Product Demonstration

    • Right Foot First – Make Your Quilting Steps Rock

      quilting feet

      Successful quilts contain lots of ingredients and we’ve discovered having the right foot for the job is one of those ingredients. We’ve put together the list below to help you understand some of those choices. Most of us do not need to own all of these feet, but it’s a great idea to become familiar with what they can do for your quilting! You can certainly use a Standard foot (the one that comes on the machine) for piecing, but you will definitely need a special foot for the actual quilting process, such as an Even Feed foot and/or Darning foot. Many of our Janome machines include an even-feed foot, walking foot, and/or darning foot. Several models include the Acu-feed system as well which is a built-in feeding system that will knock your socks off!
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    • Choosing the Right Machine for You!

      Choosing the Right Sewing Machine

      We are “sew” thrilled that Wish Upon A Quilt is now an authorized Janome Dealer. Since our machines arrived 7 weeks ago, we have been learning so much about all the great features that Janome machines have to offer. We also love how supportive and excited all of our customers have been about our new sewing machine department.
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    • Reason 3 to dash to Wish Upon a Quilt

      You need to get a Zip Clip Gun to help you with your next binding task. Nancy tells us all about it in the following video.

    • Reason 2 to dash to Wish Upon a Quilt

      Great demos by knowledgeable staff! Nancy will demonstrate how to make perfect prairie points with the Prairie Pointer tool, in spite of being a bit camera shy. Be sure to ask about it when you dash to Wish Upon a Quilt.

    • Borders, Bindings, Finishes - so much fun!

      Prarie point trimmed pillowcase

      Prairie

      Once you have a quilt top pieced the fun isn't over. There are a lot of creative options that you can do to jazz your quilt up and "bring it up a notch". There are pieced borders, mitered borders, applique borders, flange borders, and piped borders. You can have straight edges, scalloped edges, notched edges, curved edges. You can throw prarie points, piping, and flange in at any point in the mix. Today we'll look at prairie points.They can be added to blocks, borders or edges of a quilt. They add a fun three dimensional twist and can be a sneaky way to match points in a block. Just think about a pinwheel or flying geese block made with a prairie point instead of a pieced triangle. Let me back up for those who don't know what a praire point is. A prairie point is a triangle folded from a square. They can be stitched together in a line to make a sweet edge for a quilt or added to quilt blocks and borders for three dimensional pizazz. Continue reading

    • Anything But Boring!

      Janice Pope, owner of Anything But Boring dropped by the other day and was kind enough to personally model two of her best-selling designs, the Schlepping Bag and The Two Hour Tulip purse bouquet. Like all of Janice's patterns which are made to solve everyday problems, these two are easy to construct and so useful! The Schlepping Bag is large enough for you to take all of your class supplies with you in one bag. Throw everything in and you are ready to go! The tulip purse is ergonomically designed so that it won't tip over. Since carrying this bag, I haven't lost a cell phone, wallet or anything else out of my purse, even when it falls on the floor of the car! If you have made either of these, let us know how you liked them!

    • Lynne Perfect Ten

      I think this is Lynne's third "Perfect Ten" quilt! She just proves how much fun the pattern is and how quick it is to put together. Her first Perfect ten was made in batiks and was just gorgeous. She then remade it in soft prints like Nature's Notebook. This third version shows how versatile the pattern is. Continue reading

    • Martelli Cutting System - Product Review

      I have to admit when I first saw Martelli at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt festival several years ago, I dismissed their cutting system when I realized that their rotary cutters where designed for single hand use, i.e. you can only use the left hand cutter for the left hand and the right hand cutter for the right hand. I had gotten pretty adept at cutting the uneven edges off the left hand side of my fabric with my left hand and then switching to my dominant right hand to rotary cut the strips and shapes I needed. (No need to flip my fabric around.) So I didn't investigate further until Cathy brought their mats, tables, and cutters from Quilt Market last year.

      After a weekend of cutting fabric for a scrap quilt, 8 layers deep, to yeild over one hundred charm squares my hand was cramping from the force needed to maintain a grip and the pressure needed to cut with my Olfa rotary cutter. I started to appreciate the ingenuity of the Martelli cutters.

      The Martelli cutters are molded to fit into your hand comfortably. They are designed to cut with the sharpest part of the blade so that less force is needed to cut through multiple layers of fabric. They are also designed so that you are pushing with the natural swinging motion of your arm so that your shoulder doesn't hurt after lengthy periods of cutting. They work even better from a sitting position! Traditional rotary cutters are designed such that accurately cutting from a sitting position is near impossible. If you are having problems with standing for lengthy periods, arthritis, cramping hands, or sliding fabrics then definitely check out these cutters and the cutting system. On top of all that the blades last much longer than the other brands.

      Another aspect of the Martelli cutting system are their mats and rulers. They are designed to grip the fabric and prevent it from sliding. So the Martelli ruler wont shift or slide while your in mid cut and it wont let your fabric shift or slide either! The mats also help prevent he bottom layers of fabric from getting out of line too. Speaking of the mats, Martelli has put just as much thought and design into their mats as well. They can be rolled up with out cracking. They will lay flat after being rolled up with very little persuasion needed. The lines on the mats are accurate and can be used to measure cuts. Both sides of the mats can be used and have the accurate grid line on them. One is yellow and one is purple. So you can change the look in your sewing area just by flipping the mat! Not to mention use the side that works best with the color of fabric you are cutting. You can also lay several layers of batting or fabric on top of the mat and use it as an ironing surface. They can take the heat, just don't put the sole-plate directly on the mat. A great feature for small working spaces that need to double up on functionality wherever they can.

      They also have a lazy-susan like table, called a Round A Bout, that is very sturdy and sits on top of your working space. The Round A Bout has a mat and pressing pad that fits on top of it. You can fold your fabric and lay it on the Round A Bout, cut the rough edges, then swivel it around to make the rest of your cuts.

      We recently had the Martelli pros in the store, but if you missed the Martelli demo, then I hope you'll come in and let the staff show you the wonderful ingenuity that has gone into the tools. We will even show you the latest in cutting table designs, one that is designed to fit your body for maximum comfort. They definitely make cutting easier on your body and make accuracy easier to achieve. If you aren't local then check the products out in our online catalog.

    • X-blocks are fun and addictive

      I started playing with the X-block rulers and patterns in July when we had our Christmas special and I made the table runner. I was intrigued by the designs that used the fabric trimmings from the rulers as the borders for the quilts - no fabric waste! They are so much fun and addictive too! I'm on my second quilt and I have two more planned. Continue reading

    • Raggedy's Adventures at Wish

      If you are familiar with Johnny Gruelle's lovable character Raggedy Ann, you will know that she is a kind and adventuresome little rag doll. Raggedy Ann has moved on to a new mistress who accidentally left her at Wish Upon a Quilt overnight. Her new mistress was distraught over her absence but Raggedy had a great adventure. Continue reading

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