Sometimes it is the little things that make me happy – and this one is brilliant!
In their words: This Thread Cutterz Zipper Pull is convenient, safe and efficient. Attach it to a lanyard, purse, backpack, keychain or any zipper and it will always be there when you need it. Its double-sided blade quickly and efficiently cuts from either side and is recessed to prevent accidental cuts. Use this unique tool to easily slice through thread, yarn and embroidery floss cleanly with no fray. Note the zipper pull’s sleek, ergonomic design includes a non-slip finger grip for increased stability and control. It is durable, machine washable, and has no moveable parts to wear out. Enjoy this handy tool for years to come.
I can’t wait to teach a bag class – the Clam Up bag would be perfect.
The students can choose their ideal size. Personally, I want a small one that I can take on a plane with needle and threads and my latest applique project! With this zipper pull, I don’t need to worry about anyone confiscating my favorite scissors!
This is such a brilliant idea that I wish I would have thought of it! For those retired Girl Scouts among us, this will make you smile!
Why not start your own Quilt Cadet program? There are twelve badges – each supporting a different skill. There are even age-appropriate patterns! Some are beginner level but as their skills grow, the projects include more techniques.
Protect your cherished sewing machine with its own quilt! Each cover features slip pockets on front and back, a zippered pocket on the left side, and a mesh slip pocket on the right side. For easy access to the sewing machine handle, there is an opening at the top. Flaps with magnetic snaps cover the opening.
The pattern includes complete step-by-step instructions for covers in three sizes to fit many popular machines:
SMALL: Fits machines measuring 12½”H x 15½”W x 6½”D (such as most current BERNINA 3 Series machines) MEDIUM: Fits machines measuring 13”H x 17¾”W x 8”D (such as most current BERNINA 5 Series machines) LARGE: Fits machines measuring 14½”H x 20½”W x 8”D (such as most current BERNINA 7 Series machines)
The pattern and Add-on Video include instructions for measuring your machine and making adjustments as needed to fit your particular machine.
Add-on Video notice: There is an Add-on Video available for this pattern. The Add-on Video is specially designed to support specific parts of the pattern and help you learn our best techniques. It doesn’t replace the pattern — it will enhance the sewing experience.
If you are a machine shop, this is a no-brainer. A featherweight club will love this! Actually who wouldn’t love it????
Coffee Break from Cut Loose Press™ by Karla Alexander is so much fun to make! I got out my Fiestaware and started throwing out fabrics that coordinated. It turns out, I couldn’t stop at a table runner. They are just way too much fun – and I am a little OCD…
So what is a gal to do? Make 35 more and turn them into mug rugs for gifts for coaches, teachers, principals….you get the picture. And, if you have a good relationship with your machine quilter, she may even add their names.
But, I live in Ohio – and they are #1 so…..
These individual cups measure approximately 8″ so I cut an 8″ square of fabric, folded it in half, and used it as a pocket on the back. I’ll put coffee gift cards in the pocket as a homage to Karla. After all, she lives in the Pacific Northwest and KNOWS good coffee!
You still have time to finish six or six dozen by Christmas so get started!
What child isn’t fascinated by dragons? And these darlings by The Whole Country Caboodle will make everyone smile!
Don’t you love the way many of the dragons just can’t be contained in their 10″ blocks. Can’t you picture these as wall art as well as a quilt? The kits include laser cut pieces and patterns for placement. They are due to arrive next month so order them now.
I worked a show over the weekend and this was one of the top sellers.
Inventory is due to arrive next week. These projects use a quilt as you go technique. The package includes batting printed with Sew by the Numbers – sew in the order shown to complete a project in a number of minutes. Make three wine bottle holders for less than $5.00 a piece. The pattern uses strips so it would be a great make it/take it for a Christmas open house. Once they learn the technique, they will want other options:
Check out our website for all of the possibilities. There is still time to make gifts for this holiday season.
Lisa Bongean is famous for working and wool and her eye for detail. She adds that awe factor to everything she touches. Her latest book – shipping this week – is full of all of the tips and tricks Lisa has learned along the way.
Ditch the trial-and-error and learn from Lisa’s decades of experience step by step: wool appliqué, embroidery stitches, and much more. Filled with close-up photos of Lisa’s hands working her magic, this book will show you how to master each technique down to the tiniest detail.
Start with Lisa’s fabric tips; then move on to her favorite tools, templates, threads, and needles. How does she create her slim vines, pretty pennies, and flower appliqués? It’s all here, along with a dozen embroidery stitches in photos so clear, you can’t go wrong.
Stirrups & Stitches have several new laser cut designs – created specifically for 4, 7, or 10 inch embroidery hoops. Many are available in multiple sizes. The kit includes the laser cut design, the hoop and a chain and suction cup to hang it. All you need is scraps or a fat quarter to complete the project.
They also recommend a wavy rotary cutter to finish the outside edge. These designs are due to arrive the beginning of January and would make great Make It, Take It projects for a Christmas open house.