Dear Quilting Friends,
We are back from our adventure at Quilt Market and I have lots of news to share about what these country girls found in the big city; but first I want to invite all of you to our Christmas Gift Ideas Open House. On November 8th, stop in on your way home from work or after voting at the polls to browse through the display of quick handmade gift ideas that Glora Belle and Linda have been gathering and creating. Light refreshments will be served, so come prepared to sample the edible goodies while planning your Christmas gift sewing!
Both Glora Belle and Linda will be on hand to answer questions about any of the ideas they are presenting and to help you find the appropriate books, patterns and fabrics needed to create your own version of many of these gifts to give to your special friends and family during the holidays. After the open house, you still have 46 days to sew before Christmas, so there is plenty of creative time left before the holidays!
So come for the fun, and surprise the people on your list this year with unique gifts, handmade especially with them in mind. I hope to see you all the evening of the 8th!
Christmas Gift Ideas
Tuesday, November 8
5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Instructors: Glora Belle Yoder and Linda Stuckey
Skill Level: All
Class Fee: FREE
Everyone loves giving and receiving unique, handmade gifts! Stop in at Threads of Tradition during this open house event to see ideas for quick and easy projects then leave inspired to create gifts for those special people on your Christmas list.
International Quilt Market—Exciting and Energizing as Always!There’s just something about the atmosphere of Quilt Market that energizes and excites Glora Belle and I to try new things and to seek out the best ideas we can find to bring home to you. But in the midst of it all, whether we are meeting the Cat in the Hat, attending the Moda dinner with our sales representative “Pope” Mark, or spinning the wheel for discounts in the Northcott booth, there are lots of elements of fun added to the serious work of Market. Through all the classes, workshops and many hours on the convention floor browsing through hundreds of wonderful booths full of all the latest fabrics and designer ideas, we are always thinking of you, our quilting friends, and what would interest you the most.
Some of the more outstanding trends seem to be the emphasis on handmade, including the addition of hand embroidery to quilts and garments, wool appliqué, lots of ruffles and dimensional work, simpler, cleaner lines in designs and new color combinations like the teal, gray and yellow quilt in these pictures. We’d love to hear your response to these new looks and color combinations; we’re hoping you are ready to branch out and try something new, or maybe something that was old and is new again!
We purchased hundreds of bolts of fabric which will be arriving between now and April. I don’t have pictures to show yet, but some of the earliest arrivals will include Amy Butler’s Lark sateens, new fabrics from Marcia Derse, our favorite local designer from Sylvania, new Dr. Seuss fabric from Kaufman, a world map and coordinates from P&B, and Elizabethtown by Jo Morton to name a few. You can see that we will continue to carry a wide variety of styles and time periods to supply all your quilting fabric needs.
Some of the new, trendier fabrics that we ordered at Market include printed oilcloth and chalk fabric along with patterns and ideas for using these new fabrics in aprons, totes, tablecloths and many other items. Another hot seller was ruffled fabric which we purchased in several colors and ruffle widths. They will be wonderful for stitching into the gathered scarves that are so popular in all the department stores and for skirts, dresses, tops and tights for girls of all ages.
Notions companies are also widely represented at Quilt Market. We were very excited to find a new batting by Warm and Company called Soft, Soft High Loft. We have been looking for a better comforter loft batting and we believe this new batting will be perfect for those cozy, fluffy, tied quilts.
Thread is the ultimate notion in the quilting business, and the variety of thread available has increased exponentially in the last few years. We have been considering a change in our thread department so at Market we placed an order for an assortment of Aurifil 50 weight cotton thread and a full display of Mettler polyester thread. When they arrive, these new threads will replace the Presencia and DMC sewing threads currently in our store.
New patterns for quilts, bags and clothing were everywhere we looked at Market! We attempted to choose the best of the best from each category. Pairing some patterns with the jelly rolls that we ordered was helpful in making our selections. Of course, pictures never do justice to the real quilt, but this picture of the new strip quilt Mirror, Mirror will give you a bit of an idea of one of our new patterns.
The Kid’s Quilts booth, a new exhibitor from New Zealand, caught our eye and we brought home several of their patterns for quilts for boys and girls, cloth ABC and 1-2-3 books, along with a pattern for handmade cloth dolls. All patterns can be constructed with hand or machine appliqué and would make wonderful gifts for the precious little ones in your life.
With appliqué becoming more popular again, we found a tool to make appliqué cutting easier so that you can spend your time stitching instead of cutting. Slice Fabrique is a digital fabric cutter which allows you to select the shape and the size you want it to be. Once you’ve completed those simple steps, just iron fusible web to the back of your favorite fabric, turn on Slice Fabrique and it cuts the shape perfectly. The starter kit comes with everything you need to begin cutting and even includes an appliqué basics design card. Additional design cards are available as well so you can cut a wide variety of shapes as well as several alphabets and sets of numbers.
Planning for Future Events
Part of our reason for attending Quilt Market is also to find new ideas for the annual challenge and demonstrations for our Quilt Show. We also spent a lot of time considering options for our next Saturday Sampler. We came home with several ideas, but have not yet committed to any of them, so we are not ready to reveal our final choice. Just know that we are working toward a great Quilt Show and another wonderful experience for Saturday Sampler and you, our Current Threads quilting friends will be among the first to know when we have plans firmly in place. After all, this is the place to connect to the latest and greatest news from Threads of Tradition!
I hope our excitement is contagious and that you have caught a bit of a vision of what is in store for the next few months at Threads of Tradition. Thank you for shopping with us, for sharing your quilts and ideas, and for your encouragement and continued support as we head into the holiday season. After all, quilting would not be nearly as much fun without friends who share our enthusiasm and passion for the process as well as the finished product!
Keep on quilting,
Threads of Tradition @ Sauder Village
22611 State Route 2, Archbold, Ohio 43502
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