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October November December 2010 Edition

New Colors

The latest paints are 305 – Autumn & 306 – Wheat.

I want to thank John for working these out even while he was ill. Thanks honey!!!!

May Seminar 2011

The next Seminar will be the Spring Seminar, the first Saturday of May, May 7th, 2011. Let me know ahead of time whether you will be there. The cost is $35.00. If you pay before April 1st, 2011, the price will be discounted to $30.00. This price is to pay for part of you 'goodie bag'. The 'goodie bag' holds things that you need to do the classes that you will be doing at the seminar. It, also, usually has new things in it that are going into the Line. (I think there will be a couple of new paints come in then.)

We have one class already figured out. Halleen will be teaching it and I think you will like it. It's another way of looking at the transfers and different ways to use them.

Limited Edition Color

John mixed some colors together to see what they would look like and this is what happened. I'll put it out as a monthly color to see if you all want it to come into the Line. It's a Medium Teal. Order it under Blend 599 for $3.19 and see what you think. We didn't make a lot of it - so first come - first serve. If it comes into the Line it will be a regular color - although this batch has just a hint of sparkle in it.

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Well, I'm sorry that I have been ill. I'll try to better about that in the future. Everything is late – but at least it's ready now. This is the last newsletter for the year 2010. WOW! I want to thank everyone who called or sent me e-mail over the last couple of months to find out why I hadn't sent a newsletter out and to wish me to get well soon.

I want to wish and pray that you all have the greatest holidays ever this winter. Don't eat too much, stay healthy and love one another more than ever (and tell people that you love them).

Instead of putting pictures inside the newsletter, I'm sending the pages all separate so your colored catalog pages will be complete for this year.

So I have included pages for the following:

Some of you have discovered 'red work'. These are designs done completely in different shades of red. Any design can be done like this, it just takes a little figuring where which colors of red will go, before you start the design. These originally came out as designs to embroider, but, of course, you can paint anything that you can embroider. In the beginning these designs were outline only.

Class News

January 6 2011 - 11:00 AM - Here at Ginger's Cameo (4879 Sylvan Rd. – Manchester, MI)

Everyone enjoyed doing the 'horse' class at the Seminar. In fact they enjoyed it
so much that we didn't get the 'face' classes in. I will be doing those at the January
workshop on the 20th of January.

The regular monthly workshops are held on the third (3rd) Thursday of the
month. If it has to be cancelled for some reason, we go to the next Thursday.

I don't serve lunch, so you have to bring your own 'bag lunch' to eat. We
usually eat while we are discussing things that are coming up and possible designs or
quilts to come out.


January 8 2011 - Workshop at Sharon's in Brooklyn MI. Will do 'faces' if they want.

January 9 2011 - At Lori's in Brooklyn MI

There are, also classes going in Leesburg, Fl (Sandy Wadelton), in Venice, Fl
(Rene McDonough)
, in Grand Junction, Co (Rachel Fry), and other places that I don't
have information on. (See our Current List of Teachers)

Any of you that hold one class or more each month should get your information
to me so I can remind folks of it.

Paint News

Two new paints in the Line.

The latest paints are 305 – Autumn & 306 – Wheat. I want to thank John for working these out even while he was ill. Thanks honey!!!!

110 Paints to choose from, or make it easy on yourself and get them all in the Ideal Kit.

The ballpoint tip nozzle can easily be removed for brush painting.

Formulated for fabric painting, these paints are also excellent for painting on other materials (wood, etc.). This is premium quality fabric paint with the following features:

  • Permanent, won't come off in the wash
  • Blends Well for shading or fading colors together
  • Machine Wash & Dry
  • Stays Soft and flexable, Won't Crack or Peel
  • Best of all it is Non-Toxic
  • Safe, won't harm children or animals
  • Makes a great gift for children who love to color and paint!

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Be sure to visit our accessories page and see all the tools and pens to make fabric painting easier.

With our accessories you to can make professional looking designs and pictures come to life on clothing, table cloths, linens, or most any material.

I have had people that have asked for some ‘accessory kits’. I thought it was a good idea – so here are some Accessory Kits. These will stay in the Line from now on.

C561C561 – Bottle Kit (for 10 sets of bottles) $9.00

This kit includes bottles, tips and caps and nozzles.

