Category Archives: Tools

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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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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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’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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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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Ann-Clips
Pincushion & Needle Book in One!

Jenni, our fabulous fabric designer, has left for New York City. Sad for us, exciting for her! As a going away gift I wanted to make her a needle book because she said she could use one. Fortunately, I saw a clever needle book with a built-in pincushion on Diane Guilleland’s fun website CraftyPod. Jenni wrote a recent blog about  Hampton Hues and how much she liked ...

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Mystery Quilt 2014 – Part 3 is Finally Here!

It is time for the final installment of  Mystery Quilt 2014! The mystery of the quilt’s design is unveiled and quilt along members may discover what they have been making! For those of you following along on Notions: You can download Part 3 PDF for free: Mystery Quilt 2014 – Part 3 You can download Part 3 Notes PDF for free:  Mystery Quilt 2014 ...

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No Foolin’–I Made My First Reversible Skirt!

I don’t usually sew clothing but when I saw the Annie’s Skirt Pattern by Quilt Story I thought it would look cute in our Hampton Hues Collection. So, I got brave enough to try and make it for my granddaughter. I’m happy to report it was a success! Isn’t that just the cutest thing you ever saw?  ...

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Mystery Quilt 2014 – Part 2 Is Here

WOW! It is already time for the second installment of Mystery Quilt 2014. For those of you following along here on Notions: You can download Part 2 PDF for free, here: Mystery Quilt 2014 – Part 2 Please note there are additional instructional PDFs, Part 1 Notes and Part 2 Notes, with detailed information and photos for techniques ...

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Kanzashi Flowers

I still had a couple of empty spaces to fill on the wall of my remodeled quilt studio when I came across Diane Gilleland’s book Kanzashi in Bloom. I was inspired to make the Sampler Wall Hanging in the book using the color scheme of my new quilt studio. Please read on to learn more about the Japanese art of folded fabric flowers and this fun project...

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