it for a business.  And if you can’t find such a person in your area, remember this sort of responsibility can easily be done by someone working from home in another location.
    Quilters have fun sharing insights and inspiration on Facebook with those that share a common interest.  But they also enjoy networking with Designers, Authors, Publishers, Stores and others that are “in the business”.  To clarify, quilters on Facebook value the ability to get timely information, hearing about new designs, sales, products and more long before the general quilting world sees products in stores, magazines, or quilt shows. 

    Clearly, not all SewBiz insights on Facebook are covered in this post. But for those that have additional insights and would like to share their thoughts, I hope you will leave a comment.  It would certainly be fun to hear insights from others on the topic of Facebook for quilting, sewing and embroidery enthusiats.  I’m also thinking it would be interesting to hear your insights on:

    • Recommendations for how a business can grow their fan base on Facebook?
    • How would you inspire other quilters to join Facebook?
    • Would you be interested in a part-time position to help a business take advantage of social media Marketing?

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    22 free patterns for new AccuQuilt subscribers

    You can get 22 free patterns from AccuQuilt by signing up for their newsletter.  This offer is good for new newsletter subscribers.  They also frequently offer free patterns to subscribers, but this is the first time I’ve seen them offer “22” free patterns.  You simply need to click on the image to get to the page to sign up, if this offer interests you.

    Also, check out my page labeled “giveaways” as there are some AccuQuilt giveaways that you may want to enter, as well as some other great giveaways.

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    Charity Quilt Block Challenge – I see STARS!

    I’m definitely seeing STARS, patriotic stars!

    Yes, I’ve been having fun making patriotic quilt blocks for the Charity Quilt Block Challenge, sponsored by AccuQuilt, Quilt in a Day, and Martingale & Company.  As this challenge helps QOV to give quilts to wounded Veterans and Soldiers, I wanted to make some blocks with stars.  I’m still busy making more quilt blocks, but wanted to share with you what I am up to.

    The AccuQuilt GO! Stars collections, by Sarah Vedeler,

    work great together to make beautiful patriotic quilt blocks.  Well, they’d work great to make many wonderful quilt designs and other projects, but they definitely helped me quickly make some patriotic quilt blocks for QOV quilts.
    It is so fast to cut the stars with the AccuQuilt GO! and Sarah’s ME designs do a beautiful job stitching out, as all of her designs to.
     I just love the detail that Sarah created with these designs.  While they each have a variety of thread change outs (to use different colors), I had fun using red, white & blue threads for only three thread changeouts.
    I do so enjoy stitching out Sarah Vedeler’s machine embroidery designs and am happy to be able to make some blocks to help the QOV project too.  While I don’t qualify to win a prize, there is still time for you to enter the Charity Quilt Block Challenge where you could win.  Your can enter by making a block, quilt top or finished quilt.  And it doesn’t need to be a machine embroidered block, have stars on it, or be made with an AccuQuilt product.  But I must confess, if you use an AccuQuilt it will certainly be faster!

    Quilters of the Caribbean Contest

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    AccuQuilt, HandiQuilter and Golden Threads are sponsoring the Quilters of the Caribbean contest.

    If you are not yet on Facebook, this is another great example of what fun you are missing.  It is truly easy to sign up and create your own Facebook account for free.  If you have been avoiding Facebook, consider using it just for quilting fun, as there is a lot of fun and inspiration on Facebook for quilters.

    Ok, I’ll get back to this contest.  You simply need to sail the seas on Facebook and follow the map for the gold (amazing prizes for quilters).

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    On your adventure, you’ll visit Golden Threads SpringHandiQuilter’s Cove, and AccuQuilt Cove.  At each of these places, there will be clues for more info (e.g.  you’ll find a link labeled “Quilters of the Caribbean” where you’ll find a secret code).   Once you find all three codes you’ll click on the “X” on the chart for the gold and you’ll be magically taken to a place where you’ll enter your codes that are required to officially enter the contest.  Very fun and easy.  And, you could win a fantastic prize:

    Winners of this contest will be emailed on May 31st. 

    Yo Ho, Yo Ho, its a Quilters Life for Me!

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    If you are not yet a Facebook member does this get you motivated to join fellow quilters on Facebook?  Yes, good.  I hope you’ll like me on Facebook too.  And, if you are still thinking  you don’t want to join Facebook, I’ll leak this secret:  AccuQuilt will have another fun contest next month, with yummy prizes too!  How many opportunities to win great prizes and have fun with fellow quilters are you willing to give up?  Gosh, every Friday they have a great giveaway for their fans on Facebook (e.g. a GO! Baby has been given away every Friday). 

    If you are already a quilter that is on Facebook, and have other recommendations as to why Quilters should join Facebook and/or join AccuQuilt on Facebook, I hope you’ll leave a comment and share your insights.  Gosh, there must be at least 100,000 quilters out there that are missing a lot of fun by not being on Facebook (and liking AccuQuilt on Facebook). 

    If you know of any quilters that are not on Facebook, I hope you’ll let them knw about all the fun they are missing.

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    Having fun embellishing baby onesies

    I enjoy machine embroidery and have particularly enjoyed some ME projects humming while I’ve been working on filing papers and organizing my sewing room.  One of my projects has been to embellish baby onesies, that get donated to baskets for wives of Military that are away fighting when their babies are born.

    Operation Homefront volunteers try to do a variety of things to help Military families, while one is away at war.  In my area there is a group that works to make baby quilts, layettes, and essentially create gift baskets for women that deliver babies when their spouse is off fighting. As I heard they were in need of onesies, I try to look for ways to decorate basic onesies.  Some I make are machine embroidered.

    Some I’ve decorated with various applique’ designs, of which the AccuQuilt GO! Baby and other AccuQuilt dies work great.

    I’ve also been searching the internet to come up with a variety of ideas to decorate ones and wanted to share some that I found and am planning on using to create cute onesies:

    Char at Crap I’ve Made has a cute Applique Tie Onesie Tutorial.

    Running with Scissors has a cute tutorial for a Summer Onesie for a little girl.

    B is for Boys has a super cute tutorial for a Little Gentleman’s onesie.

    UCreate has a fun tutoriahttp://www.u-createcrafts.com/2009/05/ruffle-butt-onesie-tutorial.htmll for ruffle butt onesies.

    Michael Miller also has a free pdf full of cute ideas for applique’ on onesies.

    Onesies are fun to decorate and make great gifts.  If you have any recommendations on how to decorate onesies I’d love to hear your insights.

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