Monday, May 27, 2013

No - I haven't dropped off the face of the EARTH!!

I went on vacation and thought that I would have LOTS of time to update my blog.  Unfortunately, my internet connection was SO SLOW and  I didn't have the patience to wait!  I am going home today and will try to start back the daily Site of the Day.  I got a lot of things accomplished even though we were moving from a mobile home to a house - near Belhaven, NC.  I'll post pictures when I get a better connection.  This one will not upload pictures before July!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

RetailMeNot -- Chosen Site of the Day

Looking for coupons is my Chosen "Site" of the Day.  There are many sites that carry coupons or promo codes and my favorite one is RetailMeNot.  They seem to be the most current and usable coupons or codes.

When you are looking for a specific item on the Internet and have decided where you want to purchase it, do a Google search and see if you can find a coupon.

For instance, if I find fabric at fabric.com, I will Google "fabric.com coupon"  and there will be a list of websites that offer coupons or promo codes.  When you go to check out, there should be a place to put a coupon code.  Type that code in and the shopping cart will deduct the amount if the coupon is current.

I have successfully used coupon or promo codes for fabric.com and Nancy's Notions as well as others.  You can sign up for emails so they will tell you when a new coupon or promo code is added.

This can be done for anything that you purchase on the Internet -- not just for quilting/crafting supplies.  I always find discount codes for HP ink and toner.  The last 2 laptops that I purchased had big coupons like $250 or $350 off at HP.    Again, just do a Google search for "HP coupons."

Check it out!


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Overstock.com -- Chosen Site of the Day

Today's site is Overstock.com.  You may not realize that they carry a wonderful assortment of quilting and sewing supplies often at very reduced or discounted prices.

They carry lighting that you need for close up work when doing crafting of any kind. They also have magnifiers. I especially like the MagEyes and the clip-on spectacle magnifiers.

Take a look at the rulers available.  Overstock carries quilt kits, books, rotary cutters and blades, notions, and much much more.  I purchased my 14x14 rotating mat from Overstock and it was the cheapest price that I could find anywhere.

There is an assortment of batting and stabilizers at all times.

Google for an Overstock coupon and sometimes you can find free shipping or an additional % off.

What they carry changes day to day so you have to monitor the site.  When I need a specialty item, I like to look at what they have available.

Check it out!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Hatched in Africa -- Chosen Site of the Day

I originally bought a Bernina 820 because I did not want to get involved in machine embroidery.  I knew what would happen if I got involved -- I would fall in love with it.  Well, when I went to the New User training for my 820 -- guess what??  I fell in love with the 830 so I had to trade.  Luckily, Shirley at Sew Original was kind and forgiving and allowed me to trade up.  What a joy machine embroidery has become!
(Of course, I fell in love with it.)

Hatched in Africa did a trunk show right after I bought my 830 at Sew Original and they are planning to come back this summer.  If you machine embroider and have never used their designs, you have really missed something.

The designs stitch out beautifully and they have designs for everyone.  Check out the new designs -- they have applique, quilting, modern, contemporary, owls, red work, color work, glorious butterflies, in the hoop, free standing lace  -- you name it, you can find it.

Check out the free stuff  -- here and here.  There are free project directions as well as embroidery designs to download.  They also have a Yahoo group where you can get more free designs and give them feedback on what to design.

There are $5 design sets  -- check out #2355 -- applique duck set -- TOO cute!  You can find 3D embroidery.    #2213 Christmas 3D Poinsettia is gorgeous.  

I absolutely LOVE the butterflies -- not so much the BUGS.  They stitch out wonderfully and there are all kinds whether you like the swirls or standard butterflies, you can find something that appeals to you.

I am currently working on  embroidering table runners for the wedding of a friend's niece.  I am using the Country Garden 3 and Just Daisies for the designs.  The material is VERY lightweight gingham and after I hooped with 2 types of stabilizer - tear away medium and sticky back medium along with decreasing the bobbin tension, they have stitched out like a dream.  Here is a picture. I am trying to make the designs all different because her family wants to make a quilt out of them.  It will be stunning!



The patchwork designs are special too.  It is quilting for your embroidery!

I have received an email from Sew Original with news that Hatched in Africa plans to do another trunk show this summer.  They have great specials and discounted prices during the trunk show along with wonderful samples.  If you love machine embroidery, I encourage you to check it out!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Babylock - Chosen Site of the Day

You can never have enough sewing machines.  I have a Baby Lock Crescendo that I use for piecing and machine quilting while my Bernina 830 is embroidering quilts or table runners.

