Category Archives: Tools

Ann-All
Furoshiki Follow-Up

This blog is a follow-up to my posting about Furoshiki Fun on November 25th. To read more about my plan to use fabric to wrap my Christmas presents in the manner of Japanese furoshiki wrapping clothes, click here. You will see photos of several different knots to try. First, I needed to cut fabric squares. Mostly, I used holiday batiks from the Batik Paradise Novelties ...

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Ann-Bow
Yo-Yo Lollipop Christmas Ornament

While doing an internet search, I came across a fun idea on the Sew What’s New website for a Lollipop Christmas Ornament by Crouton Crackerjacks. To view the helpful video tutorial for making the ornament, click here. When you watch the video and read my steps below, you will see some slight variations, but the end result was similar – and very cute! When ...

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Ann-Supplies1
Pin Cushion in a Cup

Okay – so making a pin cushion out of a cup is not a new idea. The reason for this one is, well – I found a cute (and free!) grey cup and saucer in the photo department’s prop give-away. Since my quilt studio is done in yellow and grey, it was logical that, all of a sudden, I needed a new pin cushion! I did an internet search for tutorials on making pin ...

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Ann-Pins
My Favorite 0.4 mm Patchwork Pins are Here!

 Clover Patchwork Pins 0.4 mm CT recently started carrying the 0.4 mm version of Clover Patchwork Pins. I kept asking for them and now we have them! At .4mm x 36 mm, these are my absolute favorite straight pins for piecing quilts. Why do I LOVE these 0.4 mm pins? Let me count the ways… They are very sharp and fine! They glide easily through quilting ...

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Ann-Tri-Recs
Chevron Technique Bonanza

Chevrons seem to be everywhere in quilting, home décor, and clothing. They have a modern, graphic appeal with a sense of movement and vibrancy. Since my work revolves around quilting patterns and designing, I have come across several ways to construct chevrons. While there is often more than one way to do a design or technique in quilting, it is a bit unusual to find so many methods to accomplish the same design element. Please keep in mind, I am ...

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Ann-HalfInch
Plethora of Pillows – Bolster Pillow Cover and Insert

During my son’s high school years, we had a ping pong table in our living/dining room. The room was admittedly used more often by my family for playing ping pong than it ever was for dining or entertaining company. Now that DS is off to college in the fall, I am slowly reclaiming the space on a very limited budget. The dining room is now furnished with a lovely ...

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Ann-Bottom
Gifty Galore – Project 4

This week’s Gifty Galore project, a handy Car Trash Bag, comes from Stephanie Hughes at a A Ditchin’ Time Quilts. Our family enjoys long car trips to visit family or go camping. I have found if the road is straight, I can do handwork in the car. The problem is that I tend to leave threads all over when I sew. I thought this trash bag would ...

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ChacoLiner
Staff Picks: Marking Tools

We continue our new series showcasing staff favorites, today we focus on marking tools.   Tools are of course useful, but not just any doodad will do the job. In the world of quilting and sewing, we are blessed with so much more variety than our foremothers had access to. As much as we would love to completely eyeball and freehand our stitching, most of us need the assistance of a good marking tool to ensure we produce the design we ...

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Ann-Boutis
Ann’s Boutis Adventure – Part 1

I have long admired quilts from the Provence region of France called boutis. After reviewing The Art of Boutis by Kumiko Nakayama-Geraerts, I really want to learn this style of handwork!  The author makes this technique accessible with clear instructions and illustrations. Do I need to  learn a new skill when I have so many UFOs? No, but just look at that small ...

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FPripper
Staff Picks: Seam Rippers

Today, we introduce a new series showcasing staff favorites, each post will focus on a different type of item.   Tools are of course useful, but not just any doodad will do the job. In the world of quilting and sewing, we are blessed with so much more variety than our foremothers had access to. While many a quilting project can edge on perfection, there are often mistakes along the way. Seam rippers are definitely a treasured tool when these mishaps occur.   Our ...

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