Quilt-a-Doodle? Do!!

imagesOne of my most favorite things is quilting on my Handi Quilter!   And one of the most talented quilters I’ve seen is an Australian art quilter.  Helen Godden works on the Handi Quilter Sweet Sixteen Sit-Down machine, but what she does also applies to the other Handi Quilters, (and even quilting on home sewing machines,) and I love to watch her quilt.

She has a really fun, free video you can watch on Handi Quilter’s website HQ Live called Quilt-a-Doodle-Doo with Helen Godden .  She’s written a coloring book, but not your usual coloring book.  It’s for Quilters, and it’s all adorable animals!  On the video, she shows you all her samples and demonstrates how she fills in the areas of her drawings.  You can download a sample, her adorable rooster part of which is shown below.

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After seeing that, I got her DVD and learned 50 different stitches!  We carry the DVD, 50 Styles of Quilting, A32398, and if you’re a quilter-

picture0005whatever way you quilt – you’ll enjoy it too.              Erica

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Consider the Gadget Cushion!

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This little inexpensive project is a really quick idea for bazaars and gifts.  I use it when I’m lying in bed to play Spider Solitaire and fall asleep!  It works for my Kindle, too.  I wrote a sheet of extra information about it for our Creative Sewing Club and I’ll share it with you here.   You’ll need the Gadget Cushion Interfacing, (909270) and a 10″x 10″ piece of fabric.  You can make two from a fat quarter!  There are instructions right on the interfacing, so no additional pattern required.  I used  Poly-Pellets, (A23347), as my filling to give it weight.  Then download my Hints Sheet and follow instructions and you’ll quickly have this helpful little Gadget Cushion!20161013_202353

And for my fellow cat lovers, here’s a photo of one of my sewing cats, Puccini, (“pooch” for short) supervising the filling of my Gadget Cushion.

Until next time, Erica

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I Glue it and Sew it!

I remember years ago hearing Aleene of Aleene’s Glue fame say, “if you can’t glue it, don’t do it!”  A dear sewing friend (well known in the sewing industry,) retorted with “if you don’t sew it, they’re going to know it.”

Well, with time gone by, we sew-ers both glue and sew!

For example, here I needed to fold my fabric under ¼” for a project I was working on. The easiest way I’ve discovered to do that is to draw a line at ½” in, press the fabric to that line, then lay glue inside it, and press it dry. I use my Frixion Pen (A20672) to make the line. It disappears with the heat of the iron. The glue I use is “Glue Baste It.” (44929) I like the fine tip because not too much glue comes out.combined rotated

I needed to add a zipper to my project, so again I used Glue Baste It. I pinned the zipper to my ironing board to keep it from moving around. Then I laid a line of glue, laid my folded fabric on the zipper, lined it up straight, and pressed it dry.  ( Then I sew to permanently attach the zipper.)Zipper 1 rotated20151022_145113Of course I add the other side using “Glue Baste It,” too.second side

BTW, this is the finished project. It’s one of three sizes of Hunter Design Studio’s Chunky Wee Zippy Pouches. (A30186)  The pattern doesn’t use glue, but these are techniques I use all the time and they can be applied to most patterns.Finished pouchIf you didn’t know about this, I hope it’ll be of help to you in some of your next projects.  Posted by me, Erica

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A Purrfect Pair! Of Cat Socks, That Is!

This post is especially for our cat lovers, those of us who serve as full-time domestic helpers to our felines.  (We’ll try to think up something for the rest of our animal lovers in a future post.)

For you, I have two quick questions:

1.)  If you’re ready to start cutting your fabric and you run into this, 2015-01-18 19.03.49what do you do?

A.   Move the cat.

B.   Find something else to do.

2.)  If you need to scan something on the printer 20150208_083139(which you’ve covered with a box to protect it from the cat,) and the cat’s asleep on top of that box, what do you do?

A.  Wake up the cat and move her off the box.

B.  Work on something else.

If you answered “B” to both questions, you’re a true ailurophile, like me, whether you know it or not.

Webster’s Dictionary defines it as a “cat fancier, a lover of cats.” Some of us “fancy” a little more than others. (See a few photos of our house.)

So we’re going to have a contest! Actually it’ll be a random drawing, but only for people who share their homes with these furry creatures, and you need to comment below.  (US readers, only, sorry.)

How have you changed your house or behavior to accommodate your cat?

Tell us below about how you’ve changed something to make your cat’s life easier, even though it might make yours a little less easy.  Even upload a photo if you like!

To be eligible, your response must be posted below, not in a return email please.

Two lucky people who respond will receive cat socks!  Well not really socks for your cat’s little paws, but socks for you!

You’ll get to choose from among these three styles by Laurel Burch:81978b 15784b 23099bYou have until October 22nd to comment. (Erica’s staff people are not eligible to win.  It isn’t a requirement to work at Erica’s, but a large number live with cats!  We’d love to have you comment, you just can’t win.  Sorry.)

I’ll announce the winners in this space, in two weeks, in my October 25th post,

OK.  May the best cat servant win!

And if you live in the Michiana area, please adopt a cat (or another cat) from our Humane Society.  No adoption fee, and you can take one (or more) home the same day.  They’re spayed or neutered and have their shots!  Saturday October 17th from 12:00 noon to 5:30pm.  If you can find space in your heart, be there.  They have over 300 cats needing furever homes!

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Happy Days Are Here in my Sewing Studio Again!

I don’t normally shout from the roof tops. But I am now!A23794

I use an iron that I absolutely love, over any I’ve ever used, the Panasonic Cordless Iron.( A23794)

 

One day I saw this ugly stain on the sole of it. I had no idea what had caused it or what it was. So I pulled out my handy go-to iron cleaner, and IT DIDN’T WORK! I tried 20150603_180834_resizedanother, and another. I asked co-workers, students, and Sewing Club Members for help. I tried every suggestion, and none of them worked.

It still worked, but it was ugly and I didn’t really want to take it to classes that way. This is what it looked like. Bad, huh?

So when Joan Hawley, the Lazy Girl, talked about her new Iron Shine (A29918), I once again had hope. I like her purses and stabilizers and Press Perfect tools, so why not give this a try?

I honestly, after all this time, didn’t expect much.  I couldn’t believe my eyes as I saw my old iron sole coming back! IT WORKED! And my iron is shinier than it had been since I got it out of 20150607_104726_resizedthe box!

If you own an iron, you need this product. It isn’t just for stains like mine had. A general cleaning of the whole iron sole will remove grime and make it shine again. Renew the soul of your iron by cleaning its sole!

Erica

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