Create Mini-Stitch Samplers

Being an instructor, I dutifully took the free classes offered when I bought my sewing machine years ago. Those classes didn’t even scratch the surface of what my machine could do. It came with a manual, but it didn’t really go in-depth either. I was determined to make the most of my sewing machine investment, […]

Experiment with Threads and Stitch Settings

If you’ve created your first set of mini-stitch samplers, then I recommend you create a sampler experimenting with specialty threads and changing your stitch settings. I like using the thicker machine quilting threads from YLI and Superior, so I experimented with regular straight and zig-zag stitches to see the difference the threads would make. Then […]

Getting to Know You

What if I told you I could instantly make you a better machine quilter with just one simple technique?  And you wouldn’t have to invest in any expensive tools, DVDs, or books.  Just use what you have. Interested? Here it is: Get to know your machine better.  Spend some time with it.  I can always […]

It’s Official

Now that it’s official, I can announce Color Mastery is a Benjamin Franklin award winner for Best Craft Book of 2009.  The Independent Book Publishers Association developed the awards to honor excellence in book publishing by independent presses.  David and I flew to NYC, attended the awards, and celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary in Little […]