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Patchwork Pulse, Issue #007
February 2010

In This Issue:

Greetings from Gloria

Well, it's been 7 months since I started this newsletter. I know it's changed a bit, but I hope you're enjoying the content. There's so much I want add during this new year. Stay tuned for all the latest goodies! And, please, if you have any suggestions, please let me know by filling out the short survey at the end of this newsletter. Thanks!

A Stiff Decision:
Should You Starch Your Fabric?

Spray Starch

Do you starch your quilting fabrics? I'll admit, I never used to. But once I learned about the superior results I could achieve with starch, I never used steam again.

I'm not alone in my desire to use starch. A lot of quilters wouldn't dream of using anything else. Here's a few good reasons why we choose starch over steam:

  1. Starch acts like a stabilizer. It makes your fabric stiff and smooth. This produces a firm sewing canvas.

  2. It gives your fabric more strength by holding the fabric fibers together.

  3. Fabric is less likely to stretch. That's a good thing, especially when you're handling bias edges.

  4. Fabric pieces fit together more accurately.

  5. Rotary cutting becomes more accurate. Your fabric won't shift as you cut.

  6. Seam allowances look crisper and more professional.

  7. Sewing stitches are proportional and even.

Wash Quilt
Wash Quilt to Remove Starch
Don't like the heaviness of regular spray starch? Try Niagara Fabric Sizing Spray. It gives your fabric a lighter finish, yet you still get a bit of stiffness.

Or, if you're environmentally conscious like me, try a non-aerosal like Mary Ellen's Best Press Spray Starch. Quilters really rave about this product.

Here's a word of caution: When you're done sewing your quilt, you'll need to remove all of the starch. That's because starch attracts bugs, especially silverfish. So, wash your quilt, especially if you're going to store it somewhere.

Free Pattern of the Month:
Walkin' In Whimsyland

Walkin' In Whimsyland

Product Review:
Portable Bobbin Winder

Have you ever been humming along on your sewing machine, only to have your bobbin thread run out? How maddening!

Wrights Sidewinder Bobbin Rewinder
Wrights Bobbin Rewinder
Not only must you un-thread your machine, rewind your bobbin and re-thread your machine, but you have to find your rhythm again.

Well, that scene could be a thing of the past, because there's a new bobbin winder in town. It's called Wrights SideWinder Portable Bobbin Winder.

It's a small (3 1/2" x 5 1/4"), portable unit that fills bobbins independently of your machine. That means no more un-threading your machine!

The bobbin winder operates with a power cord or with two AA batteries. And, it comes with a built-in carrying handle for easy portability.

Wrights Pink Sidewinder
Limited Edition Pink
The unit consists of three spindles: one that winds your bobbin and two that store fully-wound bobbins.

Although this model is white, you can purchase a Pink Limited Edition. If you want one, get it now while they're still available.

I really love this bobbin winder. However, there are a few cautions I want you to know about.

The first is that bobbins aren't included with the unit. And secondly, there are a few bobbin spools that don't work with this model. You can find out which ones don't at Wright's Sidewinder Page.

All in all, this is a handy, timesaving and convenient little machine. It gets my vote.

Upcoming Quilt Shows

"Timeless Treasures" Quilt Show
March 12 & 13, 2010
Melbourne, FL
Seaside Piecemakers

Piecework Passages, Sunshine, & Waves, Quilt Walk & Quilt Show
April 2 -3, 2010
Anacortex, WA
Fidalgo Island Quilters

QUILTS! Traditional, Innovative & Challenging
May 7 - 8, 2010
Xenia, OH
Miami Valley Quilters Guild

Lincoln Quiltfest 2010 "Inspired by Nature"
May 21 - 23, 2010
Lincoln, NE
Lincoln Quilters Guild

Provincial Exhibition of Quebec Quilts and Textile Art
May 27 - 30, 2010
André Grasset College Montreal, QC
CourtePointe Quebec Quilts

Vermont Quilt Festival
June 25-27, 2010
Essex Junction, VT
Vermont Quilt Festival

Camp Watch-a-Patcher
July 11 - 15, 2010
Costa Mesa, CA

Maine Quilts, 33rd Annual Show & Conference
July 30 - August 1, 2010
Dr., Augusta, ME
Pine Tree Quilters Guild, Inc.

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