Wednesday Giveaway…

Sharon Rutledge is this week’s winner and she will receive some Thread Magic! It’s not beeswax, it may be silicone but I’m not for sure about that. It does help to prevents tangling and fraying in my hand appliqué thread. 

If you are not Sharon, you might want to order some Thread Magic for your sewing kit :-).

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!

Show and tell…

I taught two virtual classes to the Austin Area Quilt Guild last weekend. Jennifer Padden is the first to send me a photo of her finished Bullseye block. Isn’t it fantastic?! I don’t remember seeing this block made up in reproduction fabrics before and I do love it :-). Thank you, Jennifer, for sharing!

My video Bullseye class on Creative Spark is open to anyone—you don’t have to be in a guild to take it. It’s an excellent class if I do say so myself :-).

The ebook with the pattern and instructions is free with class. Click here for more information.

What is a traditionally crafted scissor snip?

I do love a good tool and even though have a variety of scissors that clip threads and snip fabric, I can’t resist these Cohana snips. They are sturdy, forged from one piece of steel, with a handle wrapped in silk cord. Each one comes with its own lovely leather sheath.

My husband has more than a dozen different kinds of hammers and each does a different job. It’s the same with our scissors… we want to have the right tool for the job at hand. And if that tool makes us smile when we hold it, so much the better :-).

My Favorite Fabric Pencils…

The pencils I use on fabric are not ‘fabric’ pencils at all. Crazy, right? I love the General’s White Charcoal Pencil on medium to dark fabrics and I use Blackwing’s 602 pencil with firm graphite on light fabrics.

Click here to find the pencils and 2-Step sharpener. And don’t miss Blackwing’s excellent sharpeners and pencil caps. They make me happy :-).

Choosing Colors…

In yesterday’s Time Out, I showed how I choose colors for a quilt. If you listen closely, you’ll pick up a variety of other tips that you may not have considered before. Everything I talk about is in The Quilter’s Practical Guide to Color—a book I am very proud of :-).

Next week I’m going to show you my favorite binding tricks. See you then!

Wednesday Giveaway

Elma May is this week’s winner and she will receive a Sewing Needle Guide. Congrats, Elma May!

You might not think you need one, but you do—especially now when we are all doing so much online shopping. This guide lists the most common hand-sewing needles and what they are used for. It is very handy!

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!