Sunday, December 19, 2010

Bodacious Longarm Gift Basket

It's been a while since the Houston International Quilt Festival....but I need to revisit that time for just a bit and update on the Bodacioius Gift Basket that was drawn among the new longarm quilters purchasing an A1 Quilting Machine at our booth this year....

Since my last post we have been two steppin' all over Texas setting up new A1 Quilting Machines and in just a few short weeks our winner of the Bodacious Gift Basket will join the ranks of a new A1 quilter! I want to share just what was in that basket and take time to thank our sponsors for making this gift possible.

Thank you to Stewart Plank, owner of A1 Quilt Machines for the tote bag and Towa Gauge - the tote bag has multiple uses of course, but for those of you unfamiliar with the TOWA, it's a tool to assist in determining the proper tension on the bobbin, thus eliminating half of the tension headaches (grin).

Thank you to H.D. Wilbanks and Darlene Christopherson of Pellon Legacy for their contribution of a 9 yd x 96" wide bolt of 80/20 batting and a queen size bamboo prepackaged batting.

Jamie Wallen, A1 dealer and national quilt instructor, along with his partner, A1 dealer Roseanne Campisi donated their newest DVD The Care & Feeding of Your A-1 Quilting Machine. They have joined forces on several instructional DVDs including quilting design elements and fun items like gallery baskets.

Another A1 dealer, Brenda Janovy, donated a handy longarm apron to our new quilter.

Texas designer, Patricia Ritter of Urban Elementz, donated two beautiful pantograph patterns.

Diana Phillips of Cozy Creations donated one of her Line Dancing Books, More Line Dancing - so many beautiful quilting designs to inspire and encourage our new quilter! She has many wonderful design books for machine quilters.

Quilters are such generous people. When I first posted on a longarm forum that I was looking for ideas for a gift basket my online buddy, Dawn Rameriz, the Pajama Quilter , quickly contacted me that she would be happy to donate her newest DVD and workbook, Pajama Quilter Retreaded. Dawn's work just makes you smile! She's sooo cute demo-ing quilt designs in her PJ's.

Almost immediately after receiving Dawn's generous offer to help out with the gift basket, Vicki Anderson of Machine Quilting Unlimited suggested that our new quilter needed a one year subscription to her wonderful magazine. I totally agreed! (It is my favorite longarm magazine!)

Bob Purcell of Superior Threads graciously donated King Tut and So Fine to our new quilter. A special thank you to Bob for being a provider of thread for not only the Houston show but all the shows that A1 Quilting Machines attends. The customers just love the beauty of the King Tut, Rainbows and Metallics that we run on our machines!

Lorrie Coats of Columbia River Quilting donated Superior Thread's Rainbows and Bottom Line threads along with wonderful Titanium needles. As you can see from her flyer, she operates a one stop online shop for longarm quilters - books, threads, needles, rulers, etc.

Chris Meyers of Fil-Tec graciously donated several spools of Glide and Maga-Glide prewound bobbins. Thank you to Chris, Matt & Rachel for your support at both MQS and the Houston Festival in supplying Maga-Glide prewound bobbins to use in the booth for demos as well as in the classrooms for the A1 Quilting Machines. We also enjoy running the Glide as a top thread in the booth.

And from my "neighbors" - another Texas company...thank you Gadget Girls for the donation of the stitch in the ditch ruler, a good start to a new collection for our new quilter. This will work perfect with the extended base that comes with the A1 Quilting Machine!

Thank you to Havel's for their best selling snips - these will come in sooo handy for clipping those threads!

And to sweeten the pot, I added a few of my favorite things... Havel's seam ripper for those times you have to "frog" (rip it, rip it), my favorite marking pens and eraser, Best Press, a longarm centering tape and more snips (can never have too many scissors) AND my purple longarm zippers that will be added to the take up rollers on the A1.

I can't say thank you enough for the generosity of my sponsors for making this gift basket possible - a wonderful jump start for our newest A1 quilter. Welcome to the A1 family Carol - enjoy your goodies!

1 comment:

sdgodfrey said...

Wow! What a terrific gift basket. That's quite a welcome to the A1 family. I hope the winner enjoys her A1 as much as I do mine.