Babylock is my Chosen Site of the Day.  There are LOTS of free projects that could be used on ANY brand of machine.

I like the Holiday Circle Quilt and Quilter's Caddy on this page.

I may have to make the teepee for the 2 boys of my daughter's boyfriend.  I am always looking for something for boys.

There are lots of table runners and clothes and totes and stuffed animals and on and on.  Take a look and find a free pattern.

You can get the inside scoop and I just learned that Jenny from Missouri Star Quilt Company is now a Baby Lock Quilter! You can also follow Nancy Zieman's Tip of the Month and Eleanor Burns' Quilting Bees' Buzz.

Even if you don't have a Baby Lock, you can still get wonderful patterns and information free from their site!

Check it out!

Hobbs Batting - On Sale at Connecting Threads

Just a note to let you know that Hobbs Batting is on sale for 30% off through June 17, 2013 at Connecting Threads.   If you want to try it out, now is a good time to do it.

I have used the 80/20 cotton/poly and have had good success with it.  The price is right for charity quilts if you make them.

Check it out!

Exnovodesign - Chosen Site of the Day

If you haven't found Exnovodesign, check it out.  It is hosted by Amanda Whitlatch who is a Bernina Educator.

There are videos for the  Bernina 830.  I have watched several of them many times and I pick up a new technique or tip each time.

Projects are listed and added monthly.   It is a good source for inspirational ideas.  I just saw a couple of things that I need to look at further.  There is a new instructional guide for mitered corners with the binder.  That is a problem that I have had in the past with the binder.

She has a technology blog.  I highly recommend Ccleaner that she mentions in the May post.  We use it at work and I use it at home.  I have never heard of the other program but I am going to check it out.

There is a lot of information and many videos for the embroidery software.  I have learned many things by watching the videos.

Be sure to explore and see what you can find!


Sunday, May 12, 2013

Google -- Chosen Site of the Day

Google is my chosen site of the day.   It is a search engine and I am convinced that you can find ANYTHING on the Internet using it.

If you are looking for a certain quilt pattern, open up Google and type it in the search bar then click on "IMAGES" on the tool bar.  Pictures of anything that has the matching words will show.  You can click on the link and go to the selected website.  It's  easier because you will see the pictures and you can find the one that you want.  Try an image search on poodles or knitting or anything that interests you.

Google has a good maps program and comes in handy when I am out of town trying to find the local quilt shops.  Click on "MAPS" on the tool bar.  You can see a map or get directions if you have the address.  It will give you turn by turn directions.

I use the You Tube link on the tool bar too.  You can find many quilting, sewing, and crafting videos and spend HOURS watching them.

It is alway fun to see what the Google header is for the day.  The one for Mother's Day today is interactive and entertaining!

Check it out.  








Saturday, May 11, 2013

My husband has OFFICIALLY retired.

I can tell my husband is actually retired because he bought this shirt from K-Mart.  



Here is a close up of the fabric.  


Does that make you think of RETIREMENT or what?


Superior Threads - Chosen Site of the Day

The Machine Quilting Guild met today at Sew Original.  In honor of our topic today given by Kelly, I have picked Superior Threads.    This website has lots of information about threads as well as other topics.

They have a Deal of the Day. You can purchase the thread at a discount and try it out.

Check out their specials.    They had 30% off on Topstitch needles earlier this week.  Different threads and other items are always on sale.

You can sign up for emails  (scroll to the bottom of the page)  and get a the deal of the day or specials or newsletters filled with educational tips.

There are Block of the Month Clubs,  Thread of the Month Clubs,  and Superior University.  You can get samples of thread or projects to complete for a monthly fee.

Educational information is on the website.  Be sure to check out What Makes Us Superior?   It's a PDF with  a huge amount of information about threads. The last few pages are reference guides for both machine quilters  and long arm quilters.

Check it out!

Friday, May 10, 2013

Sew Fabulous - Chosen Site of the Day

Sew Fabulous is my Chosen Site of the Day.

If you are a Wake Forest fan, you need to check out her site.  She makes quilts with the Wake Forest logo and colors. 

Gloria also teaches the Square in a Square method by Jodi Barrows.  You never have to sew on the bias again.  It is an easy method to learn and there are fabulous quilt patterns.  I am currently taking a block of the month class based on Jodi's Kisses from your Beloved book.  Each block teaches a new skill.

Gloria also has lots of quilts on her website and has inspirational ideas. She also makes T Shirt quilts and does long arm quilting.

