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February 2012 Newsletter


In just a few days I'll be headed to Washington State for one of my favorite shows, Sew Expo.  Held March 1 to 4 at the Puyallup Fair & Events Center, the Sewing & Stitchery Expo is the largest, most comprehensive consumer education and trade event for the sewing industry in the United States.

Joanne Ross, Expo Director, says, “Sew Expo has something for every sewing enthusiast — with more than 100 seminars daily, hands-on workshops, a variety of style shows, and 400+ booths exhibiting the latest fabrics, tools, and supplies. It's like planning a party for 30,000 of your best friends. We have guests from every state, Canada, Australia and Europe. Attendees all over the world plan their annual calendar around the Sewing & Stitchery Expo.”

I will be presently three seminars featuring Soft and Stable and Texture Magic and will also be demonstrating in the Superior Threads booth (more info below).  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. 



Back by popular demand. . .

You asked for it and we got it!

Kits with everything to make the Serenity Shoulder Bag as pictured on the pattern cover are back in stock.

Included in the kit are the pattern, fabric, Texture Magic, wool batting, interfacing, and wood rings.  All you need to add is a spool of thread. . . and we've got that, too

For more information, visit my website.


We've got a great new colorway. . .

Perfect for a more neutral bag, we have the same fabrics as the original bag in a beautiful gray/brown fabric combination.

As in the original kit, the gray kit features the leaf focus fabric for the texturized flap and a gradating fabric for the body of the bag, handles and lining.  Use the dark part of the fabric for the body of the bag and the lighter portion for the lining.

And, yet one more option is now available!

If brown is more "your thing", you're sure to love this combination of fabrics for the Serenity Shoulder Bag.

This kit features the same focus fabric for the texturized flap and adds a more sporty brown print for the body of the bag and handles.

A beautiful brown/gray floral is included for the lining of the bag.

WONDER CLIPS now available in two sizes!


Gotta have 'em!

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. . .





Just two fabrics are needed to make this wonderful quilt!

This version of the Feeling Crabby quilt features the same gradating fabrics as used in the Serenity Shoulder Bag.  One fabric gradates from light to dark blue; the other from medium to dark red/orange.

Kits include the Feeling Crabby (for Gelato) pattern, fabrics, Texture Magic, and button eyes.

Only a few kits are left, so order soon.


Soft and Stable placemats

Precut Soft and Stable for placemats

Save time making placemats with these precut 13" x 18" pieces of Soft and Stable. Pieces are packaged in sets of six, in black or in white.

Using ByAnnie's Soft and Stable™ in place of batting makes beautiful, sturdy placemats that are extra easy to make and that will wash and wear beautifully.

Supplies are limited, so get yours while they last.

Set A Pretty Table

Make placemats quickly and easily using the Set A Pretty Table pattern, some precut 2½ strips (such as a Jelly Roll), and ByAnnie's Soft and Stable™.

I made a set of Steelers placemats for friends who are big Steelers fans.  My friend, Ricci, made great fruit and vegetable mats for a dinner party. . .

Read more and see step-by-step photos at my blog.

Steelers placemats

Ricci's placemats


Sewing & Stitchery Expo

Puyallup Fair & Event Center
Puyallup, Washington

March 1 to 4, 2012

I will be attending this show with Superior Threads and will have patterns and samples on display. Please stop by to say hello and see what's new.

Last I heard, there are just a few spots left in the seminars which I will be teaching:

Crazy for Bags!

Thursday (#1096A), 12:30 pm
Saturday (#1096C), 12:30 pm

We love purses, bags and totes!  Learn great basic bag-making skills which you can later apply to almost any pattern.  I will share tips for texturing and stabilizing and you’ll learn how easy it is to install zippers in your projects. 

Make bags that look like you BOUGHT them, not like you MADE them.


Texture Magic!

Friday (#1097B), 8:30 am

Experience the fun of creating texture on fabric using Superior Threads' great new product, Texture Magic.

You will see an extensive trunk show of quilts, purses and bags, clothing and children's items, holiday decor, and more.

Learn how to obtain different effects by using various stitches, threads, fabrics, and battings.

The uses for Texture Magic are endless and sure to excite!


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!


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


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!

Annie 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.



Save 10% on all 15-yard rolls of Soft and Stable, white or black.

Just enter LEAP in the Discount Code section at checkout.

This offer is available to all retail or wholesale customers in the U. S. or Canada and is valid until February 29, 2012. (We're sorry, but due to postal size restrictions, we cannot ship rolls of Soft and Stable to foreign countries other than Canada.)

Also, note that the discount will not show until you enter your choice of shipping method and click on the REVIEW YOUR ORDER button.  As always, you'll have a chance to confirm the prices before finalizing the order by clicking PURCHASE ITEMS.


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!




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