Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Prime Day & Deal Days for Quilters

With so much commerce happening online this year, holiday deals are getting a jump start. I'm going to highlight a few of my quilting favorites early, because I suspect the deals are going to peak in the next couple days. There are some affiliate links, and some non-affiliate ones for really fun things I love.

I love my lightbox for paper-piecing, fussy cutting, and tracing.

You'll need a clear cutting mat to top it too:

During the extremely exploratory process of making my HomeMade Challenge quilt (more on that to come), I discovered thermal-sensitive vinyl. It's the coolest thing you never heard of before, and can be stitched into any project.

To keep your work space neat and tidy, the desktop organizer really helps. No more scouring the sewing room for the seam ripper and rotary cutter!

I'm a big fan of inexpensive shelving and baskets for storage of small projects. Pair Dollar Tree baskets with a shoe rack.

Pentel Gen Pens for Fabric are the best thing I've found for signature blocks. They don't bleed, and they show up better than pigment ink pens.

I love my Oliso iron. They're the best and the pop-up legs keep me from frying the board when I get distracted.

Let me introduce you to the most fun OttLite ever. It changes color and has a USB port to charge devices.

Best Press in a mist bottle is the way to starch.

Keep loose threads under wraps with spool huggers and bobbin clamps.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Half Yard Jam with Fat Quarter Shop

Today I get to share a really quick make of bed-size proportions (90" x 90" to be exact). The Half Yard Jam exercised my stitching fingers with a pre-cut that I haven't given as much attention as my go-to fat quarter stacks --- the half yard bundle.

Snatch up the free Shortcut Quilt pattern for Half Yard Jam, and procure 18 half yards. My bundle only had ten, so I doubled up. 

You could also combine a couple different bundles by the same designer, or with a coordinating theme or color scheme, if the bundle is short of 18.

Since this endeavor is big enough to top my king bed (though there isn't a ton of drape), I wanted something suitably masculine. I let my husband weigh in on this one.

However, I love fabrics designed by Bonnie Christine, and the luxurious drape and silky hand of Art Gallery fabrics anyhow. 

With these prints I can actually have bed bugs, and not be too disturbed about it. Though, I did have one night recently....
In the darkness I felt something like a small pinch on my arm. My automated response was to jerk my limb away. Wanting to reassure myself that it was all in my head, I turned on the lights. Then I caught sight of a green little one poised on my white comforter. Knowing that I didn't want to relive the experience, I scooped it into a cup, took a picture as photographic evidence should anyone doubt my story in the morning, and relocated the insect to the outside balcony. I have no idea how it made it all the way upstairs and into my bed, but I much prefer my bugs in fabric, than so up close and personal when I'm trying to doze.

I chose Capsules Terra Kotta Rippling Terrain for the binding. It picks up colors from the other prints, but has a nice topography or wood grain appearance visible even in a tiny visible sliver.

This was such a pleasant make. 

It'd be perfect for fabrics you can't hardly bring yourself to chop up, but would like to enjoy as a quilt, rather than a shelved stack. 

The process was straight-forward. Basically, you cut width of fabric strips, sew them into generously-sized strip sets, chop each in two,  sew into pairs, rotate alternating blocks 90 degrees, and piece the resulting blocks together like a colossal nine-patch.

I let my trusted professional long-armer, Tisha of Quilt Icing, take care of finishing my Half Yard Jam up with undulating curved lines. I wanted something subtle that didn't take away from how well the pattern highlights favorite prints.

Fat Quarter Shop has a kit featuring Homestead by April Rosenthal. You can also choose a bundle (or two) with 18 or more half yard cuts, or get really custom and self-select 18 fabrics to combine. I'd love to remake this with Tula's True Colors or Maureen's Cozy & Joyful.

Check out Fat Quarter Shop's blog post for even more details, and to see the other Half Yard Jam versions created by those quilting along.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

FYI: October 2020

I wanted to drop a few fun announcements before I return in a couple days to share my Half Yard Jam quilt (kits available). I'll be showcasing my new woman cave (home to my new-to-me Innova long-arm) soon. I'm also seriously excited to show you all the feature of my interactive HomeMade challenge entry. Anyhow, on with the highlights...

All Aurifil threads are 30% off at Fat Quarter Shop! If I were a better person, I'd have told you before I completed my purchase. 😉 However, there are still beautiful hues in an assortment of weights, even after I filled out my rack. Or now is the time to pick up a thread collection. You could save nearly $100 on the 80 wt collection for English Paper Piecing or appliqué.

Fat Quarter Shop is hosting a major online event, Sewcialites Quilt Along. It can be pretty isolating and difficult to find motivation in a pandemic. These classic blocks and a community of like-minded individuals offering support via social media may be just the ticket. It's a free quilt along lasting 38 weeks, with weekly blocks. Here are the fabric requirements and recommendations. There's a Facebook group and YouTube videos.

Carole is hosting Autumn Jubilee! Check out the hashtag #AutumnJubilee2020.

Creativebug has 50 free classes for October in case you want to learn something new.

That's all for now. See you soon!