Notions & Jewelry 20% Off Thru February 10th

In celebration of our current 20% off notions and jewelry sale*, we’ve asked each of our staff to let us know what their favorite is and why.

web_jewelry_snake_chainWanda: I really love the way you can quickly change the design of your SNAKE CHAIN NECKLACE with the Quilt Dots system. I’ve even sold one right off my neck!

1000x750_plastic_wipe_off_sheetsjpgNikki: Every quilter seems to run up against quilters block eventually.  I can just pull out my WIPE OFF SHEET and DRY ERASE MARKER to immediately try out multiple design ideas and see how they will look. This visual method keeps the process flowing. Inspiration is a key element of choosing the best design for a quilt.

Sharon: BEST PRESS makes your fabric nice and stiff. If you use it when you first get your fabric, it really helps make cutting a breeze!

332x800_tape_measure_288jpgWendy: The FLIP-IT TAPE MEASURE makes measuring easy, because it shows yardage and inches. On your big projects, when you reach the end of the tape, just flip it and keep measuring!

42197802197802x800_seam_ripper_haveljpgNancy: ULTRA-PRO SEAM RIPPER takes out mistakes quickly. When the tool is used correctly, it does not cut or pull your fabric, like some other rippers out there.

40060019Dixie: I recently picked up the PLAIN PLASTIC TEMPLATES and love the idea of being able to replicate some of my favorite designs, whether I’m piecing or machine quilting.

Kristen: Especially since I’ve started sewing the bindings for our customers, I’ve found these WONDER CLIPS really are wonderful! So much easier than pins!

1000x665625_corsage_pinsjpgSkye: The CORSAGE PINS were such a welcome find. No more am I “stuck” with tiny pins for big projects. The length of the pins are great and the head is large enough to grab onto easily.

*Shop all Discounted Notions and Quilt Dots.

Finding Your Creative Spark 2.0

Ever find yourself spending more time deciding how you want to quilt something – than the time it actually takes to execute the project? Tired of the same old bag of tricks? You can replenish your creative and quilting inspirations in many ways.

After over 20 years of quilting I have learned several ways to charge up my creative batteries.

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Kathy H.

I just wanted to say thank you for the training class that you held on December 10th. I have NEVER used a longarm before and an absolute BEGINNER! But with the 2-1/2 hour training I went too, I came away a little less scared. Then I signed up to come in and use one of the longarm machines on December 17th and I had an absolute blast! I came away feeling sooo accomplished! From the beginning of making the quilt top, to the backing and batting — and then me actually quilting it all together — WOW! That felt AWESOME! Thank you so much and I will be back in January to quilt more! And the staff were there to assist if I needed anything and even though they were busy with their work, they never portrayed that I was a nuisance.

Joyce C.

Happy holidays from Pocatello.  I enjoy stoping at your shop and always leave with at least a book or two and plenty of thread.  You and your staff are so friendly and that goes a long way with me.  Merry Christmas to you all.

Colors of Friendship Quilt

Entered into the 2016 WSQ Quilt Show

Pattern by: Aurora Diaz-Kelly

Pieced by: Peace of the Valley St. Joseph Catholic Church Quilt Group

This is modern double grace quilt. It was an idea that we all in the group help and enjoy to embrace the fun and bold colors in modern design.

Quilted by: Heartbeat Quilting

Statler pattern: rapunzel b2b.qli

Loading Directional Quilts

Loading Directional Quilts Onto a Longarm Quilting Machine

So, we’ve already discussed how to pin your zippers onto your backing when preparing to float your quilt on a longarm quilting machine. Now, we would like to address how to prepare your quilt for floating if the top, back and/or pattern are directional. The best way we have have found to show this is to provide diagrams.

Click here to download a printer-friendly cheat sheet.

Load zippers on the long edge, with both Xs on the left.

Load zippers on the long edge, with both Xs on the left.


Load zippers on the long edge, with both Xs on the left. Load top of your quilt top to the left.

Load zippers on the long edge, with both Xs on the left. Load top of your quilt top to the left.


Load zippers on the long edge, with both Xs on the left. Be sure the top of your backing is to the left as you would load it onto the machine.

Load zippers on the long edge, with both Xs on the left. Be sure the top of your backing is to the left as you would load it onto the machine.


Load zippers on the long edge, with both Xs on the left. Be sure the top of both your backing and your quilt top are to the left as you would load them onto the machine.

Load zippers on the long edge, with both Xs on the left. Be sure the top of both your backing and your quilt top are to the left as you would load them onto the machine.


Load zippers on the short edge, with both Xs on the left.

Load zippers on the short edge, with both Xs on the left.


Load zippers on the short edge, with both Xs on the left. Load top of your quilt top first.

Load zippers on the short edge, with both Xs on the left. Load top of your quilt top first.


Load zippers on the short edge, with both Xs on the left. Be sure the top of your backing is loaded first onto the machine.

Load zippers on the short edge, with both Xs on the left. Be sure the top of your backing is loaded first onto the machine.


Load zippers on the short edge, with both Xs on the left. Be sure the top of both your backing and your quilt top are loaded first onto the machine.

Load zippers on the short edge, with both Xs on the left. Be sure the top of both your backing and your quilt top are loaded first onto the machine.

Oh My Stars Quilt

Entered into the 2016 WSQ Quilt Show

Pattern by: Jenny Doan

Pieced by: Molly Destefano

These colors make me feel like it is Spring… a very happy time of year! It was a class project when Jenny Doan was the featured speaker at our July meeting.

Quilted by: Heartbeat Quilting and Wanda Jeffries

Statler pattern: m1-059 pearl block