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The Poorhouse Post  February 25, 2016

Hello !

Hope you are doing well and having fun, stitching your days (or nights) away!

I bet you are thinking to yourself, "Hey, why did Kris use a reference to that old game show, The Hollywood Squares in the title of this email?

The Circle gets the Square... hmmmm...

Here's a hint - look at what I am holding - a package of 12 pre-cut 6" foam squares for the Fold'n Stitch Wreath (circle)!  Get it? Purchase through your local quilt shop! (This was a great idea from Kala Murphy, shopowner of the Fabric Garden in Madison, Maine). These die-cut foam squares will get you to your sewing machine oh so much faster!

Confession - I know I didn't smile - I have a hard time taking a selfie and smiling and holding the phone and the package of squares all at the same time! Guess it's not natural to me!!

Read on - I'd like to meet you in Lancaster, and more...

On the road again...

Will you be in Lancaster PA in March? Stop by and say "Hi" the Wingspan Crafts booth - there will be demos, demos, demos!

We have a winner - Lyn B. from Houston, TX won this cute "Hello Spring" banner kit!

Check out all of the Hello Season Banners here. Our laser cut kits include all pre-cut appliques and piecing squares, the pattern, and a selection of iron-on rhinestuds.These are all available in laser-cut kits - ask for them at your local shop!

Thanks for entering - we had 95 entries! We will have another giveaway in the next newsletter.

A Recipe for Success

I received a very nice email from Kay Z this week, telling us that she enjoyed making the Fold'n Stitch Wreath, and in the process, she discovered that the wreath requires fabrics with high contrast. Exactly, Kay!

What can you do when your ingredients aren't high contrast? Here is a solution that I swiped from Tammy Rommel, shopowner at Stitched in Stone in Kingston, NH: spice it up with high contrast thread and a satin stitch.

Check out these results (left image - before satin stitching, right image - after, bottom - springy wreath!):
Satin stitched
In closing, I'd like to leave you with a kind thought for yourself as you go back to your sewing project:

“May the world be kind to you,
and may your own thoughts be gentle upon yourself."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Back to the sewing machine -
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