Tools And Fabric…

As promised, I have some photos of some new tools I recently purchased.

I needed some new needles so when Connecting Threads was having a sale, I

bought some John James needles. I haven’t opened them yet but I know they are

there when I  need them.

There is also a seam presser, the long white shinny tool on the left. The heart shaped

tweezers look interesting as well. They have a sharp tip and hoping to put those to good

use. I also purchased a needle case but not sure that I like the one I bought.

Any one out there using any of these tools? Please let me know if you like them or not.

It seems like I have a thing for scissors lately. I have lots of pairs but they seem to dull rather

quickly on me. I like the small ones, very portable and fits in a small sewing case.

One of my  Olfa rotary cutters fell apart on me. I guess 20 years of usage does that to a rotary

cutter. 4th and 6th Designs mentioned that the Gingher rotary cutter was their favorite and

was also the Cadillac of rotary cutters. I splurged and bought one.

The case is pretty cool but for the price, is should be. They retail for about $70.

The other side of the cutter. I must admit that they are very comfortable to hold in in your hand

but there is a lip on the bottom of the cutter that takes some getting used to. And I noticed

today,that my blade is becoming dull. I am a little disappointed with this fact because I

thought it would last a little longer. I do use  my rotary cutter daily though, so there is a

lot of wear and tear.

McKenna Ryan designed this piece of fabric and I had to have it. Love, love. love the colors.

My son is graduating high school tomorrow and I wanted to make a quilt for him for

university.He really liked one of my customers’ quilt (pictured below) so again, I

splurged and bought the same. It is called “Composition” by Moda. Have I ever

told you that I love Moda fabric? It took a long time to find it online, as this line

is sold out almost everywhere. I did find some though, a fat quarter bundle and

a jelly roll. Have you ever had that feeling that you didn’t want to cut into new

fabric? Well, I had it with this fabric but I bit the bullet and cut anyways.

Laura’s Quilt

Laura made this quilt for a young man heading off to university in the fall. My son loved the

fabrics that depict math, writing, music and geography all in its compositional stages. Now,

all I have to do is make the quilt by the end of August. It doesn’t look too complicated though.

Laura picked a grey polyester thread for the top and backing. Boxes were quilted all over

the top due to its modern feel.

A Baby Quilt

You have got to love this adorable giraffe. I quilted around the giraffe and then decided to create

a home for him/her on the savannah. I quilted in a tree, on the right hand side and some hills,

on the left hand side. Clouds, sun and some tall grass completed the top.

Here is the back of the baby quilt. Minky was used for the backing. I always get nervous with

minky because it is so stretchy on the frame. Be careful of which way the stretch goes when

working with minky. And make sure you buy extra, due to the stretch.

The backing

I used a grey polyester thread for the top and the backing. Minky is incredibly soft and cuddly so

I understand why we love it so much, just be careful.

Dorothy’s BAby Quilt

Dorothy was exercising her creative muscles once again when she made this cute baby

quilt. The elephant looks so happy that I had to quilt in some lines depicting him spraying

hearts all over the place. I also stitched in some butterflies to fill up space and some more

grass under and all around him.

Hearts being sprayed all over the place.

The grass under the elephant and all around him. Flannel reallys shows off the quilting

nicely.

Grandson’s Quilt

I can’t remember who made this quilt but she made it for her grandson. Strips were sewn

together but in different color ways. Waves were quilted all over the quilt and the thread

color varied depending on what color I was working on. In the darker strips, I used a darker

blue thread and on the lighter fabrics, I used a lighter thread color.

Here is a close up of the waves all over the quilt top.

I hope you enjoyed my shopping excursion and all the baby quilts. Have a great

week and check out the Canadian site called “The Needle and Thread Network.”

 

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