Along comes a notion….or two!

June 13th, 2015

Once in a great while, a wonderful new notion comes along. This time we actually have 2 fabulous ones. We all have lots of useful tools but, we know you will love both of these new gadgets.

bobbin-buddie-blog-300.jpgThis looks like a pretty simple little plastic thing. It is, but it really fixes an issue anyone who uses threads and bobbins has run into. It’s always a struggle to keep your bobbin and spool of thread together. With the funky little “Bobbin Buddie” it is no longer an issue.

Squeeze the open ends together and stick them thru your bobbin.  Wrap the loose end of the bobbin thread around the”bobbin buddie”.  Squeeze the open ends of the “Bobbin Buddie” and stick them into your spool of thread.  They will expand to fit any thread opening.

bobbin-buddie-in-use-300.jpgIf you don’t have a way to keep the thread on your spool from coming unwound,  bring the loose end of thread up and around the “bobbin buddie”.  This will keep everything neat and tidy.

The first 100 we received were purchased by one customer.  The next 100 we received was split by two customers.  We now have plenty of them in stock.  We have them in bags of 20 for $7.99.  You can find the Bobbin Buddie on our website under Notions.  To go directly to the Bobbin Buddie page click here.

The Thread Director is a thread stand that attaches right to your bobbin winder or an upright spool pin on your machine.  We have waited for years for someone to “invent” this wonderful helper.  If you use metallic threads, you need this one.

thread-director-illustration-300.jpgThis illustration shows how this goes on your upright thread spool or bobbin winder.  The Thread Director allows your difficult threads to come off the spool evenly so they don’t twist like a garden hose.

Thread will feed off smoothly so now all those embroidery projects and decorative sewing techniques that call for metallic thread will be a breeze.  The Thread Director sells for $24.99.  You can find it on our website under the Notions. To go directly to the Thread Director page, click here.

Brother Scan ‘n Cut

June 1st, 2015

susan-cranshaw-brother-scan-and-cut.jpgBrother introduced the Scan ‘n Cut less than two years ago and it has become one of our favorite “toys”.

It is the very best for cutting applique pieces because you can cut any shape you can draw or scan in. You are not limited by what designs are in the machine.  You don’t have to have a computer program to get designs and shapes into the machine.

The Texas Horned Toad pictured on the bed of my Scan ‘n Cut is a wonderful little creature that we remember in abundance when we were kids.  The Scan ‘n Cut has made this an easy applique to do even though there are 13 pieces to be cut for each toad. No one can cut just one and that’s where the time saving really comes in.  Toads two - infinity only take a few minutes to cut.  We offer a class called Scan ‘n Cut and the Texas Horned Toad.  Look for it again this fall.

Brother has released an update to the Scan ‘n Cut.  Version 1.32 is available.  It has some great new features and the best part is that it is free.  If you purchased your Scan ‘n Cut from Creations, you can bring in your machine and we will gladly upgrade it for you.  If you have another dealer, I know they will want to help you get this upgrade.

It now has an “undo” button…just in case.  It also zooms in to 200 or 400% and you can move the designs in the zoom mode.  Those are such great helpful features.

The very best new feature works if you own a Brother color screen embroidery machine.  You can put any machine embroidery applique design into your machine and use the color editor to tell your Scan ‘n Cut which parts to cut.  Sounds like magic, but it easier than a magic trick.  We’ll show you when we upgrade your Scan ‘n Cut.

Row by Row Shop Hop June 21st - September 8th

May 4th, 2015

 Traveling this summer?  If you are, you will want to make plans to visit some of the shops on the Row By Row Experience Quilt Hop. This national quilt shop hop will take place from June 21st - September 8th.

Simply visit any of the participating shops and receive a free pattern for a row in a quilt. This year the theme for all free patterns is “water”.  You could be as creative as you wanted with the word water.  We don’t see much water in Texas during the summer, but we sure do see lots of watermelon.  Our pattern is called Watermelon River.  row-by-row-blog.jpg

Combine your rows in any way to create a unique quilt that represents the fun you had traveling throughout the summer.  Please don’t ask any of the shops to send you a free pattern or ask to pick up a pattern for a friend.  Each shop has designed a pattern to entice you to visit their shop and receive their free pattern.  It is our gift to you for coming.  Please don’t make copies of patterns you receive.

