Tuesday, December 28, 2010

New Tools

OttLite - Mini Flip LED Lite Black

Compact and extremely portable, this mini flip lite is designed to clip on to your belt or carry in your pocket. It has 12 super bright Ottlite LEDs to give you the ultimate LED lighting experience. Uses 3 AAA batteries which are not included.

Click here to purchase it online: OttLite - Mini Flip LED Lite Black

Mini Seam Ripper

Grab em by the handful -- these terrific little seam rippers are handy and inexpensive enough to keep one in every room and project box! They are only 99 cents!

Click here to purchase them online: Mini Seam Ripper

Xtra Flex Craft Light with 2 LEDs
Who said you can’t craft while enjoying family time? While they turn down the lights and start the movie, flick on your XtraFlex2 LED Craft Light. Bright, yes, but the non-glaring glow makes for a comfortable work light. Set the intensity by pressing the sensor button once or twice. Clip and twist to set the perfect angle, the gooseneck obeys your every whim. The clip opens extra wide to grip a table edge, album, even hoops, or set it flat for a free-standing light. If the batteries run low, plug it in and craft away.

Two bright white, energy-efficient LEDs
Each LED lasts 100,000 hours
- Precisely engineered optical grade lens spreads light evenly.
- Two light levels

- Flexible gooseneck

- Clip opens extra-wide

- Arms fold into compact storage position

- 28 hours of battery life

- 3 AAA batteries (included)
Click here to purchase it online: Xtra Flex Craft Light with 2 LEDs

Clover Easy Threading Needles

The needles have a convenient built-in threader.
Click here to purchase them online: Clover Easy Threading Needles

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Cat Acatemy Block of the Month

Java House Quilts designed this gorgeous quilt featuring beautiful batik fabrics. "Cat Acatemy" is a unique eight month block of the month program.
This delightful cat quilt is loaded with personality and a great project for any applique' enthusiast. The cats have companions from butterflies to frogs or grasshoppers and strike a playful cat-like pose. The unique border features hopping mice and a little guy called "Gizmo."
During this 8-month Block of the Month program, you will receive all the patterns and fabrics needed to complete the quilt top including binding. The finished quilt measures There is a $25 non-refundable start-up fee, then only $24.95 per month plus 3.25 shipping and handling (within Canada) for each kit.
This program will begin in June, 2011.

Click here to register online today: Cat Acatemy Block of the Month

New on the Bookshelf

Daphne Throw by Valori Wells.
This sweet throw has endless possibilities. Simple construction and a fabulous finish make this sewing card a great value - it's only $3.99. It’s the perfect project for a beginner to intermediate sewer, or just a quick gift for someone special in your life. (Finished size 60” x 60”)

Click here to purchase it online: Daphne Throw by Valori Wells

Sewing Card: Elsa the Elephant
Elsa is a cute stuffed elephant friend for the little ones to play with. She's soft and cuddly, and her eyes are embroidered on with floss. Her tail is made of twisted yarn.

Click here to purchase it online: Elsa the Elephant

Fancy to Frugal
Create the nostalgic heirloom quilts you’ve always dreamed of! This follow-up to the popular Link to the ’30s offers 10 authentic patterns from the 1930s. True to the era, with intricate hand-quilting patterns incorporated into every project, the quilts are nothing less than exquisite. You’ll learn a variety of techniques as you feature the reproduction fabric you love in quilts to be treasured for generations.

Click here to purchase online: Fancy to Frugal

Favorite author Kim Diehl is back with an all-new collection of distinctive pieced and appliqued designs! These eight quilts are each accompanied by at least one additional companion project, such as a lampshade, tea towel, pincushion, or pillowcase. Discover endless creative possibilities; numerous tips and ideas for even more projects appear throughout the book. Enjoy Kim's warm style and learn from her outstanding ability to mix prints and colors.

Click here to purchase: Simple Graces

Remember the fun you had twisting the night away to the sounds of Chubby Checker? You'll have the same good time creating fabulous pinwheel projects with the Twister tool. Twister's are new tools that have simplified an old technique with easy to follow instructions. With two sizes available, you can choose to use charm packs or layer cakes for your quilt project. The sky is the limit for projects that you can create with the Twister tool!
The book contains a dozen patterns using both the Lil’ Twister and the Twister. From an apron to table runners and quilts using both sizes.

Click here to purchase them online:
Twister Tool
Lil Twister Tool (for use with 5" charm squares)
Let's Twist Book

10 stunning sampler quilts to make from 50 patchwork blocks. Discover how to use the quilting world’s favorite pre-cut fabric pack - jelly-roll to create stunning sampler quilts.
Click here to purchase it online: Jelly Roll Sampler Quilts
Flower Show Quilts
These are no ordinary floral appliqué quilts! Discover unusual flowers presented with breathtaking beauty on pieced backgrounds. The combination gives each quilt an appealing contemporary feel.

• Choose from 10 projects that combine patchwork with realistic floral appliqué

• Create intriguing flower motifs such as Asian spider mums, orchids, and clematis

• Projects range in size from small wall hangings to lap-sized quilts, plus a table runner
Click here to purchase online: Flower Show Quilts

Celebrate the year by counting each day of the month or enjoy the anticipation of counting down to your favorite holidays. Decorate for birthdays with a Birthday Quilt displaying their age or count down to their special day. Add a Happy Birthday Garland, the names are interchangeable! Give a welcome to a holiday or party with a pot stake banner.

Includes 16 projects, twelve using Marci Baker’s strip-pieced method from Not Your Grandmother’s Tumbling Blocks and several updated designs from Sara Nephew’s most popular book Big Book of Building Block Quilts including Hollow Cube, Honeycomb Waffle, Downtown, and Space Crystal. Be inspired to explore the world of 3-D with the full color photos and step-by-step illustrations.
Click here to purchase it online: ABC 3-D Tumbling Blocks... and More!

