June 2007  "Let Freedom Ring"












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"Let Freedom Ring!" June 2007



























In This Issue

Let Freedom Ring

America!

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Greetings!

Patriotic Coaster Set

Walking Foot For Your Machine

June Special



What's New?

Let Freedom Ring




"Let Freedom Ring"


A Patriotic Pattern Pack


"Let Freedom Ring", is a patriotic pattern pack of 15 projects the beginner can sew for outside picnics and barbeques as well as inside kitchen and family room decor. 48 pages include project instructions, detailed techniques and all the patterns to make the projects. Perfect for Memorial Day, 4th of July, 9/11 and Veterans Day celebrations. All appliques are completed with Heat 'n Bond. Some of the projects include: 6 and 12 pack Beverage Carriers, Picnic Tote, BBQ Apron and Mitt, Cooling Wraps, Throw Quilt, Tablecloth and Runner, Potholders, Placemats, Rag Quilt, and more! Click on the picture for more information and to view pictures of the projects.



48 pages, Saddle stitched












America!
A Patriotic Church Banner


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Skill Level: Intermediate

This 36" X 70" patriotic banner becomes a wonderful addition to your church sanctuary celebrating Memorial Day, Independence Day and 9/11. The entire banner is made using Heat'n'Bond Lite and is outline quilted, adding fringe along the bottom, and decoration on the sides. An intermediate level project. This pattern is available in three formats:


1. As a full size drawn out pattern with instructions, $18.95


2. As a "gridded" pattern, which you can enlarge to any size. Complete directions for enlarging and instructions included, $12.95


3. As an e-pattern, gridded format which comes directly to your email box in a pdf format for you to download. $10.95







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JoAnn Gagnon

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Greetings! My husband has been in the Coast Guard for 20 years. He was called active duty 3 years ago, and because of some situations he faced, I am truly thankful to live in America, and truly thankful for those who have served and given their lives for what we have. We are in the midst of the season to show our patriotism..our love of God, fellow man, and country...and felt it would be a wonderful theme for the first of our new "pattern packs".

Pattern packs are groupings of multiple projects designed for decorating and celebrating holidays, seasons and other themed occasions. My daughter and I are hoping to put new packs together every two months or so. These packs will contain all the patterns, instructions, and techniques just like you find in our books, only they are printed from our home in pattern form rather than made into a book...thus we are able to keep the cost much lower. They are available in hard copy or as an ebook, which is sent to your email account in downloadable pdf format. We hope these packs will give you ideas and that you will enjoy sewing for the special occasions.







Free Pattern:
Patriotic Coaster Set

Skill Level: Beginner



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Materials and Supplies:
..2 pieces of 5" X 5" print fabric

..1 piece of 4" X 4" star fabric

..5" square of quilt batting

..4" square of Heat 'n Bond Lite

Make the Coasters:
..Fuse Heat 'n Bond Lite to the back of the star fabric.
..Draw a 3 inch star onto the paper side (A).

..Cut out the star and remove the paper backing.

..Place and press the star in the center of one fabric piece (B).

..Layer together, the batting, the back fabric, right side up, then the top star fabric piece, right side down.

..Pin, then stitch at 1/4" all around, leaving a 2" opening on one edge, to turn right side out (C).

..Clip across the corners to remove bulk.

..Turn right side out and carefully poke corners into position.

..By hand, stitch the opening closed (D).

..Topstitch, presser foot width from the edge, all around the outside edges.

..Stitch around the star applique with a straight stitch, a zig-zag stitch, or a machine applique stitch (E).

..You're done!

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Technique: Using a Walking Foot


- Easily stitch through layers without fabric shifting -





My favorite machine foot by far is a walking foot. It enables you to do so much more with your machine, successfully! A walking foot has teeth attached to the presser foot to grip and feed the top piece of fabric. Every machine has lower teeth, called the feed dog. Having teeth on both the top and bottom lets the fabric feed through evenly, and controls shifting and sliding. It is wonderful when you sew quilts or fabrics with thickness, as well as for sheers or any 'slick' type fabrics because it helps to keep the fabric from creeping. You can purchase an add-on walking foot for most any machine, you just need to know if your machine has a high shank or low shank to purchase the correct foot the first time around! Price is usually in the $20.00 range....and well worth it! Purchase from your local sewing machine dealer.




FREE !! June Special



Purchase our Patriotic Pattern Pack, "Let Freedom Ring" or "America" between June 1 -June 12, and receive FREE, our "Travel Games in a Tote" ebook pattern.

Games include Checkers, Tic-Tac-Toe, and Bean Bag Toss. Games, tote bag, game pieces and bean bag patterns included. These games all roll up and tie, and fit into a handy drawstring tote to store them and go with you to your next celebration. Make these up and you'll keep the kids of all ages entertained!


You must write "ebook special" in the comments section on your order form in order to take advantage of and receive this offer. After your order goes through, you will be emailed this ebook, in pdf format.



Order "Let Freedom Ring" - paper pattern along with our ebook special from our website.


Order "Let Freedom Ring" - ebook version along with our ebook special from our website.


Order "America" - paper pattern along with our ebook special from our website.


Order "America" - ebook version along with our ebook special from our website.






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