Thrifty Thursday….Aurifil Halloween Thread Pack


Aurifil Halloween Thread Combo

Last weeks Thrifty Thursday was so well received we decided to do it again.
Today’s *Thrifty Thursday item is an Aurifil thread pack.  Colours were selected by Hamel’s staff to make up this Halloween coloured thread pack. These popular threads are 100% Long Staple Mercerized Egyptian Cotton and are great for Machine Embroidery, Quilting and Serging.  Each pack contains three spools of 40 weight thread with one 1000m metre spool each of a black, purple, orange and green which may differ from the photo.  Our regular price is $72.00 Our Thrifty Thursday price is only $19.99 Click Here to order yours today!   SOLD OUT  **We have limited packs with a 28wt purple spool**

*Thrifty Thursday items are final sale and may not be returned or refunded.

Wrap n’ Zap


Now that we are into the month of October, many sewers and quilters are working on projects to sell at craft fairs and it’s not too early to consider gift ideas for all the special people on our Christmas lists. One gift idea that you could sew for anyone on your list (eg. teachers, hair stylist, neighbour,  co-workers, etc.) is the currently popular “microwave bowl cozies” made with a product we have at the store called Wrap n’ Zap. The pattern uses 10″ squares from a precut layer cake or squares you cut yourself. Why not make up a batch of these cozies and get a head start on your holiday sewing!

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Here’s the link to the tutorial to made these “soup bowl cozies” which are great to use in the microwave to warm up soup, chili, oatmeal, leftovers, etc.WZ-45

Pellon®’s Wrap-N-Zap® is a microwave safe product is made of 100% Natural Cotton Batting. When used in the microwave, it will trap the moisture inside to produce a perfect baked potato or a well steamed ear of corn. It can even be used for warming rolls and tortillas.

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  • 100% Natural Cotton Batting
  • Packaged Size: 45″ x 1yd
  • DO NOT USE THIS PRODUCT IN THE MICROWAVE WITHOUT FOOD.
  • Cotton battings can shrink up to 3-5%.   To avoid shrinkage prior to use, we suggest you soak the batting in hot water for 20 minutes.  DO NOT AGITATE WHEN WET.  Gently wring out water and dry in dryer on low setting or lay flat to dry.  After your quilt is complete, you can machine wash cold on a  gentle cycle and dry in dryer on low setting for best results.

NOTE:  When working with products intended for use in a microwave, certain precautions should be taken.  Use only 100% Cotton batting, thread and fabric.  Do not use more than two layers of the batting, even at the seams.  Wrap-N-Zap® is made of 100% Cotton fibers without any additives. It is not fire retardant or flame proof. For this reason, we suggest cooking in 2 minute intervals for a maximum of 8 minutes. Never leave the microwave unattended.  Do not use in a Convection/Microwave oven. 

As microwave ovens use radio waves to cook and heat organic molecules such as fat and water, and the natural fibers in Wrap-N-Zap® can contain small amounts of fat and water, we do not recommend putting it in your microwave without an additional food item.

Projects made with Wrap-N-Zap®, such as a potato zapper, are especially great for cooking potatoes or corn on the cob and heating bread and tortillas. The Cotton batting helps to insulate, which cooks or heats the food evenly.

Please keep in mind that all microwaves can vary based on the manufacturer and wattage.  It is important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for use and may also be helpful to have a better understanding of how a microwave works. Microwave ovens use radio waves that are absorbed by fats, sugar and water to cook food.  The radio waves use the molecules in these natural substances to heat the foods evenly and more quickly than in conventional ovens. While Pellon®’s Wrap-N-Zap® is made from natural fibers and contains a limited amount of fat and water molecules, the radio waves may, after prolonged exposure, eventually find the small molecules in the batting. This may cause the project to scorch and possibly flame which is why it is important to follow all safety precautions.

Moda Cake Mix Recipe Quilt


Heathers Pondicherry 2

Heather just finished up this 53″ x 71″  Moda Cake Mix Recipe Quilt. There had been a lot of buzz about Moda Cake Mix Recipes. If you haven’t heard about them, or you have seen them but didn’t know what their purpose was here is an explanation from Moda;

What is a Moda Cake Mix?  It’s a recipe for block parts that makes baking a Layer Cake quilt easier than ever.  This unique triangle paper is designed to work in conjunction with Moda’s 10″ square Layer Cakes. Each tablet has 42 sheets – one for each layer in a Layer Cake – and a couple of extras for practice.  Each pad also includes a few simple block and layout ideas – just add 1 or 2 Moda Layer Cakes and you’re ready to start stitching.

Heather used all 44 sheets in the Cake Mix Recipe #2 pad which made 88 blocks in all. This  required one Pondicherry Layer Cakes by French General…Heather’s favourite. As well she used a Layer Cake equivalent of 10″ squares of tone on tones cut from her stash. She then layed her blocks out in an eight by eleven grid. Have a look.Heathers Pondicherry Heathers Pondicherry 4 Heathers Pondicherry 3

The quilting is displayed nicely in the sunshine

Heather’s free motion quilting is displayed nicely in the sunshine

There are currently eight Cake Mix Recipes available. These is a smaller version available as well called Cupcake Mix Recipes. Cupcake Mix Recipes use Charm Packs instead of Layer Cakes and their are currently four recipes available.

Watch the video below to see how a Moda Cake Mix Recipe is baked;

Sew Many Notions


Buttons Quilt 8

Janet recently finished up this folky looking wall project. If you are a lover of wool and hand stitched projects then this would be right up your alley.

Button Love Wallhanging is one of numerous assorted projects in the book Sew Many Notions by Debbie Busby. From  pincushions to needle holders, mini-quilts, a table mat & more this book has projects that will help make your sewing space look like a page from a decorating magazine and have fun while doing it.

The layers of wool and blanket stitch embroidery give the project rich depth. You could change up the colours and go light, dark or pastel depending on your taste.

Have a closer look at Janet’s project;Buttons Quilt 6 Buttons Quilt 5 Buttons Quilt 4 Buttons Quilt 2