Quilting

Do you have a quilter in your life?

Here are a couple of useful ideas for Christmas gifts ( if you are the quilter in someone’s life, just leave this page open where it can be seen!)


If you’re still stuck for ideas there’s always a nice new top of the range Bernina Machine,

or maybe just a fabulous Quilt Direct gift voucher

We hope we’ve made Christmas shopping a tiny, little bit easier for you!

The Accents in Design Fine Line Ruler is designed for all types of quilters, quilting machines and right or left handed quilters.

The ruler base is 1/4″ (.236 thick acrylic) thickness and 2-1/2″ wide. By transferring the ability to control the ruler with your fingers using the finger grips, you will ease tension in your shoulders while quilting — the placement of your fingers on the ruler is a natural position for your hand and your arm.

When using traditional rulers and templates with a longarm or frame system, keeping your ruler or template in place puts pressure on the base of the ruler or template. This will sandwich your quilt top under the ruler and puts pressure on the ruler base on the underside of your quilt. This method can create inconsistent stitches because your machine isn’t able to glide as freely across the top of your quilt with the added pressure.

Traditional rulers and templates cannot be utilized by the sit-down machine quilter — the design of the Accents in Design Fine Line Ruler has changed that! It offers excellent control. Using the Fine Line Quilter’s Ruler on a home sewing machine system, you never have to break your thread, raise your feed dogs, or change to your walking foot to achieve straight line designs. You can easily outline a block with “stitch in the ditch”, or outline your patterns within your block and continue on in “free-motion” without ever breaking your threads.

Sit-down machine quilters can outline a Mariner’s Compass motif without turning their quilt. Don’t pivot your quilts to change stitching directions, change the angle of your ruler and complete vertical, horizontal and diagonal design elements.

FEATURES

  • Thick crystal clear cast acrylic base for durability and an unobstructed view of your pattern and material.
  • Resistance strip on the underside of the ruler base keeps your ruler in place while quilting.
  • Laser scoring on the underside for design width accuracy. Incremental scoring (from needle down) edge of ruler base to edge of hopping foot = 1/4″, first scoring from ruler edge = 1/2″, second scoring from ruler edge = 1″ of width for your designs.
  • Incremental scoring is the same on both sides of the ruler base. No matter which hand or direction your ruler is placed, the incremental scoring is the same.
  • Finger grips: Promote a natural hand position on the ruler. Keeps you in control of your ruler at all times. Allows you to manipulate the ruler, even a tiny bit, to keep you stitching where you need to be. With the finger grips you can have light resistance or strong resistance on your quilt top. The control is where it needs to be.

Buy Accents in Design Fine Line Ruler from Quilt Direct

 

 

 Thread Director

Did you know that thread should unwind off the spool the same way it was wound onto the spool?  If it doesn’t it becomes twisted and prone to snapping. This is especially true of metallic and specialty threads. This problem of twisitng and snapping was causing Lee Fletcher so much frustration that she set about inventing something to solve the problem – Thread Director!

The Thread Director  is an ingenious little device that changes the position of the spool allowing  thread to unwind flat, thereby  avoiding the dreaded twisting and snapping, making it easy and fun to work with metallic and specialty threads.

The Thread Director simply changes the orientation of the sewing machine’s spool pin so that mettallic and delicate specialty threads are  fed flat into the thread path. SImple to attach and compatible with most sewing machines the Thread Director can hold standard spools, mini spools and min cones.

View this video showing how simple it is to use and then buy your Thread Director from Quilt Direct.

What about a Fantastic  Large Tutto Tote to get the summer started

A fabulously cheerful tote for your equally fabulous Bernina machine.
Tutto Tote with free Festival of Quilts Tickets
A compact versatile and fun tote. Use it as:

  • luggage carrier
  • brief case
  • computer bag
  • hand cart
  • overnight bag

….and you can even carry your sewing machine in it.

The Tutto Large Machine Tote fits most standard sewing machines. The interior measures: 21″ x 14″ x 12″ (54cm x 35cm x 30.5cm).  It fits Bernina’s series 4, 5 and 6 machines.

