Quilting Learning Kit

Hand quilting without Pain is easy and achievable if you are willing to try!
Perfection in hand quilting doesn't come from mindless practice. Like everything else in life, sure success always follows a possitive action. If you are prepared to put your heart and mind to achieve best quilting stitches without pain, this package is for you!

Perfect your hand quilting stitches to

12 stitches/inch in 3 hours,
14 stitches/inch in 6 hours and
16 stitches/inch in ONE Day!
And load 12 stitches at a time with my long needle!

Discover the Secrets of
Thimblelady's innovative Folding Technique,
Using Thimblelady's Cone Thimble and
Special Long Needles!

Absolutely Pain FREE!

No feel of needle tips any more!
No pricked fingers! No ugly callus!
No gripping pain! No tendon pain! No cramped hands!

Guaranteed results! - It is a promise!

Have you quilted for years but your stitches are still far from perfect? 
Are you still dreaming that one day your quilting stitches will be perfect as long as you keep practicing like you have already done?

Were you warned that it is imperative to feel the needle (tip with your bare finger) in order to stop pushing (too far through) in time?

Were you ever told that to feel the needle tip coming through with your under finger is not a physical pain?

Have you been assured that the ugly callus on your teacher's finger will eliminate all the pricking pains forever after?

Were you ever told to put all sorts of balm and cream on the sore finger if you really couldn't stand the pain?

My question is where did your teacher get her ugly callus if "feeling the needle tip" wasn't pricking the finger, if there were no pains at all?!

Truth #1:
Callus never grows where there was no pain! Callus is your natural response to damage!

Truth #2:
The callus can't protect you from the pains forever!

Callus is a thick layer of dead skin. A thick callus on the palm may protect your hands when holding a shovel doing hard labour. But the callus on your finger tip can't protect you the same way. Callus hardens as it gets thicker. When needle tip pricked the callus too much, the hardened skin will crack…Yes, you bet, for the weirdest reason, it always slips right into the tender valley of the crack every time you try to feel the needle tip!


Yes, I heard you! I know that pain!
15 years ago, I was a new quilter, fascinated by the world of quilting. I tried a bit of everything until, I saw a hand quilted Baltimore quilt! And that was my calling…I started hand quilting…But the subsequent experience wasn't pleasant. The pains on my pricked fingers were unbearable! I went to classes hoping to learn the proper way so I could quilt without pain. I learned running and rocking methods, but only found the pains were common to each even though some refused to call it a pain! I was told if I really couldn't put up with the pain, my only chance of hand quilting was the 'stabbing method"…Quilt stitch by stitch?! How could I finish all the quilts I have planned for my life?!

So I stuck to the rocking method…I practised and practised, just like you, hoping to develop a thick callus to protect my poor fingers…(See? We've all been there, done that!) But the pain doesn't stop here. It gets worse! The crack won't heal unless you stop quilting and rest until it heals. It won't heal until the callus peels off.
You have to start the pricking all over again…It is a cycle of pains. It is a chain of pains.

If only suffering the pricks will guarantee perfect stitching…
Many quilters I have met had already practised for decades…Their persistence only saw their hands injured…The dream stitches? No where to be seen!
Even more quilters were simply turned away from hand quilting…

Truth #3:
Pricking under finger doesn't guarantee even stitches on the back. In fact, stitches too small underneath is directly caused by pricking the under finger! Pricking under finger is the very cause of stitches too small underneath – because we all feel the pain too soon.

Truth #4:
Practising mistakes will take you closer to injury and further from perfection!
To suffer more is a sure price to pay and will ensure that you do not reach perfection!

I hate the pains and poor stitches, but I love hand quilted quilts. I was as frustrated as you!

So is this the end of hand quilting?
"There must be a better way!" I told myself! I went out and bought all the thimbles, needles and books to read… Gradually, I noticed something! All the thimbles had one thing in common: they all had small and shallow dimples no matter what materials they are made of or what shapes they are! What if a thimble has a bigger and deeper dimple?! Would a bigger dimple grab a needle better?

Fortunately, my mother-in-law was a silversmith and we had a workshop at home. I took up the tools and made my first thimble with one BIG DEEP dimple! I tried it. My stitches were to die for!

Quilters saw my dramatic improvement literally over night! What impressed them even more was my stitching on the back of the quilt! It was truly even! When I was asked how to make the under stitches so perfect, I said "I don't know. It happened when I stopped pricking my under finger!"

