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Topaz Quilting & Embroidery Update 8/16/2017


Two years ago I watched an episode of Man Sewing on YouTube with Rob Appell. The episode was about how to make a weighted blanket. It was very interesting, but I never thought anything more about it. Then about a month ago, the subject came back around in a discussion about weighted blankets and helping children with Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder and Anxiety. From what I have been reading, weighted blankets help calm down the child so that they can fall asleep and get a more restful sleep. Other research shows that a lap version, vest or scarf for daytime use, helps keep ADHD children focused and calmer. I am no doctor, and most of this information I have Google to thank, but after talking it over with both customers and a vendor of ours, these weighted blankets may be something to look deeper into. I have also found that, not just children, can benefit from these blankets. Another study shows that adults with anxiety and or insomnia issues, can also benefit from weighted blankets. The weight of the blanket helps release Serotonin and Dopamine which help induce calming in an individual.
I’m not a doctor, as stated before, and found my articles on Google which I will link below, but I figure that it couldn’t hurt to bring more information to parents and grandparents who silently suffer as they watch a small. . . . .

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Anita’s Majestic 3D Birds – Special Edition

Anita Goodesign has a great offer for you!

This is a real quick notice to all those machine embroiderers out there, Anita Goodesign has a wonderful new design pack that is available for pre-order. The regular price will be $99.95 after July 31, 2015. I recommend that you look at the pricing below and see if you would like to order this design pack. If you do, download the order form and get it in now. If you wait until the last minute, you may be too late.

Majestic 3D Birds is a Special Edition unlike any other collection you’ve ever seen! This collection allows you to bring these magnificent birds to life with 3-dimensional feathers, vivid thread colors, and extraordinary detail.


There are 12 birds in this collection including the regal swan, the brilliant bird of paradise, the resplendent peacock, and even a fiery and fierce phoenix. These birds will look beautiful on home décor like pillows, and will be absolutely striking framed and mounted on your wall. They are the perfect embroidered addition to create unique garments and accessories.

All Access VIP $0     Diamond, Quilting, Platinum Club Members $59.95 , VIP Club Members $ 49.95,  Non-Club Members $ 79.95.  These prices are only good until 7/31/2015. You must have it to your dealer before 5:00 pm EDT. (2:00 PM PDT)

Download your order form today and get it in to your local Anita Goodesign dealer as soon as possible. 3D-Birds-SE-pre-order-Web

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Relaxing after the show !

Holy Cow! I had such a great time at the Sew Original Quilt & Creative Expo. I can’t tell you enough how wonderful it was to see everyone. I was able to see old friends who I haven’t seen in a very long time. I’ve met many new and wonderful people who I’ll be looking forward to seeing again and working with & helping them with their creative sewing needs. I can’t thank everyone enough for stopping by the booth & taking time to see what we had and for all the wonderful comments and admiration for the products and samples we had to offer. I was totally blown away by the great reception we had. I have to give out a special thanks to Aloha Quilts & Carrie for allowing us to take up residence in her booth space. I know she could have used all 30 feet, but she was so very generous to allow me to take up a small portion of it for Topaz. I have to offer my thanks to Vickie of QSC Expos, LLC for putting on a wonderful show! All the hard work she and her staff put into hosting this event deserves a huge “THANK YOU!”

I want to say a VERY BIG & SPECIAL THANK YOU!!! to all of the wonderful customers who stopped by and made all of this possible. Your support is greatly appreciated and I can only hope to offer product and service that continues to earn your business & your friendship! You’re the whole reason I started Topaz Quilting & Embroidery and events like this weekend make it even more special for me!

How can I go on without saying a SUPER HUGE THANK YOU ! to Marilyn & Day & Doug & Kevin for all the help in setting up, selling in the booth & tear down. You made the time go by so fast. I’d also like to say a BIG THANK YOU! to Kim at my office for helping out with watching over things at the office and making a special trip to the expo for important office business. It gave me the time I needed to enjoy the expo and all that was going on. Your friendships & support is something I can never repay you for. You are all so very special to me and I appreciate you all SO VERY MUCH! 

monkey-742258_1280 Well, I think I’m going to take a little time out now and spend a day reflecting on all the wonderful experiences I had over the last few days. I’m winding down from all of the excitement and realizing I’m not so young anymore. It is time to rest up. I wish all of you a wonderful evening and fantastic weekend! Blessing & Joy to All!!!

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Getting Ready for the Big Show !

Once a year, our very dear friend Vickie Hundert who is the owner and operator of QSC Expos LLC, holds a quilt show here in Reno, Nevada. It is called the Sew Original Quilt & Creative Expos. It is a show with about 60 vendors held over 3 days in June. This year the show starts June 11th and runs through June 13th and is being held at the Grand Sierra Resort. I’ve added the link above so you can see the information about the show. If you get a chance and want to visit the wonderful Reno, Nevada area, this would be a great excuse to get out and see what Reno has to offer.

There will be several educators showing you wonderful products, techniques and ideas. Pam Clarke has a beautiful quilt design she will be showing you how to design. clarke-flower-cabin-200




14245509724461424547867Carrie Fondi from Aloha Quilts will be showing you traditional Hawaiian hand quilting & turned applique’ and now offers Sashiko products for wonderful Japanese styled designs.




If you’re up for a discount, use this link to download and print off a coupon. It is a $2.00 off for a one-day entry.

Several free lecture / demos will be going on during the event. Look under the free venues tab on the Sew Original Quilt & Creative Expos website (link above) and plan your day or days of fun!


Now I wouldn’t be a good salesman if I didn’t mention a few opportunities that Topaz Quilting & Embroidery will be having at the Expo, would I? So, if you like discounts, you’ll definitely find them here at the show. We are receiving in wonderful fabrics and patterns even now as you read this. There are wonderful fun prints and tonals that we will have in pre-cut packs and can cut for you off the bolt. Take a look at some wonderful applique’ designs developed in-studio as well as some favorites developed by Accu-Quilt. How are you at quilting? Do you like to be involved with a “Block of the Month” group? Well, we’re offering a Halloween themed “BOM” over 4 months. I can’t show you here, but I can tell you that if you come by the booth during the expo, we’ll have it hanging up and you’ll be able to see if it’s something you’d like to do. We’ll have all the details at the booth for you.

AGUSA034 nevada-frontDo you like machine embroidery? If you do, you may be familiar with Anita Goodesigns. Well, they’ve given us a great deal to pass on to you at the show. We’ve received permission to sell you several of their designs at a discount to you during the expo, but you need to come by the booth to get all the details. You’ll see wonderful samples of their designs and unique tricks and materials we’ve used to tweak them and make them beautiful!

Well I can go on and on about the wonderful educators and all the vendors with great ideas and products, but then I’ll miss the event myself. So come on by and see for yourself. Oh, and don’t tell your mom but we have candy in the booth too….