We will have kits available for your row.  Each kit will contain all the fabric and laser cut applique for the words and watermelon seeds.  The price is still to be determined.  These kits will only be sold in the shop until after October 31st, 2015.

If you create a quilt using at least 8 different rows and are the first to bring it into a participating shop before October 31st, you will win a stack of 25 fat quarters.  Use that shop’s row in your quilt and win a bonus prize.

Exclusive fabric plates will be available in shops across the country.  Each one is unique.  Collect them and create fun projects or put them together and make a back to your quilt!!

“Great Stuff” was our 2014 License plate.  We sold out so quickly that we have ordered a limited number for those who want to collect them.

Our 2015 License plate, “Qltrs luv stuff” carries on our theme of quilters and their “stuff”.

These plates will be available for sale beginning May 15th so you can get those even if you can’t get to the shop.  Plates sell for $5.99 each.

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For more information about this hop go to  www.rowbyrowexperience.com .  There are over 100 shops participating in Texas and all 50 states have shops on the hop.  Get started planning your summer trips now.

Note:  All plates are the same size…we just made our 2015 plate appear larger as it is the new one.

Bird of Paradise Machine Embroidery

May 4th, 2015

blog-bird-of-paradise.jpgIf you haven’t been by the shop lately, you will want to stop and take a close look at the marvelous quilt.

It was made by Elaine Granstrom of Leakey. She did it on her Quattro Brother Embroidery machine.   It could be done on any embroidery machine with at least and 8 x 12 hoop size, but the Brother made it so much easier with the use of the built in camera.  She was able to see where her placement was actually going to be.

Now I am not saying this is immediate gratification, but Elaine stuck to it and made this incredible quilt.  The quilting, by Serena Manning, is just the finishing touch. We are so proud to be able to display this piece…. Come check it out and let us help you get started on yours.  To order the Bird of Paradise Embroidery Cd, click here.

Gardenvale by Jen Kingwell is here

May 4th, 2015

blog-gardenvale.jpgWe loved this collection of fabrics when we first looked many months ago.  Now it is finally in the shop.

Gardenvale, by Jen Kingwell is a Moda collection that is vintage prints mixed with a modern twist.  Jen is an Australian designer who has a fun line of patterns that require lots of prints to give them the scrappy look.

We have made several things from this new group.  The wall hanging or table topper is from an old pattern book, but these fabrics make it new again.  We have the complete collection of these prints, so be sure and take a look next time you are in the shop.

To see the entire line, click here.

Country French Traditional

December 21st, 2014

blog-table-runners-tradiditonal.jpgYou could call this traditional with a twist. The fabric are from Maywood’s Country French which is a beautiful, traditional floral collection with a large stripe and coordinating prints.

The patterns used are specifically for stripes. Each time you make a runner, it will be different depending on the stripe. These are very addicting as you can’t wait to see what each one will look like.

Batik Cascades

December 21st, 2014

blog-batik-cascades.jpgTalk about new arrivals….I just got these out today. We have waited so long to get batiks that are varigated from light to dark.

These fabrics will be great for applique, borders, or piecing when you want a variation in color from light to dark.  We are thrilled to have these fabrics and know our batik lovers will want some of each color.

New Bali Rayons

December 21st, 2014

blog-rayon.jpgThis is a great time to look for Bali Rayons as our selection has never been better.  We have some wonderful new designs and we have been able to reorder some of our favorites.

If you have not sewn with these fabrics, then you are in for a treat. Just a simple design and they will do all the work. The best part is that they are machine washable and then just tossed into the dryer. The fabrics come out of the dryer just about ready to go.

Come take a look at some of the samples we have in the shop and we will be getting these new rayons up on our website next week.

Embracing Horses by Laurel Burch

December 21st, 2014

blog-laurel-burch.jpgEven after her death, Laurel Burch’s designs continue to be among our most beautiful. Her artwork and color choices are just ageless.

We are always thrilled when her family releases another set of her designs. Embracing Horses is one of her most beautiful to date. Hope you will come by and enjoy seeing these fabrics.

Give a hoot!!

December 7th, 2014

blog-owls.jpgThe owl is one of the most popular themes for fabric and stitchery right now.

Maisie stitched our newest owl pattern…Whooterville by Crabapple Hill.  We then found these darling horned owls that look just like the ones in the pattern.

They are sitting perched just waiting for you to come take a look.

You can find this pattern on our website www.creations-online.com and then go to the hand stitchery section.  Know you will have fun stitching them too.