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I’m sure, by now, all of you out there know that Coats n Clark has changed their thread line.  Not only physically in look but also the thread.  The only colors available in all purpose thread, that is cotton covered polyester, is the large black and white.  They now make two all purpose in 125 yards and 250 yards, these are both polyester covered polyester.  An all purpose 100% mercerized cotton with 225 yards.  Machine quilting 100% mercerized cotton with 350 yards.  Hand quilting 100% glaze finish cotton with 350 yards.

All the cotton threads are from Egypt.  Coats n Clark also continued their specialty threads that vary from store to store because we can now customize our stock.

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My youngest daughter became engaged this week so I will be busy preparing for her wedding.  She plans on getting married May 13, 2009.  That doesn’t leave me a lot of time to make her dress!  It started with my oldest daughter, she is a phenomenal sewer and wanted to make her own dress but I heard it was bad luck so we made a deal that I would make her’s and she would make mine.

Little did I know that that would snowball into a tradition and I am now on my fifth wedding gown (only they don’t reciprocate and make my dress!).  She bought her material and designed her dress and now I’m going to have to figure out how to make it.  I can sew but I’m not a professional and do not know how to drape sew.  I will try to write about my progress and would happily accept advice.

Bernie Siegel, I Hear You – I read a lot of inspirational books to help me through a very hard time.  Bernie Siegel
inspired me to visualize attacking my cancer cells.  I found the bulls eye fabric and I knew exactly what I would do.  The only thing is that maybe my cancer cells came out a little too cute.

Bernie Siegel Breast Cancer Quilt on Target

Bernie Siegel Breast Cancer Quilt on Target

Exposed” came about when I was going through my gazzilionth procedure (when I had breast cancer), this one was an X-ray and I noticed 2 containers, one marked exposed and another marked  unexposed, for the films.  As I lay there, I was thinking that going through any kind of medical treatments makes you feel just that- exposed.  I asked the technician if I could have the film and thats what how i made the lettering.

This is the first in my “Breast Cancer Series”

Breast Cancer Quilt (EXPOSED)

Breast Cancer Quilt (EXPOSED)

This is a quilt made by a student here (at Sew Materialistic), Chava. This was her first quilt. She said “It’s a lot of fun and I love quilting”. The pattern is Kensington Kaleidoscope.

Quilt from a Student Kensington Kaleidoscope

Quilt from a Student Kensington Kaleidoscope

The challenge, for the previous challenge quilt, was to use the two red fabrics. The theme was “Helping Hands” because the fat quarters were hand stamped by women in Africa and this was a fund-raising project. If you are a QuiltShow member, you can see more challenge quilts online at http://www.thequiltshow.com

When I first saw the title of the challenge it brought to mind the story of the woman on a plane.  She flushed the toilet while still sitting down and needed the help of ground crew to get her out of the toilet.  Such an unlikely story…but the truth. I felt the need to translate it into fabric.  The name of the quilt is “Help! I’ve Fallen and Can’t Get Up”.  Obviously, she needs a “Helping Hand”.   🙂

Help, I've Fallen and Can't Get Up Quilt

Help, I've Fallen and Can't Get Up Quilt


Hi, I’m Malke

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