The Tutto Large Machine Tote weighs less than 5kg and folds to a skinny 3″ wide for storage. Ballistic Nylon construction, removable telescopic pull bar, strong frame, two inside straps to secure your sewing machine.  Top and front openings for easy access and lots of versatile pockets to keep all your sewing tools organised.  Turns on a penny, easy to lift, with handles at each end, light and easy to pull.  4 independent wheels to make manoeuvring a cinch and the robust metal frame allows you to safely stack an accessory bag on top too……..

Order your Tutto Tote from Quilt Direct

 

 

When it comes to sewing thread, have you met your match? We have, and in honour of The French Open Tennis starting this weekend we are offering 30% off ALL METTLER THREAD.

At Quilt Direct we love quilts and we think your quilts deserve the best possible cotton thread available.

Quilters all over the world know and love Mettler thread, and would never use anything else.

All Mettler Cotton threads are 100% Long Staple, double mercerised cotton. They have exceptional colour fastness and a high breaking resistance.

  • Mettler Silk Finish Thread 50/3 for construction and machine quilting
  • Mettler Embroidery Thread 60/2 for accurate machine piecing or a hand appliqué thread which disappears as you sew
  • Mettler 60/2 thread is also the perfect bobbin thread when you need a partner for those ‘impossible’ metallics and rayon threads on your machine
  • Mettler Seralon range is great for dressmaking

Mettler Threads

 

This offer is valid until Friday 2nd June on all orders of over £30 

Applies to all current Mettler Thread stock excluding Gift Packs

 

What about a Fantastic 20% Off Large Tutto Tote (purple only) Plus free Festival of Quilts Tickets

I’m sure we all know the first line of the poem ‘Warning’ by Jenny Joseph

When I am an old woman I shall wear purple”,

but how many know the last paragraph?

But maybe I ought to practise a little now?

So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised

When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.”

So, why not start practising a little with this fabulous purple Tutto Large Machine Tote

Because we’re feeling perfectly purple you will receive 20% off all orders for these Large Purple Tutto Totes placed before the end of May. Plus, the first four lucky people to order one will receive a complimentary pair of tickets to this year’s Festival of Quilts!
Tutto Tote with free Festival of Quilts Tickets
A compact versatile and fun tote. Use it as:

  • luggage carrier
  • brief case
  • computer bag
  • hand cart
  • overnight bag

….and you can even carry your sewing machine in it.

The Tutto Large Machine Tote fits most standard sewing machines. The interior measures: 21″ x 14″ x 12″ (54cm x 35cm x 30.5cm).  It fits Bernina’s series 4, 5 and 6 machines.

The Tutto Large Machine Tote weighs less than 5kg and folds to a skinny 3″ wide for storage. Ballistic Nylon construction, removable telescopic pull bar, strong frame, two inside straps to secure your sewing machine.  Top and front openings for easy access and lots of versatile pockets to keep all your sewing tools organised.  Turns on a penny, easy to lift, with handles at each end, light and easy to pull.  4 independent wheels to make manoeuvring a cinch and the robust metal frame allows you to safely stack an accessory bag on top too……..

Order your Tutto Tote from Quilt Direct, using the code PURPLE20

(Offer only valid until 31 May 2017)

 

We’re quite excited about the new range of Aurifil 80wt threads that we’ve got in stock. Much finer than 50wt, but with the usual Aurifil high standards, this 100% cotton thread is perfect for  machine quilting, English paper piecing, hand appliqué, minature quilts and as a bobbin thread!

Thinner than the 50wt,  the Aurifil 80wt is wonderful for hand applique as the thread just disappears into the fabric.

Aurifil 80wt is available in 88 colours and the cherry wood spools make them really attractive.

We love it, and the feedback from Aurifil designers who have tested is nothing but positive!

These are some of the comments on the Aurifil website:

 

“With the super fine Aurifil 80wt, the complexity of the stitches possible in a small area is astounding.”

“Aurifil’s 80wt is so fine it’s like silk.”

“Aurifil’s 80wt is great for hand appliqué!”

“I am beyond excited about your new thread.”

“I do not do a lot of hand sewing or needle-turned appliqué but this would be my go to thread for light-duty sewing projects where you wanted to hide the stitching.“

“The 80wt is really nice for machine appliqué. I have always used 50 weight but the 80 weight gave me a much more hand appliquéd look. I was able to use a smaller needle and that meant smaller needle holes as well!”