C660C660 – Ideal Accessory Kit$85.00

When you buy the Ideal Kit, you get one of all the paints that are in the Line at that point. This is the kit that gives you the rest of what you need. Carrier, racks, Dual Point Pen, Transfer Marker, Fiber Blenders, Tips, and Sandpaper Blotters.

C661C661 – Small Accessory Kit -$25.00

This gives you a Black and a Brown Dual Point Pen, a Black and a Brown Transfer Marker. Sandpaper Blotters, Tips and a small package of Fiber Blenders.

C662C662 – Large Accessory Kit -$35.00

This gives you the whole pack of Dual Point Pens, the whole pack of Transfer Markers and the large pack of Fiber Blenders.

I thought I would give you some ideas on using our accessories:

I have had some questions on having empty bottles for sale [C557 - (5) -$3.00].

Tips and Bottles

One use for them is to make your own colors. Using colors that are already in the Line, you can mix the colors that you want to use on a particular design. Sometimes folks want to match the color décor of a dining room or bedroom. Maybe you want to do something on a particular color of clothing and need just the right color to work with. If you use an empty bottle to mix your color you will be able to use that color another time in the future.

I suggest that as you are mixing the color, you be sure to write your formula down so you can re-mix it when you run out.

You will need to order C557 + C556 (Decorator Tips - (10) for $3.25) + C558 (Nozzles and Caps - (10) for $3.30). Since you get five (5) bottles to a package, you need to order two (2) sets of bottles to go with the other two (2), since they come in packages of ten(10).

Another use for these items is to divide your existing paints into more than one (1) bottle. This is especially good for those of you that teach painting classes. You can buy one (1) bottle of paint and divide it into two (2) or three (3) bottles so that more folks in your class can use the same colors.

This works well if you're having classes with kids. They always seem to want to use the same colors as their friends are using.

For those of you that are running classes with the 'Quilt of the Month' quilt blocks, where your students are all doing the same design, this is especially good.

Of course, the best way to run the monthly quilt block classes, are to have them buy their own paints so they can continue painting at home. If they buy all the colors that they need for the first quilt block - then add the colors as they need them for the blocks as they come out - that makes your sales higher and gives them the opportunity to buy other things to paint in between the class times. This way they can gradually build up their paint stock and as their paint colors increase, they will want to do more things with them.

Be sure that you sell them (or give them) T4673-Paint Dots and have them iron it off onto something that they can carry with them. That way they can tell what colors they have and how many more they have to go to have the full Line. Make sure that you tell them to only fill in the dots with the colors that they own. When they have all the colors filled in they will have the whole Line and they can use the finished design to figure out what colors are called for in a particular design and figure out whether they want to change the colors to something else. This design fits on a P322Mini Flag, or just about anything else, even one of the P1492-Large Tote Bags. (If they put it on a tote bag, they can put the things that they need for the class in the tote bag to carry with them to class and know exactly what colors they need to order for the next class.)

There are un-numbered dots to fill in with colors that you mix up on your own (like I talked about in the previous section).

Another item that a lot of folks don't understand about is C548 - Sandpaper Blotters (5) for $3.75.

These are medium grit sandpaper.


These are the best things to paint on. You put one under what you are painting (or in between the front and back of a t-shirt or sweatshirt) and the Sandpaper Blotter holds the item still so that you can paint it and it keeps the paint from going through to what ever you are painting on (or to the other side of a shirt).

For those of you that have been painting for a long time and are used to using the hoops - this works much better. You don't have to worry about smearing the paint when you move your material on the hoop and you don't have to let the paint dry before you move to the next section.

I know there are those of you that have to paint lying down and you need to have the hoop to hold the item that you are painting, but even in those cases, putting a Sandpaper Blotter on your hoop works better than using a blotter pad. Just cut the Sandpaper Blotter to the same dimensions as a C366 - 10" round Blotter. The grit holds the item very still for you to paint without having to stretch it out when you put it in the hoop.

The Blotter Pads [C451 -(2) approx. 10"x12"-$1.75 and C452 -(2) approx. 12"x20"-$3.25] are good for doing washes and using a brush [C460 - Fabric Brush Set (3) or C470 - Fabric Brush Set 2 (3)] to paint with. It holds the material for these techniques and keeps the paint from going through to what you are painting on top of or through to the other side of a shirt.

