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What's New at Thread Alchemy, September 2023


Summer is Coming to an End and I am still working on the Website

Holy Cow this is a process! I was so delusional I thought it would be done in 2 weeks..We are now starting month 5 of this process. I may be too much of a perfectionist, and it has been difficult to spend every waking minute on it as there are plenty of other projects. This month we have had the joy of our first repair on the Gammill. I am not sure how the needlebar bent, but it did. It did not look bent persay, but the stitch quality disappeared and when I took a photo of the inside of the head you could see light bending. So I managed to fix it myself. Yea!! And we were immediately back in business, thank goodness, because I was smack in the middle of a custom QOV for a dignitary that was coming into town. I had custom designed or modified most of the patterns on the quilt, so its not like I could just give it to someone else. I was able to button it up just in time to leave for this year's Southern Belle training. I always find new things to bring back and Joan Knight is a magnificent educator. 

This year was just a little different because it was scheduled a week later than usual and we followed it up with a motorcycle ride through Northwest Arkansas so we could check out Bikes, Blues, & BBQ. I got to check out the local quilt shops while we were there and met some lovely people. I find it so inspiring to see what other shops do. I picked up some patterns from a shop in Springfield Missouri that were designed by the owner and look forward to connecting with her again.  I feel renewed and ready to really dig in to get the new website ready to launch. 

When we went to Sturgis last month, we rode the bike up and went through a town called Lusk in Wyoming. There were Barn Quilts EVERYWHERE, and I mean everywhere. It was someplace I would want to go back to explore, just to find more.  


Here is the QOV I was stressing over?

I know, I know, its nothing over the top fancy, but the panel quilts definitely get the oohs and ahhs. The dignitary that was receiving the quilt runs a Non-profit that connects veterans with service dogs. His personal dog is a German Shepherd and he served in the Marine Corps, so I used that information to personalize his quilt. I had a beautiful edge to edge pattern from Sweet Dream Quilt Studios with the Marine Corps logo, and modified a german shepherd pattern and dog tag pattern that were intended for edge-to-edge so that they could be used in borders. I loved the way it turned out, and moreso, loved that I could fix my Gammill myself and finish this quilt on time! If you would like to see it in more detail you will find it in the Gallery

Island Batik widebacks have arrived

It is so hard to order fabric, and then wait for it to arrive. The widebacks were my first shipment from Island Batik, aside from shop kits (my samples). I have tons of new projects scheduled out over the entire next 6 months, including several BOM. Since Deb Tucker designs for Island Batik, I will of course be carrying all of her things, as I will have the Studio 180 tools as a focus. But, I do love Foundation Paper Piecing, and Quiltworx can't get all the love. If you aren't familiar with Linda McGibbons and Lakeview Quilting , you will want to take note, as she is another FPP designer and she has really fun patterns. Winter's Glow  patterns are in stock, and the fabric will be shipping in October/November for this gorgeous Block of the Month.   

Halcyon II by

In The Beginning

This fabric line has arrived and is as gorgeous as one would expect from Jason Yenter. The digital prints are rich and fun. Along with patterns & kits for the Kaleidoscope quilt (shown) there are patterns & kits available for Pathways and Travels as well. 

Check out BOM here



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