 

Aurifil 80wt thread is available in a great range of 88 delicious colours!

Buy Aurifil 80wt thread from Quilt Direct


Quilt Direct are pleased to introduce our fabulous new Bernina Studio.

Demonstration Area – a range of machines for you to try before you buy

Long Arm Rental Need to finish a large quilt? Hire by the hour

Training Room – One to one training from Katherine

Care Centre –  Rick the ‘Bernina Doctor’ offers specialist servicing and repair

Self-catering Accommodation – Stay in this charming cottage when you visit the Bernina Studio

 

Demonstration Area

  • Full range of Bernina machines for you to try before you buy
  • Expert help to ensure you get the best machine for your needs
  • Bespoke training tailored to your requirements

 

Bernina Q20 Long Arm Hire

Need to finish a large quilt?  Hire our Bernina Q20 Long Arm by the hour. Tuition and set up provided. Spend a couple of days in this idyllic setting while you catch up with large projects.

 

Training Room

  • Katherine Letherby is passionate about machine sewing loves sharing her extensive knowledge.
  • One to one sessions in the delightful Studio, tailored to meet your exact requirements
  • Katherine’s previous sewers have commented on her ‘skill and patience;’ and refer to their visits as a ‘fun retreat with welcoming people’

 

Care Centre

  • Rick, the Bernina Doctor is a certified Bernina specialist and only services Bernina sewing machines
  • He can advise how to keep your machine in tip top condition
  • Rick offers a range of services with a full report and a reminder of when your next service is due
  • Full in-depth cleaning and lubrication, inside and out.
  • Adjusts to Bernina specifications using specialised Bernina tools

 

Self-catering Accommodation

Think the edge of Dartmoor is a bit far to come for any of the services offered by Bernina Studio? Well, there’s a lovely little cottage available to rent right next door to the Studio.

  • Private cottage with lounge and  conservatory, own garden and  access to fields
  • One double and one twin bedroom with countryside views
  • Bath with shower over and a downstairs cloakroom
  • Wonderful walks and country pubs close by. The award-winning market town of Tavistock is just 5 miles away.
  • Have your Bernina serviced or have some tuition while you stay, or just enjoy the tranquil setting
  • Competitive rates for short breaks or holidays

The Bernina Studio facilities and cottage are available by appointment only. Call Quilt Direct to arrange your visit.

You may have seen the new Bernina  ruler kits that we now have in stock. Well, if you’re not sure if you need these kits, why not have a look at this great little ebook from Bernina.

An easy to follow guide to quilting with rulers and using the BERNINA ruler work presser feet. This great little guide will help you understand:

  • Terminology
  • Ruler Work Accessories
  • Machine Setup
  • Ruler Preparation

Buy Quilting Rulers & Accessories from Quilt Direct

Once upon a time a very clever quilter called Patricia Pepe launched a company called Quilt Queen Designs to market her amazingly clever rotary tool – the X-Block, a nifty tool that trims ordinary quilting blocks into fabulous new designs.

capture  X-Blocks are square acrylic tools designed for rotary cutting and are available in several sizes. X-Blocks projects start with easy to piece strips or blocks that are sewn together first then you place the X-Blocks template on the strips or blocks, match the seams with the designated line (solid, dash, dotted) to the lines of the tool and trim along the edges with a rotary cutter. Voila! You’ve got X-Blocks! It’s that easy!

capture1X-Box Basix work in the same way as X-Blocks but are specifically designed to work with 2 ½” & 1 ½” fabric strips so it’s perfect for  pre-cuts such as JellyRolls™, BaliPops™, Tonga Treats™, Honeybuns™ etc. or you can cut your own strips too. This is a quick and easy way to jump in and try the X-Blocks technique or add X-citing variation to the magic of X-Blocks! We’ve removed the dash and dotted lines so all that’s left is the solid line – so easy – so basic!
 

 

Let Patricia herself explain to you how to use this versatile little tool.

 

Quilt Direct carry a full range of  X-Blocks Rulers and X-Blocks Pattern Books.

 

 

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