February 26, 2015 07:59 by ruthq
We are now carrying wood wall quilt hangers in 48 inch length and just got in 15 inch ones. Terry is making ruler racks, quilt hangers and foot stools for us. I you need a longer length than 48 inches, please let us know.
The 15 inch hanger would be a nice addition to your small projects
We have also received our small 2-1/2 inch x 6-1/2 inch rulers
February 5, 2015 09:03 by ruthq
We had a new customer stop in the store and said she was a new quilter. She brought in her very first quilt she made. Great job Taylor
December 31, 2014 06:36 by ruthq
Growing up, whenever I used my mother's White sewing machine to mend a seam or sew an outfit for myself, I was always running out of bobbin thread in the middle of a project. Or discovering that three or more colors of thread were wound on the same bobbin since we only had eight that would work well in her machine.
So when I got my own machine, I vowed not to run out of bobbins. Stocking up on additional bobbins was also shared by other quilters who have suggested the idea of rolling three to four bobbins of the same color thread before getting started. That way, reaching for a full bobbin to fit your Viking, Phaff and Bernina machines (available at the store) is quick and easy and keeping your project on target.
Storing any collection of bobbins for easy retrieval is now possible with the Grabbit BobbinSaver by Blue Feather Products. The Grabbit Sewing Tools were founded in 1980 by John and Feather King in response to frustrations Feather had as a sewer. After starting with the Magnetic Pincushion, they've gone on to design the BobbinSaver which holds up to 20 metal or plastic bobbins in one place. Shaped like the half of a bagel, the hollowed out flexible plastic round expands to receive each bobbin. The rubbery form then snugs up around each bobbin holding it securely in place so threads won't unwind or get tangled. Get even more organized by sorting your bobbin collection by thread colors or types--cotton, blends, metallic or variegated.
December 31, 2014 06:34 by ruthq
Instead of watching the 'geese a layin', let's try some 'geese a flyin'--at least via of variety of rulers available today. Eleanor Burns provides a combination of different choices to meet your needs. You can make your own geese with the Quilt-in-a-Day options: Small Flying Geese ruler for 1 1/2 inch x 3 inch and 3 inch x 6 inch blocks, Large Flying Geese ruler for 2 inch x 4 inch and 4 inch x 8 inch blocks or Mini Flying Geese Ruler set for 3/4 inch x 1 1/2 inch, 1 inch x 2 inch, 1 1/2 inch x 3 inch and 2 inch x 4 inch blocks.
Each ruler features a 'quick and accurate block every time with no measuring needed.' Just line up the triangle lines on the ruler with 45 degrees sewing line and trim the patch that matches the size of the ruler.
Or if you prefer a ruler with all the sizes in one, try the Flying Geese Ruler by Marti Michell. It was designed in response to frequent requests for a larger triangle that could include options for five different sizes: 2 1/2 inch x 5 inch, 3 inch 6 inch, 3 1/2 inch x 7 inch, 4 inch x 8 inch, and 4 1/2 inch x 9 inch.
Whichever one(s) you choose, remember to pick up a roll of Crafters Easy See Tape. This reusable tape is invaluable for color coding, editing or changing your patterns as well as marking your rulers when completing multiple cuts of fabric. It comes in 1/2 inch by 720 inch rolls in a handy tape dispenser that can be ready to use when you need it.
December 31, 2014 06:22 by ruthq
These rings may not be made of gold, but having some of them around can prove to be beneficial for your next purse or bag project. EZ Metal D-Rings can make adjustable ties, and straps for your next purse or wallet. Available in 3/4 inch, 1 inch and 1 1/4 inch sizes allow you the versatility you need in the size and finish you require.
Atkinson D-Ring with the Swivel Clip can become a valued addition for any purse or tote project that you have in mind. Using a fabric loop to fit the 3/4 inch ring, attach the swivel clip inside your bag along a seam line. There you can secure car or house keys but make them accessible when you need them--saving time and energy.
No bag or purse would be complete without a strap--wrist, hand or shoulder size--so the Fasturn Fabric Tube System is a 'must have item' in your notions inventory. Handmade in Medford, Oregon since 1985, the Fasturn Fabric Tube features hollow cylinder with specially designed wire hook that makes turning fabric tubes fun. Available in single tubes--1/8 inch, 3/16 inch, 1/4 inch, 3/8 inch, 1/2 inch, and 3/4 inch--or in a six tube set, the Fasturn can also fill the fabric tube with cording or wire at the same time they are turned thereby making piping, and narrow, fabric covered wire simple and easy.
Last, but not least, add the Bohin snap hook to your list. The sew-in snap set is encased in sturdy yet pliable plastic that allows you to sew over it with your machine. While it is invisible on the outside of your wallet, purse or tote bag, the hidden magnetic snap provides a secure closure that you are looking for that won't shift or come undone with repeated use.
December 29, 2014 01:42 by ruthq
While we are all awaiting the arrival of the "Olaf" quilt panel, take a look over the Olfa collection of cutting tools and blades. In 1979, Olfa was the first to introduce rotary cutters the the quilting and crafting worlds. Since then, they have specialized in cutting tools that consistently provide a superior solution for precision cutting. You can choose from 28 mm, 45 mm or 60 mm rotary cutters and blades to meet all your sewing needs.
Just for fun, treat yourself to an Olfa 45 mm circular rotary pinking blade to achieve a new look for all your projects this new year. This blade has been designed to place 'teeth' on the side of each fabric cut to help reduce raveling while helping to create a unique edge. It is especially helpful when working with Polar Fleece. Look for Olfa--a name you can trust in rotary cutters.
As you look forward to tackling your stash of fabric remnants this year, consider investing in the Tri-Sharp 45 mm Rotary Blade Sharpener to provide an easy way to sharpen your rotary cutter blades. Just insert the blade in place to facilitate sharpening. Within a few minutes, the blade has been restored to the razor-sharp edge you need to 'slash your stash' with ease!
No sewing equipment list review would be complete without checking out our your scissor needs. Established in 1649 as an iron works company in a small Finnish village of the same name, Fiskar has risen to be a global supplier of fine consumer products. The Fiskar name has long been associated with quality and innovation in the industry.
For example, the Fiskar Microtip Soft Touch Scissors utilize a spring action design to greatly reduce hand fatigue. The two inch blades make it easier to trim close to seam allowances in appliqué work. The companion Multi Purpose Soft Touch Scissors feature the same spring action design. The scissors have a sliding orange safety button that lock the eight inch blades together when not in use. Selecting quality cutting tools, blades and scissors is an investment that is well worth making for yourself.