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Monthly Quilt Clubs

I am having so much fun with the new Quilt Blocks of the Month. It’s fun trying to explain new techniques in writing.

A lot of the different techniques that I talk about in the newsletter, I come up with when I'm doing the quilt blocks.

If any of you have suggestions on how to write up directions on this be sure to get them to me.

Last year I started using the 1-stroke technique on the Wild Deer Quilt and then I kept on using different kinds of techniques to get you to learn them and be comfortable with them. I describe them and tell you how to do them in the directions for the individual quilt blocks. (Of course, nothing says you have to do what I say.)

This year I keep trying new things out when I'm working on the blocks for Ginger's Dragon Quilt.

I want to thank everyone that has sent in dragon quilt block designs. I have used designs by me and my daughter Mysti and this month and next month the designs are from Missy Jane from Belinda's family. In the future there is one that has been put in by Lori Bartlett.

Keep them coming.

Next year I would like to have one set of the 'monthly quilts blocks' designs from mythology. You know - fairies, gargoyles, Pegasus, etc. If you have ideas on this I need to get started on setting them up to start in January 2011. We'll need 12 designs in all.

Christie Lee was working on a couple of ideas for next year - I'm not sure what I'm going to do about those designs yet. One of them was a quilt of Pennsylvania Dutch Hex Signs and another was with flowers. (The Bouquet of Flowers quilt designs are from Christie. I found the designs and sent them to her to be painted and charted.)


An explanation of the Quilt Block Clubs:

We have a lot of instructors out in the field that have pretty much quit instructing and others who are new and don't quite know how to get started. I thought this would help both sides. The quilt blocks come out once a month. I thought this would give you a built-in class session, or sessions, that you could do each month. Each set teaches different things. At the end of the classes the students don't have to sew and quilt these into a quilt, they can put two (2) together and have a two-sided throw pillow. They can use each one individually and put a plain quilt block on the back and make a throw pillow. They can sew all the blocks together at the end of the year, put a piece of blanket material on the back and use yarn to tie it together as a throw for the back of the couch or for use in the car for trips. You could also frame the finished product with a wooden hoop or a regular frame. (You can pick up lots of frames in yard sales.) Just use your imagination on what to use the finished products for. The transfers are all great for putting on a shirt, also. You can use the quilt block to learn on - then put the transfers on shirts or pillowcases.

I know that some of you are not into quilting, but you like the sets of transfers.

Here are some things that you could do:

Instead of quilts you can make throw pillows with a different design on each side. That would give you six (6) different throw pillows. If you want to make twelve different throw pillows - or six - or nine -you just need to order extra sets of blank quilt blocks (P601-$5.25) to use for the back..

Instead of using the transfers on quilt blocks you can put the designs on shirts, flour sack towels (P327), mini flags (P322), tablecloths (P1220, P1221, P1222, P1223), a Wallhanging (P324), dresser scarves (P326), placemats (P1289), tote bags (P1492), pillow cases (P1595), pants, skirts, jackets. There are just so many different ways to use the transfers.

I like to put several designs on a single shirt. I buy men's shirts at yard sales and then I make it into a theme shirt. I might make a unicorn shirt, or a shirt of flower faces. I have a Christmas shirt with many different designs on it. How about a snowman outfit on a sweat suit?

There are just sooo many ways to use the Quilt Paks it boggles the mind.

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Classes Being Held by Our Friends in Other Locations

You've seen my mention of the latchkey group here in Michigan. Their teacher, Vivien Gunderson, sent me some pictures, but asked me not to put any of the kids faces out in the world, just to keep them safer. So here you are - what some of the Michigan Latchkey Kids have painted (handkerchiefs -mostly for gifts).


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Final Words

I’ve been trying to hold down the price on shipping – but now I’m starting to lose money on it and prices are going up at the Post Office starting May 14th. (Prices at other shipping places have already gone up.) The increases they are talking about, on top of what I was already losing, means that starting May 1st, 2007 my shipping prices are going to go up.

Remember that shipping is figured on your retail total before your discount.

If you think I should give you a lower shipping amount on your order because it is a small order, you can call and we might be able to adjust it some. No promises though. I’m not in the business of making money on shipping, but sometimes the small orders are what off-set the big orders.

Well, I guess that's all for this month. Keep that those suggestions coming. I need every one of them. See you at a meeting.

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