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Vicki Anderson Kit Robinson
Executive Editor Managing Editor
Here we are in December. What a year! We all have so much to be thankful for, not the least is that you, our dedicated readers and subscribers, have continued to support us and add your voice to our ever-evolving magazine. Keep those ideas coming! It makes us a better publication, in tune with your needs. Visit us at www.mqumag.com
In January, our cover story is Laura Wasilowski
, an amazing quilter
and co-founder of the Chicago School of Fusing
. Her fun and quilts never fail to lift our spirits! Eileen Doughty
writes a very inspiring story about those who quilt with physical challenges and
tells us how to map and design the quilting for functional quilts. Sharon Bowen
visits quilting retreats, Cathy Franks
talks about using machine quilting for creating the embellishments on
quilts, Helen Baczynski
teaches us a new way to use the
IntelliQuilter computerized system, and Sarah Ann Smith
wraps up her series on Design Elements
and the staff shares
new books and products we've come across. Don't
miss Kathy McNeil
in the Art Studio! Another exciting issue full of quilts and techniques.
currently have a "Tips" column, giving you great
suggestions to improve your machine quilting. We have decided to turn
that column over to you
. Send in your tips and ideas and we will pick
the best of them to publish in the newsletter. The chosen entries
will receive a one year subscription to MQU! (Or an extension if you
are a current subscriber.) We are looking for details, PLEASE NOTE: at least 100
words but no more than 200.
The content has to relate to machine
. There are many great ideas about piecing, storing and
cleaning quilts, etc., but that is not our focus. In the case of
duplicate entries, the time stamp on the email will be the deciding
factor for use. So put on your thinking caps and share your ideas
with all of us. Send them to email@example.com
CALLING ALL GUILDS!
We are adding a GUILD LINK to our Links page on the website. If you would like to have your Guild added, send your website information to firstname.lastname@example.org. Guilds will be grouped by state, making it easy for potential members to find Guilds in their area. No matter how large or small, let us share your Guild information.
Unlimited Magazine makes a great Holiday gift, and we are making it
easier for you to be the giver! We are offering a 10% discount on
gift subscriptions through the end of December 2009. Just go to the
website www.mqumag.com and follow the subscription link. Enter the
code GIFT2009 in
the appropriate box and the discount will be taken. Be sure to
include your information for payment, but the recipient's name and
address under SHIPPING INFO.
Spotlight On Teachers
Karen has been a full-time professional longarm quilter since 1997. She works and teaches in her
studio in Duluth, MN, and travels all over the country teaching McTavishing
, Wholecloth Design
advanced longarm machine quilting workshops. If you want to learn a great deal while having a tremendous amount of fun, take a class from Karen!www.designerquilts.com
|FIBER ON A WHIM For all of your surface design and embellishment needs.
The Mother/Daughter team of Janelle Girod and Kristin Rodriguez work together to bring you the finest products and the best customer service available. Visit the website, www.fiberonawhim.com
and prepare to kick up your creativity!
|Tip(s) of the Month
This month we have tips from our readers. Each of the 'tipsters' will receive a one year subscription (or extension) to Machine Quilting Unlimited Magazine!
To familiarize yourself with a new design or filler
design, put an old needle in your machine, leave
it unthreaded and 'quilt' the design on copy paper or freezer paper. Draw or trace your design onto the paper first, or simply free-motion it. You can get
all those filler jitters out on paper before you work on your quilt. As an added benefit, the 'quilted paper' can then be used as a stencil
for marking your quilt!
KEEP TOOLS HANDY
To keep thread management tools (curved-tip embroidery
scissors, forecept thread-pullers, bobbin tension adjustment tools, paint brush
for lint removal) at hand, attach a sticky-back hook to the longarm machine
away from the thread path but within reach from either side of the
machine. Do not use magnetic hooks, as
they could interfere with the machine's electronics.
An eyeglass repair kit screwdriver is perfect for bobbin
tension adjustments. Get one on a chain so it can hang with the thread
Attach pin and button boxes to the work area with
removable putty marketed for hanging pictures.
Pick stitches (frogging) with a dulled machine needle. It's easier to handle, stronger, less
bendable, less likely to damage fabric and recycles the needle that we change
even though it's not broken. We do
change needles when they dull not just when they break...don't we?!?
Let's see YOUR tips here next month!
Gloria Hansen is a digital designer who works on Macintosh computers; quiltmaker using
a variety of media such as pigment inks, paints, dyes, fabric, papers,
and threads; and photographer. Her blog is especially appealing, with photos and ideas abounding. Her latest book, Digital Essentials, is a must-have for anyone wanting to play with computers, printers and fabrics. It clearly and concisely explains the mysterious world of image manipulation, file formats and printing. Visit her at www.gloriahansen.com
Kaleidoscope Kreator News!
Favorite Projects Volume 2. This latest volume in our Favorite
Projects series has ten
fun quilting and sewing projects for Kaleidoscope Kreator 3
that we know you'll love.
Includes fully illustrated step-by-step instructions for
making quilts, table runners, home accents and more!
Click herefor more details.
A New Quilt Show Is Coming To Milwaukee!
Milwaukee Machine Quilting Show (MMQS)
"A Great Show on A Great
Show Dates: August 3-7, 2010
Classes start August 3rd
Vendor Mall and Juried Quilt Show:
August 5-7, 2010
Wyndham Milwaukee Airport Hotel &
4747 South Howell Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53207