Embroidery Problems: My Fabric’s Too Small!

One of my friends dropped by the shop a couple of days ago with an embroidery problem.

She had a design that was to go in a specified area and the fabric had already been cut to the size needed–which was smaller than the hoop.

One solution to this would be to mount sticky-back stabilizer in the hoop and stick the piece of fabric to it. That’s fine if it is only one piece of fabric. However, if it is a fabric/batting/fabric sandwich, the bottom piece of fabric will stick to the sticky-back but the batting and top fabric will shift.

Solution two follows: Take a piece of lightweight cut-away stabilizer that is large enough to hoop and machine baste the piece you wish to embroider to this stabilizer. Then hoop the stabilizer. The fabric–or fabric sandwich–you basted to it will not shift. For extra support for the stitches, float a layer of medium weight tear-away under the hoop.

Since some lightweight cut-aways are pretty thin, you may have trouble getting the stabilizer taut enough in the hoop. Try this: Get a roll of that white or skin-toned sports wrap at the drug store and wrap the inner hoop of your hoop set. It sticks to itself when stretched slightly and wrapped. This should fix the problem.

Got a problem with sewing, embroidery, knitting, or crochet? Contact me through the web site. If I know the answer I’ll tell you. If not, I’ll look for an answer. Let me hear from you. Virginia

Summer At The Shop

Lunchtime finds me eating leftovers and checking emails and writing a quick note just to keep in touch.  Our summer is on track to be a busy one.  I have a show in Edmond, Oklahoma on the last weekend in July.  The rest of the summer is earmarked for cleaning, reorganizing, taking stock of UFO’s (Un-Finished Objects) and finishing as many as possible.  (Maybe I can squeeze a short vacation in there somewhere.)  I have always said that having lots of projects in process allows me to have a working demonstration of anything, ready at a moments notice.  Well, even that thought has to have boundaries.  My girls don’t want to inherit that many UFO’s.

We have already done quite a bit of reorganizing in the front hallway of the shop. Extra seating, an antique machine and quilt, and old-fashioned rug looms inspire your creativity as soon as you walk in the door! We have also pulled out some oldie-but-goodie samples and have hung them from the tall ceiling in the show room. Check out the pictures below or come on in to see for yourself!




I also have my first grandbaby coming in September! I am having fun pulling remnants from my stash to make things.  I need to quit pulling things and start making or all I will have accomplished is moving my stuff from one place to another, just sorted differently.

September is going to see an MQX quilt show in Springfield, IL.  This show was held there quite a number of years ago.  Now it’s back.  It will start on Sept 24 with classes.  The vendor mall opens on the 25th and goes through the 27th.  I will be there with Stable Piecing and Legacy batting, and I am helping in the Nolting booth.  If you are looking for a longarm quilting machine this is THE place to see it all.  Nolting is the easiest machine to use and lets your creativity emerge and bloom.

Until next time,



Velvet Tumbling Blocks Quilt Display

We currently have an antique quilt on display at the shop! It’s made out of velvet scraps from DeMoulin’s factory in Greenville, IL. It was machine pieced and hand finished in the 1930′s by a lady named Josephine “Josie” Minges, who worked at DeMoulin Bros. from 1912 to 1957. She specialized in banners and flags at the factory. This quilt sports a tumbling block design and is in great condition. Stop on by to see this wonderful piece of history! It will be on display here until the end of May.


Paducah 2014

Hi Everyone!

You know, I’ve been going to the Paducah AQS Quilt Show every year since 2002 as a spectator and the last two years as a vendor.

The quality and the workmanship shown in the quilts never ceases to amaze me.  As a whole, quilters are creative lot.  One quilt displayed there had countless hours, thousands of yards of embroidery thread, and crystals.  The embroidery was all free standing lace that you could see through. It reminded me of freshly fallen snow just as the rising sun made it glitter like a million diamonds.

I also enjoyed the opportunity to see new ideas and products designed to make our quilting life easier.

At our booth for Stable Piecing, we had lots of friends and customers from our area in addition to shoppers from  all over the US, Spain, Brazil, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands—and I have probably unintentionally forgotten some.  Thank you, one and all, for stopping by our booth and becoming new customers or repeat customers.