You can imagine the reaction! "What? You don't prick your under fingers?!" Every one had to check my stitches on the back with their own eyes and then feel my quilts with their own hands….Then they pick up my under hand to examine every finger to believe it!

Quilt fine and even stitches front and back without pricking my under finger?!
Quilt on a very loose quilt up and down with a long needle without bending it?!
Quilt 14-16 stitches per inch?!
Load 12 stitches at a time?!
Achieve all these without years of practice?!

I have found a better way!
Perfect quilting stitches without pain without years of practice!
I can quilt 16 stitches to an inch without any pain with a thin and long needle! I can load 12 stitches at a time too! That is why I can quilt better and faster without any pain!  

Soon the editor of Australian Patchwork and Quilting magazine asked me to show her my special thimble and my quilting at her office. After my demonstration, she said, "I know only a handful quilters who can quilt as well, but no one seems to make it look so easy!" Later, I was invited to demonstrate my new technique on a plastic vinyl on Simply Quilts how I quilt finely and evenly with a long needle without touching the needle tip at all…

In 5 years, my quilts have won many awards around the world. Now my students are winning awards everywhere. Many quilters with arthritis or diabetes can quilt again with this easy method! Many new or "ordinary quilters" became teachers passionately sharing the technique…Our mission is to help every hand quilter to quilt perfectly without pain!

If you care to quilt by hand, QUILT the Thimblelady WAY!

I want to learn your technique too! How to learn it?
I started teaching my new method immediately, 10 years ago - Everyone wants to know how! But I had never taught before. Quilters want to know how I achieved tiny even stitches without pain overnight! I couldn't simply cover my bad teaching with the same old excuse: "Practice 1 hour a day, you will be good at it one day"…

My classes were never "normal"! A familiar scene of my class is: I demonstrated my quilting LIVE both front and back for quilters to watch because I couldn't explain it precisely…Then we analysed how I quilted. We discussed the best way to explain it…Until one day in a class like this when a quilter practiced with her eyes on the ceiling while others quilt with their eyes gazing at the needle tips… I went up to her and asked if I could help her…She said "oh, no. Don't worry about me! Everything you said makes sense! I am just trying to make it happen"…"But you are not even looking at your own work", I was still puzzled. She said, "Ah, this is just my personal trick." She went on explaining, "I am a pianist. I always have problems to turn notes into music after learning a new piece…so I developed my own solution. I take my eyes off the notes once I memorised it. This way I can play music instead of notes…"

Play music instead of notes?! How inspiring! I went home, tried to quilt with my eyes closed! I SAW how my hands move. I SAW how they coordinate. I saw every detail of the movements! I SAW a new way of quilting with my mind's eye! It is completely different from the traditional rocking and running methods…It is at odds with many of the traditional beliefs!

The Thimblelady Way of Hand Quilting is a simple science!
Not wishful thinking or blind practice of mistakes that will lead you only to repeatitive injury!

It is a simple power play between the three fingers involved. It is all about how to balance the powers between various fingers to make your needle move the most efficient way - for the best stitching with the least physical effort!

Through hundreds of hands-on workshops, with the help from participants, I have developed and refined 10 easy exercises, known as Thimlelady's trademarked Teaching Course.

It takes you to perfection in just hours if you don't give up within the 1st hour!
I have found out a lot more…

Familiar with the saying? - "the size of stitch doesn't matter, it is the evenness that matters."

It is wrong! The size of stitches absolutely matters! Even the "evenness" is a matter of size! Needle size has nothing to do with the size of stitches! The thickness of needle only has something to do with the density of the fabric and batting you quilt. The length of the needle only affects how many stitches you can load at a time. The longer the needle the faster you can quilt! Short needle hurts today's normal size hands.

What's more:
Fabric is not made tight in a hoop to prevent pucker on the back! A hoop should only be used to free your body from carrying the weight of a quilt; or even better if it frees your hands from holding a hoop.

Pucker isn't a mistake of poor basting! Pucker is a correction! Learn the real cause of puckering…

How to fix a flared border, how to calculate the amount of quilting in any given quilting design, how to make a perfect binding...and much more…
How to match fabrics, battings, threads and needles to your chosen designs…
How to place designs so your quilt doesn't wrinkle…
How to balance the amount of quilting in your designs…

All the new discoveries are illustrated and explained in my book!
A picture saves a thousand words. A video saves a thousand pictures!
Now you can get both the book and DVD to learn!

If you care enough to quilt, QUILT the THIMBLELADY Way!
Get rid of the pains! Perfect your stitches now!

