Little Things for a Quilter’s Stocking…

Here are some nifty ideas for your favorite hand sewing enthusiast:

The new Thread Tamers are at the top of my list because they make every thread happy :-). And it only makes sense to make your hands happy too with a LoLo To-Go size body bar. We have several lovely scents, and unscented Plain Jane, to choose from.

The Classic Pencil Set includes a General’s white charcoal pencil, Blackwing firm graphite pencil, and a Two-Step Sharpener—perfect for most marking jobs.

The new Take Along Mini Color Wheel is a perfect gift! It is packed with color info at a very small and handy size.

Sewers use all sorts of things to hold pieces of fabric together. You can’t go wrong with any (or all) of these: Quilter’s Select Glue Pen (don’t forget the refills for added gluing pleasure), Fine Magic Quilting Pins, And Mini Wonder Clips.

The Patchwork Scissor from KAI is an excellent choice for any sewist. It is a serrated, all-purpose scissor with a comfortable grip. Pair it with a super-cute scissor charm for even more good cheer!

And because threading needles can be a chore, the gift of an Easy Needle Threader will be much appreciated :-).

If you have questions about these or any other items on the site, please do email Lorna ( or Becky ( Happy stitching!

Tidy up with a waxed canvas bin!

I love my waxed canvas bin because it is both functional and beautiful. It exhibits a simple design that is easy to use without any waste. And did I mention that it’s beautiful?

Shop here for Waxed Canvas Bins. Shop at for more sewing notions. Happy stitching!

Looking ahead…

Christmas came—and went. The new year is coming but we have long way to go before things get back anything like the ‘old’ normal. Until then, I will do my part to not make the pandemic worse which means staying home, wearing a mask if/when I go out, and visiting with people outside. But it’s not all bad because, like you, I will my time with a wide range of quilt-related activities.

One of the things I spend time on is planning the weekly Time Out sessions. In last week’s Time Out, I showed the notions that I take with me when I sew on the go. Sandboards are always at the top of the list. Surely you have one?

I have three of the larger size and, amazingly enough, I use them all. One stays by the sofa, one in the studio, and one is reserved for gluing. I don’t use the travel sandboard at home much, but it is nice on the road when space is an issue.

If you decide to make your own sandboard, use a very fine grit sandpaper and glue it to a rigid board. Masonite is nice but I don’t recommend using a clip board because the ‘clip’ part can get in your way.