Until next time,  VirginiaPaducah Booth

Paducah Quilt Show FLASH SALE!

We have a flash sale going on right now! If you are at the quilt show in Paducah, come to our both in the Pavilion (#4519). If you mention this post, when you purchase enough Stable Piecing blocks to make a queen size quilt, we’ll throw the pattern in for free! Only available through today, Friday! Hope to see you soon!

Hi all, if you purchased a Mariner’s Compass quilt kit at the Paducah quilt show between Wednesday morning and Thursday morning, please give us a call or shoot us an email, as we missed putting the cutting templates in the kit packages. We will be more than happy to mail or email them to you.



Mr. Rooster Cup and the Mariner’s Compass Quilt Sale

We introduced Mr. Rooster Cup last week as our mascot. He goes on various adventures through the fabric and products we have in the shop, learning something new about them in the process. He also introduces new products!

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Today, Mr. Rooster Cup is very pleased to let you all know that the quilt behind him is the introduction of our 18″ Mariner’s Compass Quilt Kit and Block, which are officially ready! This quilt top was pieced by three generations of ladies in the Farmland Quilting store: Virginia Schewe (grandma), Lora Kennedy (mom), and Jenny Ferguson (daughter). It will be on display in our booth at the Paducah Quilt Show!

We also have a very special surprise for all of you: the Stable Piecing foundation kit to make this quilt will be available to purchase on our website on Wednesday at 9am! Due to this special debut, we have decided to offer a discount for all online purchases of this quilt kit between Wednesday and Saturday, corresponding to the Paducah Quilt Show times. You will receive $9.25 off and free shipping on each and every quilt kit! It’s a great deal, and only available through next Saturday!

Here is a picture of the whole quilt! Enjoy.



Mr. Rooster Cup and the Adventures of the Wide Back Flannel

We introduced Mr. Rooster Cup last week as our mascot. He goes on various adventures through the fabric and products we have in the shop, learning something new about them in the process. He also introduces new products!

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Today, drinking his French Vanilla coffee, he ventured near the wide back fabric and found something new! Wide back flannel, white and natural in color, This flannel is 100% cotton and is 108″ wide!

This fleece is great for quilt backing and those projects that require a little extra width. At only $11.99 per yard, Mr. Rooster Cup approves of this great bargain. Stay tuned to see what he turns up with next week!


Forgotten Shops Hop: April 11-19

Forgotten Shops Hop


This spring, a new quilt shop hop’s coming to town! Presenting the Forgotten Shops Hop, this hop features nine quilt stores in Central Illinois. These shops are normally outside the geographic boundaries of most hops in South Central Illinois, so we decided to get together to create one of our own!

The quilt theme for this year is Forgotten Blocks, using fabrics and block patterns from the 1880’s-1900’s. Each shop will have a 12” quilt block kit for purchase for $5, including tax. Each shop will also have a finishing kit available. This means you get lots of options to choose from!

Pictures of the finished quilts will be posted on the Facebook pages of Farmland Quilting & Embroidery, Main Street Quilt Company, Mini Mall Quilt Shop, The Wooden Spool, and Times Square Sewing Complex.

Hours: On Friday, April 11 & 18, all shops will be open from 9a-7p. On Saturday, April 12 & 19, all shops will be open from 9a-3p. The rest of the week, all shops will maintain their normal hours.


Visit all 9 shops to qualify for the following prizes:

Grand Prize: 90 fat quarters
2nd Prize: $100 gift card*
3rd Prize: $50 gift card*

*You can use these gift cards at any of the participating shops in the hop.

Each shop will also have a $25 gift certificate to give away. You can only spend this gift certificate at that shop.


You can purchase passports* for the hop from any of the participating shops. You can purchase these ahead of time or at the first shop you visit.

Cost: $5 (limit one per person)

*Passport holder must be present to get it stamped from the different shops. You will get one stamp on your initial visit to each shop.

There is a list below of all of the shops who are participating and their addresses.