Category Archives: Tools

Barn Stars Block of the Month Preparations

Hello fellow Barn Stars Block of the Month or BoM participants! We are so delighted to be sewing along with you all over the next 9 months. As noted at the time of registration, the first boxes will begin shipping to all active subscribers in early May 2021. Keep an eye on your email inbox for related tracking details once they’ve left our warehouse! My ...

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Essential Notions

What is a notion? Essentially, a sewing notion is any tool used when completing a project that would not otherwise be classified as a sewing machine, fabric, nor thread. The world of notions is vast and can quickly become overwhelming. I’ve narrowed this down and compiled a list of multi-use essentials that are key for any successful sewing or quilting venture. Regardless of the pattern ...

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Podcast Episode 12: Tips for Beginners

The Connecting Threads Podcast is back! This season we follow Kate, a mom, serial organizer, and all-around podcast enthusiast, as she embarks on a quest to become a quilter. Kate comes from a long line of quilters whose roots originate in the midwest and predate the Depression era. She’s drawn to quilting because she’s drawn to things that bring comfort, and also ...

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Connecting Threads Eversewn Sparrow Sewing Machine
Podcast Episode 2: Eversewn Sewing Machines!

One of the core tools in a quilter’s craft room is the sewing machine. It takes center stage (as it should) and every new machine is the result of careful thought and much pondering before you replace or add one to your collection. After all, you’ll be spending hours sewing with it, creating everything from new napkin sets to elaborate heirloom gifts!

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Kwik Klip

Featured Tool: Kwik Klip by Paula Jean Creations, Item #82219 What is this tool typically used for? This tool is for anyone about to use safety pins to baste their backing, batting, and quilt top together. Upon first glance, what were your initial thoughts? At first glance it looks like a giant seam ripper. How did you use it? I took my safety ...

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Black Gold Needles

Featured Tool: Black Gold Needles – Appliqué Sharps by Clover What is this tool typically used for? General hand sewing. How do you use them? I use the Black Gold Needles for binding and when I am doing hand sewing. They’re great! What do you like best about the Black Gold Needles? I really like these needles for hand sewing and especially for binding. They are thin and glide through the ...

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Chaco Liners

Featured Tool: Chaco Liners by Clover What is this tool typically used for? This tool helps trace lines perfectly to mark fabric prior to sewing or quilting. What were your initial thoughts? Well, I’ve known and used these for years now, but at first glance I thought they were just short and fat markers. How did you use it? First, I aligned my ruler onto my finished quilt top. I then ...

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Hang It Dang It

Featured Tool: Hang It Dang It by Innovative Solutions, Item #82328, 82131 Connecting Threads Reviewer: Ann What is this tool typically used for? Hanging quilts of various sizes on walls. The larger one can hang quilts between 35″ and 68″ and the smaller 21″ to 40″. How did you use it? I hung a 41″ square quilt in our bedroom with the larger Hang It Dang It. How did ...

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Embroidery Hoop

Featured Tool: Embroidery Hoop by Clover, Item #82034, 82035  What is this tool typically used for? Keeping your fabric taut while you embroider. There is both a small (4-3/4″) and large (7″) size. Upon first glance, what were your initial thoughts? It has a very sturdy appearance; it’s made of thick plastic with a bulky, metal screw. How did you use it? I loosened the metal screw to separate the ...

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Wonder Under

Featured Tool: Wonder Under by Pellon Consumer Products, Item #21206  What is this tool typically used for? Wonder Under is ideal for applique–it allows fabric to maintain its soft feel after fusing. It is also machine stitchable, fuses easily in seconds, and bonds to fabric or any porous surface. How did you use it? Since it is so light weight, it is really easy to trace your applique shapes. You need ...

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