Thistledown & Co.
www.thistledownquilts.com
   quilt patterns with a playful fusion of fiber & creativity
Linda Zokan ~ designer



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Quilting tips, free motion quilting, quilt links
Here are the close up images of the machine quilting that I did on my new Peppermint Strings bed runner pattern.
I drew the ribbon candy quilting freehand with a frixion heat erase pen. Practice drawing on a piece of paper the same size as your space, until you are comfortable drawing it on the quilt. you'll get a feel for it after you make a few practice drawings.

Peppermint Strings pattern by Thistledown and Company


Peppermint Strings bed runner pattern by Thistledown and Company

This is an image of the large star applique, and the meander quilting I did on the background space.


Peppermint Strings bed runner pattern by Thistlwdown and company





Quilt Shop
Links ......
Ask for my patterns, book or Whisperlite at your favorite quilt shop. If they don't carry it you can order here from my site by clicking the let's shop link.
If your local shop wants to carry my products they can contact me for wholesale information.
Here are the links to shops that some of my patterns and products. Bear with me as I build this list. If you're missing from the list let me know - I'm a blond after all.

Stitchin Heaven
My Material Matters
Nina's Quilt Barn
Needle Niche, Athens TX
Annie's Crafts (formerly Clotilde)
Gifts for Quilters
Peggy's Heirlooms of Tomorrow
Quilter's Warehouse
Quilt Lover's Hangout
SEW Studio
Quilt camp in the Pines
Pumpkinvine Quilting
Nancy's Notions
Country Crossroads Quilt Shop
The Quilt Place
Cotton Patch Quilt Shop

Wholesale inquires (shops) may contact me via e-mail or follow links to wholesale distributors that carry my patterns.


Pattern Peddlers
Quilter's Warehouse
What not to do with your extra spool of thread.....
   

Parking a spare spool of thread as you see in the picture above can result in a trip to your sewing machine service center.
Centrifugal force created inside by the shaft spinning behind the hand wheel, can suck the thread tail into the machine.
Yes, really.  I've seen it at least twice at the shop I work at.
This is what was pulled out of one customers machine...Yikes!

     

Here's a tip for stitching seams around small curves or circles.
You will get a smoother seam if you shorten your stitch length to 1.5 or 2.0 mm instead of the commonly used 2.5 stitch length.


Did you know that Schmetz needles are now color coding their sewing machine needles?
You can go to their site www.schmetzneedles.com and download a chart to print. How fabulous is that?


Do you have stacks of batting pieces leftover from trimming your quilts?
go green and recycle them into something else....
Here's a new way to recycle your quilt batting into yarn to knit with! Yes.... to knit with. cotton batting turns into lovely soft yarn and it's so easy to do. I have designed 3 patterns using quilt batting to knit with to get you started.
The pattern category is called Earthknits and you can just click the link to go there.

Basically all you do is cut the batting into strips (approx. 3/8") and knot them together. You can dye your batting or use it as is, it's up to you. Just make sure to dye it before cutting it into strips... take my word for it, it's much easier that way.

Depending on the project you combine the batting yarn with other yarn, or use it all by itself. Give it a try and whittle down your stack of batting scraps.