Thursday, October 11, 2018

They're HERE!!!

How happy I am that you are excited about our new "Queen Bee Thread Waxers" !  Some of you may have a puzzled look on your face... so let me explain!

One of the stitching "pet-peeves" I have while stitching is my thread!  Not the thread itself (I always the best threads) but how it behaves while I'm stitching.  It doesn't seem to matter if I'm using floss, sewing thread, pearl cotton, wool thread, silk thread.... mine was always twirling and twisting... knotting... fraying so much that it would literally separate.... grrrrrr!!  

I decided to get to the bottom of it and here is what I discovered!

1.  I was NOT a good girl about cutting my thread when preparing to hand stitch (as in hand mending, sewing on a button, sewing on a quilt binding, putting a hem in ....).  If I forgot to have a pair of scissors with me - I would bite or break the thread! E-E-E-E-E-E-E-K-K-K-K-K.... (please don't judge my laziness).  

2.  I swear I have NO FINGER PRINTS on my right hand fingers... I cannot grip a needle for anything.    Because of the bad gripping capability on my part, I would constantly be turning the needle for a better grip!  What happens then?  Yep... you guessed it... twirly needle means twisting thread!  You know the kind... you have to hang the needle (with the thread already in the eye) upside down and let the thread twirl back to normal.  So I discovered finger cots (more on those later).

3.  I thought it was better to have LLLOOONNNGGG thread... so I could sew more stitches and for a longer period of time.  NOT!  All it did was knot, twirl, and then split... it was like a magic trick... I'd be sewing along and then I wasn't!  The longer the thread - the more times you pull it through fabric - the weaker it becomes....until eventually it separates....e-e-e-e-e-e-k-k-k !!! Are any of you relating to my problems here?  I think I can envision some heads going up and down in a "yes" fashion... am I correct?

4.  My needle was always coming unthreaded.   g-g-g-r-r-r-r-r-r-r!

5.  I was NOT using the correct needle for the type of stitching.

Well... this long story led me to some investigating to resolve my stitching issues.  Here's what I discovered....

My thread was NOT being cut properly from the spool.

I couldn't grip my needle well - very frustrating!

I was sewing with a piece of thread...WAY TO LONG!

All is now resolved... I've placed a pair of small scissors in every project bag that I'm currently working on.  I also have finger cots in each one!  I've learned to have my thread length between 18" - 24" (or the size of your arm from your elbow to your finger tips) and I have made -

Queen Bee Thread Wax Conditioners 

They are now on our website  Olde Green Cupboard Designs

Look to the right of the main screen and you'll see Bee's Wax Thread Conditioner.  Click on this link and pick out your favorite!!!

They are all handmade (with real bee wax) and will ship to you in a sweet little muslin bag which is great for storage.  While you're on the website ordering, be sure to read the instructions on how to use your Queen's Waxer to condition your thread from fraying, knots, twisting, and separation.  

Queen's Guard

Queen's Court

Queen's Garden

Queen's Nectar

Queen's Crown

Queen's Silver Heart
These are so special for all of your friends that sew as special gifts and don't forget your secret sister.  If you have any "special" charms that you would like to use on your was conditioner, please contact me and we'll see if we can substitute yours for the ones we are currently using. 

p.s.  Don't forget Christmas is just around the corner....
Have fun stitching!

Gloria, Heather & Vicky

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Camp Blanding - September 2018!!! More News!!

Yep... it's official... we are FULL !!  We have our max of attendees!  So exciting!

So... here are some other reminders!

1.  Don't forget to bring your knives, scissors, etc. that need sharpening.  Wrap them up in a towel and place them in a sealed zipper bag.  Inside the bag be sure to provide your NAME & Phone number.  Hang on to your bag until we call for them.

2.  We're having MORE VISITORS...   Saturday we will have Tony Baker with his featherweights.  Also Lularoe (clothing) will join us for your shopping pleasure.

3.  Bring your Opportunity Quilts with you.... We need to give more to the Post for their distribution to the military and families.

