Melanie

Jun 132012
 

I wanted to share with you my very favorite quilting tool.  It’s The Binding Tool and it’s whole purpose it to help you match up those overlapping ends of binding perfectly every single time so that your binding fits exactly on your quilt AND is sewn together with an angled seam so you can’t even tell where you started and stopped the binding.

Binding tool

“The Binding Tool is a must have tool for every quilter. When you finish the last seam of the binding only an angle seam will work to reduce the bulk of this last step. The Binding Tool makes a perfect ending every time. Two measurements and two cuts and you’re on your way to a great finish. ”

Binding tool

Prior to buying this tool (It’s  here online and of course in the shop) I used a couple methods – and they either weren’t pretty (they were bulky!) or they weren’t fast.  (Looking up tutorials every single time you bind a quilt take a lot of time!)  Now that I have this awesome ruler, it literally takes me less than 5 minutes.  SO easy!  I just mark where it tells me (and the instructions are printed on the ruler so you never loose them!)  And perfect binding every single time.  Seriously!

Binding tool

The fact that I use it on every single quilt, time after time after time after time (you get the idea) makes it a heck of a deal and something I think every quilter should own!  (It’s here!)

Jun 082012
 

Monday Sweetwater posted their cute beach bag – and later that same day they sold out of kits.  BUT guess what?  We have the blue and the green canvas fabrics right here!

I emailed them to find out how much fabric you will need.

Outside:  2/3 yard canvas

Trim & Handles- 1/4 yard canvas

Lining- 1/2 yard canvas

(And they have the pattern for sale here.)

 

Jun 062012
 

There may be a few of you that remember when I “made” Roman Shades for my living room!  Today, I saw this over on Pinterest and thought it was super cute too!  Fake Roman Shades!

The tutorial is over at Mini Manor.  Or if you need to have shades that work – my tutorial for recovering functional roman shades is here!

How adorable would Lucy’s Crab Shack fabric be in the bathroom?  Gosh, I love that fabric! (In case you couldn’t tell!)  OR in your sewing area, how about some of the new Cut & Sew by Robert Kaufman?  More on that fabric soon!!!

Jun 042012
 

We love getting new fabrics into the store!  And boy, have we been super happy recently with lots of new collections!

Monterz by Cloud9 Fabrics
(and it’s organic!) 

Lucy’s Crab Shack by Sweetwater

Savanna Bop by Thomas Knauer

Vintage Modern by Bonnie & Camille

 

These are just a few of the newest collections – all of which we love – and there are many many others!  How can you possibly pick a favorite?  Be sure to check them all out!

 

 

 

 

Jun 012012
 
Here are three more sewing projects perfect for your picnic whether it take you to to the beach, the mountains, the park or even your back yard!  (I posted three yesterday, so be sure to check them out also!)
Isosceles Picnic Quilt with Pezzy Prints on Moda Bake Shop

Quilted Wine Tote by Needle & Spatula with Fig Tree’s California Girl.

Now who’s going to bring me a bottle of wine?  I’ll make us both a cute tote.  ;-)  Happy Summer Sewing!