Tip: Use Glow-Line Tape to Easily Find Measurements

glo tapeHere’s a tip recommended by the ladies here at the shop.

Have you ever had to cut lots of pieces of fabric for your project that are an unusual width; like 2 3/8″ for instance? Sometimes it can be confusing to to keep track of that 2 3/8″ line marking on your ruler as you cut the required pieces. What a pain it can be to count the marks on your ruler each time you are ready to make a cut. Mistakes happen easily without the onslaught of distractions coming at us constantly or perhaps you can’t complete all your cutting in one session, but instead over several days for instance.

Well… here’s a quick product that will make it easy to identify where your ruler marking is for that pesky 2 3/8″ that you may have to cut a lot of for your project. Omnigrid has a product called “Glow-Line Tape” which is easy to use. The package includes three colours (pink, orange and yellow) to select from and when you are finished using it, the tape comes right off because it is not uber sticky which means no residue on your ruler. Each roll of tape in the pack is 1/4in x 7yds. Total package contains 21yds of tape. You can use Glow-Line either underneath or on top of Invisi-Grip. Select the colour you prefer and apply tape over the desired marking on the back of the ruler, then trim even with the ruler’s edge. When cutting strips, automatically look for the highlighted line or area, preventing the common mistake of cutting the wrong size. Voila!

Glow-Line Tape 1/4in x 21yds

Check out this video to see how easy it is to use this tape.

You Are My Sunshine

You Are My Sunshine Pillow

Heather has been a marathon sewer this year. She made this You Are My Sunshine Pillow which is one in a series called A Year in Words by Shabby Fabrics.  This is a fun, easy, summery project of fusible appliqued sunflowers and a friendly buzzing bee on a fresh turquoise background. Have a close-up look of the design details.

You Are My Sunshine Pillow - Sunflower You Are My Sunshine Pillow - WordsFind a kit to make this sweet pillow cover here.

Thrifty Thursday….A Journey to Light – Completing the Journey Pattern


Today’s *Thrifty Thursday item is McKenna Ryan’s Pine Needles pattern Completing the Journey, part of the “A Journey to Light” series. This is pattern number eight in the set and is the finishing pattern only which includes border instructions along with the applique pattern for the chickadees in the holly (top right) and Christmas lights (bottom left).  Our regular price is $13.98.  Our Thrifty Thursday price is only $0.75 Click Here to order yours today!

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

Thrifty Thursday….Solstice Quilt Kit

Solstice Quilt

Today’s *Thrifty Thursday item is the Solstice Quilt Kit. The finished quilt measures 68″ x 68″ and features Moda’s fabric line “Solstice” designed by an all time favorite designer Kate Spain.   This quilt kit comes with pattern and all fabrics for the quilt top and binding.   Our regular price is $179.00 Our Thrifty Thursday price is only $119.00. Click Here to order yours today! Quantities are limited!

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

How to Spray Baste a Quilt Sandwich

Back a decade or so ago, basting a quilt sandwich took some time to complete. A “quilt sandwich” is simply the term we use once the quilt top, batting and backing are assembled together in preparation for quilting. In the “olden days”, we used to sew the layers of our sandwich together by hand with basting stitches or pinned 100’s of safety pins to hold the top, batting and backing together whilst the quilting took place. For a long while now there has been 505 Spray on the market and this has sped up the basting process considerably.

We knowSF515 that many of you out there have a few finished quilt tops out there waiting to be “sandwiched” and quilted. Perhaps you are a new quilter and are curious about this step in the quilt making process. Every week we have customers who ask us about how to use this spray and we want everyone to see how quick and effective this spray is.

It’s not difficult to use, just remember to apply sparingly. 505 Spray & Fix Temporary Fabric Adhesive is a temporary repositionable fabric adhesive designed for quilt basting, applique, sewing, embroidery and crafts. The adhesive will not transfer from the surface that is sprayed. It eliminates pinning and and allows repeated repositioning! It does not gum up sewing needles, cleans up with soap and water. It is odorless, colorless and acid-free.

Here at Hamels we offer two sizes of spray cans. What size do you need? Well, a small can should last for several medium to small  projects that you need to baste. However if you are busy making lots of quilt tops, invest in the larger can that will give you enough product to spray several large tops.


Here’s a quick video that shows how to use 505 Spray: