March 2012 Newsletter

March 15, 2012


March is National Crafts Month and Saturday, March 17, is National Quilting Day — and St. Patrick's Day, too.

We're celebrating everything with new patterns and products, free patterns, some extra-special three-day-only offers, and more!

Let's start with the good deals!

For three days only (until midnight on Sunday, March 18, 2012), take advantage of these great offers:


Buy a 2-yard package of Texture Magic and get the Celebrate pattern FREE!

It's easy to be green when you get the pattern FREE!

Celebrate any season, holiday, or special interest with an easy-to-make quilt made using this fun design accented with fabric texturized using Texture Magic.

Read more and order at our website. . .

Spring means time for spring cleaning, so we've got selected patterns for just $3 each .  .  .

Save up to 70% 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.

Balancing Act

Criss Cross

Forever Blue


Friendship Stars

From My Heart to Yours

I've Been Framed


Kyle the Crocodile

Little Scrappers

Tic Tac Toe

NOTE: There is no need to use a discount code on these patterns.  Order as many as you like before midnight, March 18.  Prices will revert to regular prices of $8.95 to $9.95 on March 19.

OVER $45*


*For all retail OR wholesale orders over $45 placed by midnight on March 18, 2012, WE'LL PAY SHIPPING within the U.S.  You choose the products, we’ll choose the shipping method (you may pay extra for faster methods), and we’ll celebrate together. 

To get free shipping, just type the code FREE-OVER-45 in the discount box at checkout. 


Hold Everything!


You'll love this handy little case with lots of zippered pockets to hold everything you need — sewing machine feet and accessories, tools, and more.

A double-slide zipper closure provides safe, secure storage and easy access to all of your supplies

Removable 6" x 8" dividers with clear vinyl zippered pockets hold all of your sewing supplies, electronic gear, or other treasures. The clear vinyl pockets provide an easy view of everything in the case

The case features a handle at the top for easy carrying as well as a clear vinyl label holder on the spine. Make several cases, label each with the contents, and stand the cases upright on a shelf for compact storage.

Hold Everything features our new 30" double-slide zippers (more on those later).  We like using the 24" handbag zippers on the inner pockets, too.  Though the 24" length is longer than needed, we like the extra zipper tape width, the extra long pulls, and the sturdiness and durability of the handbag zippers.

A Hold Everything Finishing Kit containing Soft and Stable, clear vinyl, and hook & loop fastener tape is also available.

See more pictures and read more at my website. . .


Annie's Favorite Purses


We've updated the cover picture and the instructions on this perennial favorite!

Make your own designer purse using your favorite fabrics and colors. Clear and complete instructions take you step-by-step through the process of quilting, cutting, marking and sewing.

The 12" x 15" x 4" bag has a zippered closure plus six inside and two outside pockets to keep you organized. A comfortable purse to carry, it's sure to become your favorite, too!

The 8½" x 6" x 2" bag with two outside pockets and a zippered closure is just right for little ones or little days.

Make one elegant, one casual, one funky -- the choice is yours!

See more pictures and read more at our website.  Visit my facebook page, too, to check out the cute little purse that Sheila L. made.  Too, too cute!


Soft and Stable Flower Pin

Make an easy raw-edge flower to embellish YOUR favorite purse or bag or to wear on your jacket.

Pattern includes templates to trace and complete instructions for this easy project.

A layer of Soft and Stable sandwiched between the fabric layers gives great body and stability to your Flower Pin.

Just make one of each size flower. Then position the small flower on top of the large flower and stitch a couple of buttons through all the layers. Add a pin on the back and attach it to your purse or jacket.

See more pictures and read more at our website. . .



30" Double-Slide Handbag Zippers

These hard-to-find nylon-coil zippers are perfect for bags and carriers.

Here's why we prefer them:

  • Just the right size for purses, bags, and totes.

  • Wide zipper tape makes insertion easy.

  • Soft, flexible, easy to sew through.

  • Strong and durable zip after zip.

  • Double slide lets you open your bag from either end.

We stock these 30-inch double-slide zippers in 12 colors to help you find just the right color for your project.

Order some today. . .


Wonder Clips

Clip and hold,

clip and sew. . .

right where you need it!

Wonder Clips are a great alternative to pins, especially when working with Soft and Stable for purses or handbags.

Also wonderful when working with heavy weight fabrics, piles, and vinyls.

Wonder Clips are available in two package sizes:

  • Package of 10 clips
  • Package of 50 clips

You're going to LOVE these clips! 

Order some today. . .


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.

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.


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!