Thanksgiving 2010 Newsletter

n the U.S., November is the month of Thanksgiving and we will enjoy a two-day holiday toward the end of the month.  We have many things for which we are thankful and we (Heather and Bob) decided to write them down.  By the time we got to pages two and three, there were many things listed which are usually taken for granted.  At the top of this list are family, health, friends.  Here are some page two and page three items we listed.  Heather: color, sound, a laughing grandchild, nature's beauty, opportunities to learn.  Bob: computers, ease of travel, supermarkets, ideas and inspiration,
ability to make choices .

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International orders: We now offer low Air Mail rates on international shipping to most countries.  Air Mail rates are available for packages up to 4 lbs.  International packages over 4 lbs. sent via the Post Office require Priority Mail or Express Mail rates.  UPS is also available.

We have discussed before about cones and threads and how the thread should unwind.  Cones should always sit flat on a surface so the thread unwinds directly over the top of the cone.  Unwinding a cone from the side puts too much drag on the thread and can affect the stitch quality.  There are two types of spools -- the skinny type and the fat type.  Skinny spools are usually 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch in diameter and are long and slender.  Thread on this type of spool is usually cross wound.  These spools can be used in either a horizontal position (with the thread unwinding over the end of the spool) or in a vertical position (with the thread unwinding from the side).
Fat spools are an inch or more in diameter and are almost always straight wound, not in a crisscross pattern.  These spools are always intended to unwind straight from the side and not over the end of the spool.  These spools work best positioned on a vertical spool pin on top of the machine so the thread unwinds from the side of the spool directly into the first thread guide.  The spool rotates freely as the thread unwinds. It does not matter if the thread unwinds from the front or the back side of the spool.  There is no top or bottom of a spool.  

BOB'S TEACHING SCHEDULE. Thread Therapy with Dr. Bob
Dec. 6. Austin, TX. Austin Area Quilt Guild. 6:45 p.m.
Jan 4, 2011.  Casa Grande, AZ. Casa Grande Quilt Guild. 9:30 a.m.
Jan. 8. San Diego, CA. Village Quilters Guild. 10:00 a.m.
Jan. 17-18.  Ontario, CA. Road to California show.  School of Threadology. Certified Threadologist Course
Jan. 21. Ontario, CA. Road to California quilt show. 7:00 p.m.
Jan. 22. Ontario, CA. Road to California quilt show  4:00 p.m.
Feb. 8. Lockport, IL. Heritage Quilters. 7:00 p.m.
Feb. 9. Flossmore, IL. Quilters Plus. 9:30 a.m.
Feb. 9. Willowbrook, IL. 1:30 p.m.
Feb. 23-24. Kailua-Kona HI.  Quilt Passions.  All day classes, then go to the beach.
Mar. 3-6. Puyallup, WA. Sewing & Stitchery Expo.
Mar. 10. Plano, TX. Quilters Guild of Plano. 6:30 p.m.
Mar. 12. Dallas, TX.  Dallas Quilt Celebration. 11:00 a.m.
Mar. 25. Santa Rosa, CA. The Sewing Place. 6:00 p.m.

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1. St. George, Utah. Pam Holland.  Two different classes. April 18-19 is Snow Canyon with Distinction.  April 21-22 is Thread Painting.
2. St. George, Utah. Sue Gilgan.  March 15-17. Three-day class. Landscape Quilting. 
3. St. George, Utah. Certified Superior Threadologist Course.  April 27-29. 
Click here for details and registration information.
4.  Honolulu, Hawaii.  June 29, 30, July 1 at the Marriott Hotel on Waikiki.  Certified Superior Threadologist Course.

California Session.  The Road to California quilt show asked us to offer our most popular session, the Certified Threadologist Course on the Monday and Tuesday (January 17-18) prior to the January 2011 show opening.  Spaces are limited so if you are interested, please register early.  Machines will be provided or you may bring your own.  We are providing our regular three-day course in two action-packed days.  Four Superior Educators will teach you all we can.  Hands-on projects, lectures, demos, and fun.  Registration is available online at the  Road to California website or by telephone at 909.946.0020.

