Tuesday Tip With Terry……. Best Pressing With Best Press


When piecing together your quilt blocks, it can be a challenge to keep those seams in alignment, Especially if you pre-wash your fabric.  One of the reasons for this has to do with the weave of the fabric shifting and distorting.  Many people have turned to old-fashioned starch to stiffen their fabric.  While this does work, there are downfalls to using starch.  Spray starch tends to be sticky and sometimes can even clump on fabric.  It also can cause problems with your sewing machine while you sew through the fabric, gumming up your needle and your sewing machine.  The best way to avoid this is to use a product called Marry Ellen’s Best Press.  As it comes in a variety of scents, (also available in fragrance free), it can leave a pleasant aroma while you sew.  It’s perfect for removing wrinkles from your fabric and also acts as a stain guard.  Best Press is acid free and safe to use.  This product is a must have for piecing small blocks, for example, The Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt.

Sew and Tell…Monica Hickie


Monica has been busy making rag quilts.  She has very creatively used different textures of fabrics for a more unique look.  Rag quilts are great gifts and fun to make.  Monica had a great idea to personal a quilt for Drew, making it that much more special.

We love to feature customers’ quilt’s.  Do you have a project or idea you would like to feature.  Email us your name, quilt information and pictures to blog@hamelsfabrics.com.

Sew And Tell.. Urban Pods Made By Kate Davies



This is Kate’s first quilt in a modern style and with curved piecing.  At a finished size of  73″ x 78″,  it’s the biggest quilt she has ever done.   The quilt top is Sew Kind Of Wonderful’s Urban Pods pattern.  The curves for this quilt were made using Sew Kind of Wonderful’s Quick Curve Ruler.  Kate had some fun and designed her own feature pieced block on the back.  You can view Kate’s quilt as it will be featured with The Fraser Valey Modern Quilt Guild at the Abbotsford Creative Stitches & Crafting Alive Show March 27th and 28th.  Do you have a project you would like us to feature?  Email us at blog@hamelsfabrics.com