4.  Don't forget to bring your checkbook and/or credit card.  We'll have the:

Sale Room
An "Opportunity Quilt" ticket sales
*  Red Crinoline and Sew It Began will have some items for sale at their sewing stations.
*  Olde Green Cupboard will have "Beeswax Thread Conditioner" (handmade by me)

PLUS.... (drum roll)… let's all thank KIM COOPER for locating a massage therapist (Raymonica Scott)  to visit with us on Saturday!!!  She will arrive after lunch and be with us until later in the evening.  We will have sign up sheets for you to complete prior to her arrival.  (she's bring a massage chair)   I don't remember her fee schedule but it was VERY REASONABLE!  Oh my gosh... there is nothing better than a neck, shoulder and back massage when sewing!  Right? !

Please remember... if this is your first visit to Camp Blanding to adhere to the speed limits, wear your seat belt, NO TALKING ON THE PHONE WHILE DRIVING.

Bring your food, snacks, drinks (we provide coffee), ironing station, projects, sewing supplies, SWEATER, don't forget to double check - sewing cord and foot pedal (I can't even begin to tell you how many of us have forgotten ours....), Driver's License or government picture identification card.

Please add my number as a contact in your phone:  Gloria Parsons  904-742-1100  In the event you have any issues getting on the post - call me!

Lodging Keys:  Pick up at the Armory Building - enter at the back right side of the building (double doors) at 3:00 p.m.  on Thursday.  Then you'll have time to get set up in your lodging and then return to the Armory at 5:00 pm to set up for lodging.  I do apologize that you have to wait in line outside until 5:00 pm in the heat.  However, the offices are open and the Armory staff is still working until that time.  We can get pretty loud during setup so they've asked us to wait until the majority of the soldiers have finished work for the day.

I think that's it... if you have any other questions... please call or email me.

The GUARD LIST IS BEING SENT TODAY!  In order to enter, your name must be on the list.  I have added all newcomers to the Guard List!  If I should have forgotten you by error... ask the guard to call me.  My name and number are at the top of the Guard List.

See you SOON!!!

Gloria, Vicky & Heather

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Another GREAT RETREAT planned!!!

WELL... as all of you know... Florence is still hanging around and making a mess of everything!

Our retreat in North Carolina at the Black Stallion was cancelled.... we even had to evacuate.  Thank God we didn't have a full house yet... !  The staff was there a day early and in the process of cooking, setting up the classroom, etc.  when we received the telephone call... in a matter of seconds our dreams were crushed.

So... we packed everything back up (that we had just unpacked) and tried contacting everyone that were all over the United States...some of them even traveling to us... and told them the news.  Needless to say - we all were holding back the tears as well as possible.

We had already prepared 15 chickens for barbecuing, made banana pudding, ice cream dessert, etc. and it all went bye-bye.

HOWEVER, we all managed to leave the island safely and we're doing our best to work on a reschedule!  So for those of you that were scheduled to attend... once we get a plan into place, we will contact each of you FIRST - then once we can open it up to our other quilters.

Lisa Bongean has many openings in her schedule next year … so keep your fingers crossed!

To continue on with the RETREATS... I wanted to share this one we have coming up!!!!




Date:  November 13 - 18, 2018
Place:  Primitive Gatherings Retreat House
Menasha, WI
Instructors:  Paula Barnes & Mary Ellen Robison

$1000 Price includes:  TWO new quilt designs with Paula (includes fabric for 2 kits) instructor fees,
5 nights lodging, breakfast each day, 3 lunches (on class days), road trip to JJ Stitches Quilt Shop & Country Sampler Quilt Shop, Primitive Gatherings Quilt Shop - all TOP 10 Quilt Sampler Shops, all three shop owners & Paula are fabric designers - there fabric is available for you to purchase, one day with Mary Ellen on demos  -  from tools to techniques, Primitive Gatherings Quilt Shop HOLIDAY SHOPPING (we get to shop one day early at their Christmas Open House), Free time, Sewing time, Antique Shopping, and more....

We only have a few openings available... this is one of my favorite retreats ever with three wonderfully talented shop owners that always surprise you with great new designs!
Don't miss this opportunity to attend - 
it's going to be an adventure you'll want to repeat over and over!

print your registration form, call me, and sign up today!