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Concatenating Script Lettering

February 2015

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Yay for concatenation with CS6 on Statler Stitchers! It is making life just so much easier when we quilt and here is yet another use for it.

I have reformatted all the LETTERS in this set so that they can now be concatenated using the Repeat Patterns function. It is now just so quick to form names and words - no more lining up letters, snapping end points together - it is all done for you.

I have put together a page of instructions to walk you through concatenating the letters - click here to download them
for the instructions when not using concatenation (CS4 users and for numbers etc) click here to download these.

Crazy Stitches

January 2015

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Crazy Stitches with curves
(the initial set had 13 patterns in it - click on image to go to the current set)
Crazy Stitches with only Straight Lines
(the intial set had 32 patterns in it - click on image to go to the current set)

Velvet Quilt with hand stitched crazy stitching Oooh! My love of Crazy Stitching has just been taken one step further with Statler Stitchers now able to stitch them along paths that curve and wind - as well as regular straight paths.

I need to tell you that it started from the day I was born: becoming familiar with Crazy Stitches and holding them dear to my heart. I did not even know this had happened and yet it had done so literally right under my very nose. How? Well you might ask!

Let me tell you the story.

At about the time I started patchwork in the 70's my maternal Grandmother died. BTW - she is the one whom I blame for my 'collecting' (let's say) penchant. I inherited her collection of velvets - velvet pieces of ALL kinds - silks, upholstery as well as regular dressmaking. They were mainly ones which had been on sample cards - but dressmaking scraps were also in there.

It took me a few years to decide what to do with them, but when I saw a fan pattern in a magazine I knew that would be just the thing. Each of the fans could be of different pieces of velvet! How wonderful! I could showcase them all! After piecing several blocks I decided the velvet really cried out for something more.

Now - did I mention I collected? Well - I had just the resource required for that 'something more'. I would crazy stitch each of the fan blades using some embroidery threads which had been given to me by my 'Aunty' Hazel. She had somehow very badly tangled and knotted lots and lots of threads together. In her wisdom she decided that untangling and unknotting was something which might keep me amused as a child, and she gave me the added incentive of being able to keep them if I did so. Needless to say I spent many an hour untangling and unknotting ... and keep them I did, for about 15 years until the crazy stitching stage hit ... just waiting!

Great Great Granny's Young Ladies Journal Comlete Guide to the Worktable Sharon's workbag framed The next question was - what stitches should I use? So I did what one does - go and unearth the sampler done at school (aged 11) and used some of the stitches from that. Next I looked out the book of embroidery stitches my mother had given to me when I was preparing items for my 'Hope Chest'. After running out of stitches from those resources I sought out another I had - "The Ladies Journal Complete Guide to the Worktable" - which my paternal Grandmother had recently given to me. She had received it from her Grandmother who had been given it in 1886. Who says collecting isn't worthwhile?

I should have realised that if it took quite some time to embroider 2 blocks - it was going to take a lot more to embroider 20 of them. But I persisted - at the beach, in the hospital beside sick children as well as just relaxing.

As an aside - batting was not readily available at that time - so I purchased some factory ends of calico which had nice thick wool batting cross-hatched onto one side of it. I unpicked one from the other and put TWO layers of that batting into the quilt (I have learnt a bit since then - including how velvet frays!)

Young_Ladies_Journal_gift_notation Anyway - that velvet quilt is one of my favourites, and I love it dearly with all the memories it brings. (So does my younger son, who has already claimed it as part of his inheritance - he loved 'wrinkly' Granny (from whom he has also inherited the 'collecting gene')).

Granny_Jones_quilt Since then I have crazy stiched many other quilts - but now on my sewing machine. Quilts made of wool, men's ties, as well as regular cotton fabric.

This is where the story gets very interesting.

Years after I had completed the velvet quilt mother was moving - and she produced from the back of a linen cupboard, safely tucked away for close on 40 years, a quilt. Not just any quilt ... no ... a quilt made for me by my Great Grandmother and given to me when I was born and guess what? Great Granny had made it from samples of fabric and she had Crazy Stitched together! I had evidently used it as a 'kicking rug' when I was a baby. I must have spent a bit of time kicking in the middle of it as there is quite a worn area there.
So as I said at the beginning: I had started life with Crazy Stitches right under my nose! Such a beautiful gift and lovingly made just for me - how could I help but not grow up to be addicted to them!

Look well at the photo - and you can see those 50's sleeves with their high caps for gathering! Guess where her scraps had come from - so cool! Also, I love the way she has laid out all the pieces - very balanced. Even the colour of the threads match each side - I had a very clever Great Granny!

The final bit of news was that mother still had the note which Great Granny had included with the gift - what treasures I have and you can see how I was born to love Crazy Stitching!

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All Crazy Stitches
(the initial set had 20 patterns in it - click on image to go to the current set)

- and also, just to cap it all off (as if this was not enough) Great Granny's Grandmother was the one who did the embroidered Sampler on the "About Us" page - the 1839 one, when she was 10.

Now I have the joy of digitizing many of those old patterns, getting them to run on our modern quilting machines - embroidering AND quilting in the one step (aren't we spoilt?). I have got some way there - but there are a lot more to come!

