April 2012 Newsletter

April 5, 2012


Spring is here and Easter is just around the corner.  Best wishes from all of us at for a joyful holiday weekend.

We're enjoying some of our favorite days here in the desert southwest.  The grass is green, flowers and trees are in full bloom, birds are singing, and days are at that just-right, not-too-cold, not-too-hot temperature.  It's hard to be inside working when it's so nice outside!

So, we're going to keep this newsletter short and sweet and concentrate on news about upcoming events as well as some extra-special Easter weekend deals.


For three days only (until midnight on Sunday, April 8, 2012), take advantage of these great offers:

Mother's Day and graduations are just around the corner, so we're offering special deals on easy-to-make patterns and finishing kits for quick, simple gifts.  Your mom, daughter, or a special friend is sure to love them!

Save over 20%!

Necessories patterns and finishing kits

Quick and easy patterns for a mini bag, a double eyeglass/cell phone case, and a pocket wallet.

Pretty and practical, these accessories are quick and easy to make using your favorite fabrics.

Make them to match your purse or your mood — and make a few for friends, too. They're great for gifts!

I prefer to use ByAnnie's Soft and Stable in these projects to give them a professional finish and good body and stability.

Necessories Finishing Kits include precut Soft and Stable, vinyl, zippers, and Velcro.

Read more and order at my website. . .

Save over 20%!

Jewelry Travel Case patterns and finishing kits

This handy case will keep your treasured jewelry protected and organized, minimizing tangles, twists and knots.

Individual ring, earring, and bracelet bars help arrange all your favorites.  Three flannel-lined zippered pockets hold bracelets, pins, and large loop earrings.

The necklace station provides a safe haven for chains, ropes, and other unique items with snap tab holders and an open bottom pocket to keep them in place.  A zip-up divider separates them from other jewelry.

Fabric texturized with Texture Magic adds interest and stability to the case.

Jewelry Travel Case Finishing Kits include everything needed to make one Jewelry Travel Case except the main fabric, coordinating fabric, and thread.

Read more at my website. . .

Save up to 20%!

Yoga Bag & Accessories patterns and finishing kits

Practical, durable, and attractive, this 28" x 7" x 7" bag helps you carry your yoga and fitness gear with comfort and ease.

Roomy enough for a mat, yoga rug, clothes, and water bottle, the bag has plenty of space for your cell phone, keys, identification, iPod, cosmetics, and more.

The full-zippered top allows easy access to all your gear.  A comfortable padded adjustable carrying strip and quick-grab padded side handles make it convenient for all sorts of travel.

With two zippered and four slip pockets, the bag will keep all your gear contained and close at hand.

Bonus patterns are included for 4" x 8" eye pillow and 1" x 20" mat straps to wrap around mat. 

Yoga Bag Finishing Kits include all zippers, strapping, and hardware for one Yoga Bag and Mat Strap set.

Read more at my website. . .

We're still spring cleaning, so we've got selected patterns for just $6 each .  .  .

Save up to 40% on any of these fun patterns .  .  . some are old, some are new, but all are among my favorites!  I know you'll enjoy them too.

Crafter's Tool Caddy

Easter Egg Table Runner

Easy Ruffles Aprons


Prissy Purses

Purse Organizers

Sweet Little Buttercup

NOTE: There is no need to use a discount code on these patterns.  Order as many as you like before midnight, April 8.  Prices will revert to regular prices of $8.95 to $9.95 on April 9.

Save up to 30% on Texture Magic™. . .

We stock Texture Magic™ in a variety of sizes — and the more you buy, the more you save!


International Quilt Festival/Cincinnati

Duke Energy Convention Center
Cincinnati, Ohio

April 13 to 15, 2012

Lots of vendors, great classes, and amazing quilts at this terrific show.

I will be demonstrating in the Superior Threads booth #112.  Be sure to stop by for inspiration, demonstrations, and great show specials!

I'm taking a good supply of patterns, Soft and Stable, Wonder Clips, zippers, kits, and finishing kits, but be sure to shop early for best selection.