Please be our Business Consultant. Send us your ideas to help us serve you better (products, education, website, customer service, etc.). We will award $30 gift certificates for the best ideas.  Click here to submit an idea.  This month's winning Business Consultants:
1.  Jake and Melissa, Editors of Quilter's Home magazine for mentioning our new #100 silk thread and hinting that we need some variegated silk soon.
Bob's Note:  Thank you for the mention and idea.  #50 silk, #30 silk, and #16 silk are now in the works.  And a lot of variegated colors will be included. 

2.  Patricia Dow (Hawaii).  Use the awl point of the Superior 3-in-1 Snippers to quickly snap off the wonderful Superior thread spool snap-on caps.  Your fingernails will appreciate it!
Bob's Note: Good idea. The snap-on or button spools are great to hold the thread ends.  Finding the thread end the first time often requires removing the snap-on end and that can be hard on the fingernails.  Once you locate the thread end, replace the snap-on end.  You can then wind the thread end into the space between the spool and snap-on end, leaving a thread tail, so it isn't necessary to remove the end every time.  We also use the awl to punch a clean hole through the top label so the spool sits properly on the vertical spool pin. 

WHAT’S NEW (This Month)

1.  Thread Index is updated.  This Index categorizes thread by weight (30, 40, 50, etc.), intended use (piecing, quilting, bobbin, embroidery, serger, etc.), and fiber type (polyester, cotton,metallic, etc.).  Very convenient.

2.  Live entertainment.  A couple years ago Heather and I wrote a funny song entitled "Where Did I Hide My Stash?"  It has reached number one on the International Quilt Music Pop Chart list (judged and compiled by Bob).  Our staff performs this and other songs at our School of Threadology events in St. George so we recorded it and posted it on YouTube.  Watch it here.  Todd (our son) is on the guitar, Ryan is on the drum, and Yeimy is shaking the maracas.  Our beautiful granddaughter Avilyn (already almost two) makes an appearance at the beginning.  The printed words and audio-only recording are available here.
Next month, watch for the #2 hit song, Longarm Rap.

3.  Beautiful Silk Collections created by Mother Superior.  Heather has created five separate Kimono Silk color collections, each containing 6 spools (220 yds. each) of our new #100 Kimono Silk thread.  The color collections are Neutral, Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer.  Introductory Special is only $29.95.


WHAT’S NEW (Last Month)

1.  Silk Color cards. We have two colors cards for our new Kimono Silk thread.  Card #1 contains colors #301 through #340 and card #2 contains color #341 through #380.  As with all our color cards, we sell them at our cost which is only $3. 
2.  Treasure color card.  Treasure is our coated cotton thread specifically for hand quilting.  The Treasure color card is now available for $3.
3.  More educational videos.  We now have 16 Texture Magic tutorial and idea videos and 9 Thread Therapy with Dr. Bob videos available online, all FREE to view and learn.
4.  Two new Color Comparison Charts are available.
So Fine to MasterPiece Color Comparison Chart
MasterPiece to So Fine Color Comparison Chart 
5.  Mother's Superior's classy jacket pattern.  Many people ask Heather about this stunningly cool jacket.  The pattern is called San Moritz (I think that means 'stunningly cool jacket') and is made by MorninGlory designs and is available on our website.

Two buddies, Tom and Earl, were two of the biggest baseball fans in the world. Their entire adult lives, Tom and Earl discussed baseball history in the winter, and they poured over every box score during the season. They went to sixty games a year. They even agreed that whoever died first would try to come back and tell the other if there was baseball in heaven.  One summer night, Tom passed away in his sleep after watching a Yankee victory earlier in the evening. He died happy.  A few nights later, his buddy Earl awoke to the sound of Tom's voice from beyond.
"Tom is that you?" Earl asked.  "Of course it’s me," Tom replied.
"This is unbelievable!" Earl exclaimed. "So tell me, is there baseball in heaven?"
"Well, I have some good news and some bad news for you. Which do you want to hear first?"
"Tell me the good news first."
"Well, the good news is that, yes, there is baseball in heaven, Earl."
"Oh, that is wonderful! So what could possibly be the bad news?"
"You're pitching tomorrow night." 

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Bob Purcell, the Thread Professor and self-certified Threadologist.

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