"I am a beginner and never quilted before, do I need to learn the old methods first?"

NO! This is a new technique - no past experience needed. In fact, many beginners learned faster without bad habits to unlearn first.

"I have quilted for decades with many bad habits and lots of pain, will I be too set in the old ways? Could I still change? "

Yes, change for the better is never too hard. Anyone who can quilt the old hard ways can quilt the easier way! The change is big in the mind but small in the hands. Once you take the action to change, half the battle is won!

I am ready to get started. What do I need?
A. Essential package: Cost: AU$ 85 for
1.         Four Thimblelady's plastic cone thimbles (Note: three are free - bonus #1)
2.         A book of Thimblelady's quilting technique to achieve perfect hand quilting without pain and a teaching course with 10 exercises to learn the technique to perfection in one day. Plus all my secrets to make a prize winning quilt that covers the complete procedure of making a quilt from start to finish.
3.         A DVD to put the 10 exercises in motion with trouble shooting tips to help you get over the common hurdles in the learning process.
4.         1 packet of Thimblelady's long needles.
5.         1 Essential quilting kit: the right fabrics with pattern traced plus matching batting.
6. Bonus #1. (see content below)
7. Bonus #2. (see content below)

B. Complete package: Cost: AU$ 168 for
1.         Four Thimblelady's plastic cone thimbles (Note: three are free - bonus #1)
2.         A book of Thimblelady's quilting technique to achieve perfect hand quilting without pain and a teaching course with 10 exercises to learn the technique to perfection in one day. Plus all my secrets to make a prize winning quilt that covers the complete procedure of making a quilt from start to finish.
3.         A DVD to put the 10 exercises in motion with trouble shooting tips to help you get over the common hurdles in the learning process.
4.         1 packet of Thimblelady's long needles.
5.         1 Essential quilting kit*: the right fabrics with pattern traced plus matching batting.
6.         1 Thimblelady's hands free quilting hoop**.
7.         1 big reel (1000 yds) of 100% cotton best for hand quilting ***.

Are you sure I can learn all by myself without a hand-on class?

Absolutely! I have heard so many quilters saying they couldn’t learn – it is got to be a hands-on class… Is it really true?

Again, it is NOT! The most important thing I have learned from my last 10 years of teaching is teaching is not about me, the teacher, it is about YOU, the student!

Here I want to pause and thank all the quilters who have voted me as your Favourite Quilting Teacher through Quilters Newsletter Magazine and nominated me for American Teacher of the Year 2008 by American Professional Quilters.

But do you know you have collectively given me the chance to discover the key to learning anything and everything? You have proved: Fact #1: No one has learned the technique within the First Hour without at least an hour preview before attending the class; Fact #2: Everyone learned within 3 hours if they trusted my instructions to focus on how they quilt instead of the stitch size; Fact #3: No one can learn if they don’t believe they can change!

Yes, It is that crucial One Hour! After teaching hundreds of classes, big or small, in different countries in different languages, I found something in common! Everyone is fingers and thumbs in that first crucial One Hour! A difference only begins to show after that… 

That is why MY first instruction in my class is “If you don’t give up within the 1st hour, I shall guarantee you a success!”

Not only I have discovered the secret of this first One Hour, I have tested it on myself for the last few years! I have learned everything that I had thought I wouldn’t be able to learn let alone to learn on my own.… How many times have you been told golfing or computing are really hard? Let me tell you, they are not once you put your heart and mind to them!  By doing so, I have learned the complete Software of professional publishing software and I am very good at it now! I have dramatically improved my golf swings… 

Don’t ever let yourself talked into relying on a “teacher” or anybody else. You are the only one you can count on! An honest teacher will never tell you that you can’t learn without her, even if that may loose a sale for her. No matter how many classes you take, you are still The ONE to make it happen!

I have put my heart and soul into this book and DVD because I believe the best and the most cost effective way for YOU to learn is to learn directly from the inventor and take control of your own learning! My trademarked Teaching Course is achieved through my own first hand teaching. This is what the DVD class about.

Once you go through the first three exercises in my book in that 1st hour, you will SEE yourself on the way to learn everything you ever wanted. You will find THAT selfconfidence and talent hidden in yourself. Honestly, this could be the best SECRET I can ever share with YOU! 