Schoolhouse at International Quilt Market/Spring

Bartle Hall Convention Center
Kansas City, Missouri

5:30 to 6 p.m., May 17, 2012

Discover the secret to making bags that look like you BOUGHT them, not like you MADE them using Soft and Stable, Texture Magic, and zippers.  Learn great bag-making skills that can be applied to most any pattern.

International Quilt Market/Spring

Bartle Hall Convention Center
Kansas City, Missouri

May 18 to 20, 2012

This trade show for the quilting industry is for shop owners and is not open to the general public.

If you have a quilt shop or online store and are looking for unique patterns that are different from what everyone else is carrying, be sure to stop by the Superior Threads booth to see my patterns and samples.

I'd love to show you ByAnnie's Soft and Stable ™ and Texture Magic ™, too!  Let's schedule a trunk show while you're there!

See you there!


Quilt Hawaii 2012

Kauai Beach Resort
Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii

June 25 to July 1, 2012

Join us on the beautiful island of Kauai for QUILT HAWAI’I 2012 – A quilt show and conference!  In addition to the show, I will also be teaching two classes:

Feeling Crabby

June 28, 2912

Just two easy paper pieced blocks combine to make this fun 48” x 48” quilt. Add interest to the crab’s shells using fabric texturized with Texture Magic™. Paper piecing makes construction of the blocks easy and accurate.  

Superior Threads School of Threadology

June 29 to 30, 2012

We had such fun in Waikiki with our School of Threadology last summer and are excited that they have invited us back!

All School of Threadology sessions concentrate on thread and thread use education which is valuable for both home and longarm machine quilting, machine embroidery, and all sewing applications.

In addition to Bob and Heather Purcell's classes, I will be teaching Texture Magic Madness and Fun with Fusible Thread

International Quilt Festival

Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center
Long Beach, California

July 26 to 29, 2012

Famous for their Houston and Cincinnati editions, the IQF shows feature superb quilt exhibits, mind and technique expanding classes, world class shopping opportunities, and a great mix of special events, tours, and all-around fun. Join us for this great summer show!

I will be attending this show with Superior Threads and will have patterns and samples on display. Please stop by to say hello and have a look.


2012 Pacific West Quilt Show

Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center
1500 Broadway, Tacoma, WA 98402

August 24-26, 2012

Be a part of the celebration!  Join us in Tacoma, Washington for the Pacific West Quilt Show.

I will be attending the show with Superior Threads and will demonstrating Texture Magic and Soft and Stable.  I will also be presenting a class at the Saturday Sampler.  More info in upcoming newsletters.


Utah Quilt Guild's 34rd Annual Quilt Festival 2012
"Catch the Quilting Bug"

Dixie Center
St. George, UT

September 19 - 22, 2012

I love teaching at Utah Quilt Guild's annual quilt festival and am especially excited to have this year's festivities in my own backyard, right here in St. George. 

If you are interested in learning to use Electric Quilt, here's your chance to take some great classes. This session we have scheduled FOUR EQ classes:

Come and learn how easy it is to design using this powerful computer program.

I'll also be teaching one hands-on sewing class featuring my popular Serenity Shoulder Bag pattern which uses Soft and Stable and Texture Magic:

 Visit the Utah Quilt Guild's website for more information and to register.  See you in September. . . in St. George!

Creating Texture on Silk

The Silk Experiece at
International Quilt Festival
George R. Brown Convention Center
Houston, Texas

I'm excited to be part of "The Silk Experience" at International Quilt Festival in Houston 2012.

The Silk Experience is a consortium of creative designers,experienced instructors, and talented authors using and educating about the uses of silk. These innovative fiber artists are always eager to explore new processes and many times introduce new and useful products to efficiently reach their goals. The Silk Experience instructors have a constant interchange of ideas and techniques with each other, that in turn, are passed on to their students for creative projects of their own.

My Tuesday afternoon class will focus on creating texture on silk using Texture MagicDetails are at my website.


I'd love to see what you've been doing with ByAnnie's Soft and Stable , Texture Magic, or any of my patterns .  Please email me at


Until next time, happy stitching!