Primitive Perspectives Issue 14
What tricks are up your sleeve?

A few months ago we asked what you’d like to see in a newsletter. Most of you said that tips for making your sewing projects easier would be nice. Running a close second and third were “free stuff” and organization tips. So we are embarking on a mission to gather and share project and organization tips, and to find free stuff to send your way. If you would like to share your tips, just reply to this message, or Contact Us on our website.

Tips!
From Pat Sloan(Pat has a quilt in our Summer 2014 issue)

Today is the Day, time to finish a UFO with Pat Sloan
Jump in and take action! Pat is going all out to bust out her UFOs and to motivate others to do the same. Be sure to read her beautiful, helpful, and inspiring Blog, Click Here
Flip and Sew Tip: Click Here

From Christine Schultz
While I usually am working with a deadline, here is my list of elements for enjoyable, fine quality stitching:

Get a good night’s sleep.
Make sure you have good light.
Set up your workspace with all you will need so you can continue without interruptions, and use the best quality tools and materials that you can afford.
Don’t be in a hurry to finish; enjoy the process.
Stop once in a while and savor the beauty of your work—pat yourself on the back when it looks good!
When you’re done, don’t mention anything negative about your piece to any admirers, just enjoy the compliments!!
I also like to keep a little notebook where I list the names of designers and projects that I especially like, so if I want to check them out later for new designs, it’s easy to find them.
Top 10 Sewing and Quilting Notions of 2013

Clover USA shares with us their top 10 notions from last year. Surely there is something on this list that can make your life easier. Click Here

Win one of three Press Perfect ‘Hold It Precision Stilettos’ from Clover, featuring an angled tip for good reach and visibility and a grippy tip for holding fabric. Use it at the ironing board or sewing machine. Just let us know your comfort level when it comes to following project directions versus winging it. Click here

Designer News

Martha Walker, of Wagons West Designs, released a new fabric line with Studio e Fabrics, “Elementary,” in November, and it’s now in shops.

Lori Brechlin, of Notforgotten Farm, will release lots of new designs for Valentine’s day this month. The designs will include cross stitch, appliqué, rug hooking freehand cross stitch and punch needle. Visit Lori’s blog here.

Christine Shultz, and Enchanted Mountain Quilting, are hosting their 5th annual Quilters’ Roundup on Sunday, Jan. 26. This event, held each winter, features a quilt show, guest speaker, catered lunch, woman of distinction award, and door prizes. They also kick off their annual Block of the Month project, which is always an EMQ exclusive design. Visit their Facebook page or website for more information.

SAVE the DATE: September 19–21, 2014. Stacy West, of Buttermilk Basin invites you to “Celebrate Autumn in the Country” at her first Annual Event, at the Brickhouse Getaway Barn & Homestead. There will be handwork workshops, on site shopping, a quilt and folkart show, round robin make & takes, trunk shows from your favorite designers, and much more! For more information, follow Stacy at buttermilkbasin.com and on her blog

Kay Harmon will hold a trunk show and workshop at the Hot Springs Arkansas Area Quilt Guild. The trunk show is February 27 and the workshop is Feb 28. Please contact Betty Lawson 501-625-7611 for more information. By the way, Kay’s “Springtime Frolic” table topper in our Spring 2014 issue is the 2nd in a series of seasonal table toppers. Pumpkin Spice in Fall 2013 was the first. Each table topper finishes the same size so you can exchange them with the seasons. The third topper will be in our Summer 2014 issue, and the winter one, of course, will appear in our Winter 2014 issue.

Lets talk about wearables, in our last enewsletter we asked you about your interest in wearables. here's what you said. 27% said I am no intrested in making wearable items, 48% said I used to sew wearble items, but it's been a while and I would like to give it a try again. 18% said, I sew wearable items, and plan to continue. 7% said, I've never made anything wearable, but I would like to give it a try

And a big congratulations

to Ellen D. Crouse—our winner of the Thread Caddy from Arrow Sewing Cabinets!

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Looking Ahead, here is a sneak peek of a project by Janice Minear, you'll find in the Spring 2014 issue which is getting ready to ship!
Kits are available for this project, Flying Home, on page 52 of the Spring 2014. Kits are $144.95 plus $12.50 shipping and handeling. Order your kit today at: JJ Stitches, 221 East Main St, Sun Prairie, WI 53590; 608-837-2266; or jjstitches.com.
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