Friday, 20 March 2015

Springtime - it's official!

Springtime a new colour-way from the Fantastico range of Superior Threads

Spring is officially here! Heralded by the Equinox, a solar eclipse and a super moon. Wow!

I've just ordered some of the new variegated colour-ways from the Fantastico range of Superior Threads. This ones's called Springtime and today is the perfect day to introduce it.

Fantastico threads are my current favourite for machine quilting. They combine beauty and strength making it the perfect thread to go at high speeds without shredding or breaking.

Priced at £12.95 for a  2,000 yd. cross-wound cone, Fantastico is a great value for money thread. Affordable, Beautiful and Strong. What's not to love?

We have a great selection of Fantastico in stock at MachineQuilter.

However you like to quilt.
on a frame, a long arm,
sitting at your sewing machine
or by hand, Fantastico will create a beautiful and strong line of stitching.
Celebrate Spring with Fantastico!

Available from our Machine Quilter online shop serving the UK and Europe. 

We have the biggest selection of Superior Threads at the best prices this side of the Atlantic!

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Free Workshop with Collection

Jacqui packing up her new 10 foot NEQ frame, table and Juki TL98P Nifty Grips
We offer a FREE 2+ hour workshop for customers who choose to come and collect their New English Quilter frames. Earlier this month, Jacqui came to collect her 10 foot New English Quilter frame, customised table and Nifty Grip speed control handles. Everything she needed to get the advantages of a long arm for a fraction of the cost.

Juki TL98P straight stitch sewing machine - great under arm space
Jacqui brought along her new JUKI TL98P straight stitch sewing machine so that we could help her to get it tensioned properly and run it through its paces on the NEQ quilting frame. 

We showed Jacqui how to oil it, change the foot and the needle and  how to get to the secret compartment for a really good clean.

Investing in the right sewing machine makes a huge difference to successful machine quilting on a frame. So is some personal help in getting everything tensioned properly and up and running smoothly.
Martha's machine quilting studio in Martin, Lincolnshire

every NEQ frame comes with a FREE Goodie bag
We had a play on a practice piece on the NEQ frame, showing how to move across the length of the frame and achieve a happy stitch length. We then took the frame apart and put it back together and showed how to extend the fabric poles and tracks. We showed how to load a 2 and 3 layer quilt sandwich on the frame.

Then Jacqui got to choose some threads for her FREE Goodie bag, which includes the ideal needles and threads, pre-wound bobbins, real thread cards and a New English Quilter Handbook CD - everything that Jacqui needs to get off to a good start.

We looked at lots of machine quilted projects that Jacqui would be inspired when she got home. After a snack and a drink we packed it all up in Jacqui's car and off she went excited to be starting a new adventure.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Fantastico Real Thread Cards

Fantastico Real Thread Card Booklet now in stock
Great News!! The Fantastico Thread Card Booklet is now in stock. Fantastico is my favourite machine quilting thread.I love the gorgeous variegated colours and I love how the threads runs so beautifully through my high speed sewing machine and creates a beautiful line of stitching. The real thread booklet means that you can accurately match thread to fabric and order confidently from the comfort of home.

Fantastico has tensile strength which means that its perfect for machine quilting. It's happy to go at high speeds without shredding or breaking. Fantastico is one of the newest ranges from Superior Threads. There are lots of lovely new colour combinations that I can't wait to try!

I'm putting my Superior Threads order through in the next day or so. So phone or email your orders as soon as you can.
01526 378057 or 01526 378551

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Brenda for Project Linus

Brenda Pack Project Linus Lincolnshire with Fantastico thread cones
Image result for project linus blanket
Meet Brenda Pack. As the Project Linus coordinator for Lincolnshire, Brenda keeps busy quilting the many tops that come to Project Linus. Project Linus is a charity providing quilts for all sorts of children from babies to teenagers. Many people send in tops and quilting groups across the country meet up to sandwich the tops with fleece or backing and wadding and then sew on the binding. The completed quilts are passed on to all sorts of children who need the bit of the comfort that home-made quilts can give.

Brenda uses a SuperQuilter frame and a JUKI TL98P sewing machine
To keep up with the project Brenda uses a machine quilting frame and a JUKI TL98P semi-industrial straight stitch sewing machine. You can see the Nifty Grip speed control handles that Brenda uses instead of the foot pedal. The 1500 stitches-per-minute and the extra height and width under the arm help Brenda to finish many quilts quickly. The stack of tops at the front of the photo are waiting to be quilted and the stack at the back are already completed!

a recent project under the arm of the Juki TL98P 
Brenda finds that the right threads make a big difference too. The variegated Fantastico cones from Superior Threads are ideal for Project Linus Quilts. Brenda likes to use the Fantastico on top and Bottom Line in the bobbin. Together these threads give a lovely and strong finish to the quilts. Brenda said:
" I bought my JUKI TL98P lockstitch sewing machine in January and went on your January retreat, since then I have quilted 52 tops using one cone of Bottom Line in silver which I used on all the quilts." 
Impressive! Brenda lives close enough to pop round and choose threads whenever she needs some new colours. If you live further away, the new Fantastico thread booklet just out at Machine Quilter   will make it easy to order all the new variegated colour-ways from the Fantastico range. So NEW it's not yet on the site. You can email or ring Martha with your order.

Project Linus UK has a Facebook page. Follow the link to see how you can join the project.

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Summers by the Sea

mom is 2nd from the right - she has great legs!
I love this photo of my mom! This was a shot of mom and her friends when they were at the University of Maryland back in the early 50's. The other special person in the photo is my Auntie, my mom's best friend and my namesake. Auntie is 2nd from the left. My mom and Auntie have stayed friends all these years. When we were little we used to visit my Auntie's houseboat in Ocean City, Maryland for our summer vacations. All those summers by the sea inspired a series of art quilts and I sent one to my mom for her birthday. I'll let the pictures do the talking...

sewing the binding with OMNI thread
JUKI HZL Exceed 600 the box feed makes binding a breeze
stripy binding for the Summers by the Sea art quilt
machine quilting detail
following the fabric lines
all rolled for the tube - no creases : )
Summers by the Sea - overview

Summers by the Sea
machine quilted by Martha and Emily Milne
on a 6 foot New English Quilter frame
with a JUKI TL98P straight stitch sewing machine
and Nifty Grip speed control handles.
All together giving the movement of a long arm
for a fraction of the cost.