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Annie (right side of photo) was introduced to the art of quilting by her sister, Lynda (left side of photo). She was hooked after a simple 9 patch pillow. Lynda and her husband own Sewing Concepts in Woodstock and Carpentersville, Illinois and Annie purchased her first machine through them. A couple years later she purchased an embroidery machine with digitizing software. In 2005, sisters Lynda Remmers and Annie Moody brainstormed the possibilities of how an embroidery machine could be used in an unconventional way: making a quilt block. The two sisters' love of quilts and embroidery led to HoopSisters.

Annie tells us, "We use MonoPoly to add sashing to the backs of our quilts. We use it in the bobbin and it works great! Vanish-Lite has proven priceless in our designs when tacking fabric down while piecing in the hoop. Without Vanish-Lite, there would be a few stitches to pick out, but with Vanish-Lite, the temporary stitches wash away by simply getting it wet or a quick wash. We use this thread daily and we cannot live without it!

- HoopSisters -

Favorite Thread: Vanish-Lite and MonoPoly

Non-Quilting Hobby: Cooking, baking, playing with grandkids

Quilting Since: early 1990s

HoopSisters' Featured Quilts

Elegant Elements

Our Elegant Elements quilt infuses many fun elements that bring texture and dimension to the design. Keeping in line with our quilt-making practice, each block of Elegant Elements was digitized for stitching in the hoop of an embroidery machine. Some of the fun elements we chose for this quilt are pinwheels, octagons, and cathedral windows. Our inspiration for this quilt was to step out of the box, or hoop in our case, and create something unexpected. Elegant Elements is one of our favorite quilts that we've design. We wanted to make something that was beautiful, but could be created quickly and wouldn't be overwhelming for those interested in quilting in the hoop.

We haven't entered any of our quilts in shows, but we encourage those who make quilts using our designs to do so. It's not uncommon for us to receive an email from a quilter showing off her HoopSisters quilt with a blue ribbon! It's rewarding for us to receive notes from our customers, sharing their joy and photos of their quilts.

We're often asked why we use a thread that dissolves in water. "Isn't that an oxymoron?" is one of the common questions. There's a great benefit to using Vanish-Lite in our hooped designs. Vanish-Lite helps us tack (or temporarily baste) fabric and additional elements in place so we can build our blocks without extra thread stacking up and adding a lot of bulk to the fabric. It also disappears in a quick soak once you're done with the project. My seam ripper is my arch enemy and with Vanish-Lite, we rarely have a picking moment. Since our quilts are completely stitched in the hoop and each block is totally finished when it comes out of the hoop, MonoPoly comes to the rescue when our sashing that covers the raw edge on the back is stitched to the quilt. MonoPoly blends beautifully into the quilting, you don’t even know it is there.

Elegant Elements
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