I have a good friend who lives in Michigan City, Indiana. We became buds when our daughters started hanging out together in 3rd grade. Every summer I go for the day and she finds fun things for us to do. This year, she outdid herself.
We visited The Quilters Apothecary in the TAG building. TAG is short for Textile Art Gallery and it's a terrific concept in downtown Michigan City. Jamie Wallen is the main quilter whose methods and art comprise much of this establishment.
There were fabulous quilts on the wall, hand dyed backs, threads and tools. You could tell it was a place populated by people who love to quilt. I reveled in the focus and decided that Quilters Apothecary is a must visit for Longarm Quilters.
There was a classroom space and creative areas. When we first came in there were other quilters in there and their happy chatter just added to the positive vibe I was feeling.
He is not only a talented artist with textiles but one generous fellow. He gave me advice, explained their tools and concept to me. I got more from him just by listening than I have in some classes that last for a day.
So naturally, I had to be polite and do some shopping. You know me, I am nothing if not polite. Fine, they had good stuff and I wanted to get my hands on it!
I knew I could also shop online but it's so much more delicious when you can put your hands on it and take it home with you. Like it's your birthday! But maybe better, because it's exactly what you want.
I showed Patrick a picture of my Pulse quilt on my phone and asked for a recommendation of a color. Without missing a beat he recommended Isacord thread, color baby poop so I bought it and orange. And boy was he right, I am using baby poop thread now and LOVE it.
I also was emboldened to try a metallic thread, go me! Patrick also asked me about my ruler use and if I had any with handles. I didn't then but I have three now.
I purchased a medium arc and small arc ruler, both with handles. Just for good measure, I threw in a ditch ruler with a handle as well. Plus, he gave me an invaluable tip.
He recommended that I spray some fabric adhesive on the back which will increase the drag and keep the ruler in place. He emphasized that I do the spraying outside and I assured him I would not, hey, I sew in a loft of a second story condo.
I cannot tell you what an incredible difference that 505 made on the back. Why has no one told me this golden nugget before? It's pure genius.
I am happily quilting using my new baby poop colored thread with my new freshly sprayed ruler on my new quilt top. I can't wait until I am finished and I can show you the results.
But perhaps I should start calling this thread neutral green?
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I published a post 4 years ago about attending a Longarm seminar with Sue Heinz. She is a big fan of Jamie Wallen's. You can read that post here as well as one about considering a longarm purchase here.
If you don't live close to Michigan City, check out Jamie's Youtube channel. I am!