Thursday, June 24, 2010

Cool Tools!

We have two really cool new tools in stock. The first is the Quilt Ruler Connector . This ingeneous quilt ruler connector uses suction cups and clips to hold rulers together. Have you ever tried to hold two rulers together to create the shape you need? With this handy gadget you won't struggle anymore! Now you can connect any acrylic rulers together, regardless of the brand, side-by-side, end-to-end or in corner square.
Click here to purchase online: Quilt Ruler Connector

Next we have an amazing ruler with built in grips so it won't slip, a guideline marker so you won't make mis-cuts and angle markers to help you with your 60 and 45 degree angle cuts!

This 6" x 12" ruler has a built in guideline marker that helps you really see where you are cutting. No more mis-cuts or messy masking tape!

Click here to purchase it online: Guidelines 6" x 12" Ruler

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

More Fabric!

The fabric has just been rolling in to the store are two new groups a gorgeous summer floral grouping called Floral Calligraphy (and its only 8.99/metre) and a great man's grouping called
Shaping Up!

Shaping Up is a modern update on the space age designs of the late 1950s. The masculine colorways and cool designs combine fabulously in this contemporary line from Northcott. It is featured in the current issue of Quick Quilts with this pattern called out of the box:

Click here to purchase Shaping Up online.
Click here to purchase Floral Calligraphy online.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

UFO Update - Week 2

Well I have been steadily working away at my Celebration quilt that I told you about last week but alas and alak basket #3 isn't finished yet! I think the heat has been slowing me down.

I have conscripted Jeannie into our Sew Sisters Summer UFO challenge and she brought in her gorgeous Kaffe Fassett Quilt. It is called Snowflake in my Kaleidoscope and is absolutely breathtaking.

Jeannie started this project a couple of years ago ... it was her very first design on EQ6. It is all paperpieced using Kaffe Fasset fabrics. She hit a bit of a snag at the point shown because she couldn't find just "the perfect fabric" to complement what was done already. After auditioning more fabrics than she cares to admit to Jeannie thinks she has finally found the perfect one for the next round! We really have to encourage Jeannie because once it is finished she is going to offer it as a class...hopefully this fall. Go Jeannie, Go Jeannie, Go Jeannie, Go!!!!!!!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Silhouettes and Amazing Quilting Books

Lots and lots of new goodies have been coming in's a collection of black and whites and some amazing quilting books! Silhouettes is a Japanese inspired line of black and white prints from Northcott. They are priced at 12.99/metre.
Click here to purchase them online: Silhouettes
From Patty Thompson we have two amazing quilting books!
In Feather Adventures Patty Thompason shows how to make free motion feathers . This colourful book teaches the basics of quilted feathers and explores countless ways to manipulate feathers to create stunning one-of-a-kind "designer feathers". Click here to purchase it online: Feather Adventures
Hyperquilting is a step by step manual to guide the quilter who has never tried hyperquilting before. This two-step technique in which a motif is quilted in one thread and then hyperquilted or over-quilted with a secondary design in a high contrast decorative thread. Click here to purchase it online: Hyperquilting .

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Leading Ladies & Supporting Cast

We have a huge new grouping of floral from Northcott entitle Leading ladies and Supporting Cast. The lovely clear colours and beautiful designs would make breathtaking summer quilts. All fabrics in the collection are only $9.99/metre.

Click here to purchase them online: Leading Ladies and Supporting Cast

Monday, June 14, 2010

June Projects and a Summer Resolution

Oh my goodness...summer is here and I had to make a hard decision. Each summer I tackle a big project...last year I made the sample for our Little Stitchies block of the month:

The summer before it was Over the River - a stunning quilt by Crab Apple Hill:

You can purchase the pattern using this link: Over the River & through the Woods Quilt .
Well yesterday I was home for the whole day with no other commitments (can't remember the last time that happened) - the boys were busy outside with their skateboards and skooters so I tackled a whole lot of housework, baking and then still had time to organize and plan my summer projects. I have so many UFOs right now that I have decided to spend the summer finishing things rather than starting something new.
First up will be the Celebration Quilt. This little quilt is so beautiful it combines stitchery with the Celebration Fabrics designed by Brenda Riddle for Lecien. Sandy has all the kits made up and ready to go...we just need a picture of the finished quilt and finishing the quilt is my responsibility...oh dear. As you can see I have two of the lovely basket blocks stitched and third one hooped and just barely started. This is going to be my first project to finish!
Here's a close-up of the first little block...
Here's the second...
Hopefully I will have the third one ready to show you in the next week!
I have also stalled on my vegan quilt ... this one is a Japanese Hexagon quilt that is a quilt-as-you-go project. As you can see I have finished about 40 hexagons but need to do a lot more! I did prepare another couple of dozen so I am ready to pick it up and get going again! I'd really like to finish this one over the summer. Is anyone interested in an online tutorial for the block?
I'll keep posting my UFO projects through the summer...would anyone else like to join in? If you send pictures we'll post your progress too! Or you can just post your progress through comments if you prefer.
On the baking front I just made up some muffins ... but I thought they looked so pretty in my new cupcake holder that I would share it too!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Best Press Has Arrived!

I have brought in Mary Ellen's Best Press Products . We have some small 6 ounce bottles in Lavender Fields, Citrus Grove, Caribbean Beach & Scent Free scents. As well as large 16 oz. spray bottles for once you are hooked!

When you use Best Press there's no flaking, clogging, or white residue on dark fabrics. A special stain shield protects fabrics and helps resist wrinkles. Best of all ,it's more effective than any starch you've ever used. The scents are light and fresh - I especially love the Citrus Grove. There is a scent free best press for those who are sensitive to fragrances.

I know I'm not the only ironing addict out there...when I had my first son we lived in a small bungalow with wood floors. I used to set the ironing board up in the bedroom beside the bed so I could put things away as soon as they were done. When I iron, I use a steam generator iron and a lot - and I mean a lot of starch. Apparently starch will leave a residue on a wood floor that makes it as slippery as an ice rink. My hubby would come home and walk in the bedroom in his socks and slide all over the place. One night we went visiting his mom and he started bragging about what a good housewife I am and how I always had the floors waxed to perfection. I know it is wrong...but I didn't correct him! I'm sure she was aware that modern hardwood doesn't require waxing but she didn't say anything either. At any rate, now he does the laundry and floors just aren't "waxed" like they used to be.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Yummy Cupcakes...

A tonne of people have been asking for cupcake fabric... and we have some back in stock...grab it before it's all gone again: Cupcakes - Yummy!