Make Mine Mini
Learn the techniques to make magical miniature quilts of your own. Making miniatures satifies the need to complete a quilt quickly, making them perfect for gift giving. Fabric requirements are much less than for full-size qulilts. They are perfect for stash or scrap quilting. Click here to shop online: Make Mine Mini

Beloved Baltimore Album Quilts by Elly Sienkiewicz

25 classic 8in blocks from Baltimore album expert Elly Sienkiewicz. Applique basics plus special techniques for appliqué and embellishment. Over 120 quiltmakers contributed to the quilts in the gallery. Purchase online using this link: Beloved Baltimore Album Quilts

A Touch of Rosie Quilts
These scrap quilts by Carrie L Nelson are lightly sweetened with shades of pink, rose, and red. Basic piecing helps you recreate each quilt in the colors you love!
Click here to purchase this book online: A Touch of Rosie Quilts

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Two Great Patterns For This Winter

The Two Hour Tulip Purse
This is the hottest bag pattern on the market. It contains instruction to make it up in four sizes ...Petite - Grapefruit Size 6in Square (15cm) , Standard - Mellon Size 7in Square (18cm) , Large - Volleyball Size 8in Square (20cm) , Jumbo - Basketball Size 9in Square (23cm) , Jumbo size takes a little longer to make.

Breeze into the season in this carefree layer of pure casual elegance! The jacket has a slightly flared 3/4 length sleeve or full-length sleeve and is designed to move easily from work to weekend. The front edge is self-faced. Just fold, press, stitch for quick easy construction. This is truly a three hour project! Whether 22 1/2" or 25 1/2" finished length, this feminine silhouette is as comfortable as it is stylish!
Sizes included: 8-24

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Buck A Block Is Back

Next Year's lovely Buck a Block Quilt Sample is ready! Starting January 4th, you can register in the store for the 2011 Buck A Block Program. This is your chance to make two blocks each month for only $1.00!
Here’s how it works … each month you come in the store and pick up your packet. Your packet contains enough fabric to make two 6 inch blocks. The fabrics are a lovely soft purple and cream from Northcott. At the end of the year you will have 24 little blocks to use as you choose.
You must pick up the packets yourself. If you miss a month or send a friend to pick them up then you must pay $3.00 per block – no exceptions please!
There is an $8.00 registration fee. This fee covers the cost of one package of Thangles and a storage box.We will have finishing kits available at the time of registration you must let us know if you would like to purchase one. The finishing kits contain the green setting stars, the purple sashing, green cornerstones and the floral border fabric. The finishing kits cost $75.00.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Farm Corner Kit

Mary finished making up this adorable little pillow...the Farm Corner Kits are available for only $8.99. The cool thing is the kits can be used to make a pillow or little wallhanging. They contain all fabric including panel, borders, backing and binding!

Click here to purchase the Farm Corner Kit Online: Farm Corner Kit

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Batik Beauties

We just got in 50 new bolts of batiks...aren't they gorgeous?

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Transfer-Eze - It's Really a Breeze

We got an interesting new product in the store called Transfer-Eze. Transfer-Eze is a pliable film that needles well. You can run it through a printer or photocopier with ease so it seemed like a great way to transfer stitchery and quilting patterns onto fabric without having to trace it (hooray!).

I photocopied my pattern onto the Transfer-Eze (I just put one sheet into the paper tray), peeled the backing paper off and stuck it on my background fabric. Here's the design waiting to be embroidered.

I did my embroidery as usual and found that I didn't even notice the transfer-eze under my needle while I was stitching. The printed line was very crisp and easy to follow. Here's the finished stitchery witht he transfer-eze still in place.

I cut away the excess transfer-eze per the directions... it looks crinkly but I didn't dare iron a fusible product...

...soaked it in water...

...and voila - it was gone without a trace! I did have a small amount of bleed from the toner onto the fabric. It barely even photographed but it was faintly visible. The packaging warned that this happens rarely so next time I will try another photocopier (the one at my house is an old dinosaur).

To remove the bleed I popped it back in the water with a little dawn dishsoap and a couple of drops of Grandma's Secret Spot Remover (which we love here at the shop). Soaked it for awhile longer and that did the trick all bleed was gone.

We sewed it up into a sweet little sachet!

I have already photocopied a whole slew of patterns from Redwork Winter Twitterings onto Transfer-eze so I have a cute new stitchery all ready to go! I may never trace a pattern again - this stuff is a tremendous time saver - I just loved it!
Click here to purchase Transfer-Eze online; click here to purchase Redwork Winter Twitterings online (it's only $10.95!)

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Hoffman Fabrics - Fabulous Price

We have two gorgeous groups from Hoffman of California. These fabrics have an exceptional hand and are only $10.99/metre.

The first group is a colorful blend of butterflies abstract designs called Annabelle.

The second is a very large group of Oriental fabrics called Keiko's Garden. These are all accentred with metallic gold.

Click here to purchase the groups online:

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

New Baby Groupings from England

We have two great new groups of baby prints from Makower in the UK. The first is Farm Corner which features some soft animal prints and really gorgeous small dotted prints.

The second grouping, Jolly Jungle, has all sorts of wild animals and a great panel print too!

All fabrics in the two groupings are priced at only 9.99/metre. Click here to purchase them online: Farm Corner and Jolly Jungle

Stash the Stash!

Another cute grouping from Makower UK - this collection has piles of fabric, thread and a few cute co-ordinating tonals. Great Christmas gift for you Secret Sisters!
Click here to purchase these fabrics online: Stash -- they are promotionally priced at only 9.99/metre.