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Ann Wasserman’s New Book: Preserving Our Quilt Legacy

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

annAnn Wasserman has repaired and rehabilitated countless quilts over the last 30 years. She has vast experience and a curator’s attitude towards the work. And a great deal of common sense. Most quilters think that they know about repairing quilts. We also think we know about storing quilts. It’s not necessarily so. We know about stitching and color, but the skills to repair a  really damaged quilt are really different .Machine quilting isn’t any help here. Repair and conservation require a knowledge of fabric history, a skilled set of stitches and a sense of restraint. book cover Ann’s new book, Preserving Our Quilt Legacy provides all that.

There is a mountain of information about fabrics from different periods of time, bats, and nicely drawn stitch diagrams. But more than that, there’s a wealth of information about the difference between  restoration and conservation. She offers a very sensible set of guidelines for when to repair and when to simply preserve a quilt that respects the quilt as an historic document. And a huge base of information about storage, care, and sensible display. 

If you have a lovely old quilt in your life, this book is solid information for it’s care. For a collector of old quilts it would be an invaluable resource. For anyone doing restoration or conservation, a bible.

AnnsquiltAnn is also an established contemporary quilter. You’ll find her own work and her book for sale on her web site at www.annquilts.com.

School’s Out! Contest Winners!

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

 

Thread Magic Summer School is out! But for those of you who missed it all, the blogs are up and you can build your knowledge. As Bing said, “You could be better than you are.” And so can we all.

I’m putting in the quiz with the answers because that’s really what a quiz is about. It’s a learning tool. Multiple guess was the bane of my childhood because I could always see at least two answers that could under odd enough circumstances work. And, of course, this is one woman’s opinion. The final authority on how thread works is how it works for you and your machine.  But that being said, here’s the answers.

Question 1. How is embroidery thread different from sewing thread?
(  ) It’s of nicer colors  
(  ) It’s rayon  
(+) It’s two ply rather than 3 ply  
(  ) It’s thick.  
Question 2. How do you use #5-8 thick threads in the machine?
(+) Through the needle  
(  )  In a regular bobbin case  
(  ) You can only couch them  
(  ) Through an adjusted bobbin case.  
Question 3.Which weight of thread is thickest?
(  ) 50 weight  
(  ) 20 weight  
(  ) 30 weight  
(+) 5 weight  
Question 4. Which kind of thread is most colorfast?
(  ) cotton  
(  ) rayon  
(+) polyester  
(  ) metallic  
Question 5. What thread would you never use through the needle?
(+) Candelight #8 weight  
(  ) Poly Neon #40 weight  
(  ) Sulky 30 weight rayon  
(  ) FS2/20 Madiera 20 weight  
Question 6.Is a cross wound spool better used horizontally or vertically?
(  ) It doesn’t matter.  
(  ) Vertically  
(+) Horizonally  
Question 7.How many times does your thread go through your needle before it lands in your fabric?
(  ) twice  
(  ) 30 times  
(+) 50 times  
(  ) 10 times  
Question 8. What is mercerized thread?
(  ) It’s specially colored.  
(  ) It’s regular sewing thread.  
(+) It’s treated with lye for extra strength.  
(  ) It’s blue.  
Question 9.What thread is strongest?
(  ) cotton  
(  ) polyester  
(  ) rayon  
(+) monofilament  
Question 10. Can thread get old?
(+) True  
(  ) False  

 On another note, anyone who knows of a good free quiz software, please let me know. I haven’t quite worked the kinks out of this and need some help on it.

Our Winners:

Our winners are, every one who read this and learned something from it! But I’m sending an ebook to everyone who commented on this. I’m closing the contest today. If you didn’t give me a preference to your book, I’m sending you the binding book because it was the most requested. Three people won printed copies.

Nancy Pieper npiepe01@gmail.com won a copy of The Dye Day Workbook

Vivian Ahern PoopayTwo@aol.com won a copy of Dragonfly Sky

Katherine McNeese kmcneese@suddenlink.net won a copy of Quick and Easy Machine Bindings.

If you’ve won a book, please send me your mailing address  so I can get it to you.

I’ll be sending other books through Dropbox.com, so if you get an email from me, that’s your ebook.

A word about Thread Magic Studio Press:

The books we’re giving away are from Thread Magic Studio Press. This is my own publishing company, setup to do small classroom project books and stories. It lets me me put together small books that are perfect class handouts as opposed to the dreaded stapled white sheets. It’s also a service I can offer you as well. Do you want to do a pattern book? A printed portfolio? A family story? A show catalog. Thread Magic Studio Press can set that up for you for one copy or thousands. For public sale, or just for private. Just the way you want it. Email me if you’d like information about that.

Would you like to do something nice  for me in return?

(none of these things will cost you anything)
If you ask…….?Here’s several things that really help.

Like my facebook page.

We all know facebook is one of those group happenings everyone uses and no one really understands. But it is a lovely connection with folk, and it builds reputation. Like the Thread Magic Studio page to get more information about where I’m going, what I’m doing, and what is on my blog.

Follow my blog:

At the bottom of the blog page there’s a line that says RSS feed. If you click that you can set up following my blog. Or you can follow it through facebook through networked blogs

Review a book of mine:

Amazon, C&T and Goodreads all have places to review my books. Saying something nice about one of my books really helps sell books.

Ask your guild or local store to have me come teach for them.

I can call, write, send pictures and packages to venues right,left and center. None of that has the impact of you asking your guild or store to have me come teach. If you have a group that is interested have them email me and I’ll get teaching information out to them.

Finally, it always helps when people buy things. I have thread, fabrics, books, and fiber art always for sale on my site.When you can. If you wish. As you can.

I love what I do, but it’s not my hobby. For thirty years, it’s been how I paid my bills. Your support helps me to continue to give to you, quilters, the best I can for the best people I know.

This was too much fun not to do again. I’m taking suggestions if you have an idea what you’d like for the fall session.

Ellen

Books in Action

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

It’s lovely when you get to see a book you’ve written  go into  action. Books are made to be working tools. 

Morna McEver Golletz just wrote a review of Thread Magic Garden on her blog for the
International Association of  Professional Quilters.

She says “At first glance, it’s clear that Ellen is a teacher. Using simple step-by-step instructions, you’ll learn basic skills that build upon each other, for example, special stitch techniques, building edge-to-edge color and progressive shading. Then she offers more than 20 floral studies to understand the shapes of the flowers. She notes that you cannot create a flower through fabric without first seeing and studying a real one, so she includes close-up photographs for this purpose. She also includes a good discussion on color theory. If you are interested in learning or expanding your skills at machine embroidery, you’ll enjoy this book and appreciate Ellen’s attention to detail.” Thanks, Morna!

I just taught a class at Mountain Laurel Quilters in Clarkesville, GA based on  the book. We did the abstracted florals class. These women are master gardeners. They took me up and down the mountain to see their gardens, which were spectacular.  I’ll post on that later. What a dynamic group of women!

I ended up demoing on hostas and lady slippers, in honor of their forest and clearing gardens, that absolutely make my heart sing. What a lovely trip!

You’ll find the International of Professional Quilters on their web site at http://www.professionalquilter.com/index.php. They put together a very useful publication called Professional Quilter that serves the needs of the quilt community that sells, shows, teaches, writes and quilts professionally.

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