Dinosaurs!

I am helping my friend, MJ Kinman, spread the word about Mighty Magnus and his big, beautiful dino buddies! The patterns are cute and perfect for dinosaur-loving kids of all ages.

Textile artist Annette Frye created 6 adorable quilt patterns to honor her great-nephew Magnus. Little Magnus was born with a genetic condition. After a valiant battle, Annette’s sweet boy left this world when he was only 2 years old. Annette’s desire to honor her little “Mighty Magnus” culminated in these 6 joyful patterns that she’s delighted to share with all of us.

In addition to being adorable, Annette’s patterns are very “do-able”. She originally designed them with freezer paper piecing techniques, copying the patterns onto Freezer Paper Sheets. But English Paper Piecing lovers can create them, too by copying the patterns onto EPP Specialty Paper and cutting them apart into the paper shapes.

Click here to find the patterns on MJ’s site.

There’s a free Sew-Along! Click here to register.

Watch the video below of MJ and Annette for more info. Happy Dino-stitching!

I have a mold question…

Do you remember the giant winter storm we had in Texas, in February? It turns out that Lorna and Chris had a small pipe break that went unnoticed long enough that now there is mold under the house.

The pipe is fixed and the space is drying out, but they need to find a mold-abatement company—as do a whole lot of other people. Getting someone to even return a call is kind of a problem.

Do any of you have a recommendation of who they can contact in the Sherman, McKinney, or Dallas area? If so, please do email me at becky.pieceocake@gmail.com

It doesn’t look that bad as winter storms go, does it? It was so much worse than it looks.

Wednesday Giveaway

MaryAnn P is this week’s winner and she will receive a Sewline Glue Pen. I use this glue pen to baste the seam allowances to the paper in English paper piecing. It’s fast and easy. Use a light hand with the glue; it doesn’t take much. Congrats to MaryAnn!

I’ll be back with another Giveaway next Wednesday. Until then you can shop for all sorts of sewing notions, books, and other fun stuff at pieceocake.com!

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Vintage-Inspired Needle Caddies

On April 14’s Time Out I showed how to make these way-cute needle caddies…

Click here to find the pattern with the templates.

Suzanne Rettler emailed yesterday with photos and a story. I am impressed!

I really loved your needle keeper video.  Thanks for sharing that pattern.   Are you interested in what people do with it?  I knew I didn’t want to attempt the scalloped one, so I made the pointy one and it works great.

But that scalloped one was just so darn cute, looking like a heart when closed, and a flower when open.  I tried one- not so good.  Then I tried putting it in my embroidery machine- much better, but the opening where I turned it was still an embarrassment.  So I added a tab at the top, and left that open for turning.  (A straight line!  Yay).  But I made the tab too narrow, and couldn’t turn it right side out. Duh.

I’ve seen versions of this style of needle caddy with a tab and it does work. You can use velcro or a snap to make it stay closed.

Thank you, Suzanne, for sharing your sewing adventure! I love seeing what you all make and I know others do as well :-).

Wednesday Giveaway

Congrats to Eunice, this week’s lucky winner and she will receive 1 pack each of needles that I use the most: Bohin’s #9 Crewel Needle and Clover’s #12 Black Gold Applique Needle. They are definitely ones to keep in your needle caddy!

I’ll be back with another Giveaway next Wednesday. Until then you can shop for all sorts of sewing notions, books, and other fun stuff at pieceocake.com!

If you missed this week’s newsletter, click here to go to my Newsletter Archive. There is also a link in the sidebar.

Wednesday Giveaway

Judy Walahoski is this week’s winner and she will receive a package of 3/4″ Applique Pins from Little House that are fine and have a small glass head. They are a little bit flexible but not bendy which helps them to lay flat against your applique. I like them! if you are not Judy, you can find them here.

I’ll be back with another Giveaway next Wednesday. Until then you can shop for all sorts of sewing notions, books, and other fun stuff at pieceocake.com!

If you missed this week’s newsletter, click here to go to my Newsletter Archive. There is also a link in the sidebar.