Tuesday’s Tip With Terry… Squaring Up An Irregular Shaped Block


If you have blocks that are slightly irregular in shape  and not a perfect square, here’s a way to press them so they will be square.  Cut a square of freezer paper the size of the unfinished block is supposed to be.  Press it onto the ironing board cover.  Pin one of the sewn blocks to the ironing board cover, exactly matching its edges with the corners and edges of the freezer paper.  Steam the block, letting it fully dry before unpinning it.

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Want to receive free 2 for 1 tickets to Creative Stitches & Crafting Alive show in Victoria!  You have two opportunities to receive your tickets through the mail.  Either sign up to our blog to receive updates, or send us a picture of one of your projects that we can feature for “Sew and Tell”.  You can email your pictures to blog@hamelsfabrics.com.  Be sure to include your name and any other information you would like us to feature.

Sew And Tell…Louise Embry “Dessert Time Quilt”


Louise visits Chilliwack from Winnipeg, and when she does she always makes sure to get a few classes in at Hamels.  Last fall when she was here she enrolled in the Dessert Time Quilt Class. This is the beautiful quilt she finished from that class.  She did such an awesome job.  She chose fabrics from Clara’s Garden by Moda Fabrics.  You can find the pattern for this quilt by Clicking Here.

Tuesday’s Tip With Terry…How Much Do I Buy?



Have you ever been shopping and fell in love with a fabric but not quite sure what to use it for?  You get stuck in the dilemma of how much to buy.  When you are buying fabric for your stash, follow one of these guidelines.

If it’s a fabric that you love and feel could be a main print or border of a bed quilt, buy 3 to 4 yards.  This will give you enough in length for borders of a queen to king size quilt and some extra across the width for piecing or applique.

If you think it will make a perfect secondary print or a blender fabric, buy 1 to 2 yards.  If it would be a great accent, buy 1/2 to 1 yard.  Always buy plenty, you never know if you will be able to find it again!