Fons & Porter Mechanical Fabric Pencil

Featured Tool: Mechanical Fabric Pencil by Fons & Porter, Item # 81861Mechanical Fabric Pencil
What is the Mechanical Fabric Pencil typically used for?
This pencil allows you to make washable and erasable marks on dark fabric. I used it to mark my seam allowance and keep a steady line while hand-sewing.

What was your first impression?
“It’s a mechanical pencil–how is this supposed to leave any mark on fabric?”
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Translucent Vellum Paper

Featured Tool: Simple Foundations Translucent Vellum Paper by C&T, Item # 20712
What is Simple Foundations Translucent Vellum Paper typically used for?
This vellum paper is extremely handy for paper piecing. Can be used with any photocopier, inkjet or laser printer or trace patterns without a light-box – the design shows through the paper

What was your first impression?
I …

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Clover Mini Iron

Featured Tool: Mini Iron by Clover, Item # 81912
Clover Mini Iron
What is the Mini Iron typically used for?
It’s handy for applique and crafting; I use it for freezer paper appliqué and pressing small pieces.

What was your first impression?
I feared it wouldn’t work. It’s just so small I didn’t think it would get hot enough.

What was your …

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Wonder Clips

Featured Tool: Wonder Clips by Clover

What are these typically used for?
These tools can be used in place of pins to hold several layers of fabric together.

What was your first impression of Wonder Clips?
I was skeptical at first about how useful they’d actually be.

What was your experience with them like?
The first time I used them was for binding. …

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Designer Interview: Jody Houghton

For Jody Houghton, the intention behind design is always the same: to bring joy and possibly even a little giggle to the quilters supporting her work.  Her motto has always been “Creating a Life, while Creating a Living”, and, after being in the gift business for 25 years, she expanded her interest in crafts to include quilting. Even after designing for 34 years, she is still creating whimsical and heartfelt patterns, labels, and greeting cards that her followers can gift …

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