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Lunch with Larry

Larry is our purple moose mascot. Actually, I have several Larrys! I purchased the original and all the others have been gifted to me over the years by friends and customers. They are all precious to me. Can you guess which is the original? I figured it was high time for all these Larrys to …

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My Week With Rob Appell

As a sales rep for Michael Miller Fabrics I must occasionally meet with my sales manager. In my case, my manager is Rob Appell, also the spokesperson for the company and a well known face. Rob decided to shadow me for a week in Utah. His goal was to listen to any concerns/ideas from shops, …

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Civilized Eatin’

I have just released my latest pattern, Civilized Eatin’. You can create a custom travel kit (mess kit if you’re a former scout) for all the fisherman, boaters, hunters or anyone who travels. It truly is the eco-friendly eat-on-the-go solution. The best part? You can whip these up in no time! So, how did this …

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Madeira FS20 Blackcore

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Do you love the sparkle of metallic threads but hate the frustration of using them? Then read on…

Blackcore has been a very popular thread for us. If you want the sparkle of a metallic but not the stiffness then you should give this thread a try.  It has a very soft hand and sews like a dream. I used to have lots of trouble with metallics. For me, metallics always meant thread nests, breakage and lots of four letter words I don’t normally utter – but not with Blackcore. It’s the perfect thread for quilting, thread art or machine embroidery. If you use it on a darker fabric the black almost disappears and all you’re left with is the sparkle. If you use it on lighter fabrics you get both the black and the sparkle. Both equally nice, just depends on what look you’re after.

Blackcore is a black polyester thread wrapped with a metallic. It comes in 28 colors (single colors and variegated.) Suggested retail for the 612 yard spool is $10.70 for the single colors and $11.70 for the variegated colors. Our price is only $9.00 for any color. What a deal! How can you not try it at that price?

You can see all the beautiful colors here. If you have used Blackcore in a project I would love to see a photo!

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Have you checked out our new digs?

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I’m so excited to invite you all to check out our new and greatly improved website. We have an updated look, a search feature and lots of behind the scenes betterness (such good English!) all to make your Purple Moose experience fantastic. We’re still getting some of the stubborn cobwebs cleared from the far back corners so if you find any problems, please let me know. I’m also a little slow in learning the new software, but very happy to learn all that it can do.

https://www.purplemoosedesigns.com

We are now poised to launch into greatness. (What do you think, is that reaching too high? naaahh…)

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Heroic Effort

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For my first official blog post I have decided to share about my recent heroic effort. Can I make a baby quilt in less than 24 hours? Well yes, yes I can…sort of. My daughter’s teacher is having a baby girl. Around bedtime last Tuesday I was informed that a baby shower was going to be Thursday after school. I had meetings all day Wednesday – this was going to be interesting. In all fairness to my daughter we had been discussing the baby quilt since the beginning of the school year. We wanted to do a project that got all the kids involved but kept getting sidelined by the complications of what to have the kids do and figuring out when to get them to do it. The project just sat on the back burner simmering. What I did know was it was for a baby girl so a little pink was good but not to froo-froo. It had to have purple in it (their team color) and since it was her hiking teacher it had to have something “outdoorsy.” One of my daughter’s favorite books when she was a toddler was Pat The Bunny so we had bought a copy of that book and decided on a bunny block. I had made a bunny block and two tree blocks. That brings us current to Tuesday evening.

When I arrived home from my all day Wednesday meetings and finished making dinner it was time to get started. All the plans we had previously were out the window since we were out of time. I stared at the bunny and trees and tried to figure out how to make it into something worthy of giving. Stitched the blocks together and added some borders then it was off to bed. Awoke early Thursday morning and layered up the quilt. After I got everyone off to start their days it was time to get it quilted, bound and delivered to school in time for the baby shower. While it is far from my best effort and will not win any prizes I think it turned out ok – and with one hour to spare.

So, what did I learn from this project? I really need to work on procrastination. I will never ever again use minky on the back of a quilt – it really slowed me down during free-motion quilting and made my swirls have lots of very ugly stops and starts because it wouldn’t glide. And, most importantly, I am proud that my daughter did not have to give a picture of a partially finished quilt as a gift (as I have done in the past) and the mom-to-be still loved it.

Next time, I’m starting earlier…I promise…

 

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Howdy!

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My first blog entry. I have read them for a long time but writing one is another story…so many new buzzwords to learn. Well, that should be enough to see what it will look like. Stay tuned…

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