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BEST rotary cutter and why you need to clean it! You can either call this a public service announcement or 'Reality Quilting'.. either way..

BEST rotary cutter and why you need to clean it!

I'm about to show you real life happening right in my studio.. are you ready?.. It might get a little.. scary.... Sometimes we just do NOT take the time to be sure our tools are in the best condition. How To Change Your Rotary Cutter Blade. Quilting, Lectures, Workshops, Tutorials. This is my fourth and hopefully my final post on Frixion pens.

Quilting, Lectures, Workshops, Tutorials

A recent discussion on FaceBook prompted me to explore this one last time. Some prominent quilters and artists have said things about the Frixion pens that I have not found to be true in my own experience, so I needed to get the facts. I ended up talking directly with a rep at Pilot to get the facts. Frixion pen If you’re not familiar with Frixion pens, they are a line of pens and highlighters made by Pilot that are heat erasable. But quilters/textile artists had problems with the pens, namely two: -Sometimes they left what I call a “ghost” mark after steaming the initial mark away.

Quilters wrote articles noting that if the marks reappeared in the cold, it was because the quilter did not thoroughly steam the marks. How's a Joining Presser Foot Used in Quilting? Watch a Video to see How It Joins Batting, Topstitches, & Is Great At STITCH IN THE DITCH! - Page 2 of 3 - Keeping u n Stitches Quilting. HomeTutorials How’s a Joining Presser Foot Used in Quilting?

How's a Joining Presser Foot Used in Quilting? Watch a Video to see How It Joins Batting, Topstitches, & Is Great At STITCH IN THE DITCH! - Page 2 of 3 - Keeping u n Stitches Quilting

Watch a Video to see How It Joins Batting, Topstitches, & Is Great At STITCH IN THE DITCH! Besides Joining two Pieces of Fabric Edge to Edge this Special Joiner Presser Foot Seems Like it was Especially Made for Stitching in the Ditch. See on the Next Page Following this Video a Tutorial on Joining Batting. Quilting Club - Walking Foot Basics. Quilters Cutting Mat. How to Make Your Own (really cheap!) Cone Thread Stand. I have not been able to find a sturdy stand locally to use with cone threads.

How to Make Your Own (really cheap!) Cone Thread Stand

The only ones I’ve seen are attached to the table of industrial sewing machines. Purchasing one in the U.S. and having it shipped down has not seem cost-effective. Enter my homemade solution: 1. Take the plastic spindle of a CD case (we buy a lot of blank CDs around here!). 2. 3. 4. A nifty, cheap, practical solution. Make a Triangle in a Square Quilt Block Using Quilting Rulers. Did you receive any new quilting rulers over the holidays?

Make a Triangle in a Square Quilt Block Using Quilting Rulers

One of my tools is the Tri-Recs ruler set designed by Darlene Zimmerman for EZ quilting. Today I want to show you how easy it is to make a triangle in a square quilt block using the Tri-Recs tools. The Tri-Recs ruler set is available in the Craftsy supplies shop. The Tri-Recs set is very versatile. It is a set of two different triangle rulers that can work together or separately to create a variety of unique quilt blocks. Step 1. Cut your triangle fabric strip in any size width up to 6 1/2″ (the strip width will indicate the unfinished block size). Photos by Craftsy member ChristaQuilts Step 2. Flip the tri tool upside down and trim to cut your next triangle. Step 3. Nifty Notions: Cutting Mats - Into Craft. Caring for your Rotary Cutting Mats: Part Two of a series by Judy Hall.

Nifty Notions: Cutting Mats - Into Craft

To read Part One on Caring for your Rotary Cutter, click here I suspect after reading Part One on Caring for your Rotary Cutter that you have all now either replaced or sharpened the blade in your rotary cutter! Have you ever applied maintenance to your rotary cutting mat? It does need TLC (tender, loving care) on a regular basis too. Olfa Cutting Mat / Rotary Cutting Mat. An Olfa cutting mat is among the first purchases a new quilter makes, followed closely by the rotary cutter and ruler.

Olfa Cutting Mat / Rotary Cutting Mat

These quilting tools have allowed people (who otherwise would be turned off by the tedious cutting of patches one by one) to become quilters and to join in on the fun! Here you'll learn about the importance of getting a 'self-healing' mat, advice on the size to purchase and tips and tricks to care for and prolong the life of this costly quilting tool. What makes an Olfa Cutting Mat special? Marking your quilt. Welcome to another installment in the machine quilting 101 series!

marking your quilt

Slowly but surely I will get to all of the quilting topics. This series has taken me much longer than I had originally anticipated, but that seems to be the way it is--with almost everything!

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Making Scissors by Hand! I just came across the most fascinating video on the BBC website about hand made scissors.

Making Scissors by Hand!

What an art form! Yes, I’ve been trolling BBC even more since getting BACK from England! There is an embed code for the video, so I decided to share it with you! What an amazing craft scissor making is. So sad to see the hand made scissors craft dying. Visit the full article on the BBC site HERE. I have been busy with THIS today: All book orders are up to date and out the door! Keeping Scissors Sharp: 10 Tips to Care for Your Sewing Scissors.

Your fabric scissors are a prized possession of your sewing room, so be sure to treat them that way.

Keeping Scissors Sharp: 10 Tips to Care for Your Sewing Scissors

Follow these tips to keep your scissors in tip-top shape, so they are sharp and ready for use at all times! 1. Avoid moisture. Ironing and sewing go hand in hand, but irons usually have water in them so we can steam as we press, and moisture is not good for your scissors. Avoid setting your scissors on your ironing board, as your board will retain the moisture from the steam a lot longer than you may think. 2. SewEasy-60DegreeDiamonds.pdf. 5 Quilt Supplies You Didn’t Think You’d Need - 24 Blocks. 5 Quilt Supplies You Didn’t Think You’d Need You’ve already grabbed the fabric, thread, and scissors – but what about those helpful quilting supplies that aren’t so obvious?

Once you’ve got the basics, consider getting these items – many of which you might not have considered. The nice thing about some of these items is that you probably already have them at home – just didn’t think they’d come in handy when making a quilt! 7 quick, low-cost fixes for your quilting space (+ sale) Do you have a quilting studio? A room? Half a room? A corner? No matter how much (or how little) room you’re able to dedicate to quilting, it can work beautifully—with the right setup.

If the stress of space constraints, time limitations, and budget restrictions have stopped you from creating the quilting mecca of your dreams, get ready to advance toward your goal in 2014 with the seven tips below from Creating Your Perfect Quilting Space, by quilter and professional organizer Lois Hallock. Lois is featured in the new Creative Spaces magazine from Quilter’s Newsletter Lois has made a career of helping quilters organize their sewing spaces for maximum efficiency.

Download the eBook version of Creating Your Perfect Quilting Space for sewing-room makeover ideas that will make your precious quilting time more relaxed, more efficient, and more fun. 1. How to Quilt: Scrap Quilts. How to Quilt>Scrap Quilts Bonnie Hunter is a quilter who specializes in scrap quilts using fabric from thrift shops or donations from friends' closets. How to Choose the Best Rotary Cutter.

Horn of America Collection - Sewing Cabinets and Furniture by Horn of America. $5.99 Fabric at www.5bucksayard.com.