Post 3 of
Countdown to my Biggest Sale of the Year
Saturday February 11, 10 AM to 5 PM
We are now 17 Sleeps Away from my biggest sale of the year. The studio is getting nicely organized awaiting delivery of a 7 carton shipment from Japan and a 30+ bolt shipment of Shot Cottons, the Peppered Cotton line by Pepper Cory… including some 108” wides for quilt backs!
Today’s post contains --
Straight line ruler work on domestic machines,
More about needles, and
A new Moda line by Janet Clare!
Straight line ruler work -- In my free-motion quilting, I like to be able to throw in some straight lines to separate areas of different quilting motifs… and I like to do that without having to switch to my walking foot. I found a perfect ruler, that comes in two lengths, but the price was Not perfect… $40 for the 8” long ruler and $56 for the 18” ruler.
So I’ve gone into manufacturing and now have an 18” x 2” x ¼” ruler backed with washable double sided tape that sells for $28… much better… now we can have our straight lines and eat cake too!
Here are links to a couple of good videos about ruler quilting…
More about needles… My last blog post about needles was well timed to just precede Clover and Organ going into a needle-making partnership and introducing needles that don’t conform to the otherwise standard characteristics of needle types created by Schmetz! So this is a WATCH OUT notice… If you are buying these new Clover/Organ needles, they’ve changed the characteristics of their needle types as follows:
While Schmetz’s Denim needle has a modified medium ball point and reinforced blade, the Clover/Organ Denim needle has a very sharp, acute point with a slender eye and a strong shaft.
While Schmetz’s Topstitch needle has a very sharp point,elongated eye, and deeper groove, the Clover/Organ Topstitch needle has an extra large eye and a much deeper groove but a slightly rounded point.
Bottom line -- know both your needle type and the needle manufacturer’s specs for that needle type -- you want a sharp point for both piecing and quilting most tight cottons and silks, and you want a needle hole big enough for your thread slide through as described last post.
Darn! It was easier when they were all using the same specs for the different needle types!
A new Moda line by Janet Clare… Oh my goodness they are beautiful:-)
And the price is $19.95/M, which from Blog Post 1 in the Countdown to the Sale series… you know equates to $13.45/Yd USD. The series includes some neutral Grunge cottons… so I finally let some into my studio! And for the sale this series will be 20% off, so $15.96/M or $10.74/Yd USD.
That’s it for now… Happy Quilting… I look forward to seeing you out and about!