Get started now! Be prepared for the following stages of learning:
Stage #1: - Flip through the book to get a feel of what the technique and thimble are all about. Expect to learn “nothing” to start with. Pay close attention to the first half of the book: what is the technique and what does the thimble do; What is the trademarked Teaching Course and the Trouble Shooting tips…  Don’t give up if you feel bombarded by the information and couldn’t remember a thing!  

Stage #2: - Have a second read of the whole book, focus on the 10 Exercises. Play the DVD once resisting the temptation of picking up your needle!

Stage #3: - Set aside one to three hours all for yourself. Visualise what you have read. Follow one exercise at a time. Devote the 1st hour to just the first three exercises by the order as I said! Focus on the power you push the needle and the coordination of two hands not the size of stitches… Have a little break only after that. Not a rest every 5 minutes. You should be able to quilt without pricking on your under finger in an hour!

Stage #4: - Continue the rest of the exercises one by one until you no longer bend the needle when moving it back and forth! Follow my instructions – I didn’t put everything in the book lightly, I shared everything I have with you. You will only appreciate it once you have tested it. Once you reach that point when you can load stitches easily without bending the needle at all, you can then sit back and say, YES, I’ve got it!

How to know what size thimble I need?
In this case you don't need to worry about sizing since you are getting all 4 sizes! Just make sure your finger size isn't bigger than the Size Large of our range of thimbles by wrapping a piece of fine dental floss around the widest part of your top knuckle. Make a marking at where two strands of floss pass each other. Measure the distance between the two markings – that is the accurate circumference of your finger.

Once you find the perfect size in our plastic range, you know exactly which steel thimble you need as the plastic thimble and the steel one are identical in sizes.

If I want to buy your silver thimble, how do I measure?
After you have learned the technique with the package, you can take a picture of your finger with the plastic thimble on and email the picture and the size of that plastic thimble, I'll be able to send you a matching fit in our silver range without you measuring again! Isn't it easy?!

If the thimble doesn't fit, can I exchange?
You can exchange all metal thimbles. But you don't need to worry about it now because the packages include all 4 sizes of the plastic thimbles for you.

I am not a great bonus giver nor interested in a fire sale. I am a teacher and I believe the biggest bonuses I have for you are sharing my true secrets to perfect hand quilting, to the joy of learning that can potentially benefit you for life in every goal you set out to achieve! 

The following bonuses are to make your learning easier.

Bonus #1:
Three extra plastic thimbles - All four sizes for the price of one! So you can get purchase the package online without worrying the fit or exchange. Keep the one fits you the best. And give the rest to your family or friends!

Bonus #2:
I shall give you unlimited email and phone coaching until you learn. Take advantage of ourLIVE Support service (the blinking green box on the upper right hand corner ofwww.thimbleldy.com.au ). It is instant. It is one-on-one between you and me. It is free, no matter where you are in the world!

* Why do I need the essential quilting kit?
It is for easy learning. The right density of fabric and batting are selected for the finest quilting stitches with which you can concentrate on learning the technique. This kit is to give you a direct feel about the real thing before you acquired the knowledge and become more experienced.

How to match materials and tools to quilting designs/patterns are analysed and illustrated in the book. With the kit, you can learn the technique first and then the knowledge.

** Why don't I get the hoop and threads in the essential package? Aren't they important?
Yes, they are. Although my hoop and threads are essential to healthy quilting and better stitching result, they are not essential in the very first stage of learning of the pain free technique. As long as you have the book and DVD, a Thimblelady's thimble and needle to practice on the right fabrics and batting, you can learn the technique by doing the 10 exercises with the needle even without threads on it.

What is the advantage of the hoop and threads in the complete package?
The hoop is designed ergonomically to keep your back straight and sit up right. It sits on the chair and stabilised by the weight of your thighs. So you have both quilting hands free to quilt and no part of your body carries any weight of the quilts avoiding the back and neck pains old hoop designs usually cause. The book explained the causes of various pains on our body caused by quilting posture and hoop size and shape etc. You can learn the technique using the hoop or frame you've already got or without a hoop.

The cotton thread in the kit concentrates the right stiffness and thickness plus the top quality glaze that is essential as the best cotton for very fine hand quilting.

What's your advice, Thimblelady?
Buy the Complete Package if you can afford it right now to save money for the full benefit. If you can't afford it now, get the Essential package first. Save up for the rest while learning the technique. After you read my book, you will know the importance of these two products. Try the threads and hoop before you embark on the design of your best ever quilt! You will be amazed. 

P.S. If after all my personal help, you still don't learn, you can send the entire package back and we shall give you a full refund with no further question asked. 

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