I will be doing the same thing as in the past:
- you will be able to purchase patterns individually or
- you can purchase them at greatly discounted prices in sets. If you do this and additional patterns are subsequently added to the set they become yours free of any additional charges: just redownload your original order which had the set in and they will magically be there!

for printable catalogue pages of Crazy Stitches click here

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Urban Pods

November 2014

After a few slower months being hampered by a shoulder operation I am just about able to use a quilting machine again!

However, I have had a bit of fun slowly working up to that by catching up on some of the design work -
Urban Pods has been a strong quitling design request, along with some quilting designs for someof the other fantastic patterns published by Sew Something Wonderful. I have so many on paper (some from a long time ago), all waiting to be digitised.

Darby quickly used a couple of these patterns, purchasing and quilting them within an hour or so of meputting them up on the website - and what a fantastic job done!

I am just in the process of adapting the main pod patterns so that the ones that double back on themselves will be added as supplementary sets - should you so wish to have them

I have done some 'sashes' - with more of these to come in different styles as well.

All of these designs are p2p ones - with the placement of the registration points the all-time important matter, sometimes it is best to measure and mark to ensure accuracy.

When searching for other designs for Urban Pods quilts, put 'Urban' into the filter.

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Rapid Fire Hunter's Star Quilting pattern - Holly Rapid Fire Hunter's Star Quilting pattern - Elegance Hunter's Star Quilting pattern - Olwyn Rapid Fire Hunter's Star Quilting pattern - Grandeur

Hunter's Stars

August 2014

Well - I have gone mad on Hunter's Stars this month!

Some time ago someone wanted one - which I did and put up on the website, but in the process I had drawn (on paper) almost another 2 dozen of them.

My drawing arm is currently out of use - but my digitising one is not (for some reason I use a mouse in the other hand). Hence - if I have a drawing already done, I can use this time to get on and digitise those designs which have been so patiently waiting.

So - I am well underway in getting several of these completed - but in the process have found that there are an infinite number of differently proportioned Hunter's Star blocks. What I have done is to digitise my designs for the most popular proportions - and have done a catolgue page explaining them. Included are designs for many of the different sized blocks which can be made using the Rapid Fire ruler from 'Studio 180 Design'. There are also some designs for the traditionally proportioned blocks.

To find them all in the General Patterns area - enter 'HStar' into the Name Search filter

Rapid Fire Hunter's Star Quilting pattern - Wildflower

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Glass Bowls

July 2014

I found this photo of a wonderful antique Carnival Glass bowl
- and look at the design moulded into it - perfect to adapt for a modern quilting design!

It may take me a while to convert all of these drawings into patterns which will work on the machine, but aren't they just grand? Patterns will gradually be added to the website - including ones which are not illustrated below.

The Plan:
I have made a set which will contain all the derived designs. More will be added as I have time - including triangles - and the price of the set will gradually creep up
- BUT - for those who get in and purchase this set early, you can just keep downloading your original order and the new ones will appear. Currently there are 2, 3, 4 patterns in the set.
The reward for getting in early is that you will not have to pay any additional amount.
Click on the coloured bowl image to the left to go directly to this package.

A very traditional style of glass bowl which has been the inspiration for several patterns. Two of them have ended with a bit of a modern twist to them.

The two arc patterns were done first - just to have a play. These were made more useful by formatting them as p2p patterns.

Then I went on to the border design. This I considered a little plain if it was left as per bowl - I wanted to spice it up a bit, so circles - or pearls went on the top of each of the 'fan tips'.
The final bit of the change was to make the border repeats work well - so that they could be used without the corner pattern and butt right up to a cornerstone if required. That meant getting rid of the central 'fan' point - so they got reduced from 5 to 4.
The resulting design has the interest and modern twist I was aiming for, and in many ways gives the impression of lace. The border can also be used by itself in bars - no pattern dividing required.

One of our special design areas is:

A digitised Alphabet

capital letters  -  small letters  -  numbers  -  punctuation  -  symbols  -  words  -  names

Sharon Perry has developed this script style of lettering over a number of years.
• letters are clear, smooth and regular
• letters flow seamlessly from one to the other
• cursive, single line and continuous stitching
• all have been digitised using the same size grid - they fit together with no fuss or bother
• downloadable instructions available from the 'Info & Free' page

Personalise your quilts - have them tell a story!

Many other types of patterns are also available.

We are especially proud of the development of patterns for what can otherwise be very difficult areas.
Solutions are achieved mainly through the focus given to the p2p (line pattern) function:

builders - especially useful for sashings
- once masquerading as regular blocks - now reformatted into p2p patterns
- they require 2 passes to be 'built'
- quickly placed and extremely accurate at intersections.
- if the machine head can get in and all the sashes are connected - they will sew out with just one start/finish.

p2psu (point to point set up)
regular blocks - reformatted so they can be placed (or set up) using the p2p function.
- extremely useful for situations such as the chain in a Double Irish Chain, placement in hexagons, etc.

sashes - which will not overstitch
designed for ease and success at intersections.
Where they turn or cross over each other:
- their corners are self-turning and
- their main design elements will not stitch on top of each other.
Illustrations clearly show what occurs at the intersections.

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• completed quilts - for purchase
• along with patchwork patterns (for making the quilts)
• and for a change of scene, there will be some embroidery patterns for sale

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