Recently my niece asked me to assist her with patching her kids snow pants and I was reminded of doing this with my own 2 girls.
What I remember is buying those commercial patches with the glue on
the back only to discover they do not work unless you sew them in.
If you iron them, the iron melts your lovely snow pant material and unless you sew them in, they come off your garment with aggressive snow play.
We all want our kids to play outside right?
So this is my solution:
I'm trying to get you ready for winter !!
Happy Monday, hopefully the snow will wait for a little bit longer!!
I Just got an email from Connecting Threads and they have all books today only 50% off- I don't know if there is a quilt book anyone needs but this is a great opportunity if you do. They also have kits, bulk cuts of fabric, samplers and tools 40-60% off until monday - Colouring books also 20% off! Click here to have a look.
I recently attended a Diane Loomis Heirloom Machine Quilting Workshop with the Waterloo Region Quilter's Guild and Diane suggested we use a tool called the "June Tailor Grid Marker" which came out in 2006 and I'm not sure where I was at that time because I never knew about it and it is wonderful!!!
Some may think it is like the strip cutter (also by June Tailor but it is not, a rotary blade will not fit in the line gaps, there is room for a marking pen only). It is like a stencil for line marking. I see yards of fabric marked with this grid and made into quilted bags, pot holders, placemats, quilts etc.. However, by now I cannot hide my excitement for this tool!
This tool will save time as there is no need to continuously mark with a ruler, move and mark and reduces errors.
You can use it for 45 degree squares, 60 degree diamonds, straight lines horizontally, vertically and diagonally, double lines etc etc etc. The sky is the limit depending on your own imagination using straight lines.
On Wednesday Nov 25th 2015, I endorsed the same tool at my beginner class in Free Motion Quilting that I was teaching in Barrie- see below
Click on the below link below to see this amazing ruler up close and at the best price I could find on the internet!
Some more photos of my work and grid marking using this awesome tool.
Happy Friday everyone! Have a great weekend!
I have been busy the past few days, travelling, taking an advanced heirloom quilting (2 day) workshop in Manheim and teaching a beginner free motion class in Barrie . I will have some pics of the Manheim workshop in the near future when my projects are done.
Below are some pics of the class I taught yesterday at Simcoe Sew and Quilt in Barrie to a class of 5 wonderful ladies who had the motivation to learn free motion quilting. Let me tell you, they were wonderful! They all caught on quickly and are well on their way to incorporating free motion quilting into new projects in the near future.
Simcoe Sew and Quilt had a "helper" carry machines into their classroom in the morning and coffee, goodies and name tags all ready for me as I began the class and that was wonderful.
I have to say they displayed first class customer service and they are a one-stop shop for Sewing and Quilting in Barrie, Ontario and have a fantastic variety of notions, threads, fabric, sewing machines and 16+ years in the industry ( they are not paying me to say this!).
If you are every in Barrie, check them out, they are located on Dunlop St in downtown Barrie.
Some additional pics below, a hard working, creative group of students!
Today Santa's little elves worked hard on miniature Christmas tree quilts made from folded 2 1/2" strips and lots of bling attached. So much fun and each mini quilt made (4 of them between the 3 of us) were so different from each other. Of course we just had to show and share them at Elmira Needle Sisters Guild. I'm sure there will be more quilters working as little elves this coming season!
This is a really good dense muffin, perfect for reheating and breakfast
The above lovely tree was the only project I finished this week. This coming Monday, my once a month ladies come to visit and this is the project I am teaching them. It uses just strips that are folded and lots of beads and sequins and measures only 12 x 14". It is such a cutie, the easiest little project and definitely the easiest tree I have ever put up.
I have been long arm quilting this week and today and tomorrow I am attending an heirloom quilting workshop with Diane Loomis as the Instructor. I guess I think I need to do more quilting!! So a busy week as usual.
Check back on Sunday when I will share with you a great blueberry muffin recipe and next week for a free stocking stuffer tutorial.
If you have ever done a traditional pineapple log cabin block you would know that it is often paper pieced so that all points are sharp, the blocks above are an easy variation of the paper pieced pineapple log cabin. Many moons ago, I demonstrated the method above at Waterside Quilters in La Salle, Ontario- I miss those lovely ladies!!
See the Traditional version below and look at the points in particular- this is from Electric Quilt 7.
For the construction of the easy method, watch the you tube video below:
Karen Hellaby has a few great books out and at least 2 that explain this method, the book below is her first one. It is available on Amazon at an affordable price of $8.13 click on the link below for a closer look.
I hope you will try and enjoy making this block.
Recently a quilting friend offered to order Essential Cotton Quilting Thread Sets together at www.connectingthreads.com as she was placing an order and advised me that this thread (50 weight 100% long staple cotton satin finish thread) is "wonderful". As quilters we often rely on others for excellent advice, right? So I took my friends word for it and ordered it.
So this is my review of the thread.
Give them a try, while they are on sale, I think you will love them too.
I encourage you to use the best tools you can to make your quilting and sewing easier and as beautiful as it can be.
Hi I'm Robin and I am a professional long arm quilter, pattern designer and teacher. I am passionate about all things quilty!
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