Be sure to take a look at the website for Sew Fabulous!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Pinterest - Chosen Site of the Day

I absolutely LOVE Pinterest.   I have always needed a place to store the ideas and tutorials and patterns that I find on the Internet.  I have tried printing them off and putting them in notebooks, setting up an elaborate folder system in Windows Explorer, making each a favorite in Internet Explorer among many other things.  When I found Pinterest, it was just what I needed.

You can set up boards (folders) for anything that you want to pin (ie. save the internet address that you want to go back to.)

Check out my pinterest boards.  Sign up (it's free)  and follow me.  My boards are about quilting and crafts. You can make your boards about the things you like. Try it out!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Missouri Star Quilt Company - My Chosen Site of the Day

Where have you been if you are not following Missouri Star Quilt Company?  It is my chosen site of the day.  Why?

  • Those TUTORIALS!  They are wonderful and thoroughly entertaining. 
  • They are a family run business in Missouri with fantastic customer service. 
  • Don't miss the daily deal.   You can even get an email daily to alert you.  The pricing is always amazing and the product is always a current item. 
  • The blog is informative, motivating and inspirational.  
  • The fabric selection is extensive. I love to check out the best sellers
Be sure to sign up for the newsletter.   If you are not following Missouri Star Quilt Company, you are missing out on a lot of entertainment and education!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Quiltville - My Chosen Site of the Day

If you are not a Bonnie Hunter fan, you are missing a lot of fun and education. Why?

  • Bonnie travels the United States extensively and posts daily from her location.  She talks about special locations in the area and posts pictures. 
  • Free patterns  are plentiful.  They are well written with delightful designs.  
  • Don't miss Bonnie's scrap system. 
  • Each year, Bonnie does a Mystery Quilt.  It is lots of fun and I try, try, try to keep up.  My Orca Bay is still in pieces and so is my Easy Street.  Maybe one day when I retire.......
  • She sells books and I have them all.  She will autograph them for you if you wish. 
  • There are videos and quilt cam.  I love to watch her.  She has so much energy, so many good tips and a love for what she does that just spills out.  
  • She will be in Winston-Salem with Collaboration Celebration 2013.  Since she lives here, she won't have far to go!  I have registered and plan to attend.  

Bonnie is most generous of her time and talent.  If you are not following her, you are missing out on a quilting icon.  Be sure to sign up for her email and you will be given a heads up when she posts to her blog.  Check it out!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Bernina - My Chosen Site of the Day

Bernina is my chosen site of the day.   Why?

  • I have a Bernina 830 so I keep an eye on the site for any information related to the 8 series.  
  • I always check out the new promotions and events for sales and upcoming events in the stores.  
  • You can get support for your machines, download manuals or watch videos.  Software updates can be found here also.  
  • The Through the Needle magazine can be downloaded.  Each edition has wonderful patterns, suggestions and tips.  The Zentangles in this edition are wonderful.  They are addicting once you start designing them.  
  • Don't miss the free downloads including the free embroidery designs.  
  • We All Sew is another great place to get free patterns and inspiration.  
  • Last but not least, you can find out information on all of the current products. My favorite part is the presser feet section.  Each presser foot is listed along with what they do.  There is also a video showing how to use the foot.  
Be sure to sign up for the enews from Bernina.  Check out the Bernina site for lots of information!

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Connecting Threads -- My Chosen Site of the Day

I love Connecting Threads.     Why?

  • Connecting Threads is a family owned and operated company based in Vancouver, Washington. They carry wholesale priced fabric bought directly from the mill.   The collections are constantly updated and changed.   Check out the current fabric collections with laminates, flannel, quilting cottons and batiks.  The patterns are up to date and current.  The colors include modern and contemporary as well as traditional.  One of the best parts is free shipping for orders over $50.  
  • They have many reasonably priced kits. The selection includes quilts, wall hangings, totes, bags, table runners and more.  
  • There are freebies.  Look at the tutorials, the design table, quilt patterns, EQ Quilt fabric downloads, and quilt labels.   You can join the Quilt with Us Community and follow their blog.  
  • You can follow them on Pinterest.
  • Check out the clearance section.  They have fabric, patterns, books and notions all priced to sell. 
  • I love the samplers.     They have fat quarters, 10" squares, 2 1/2" strips and 5" squares.  All very affordable and grouped by collections or type of fabric.  
  • They carry all types of batting - Hobbs Heirloom, InsulBright, Soft and Stable, Warm Tater - with frequent sales for 20-30% off.  
  • They have cotton thread to match the fabric collections.  
Check the website out and see what you think.  Be sure to sign up for their emails and find out what is on sale.  Connecting Threads is my chosen site of the day!