Thrifty Thursday….Merry and Bright

Today’s *Thrifty Thursday item is our Merry and Bright Quilt Kit.

This kit is designed by Lydia Nelson of Dreamy Quilts for Gingiber.  This 63″ x 67″ quilt kit features the collection “Merrily” by Gingiber for Moda.  The kit includes fabric for the quilt top and binding plus pattern.

Our regular price is $156.00. Today’s Thrifty Thursday price is only $78.00. Click Merry and Bright to order yours today!

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

Tuesday Tip: What is a Precut Honey Bun?

Recently, Moda Fabrics has been releasing their new collections not only in fat quarter bundles, layer cakes and charm squares, but also in a Honey Bun format. These 1.5″ strips are a jelly roll’s slimmer brother. 

In a Honey Bun precut, Moda gives you 40 strips that are cut as wide as 1.5″ each. Strips are cut from selvedge to selvedge measuring 45″. Although narrower than a jelly roll strip that’s 2.5″, the Honey Bun precut is not to be overlooked or seen as less than desirable; not at all. A Honey Bun equates to approximately 1.5 metres of fabric.

IMPORTANT NOTE – please DON’T “prewash” these strips or any other Moda precut. You will destroy your strip and have a big disaster if you insist on washing the strips before sewing them into your project! There is no need to prewash, just open the roll and start your project.

What can you create with a Honey Bun after you get this little roll home?

Here’s our Top Ten ideas for a Honey Bun:

  1. Make a log cabin quilt that you have always dreamed about and yet were not excited about finding and cutting lots of little strips.

2.  Mini nine patch blocks are great from Honey Bun strips. They measure 3″ when you’ve finished sewing them into your project. Very darling!

3. Rail fence – this pattern is a timeless classic and looks great modern or traditional!

4. String quilts – open up a Honey Bun (or two) and voila, you have all the strips you need to start making string blocks. Very stress releasing!

5. – Converting any project requirement for a 2.5″ strip into using a 1.5″ Honey Bun strip. This will hardly take any time really to convert. You will end up with a smaller block and/or a overall smaller project but that’s ok. Think about how much quicker it is to finish a smaller project and even do the quilting yourself! 

6.  Narrow sashing – Honey Bun strips are precisely 1.5″ and can frame your blocks nicely!

7. Take a strip or two from a Honey Bun and use them to add as trim on a pillow or pillowcase.

8. Small projects – Try using a Honey Bun to make a book cover, a small bag, or even a pillow cover.

9.  Rectangles – cut strips into rectangles or bricks for a sophisticated one patch look!

10. Get creative and design your own quilt project using the strips. They all coordinate together and will look great no matter how you combine the strips together!

Browse our selection of honey buns HERE and let us see what your next project using this precut!

Tuesday Tip: Creative Grids 60 Degree Ruler

Currently we have a few Creative Grids’ 60 Degree Rulers in stock at our retail storefront available thru our website for shipping or curbside pickup. This versatile ruler can cut 30 and 60 degree angles up to a finished height of 12in. This 60 degree equilateral triangle features easy to read black and white markings. A 1/4in dashed line is printed on each side of the center vertical line so you can cut 30 degree triangles that include the seam allowance. Think about some fun patterns that need fabric cut on this 60 degree angle…

                   

This 60 degree ruler comes with fully illustrated step by step instructions or scan the QR Code printed on the ruler to view a video demonstration of these features.

The ruler slides easily over the fabric until pressure is applied. Then, our exclusive gripper holds the fabric in place while cutting, eliminating slipping and miss-cuts!

Total Size – 12-1/2in x 14-3/4in

Check out this video below to see what you can do with a ruler like this:

Happy stitching!

Tuesday Tip: Acorn Easy Press Fabric Treatment Combo Kit

Perfect your piecing and refresh your fabric with Acorn Precision Piecing’s NEW dynamic duo! Designed by Shelley and Bernie Tobisch, Acorn Precision Piecing’s Easy Press Fabric Treatment makes it easy to create accurate, flat seams everytime you quilt! The mist bottle included in this combi pack helps you to distribute the Easy Press Fabric Treatment evenly across your fabric in seconds and works perfectly in conjunction with the 16 oz. bottle.

Why will you love it? Not only does the Easy Press Fabric Treatment improve your sewing and cutting accuracy, it also renews your fabric when you pre-wash and dry it. If that weren’t enough to make this formula a quilting superstar, it also helps to add volume and eliminate fraying! The mist bottle sprays an even layer of product across your fabric! – Seams are precise and flat! – The Easy Press Fabric Treatment renews fabric after prewashing and drying! – This duo drastically improves accuracy when cutting and sewing! – It helps to add volume and inhibits fraying! – Use instead of starch or starch alternatives!

The ergonomic continuous spray Easy Press Mist Bottle produces and endless spray for as long as you depress the handle, allowing large areas to be covered quickly and easily. 360 degree spraying makes it easy to reach all areas (you can even spray with the bottle held upside down), and the fine mist spray pattern distributes liquids evenly. The ergonomic design means less hand fatigue compared to standard sprayers.

Kit contains:
16 oz Easy Press Solution
Easy Press Mist Bottle

Developed by Shelley and Bernie Tobisch, Acorn Precision Piecing’s Easy Press Fabric Treatment has SO many benefits!

  • Makes fabric easier to cut
  • Eliminates fraying
  • Pre-shrinks fabric
  • Adds stain resistance
  • Strengthens and stabilizes fibers
  • Can be used in machine embroidery to reduce the weight of stabilizer needed
  • Will not attract insects

Check out this video with Bernie & Shelley as they demonstrate how the sprayer and fabric treatment work:

Happy stitching!

 

 

Face Mask Tutorial

Let us preface this post by saying that, although we are not medical professionals, many people feel that a mask “might” be beneficial to wear to prevent the spread of whatever. So you make the choice for you and your household, we will all stay six feet apart and hope that “the virus” doesn’t continue to spread like wildfire.

As elastic of any width is pretty well non-existent for the next while, here’s a simple tutorial to sew a face mask using elastic or ties. Our thanks to Erica Arndt from Confessions of a Homeschooler for such clear instruction! Check out her demonstration video below:

Hand Sewn Face Mask Pattern

PLEASE NOTE: These masks will NOT prevent you from catching a respiratory illness. They may be used by hospital staff over the top of medical grade masks to help make them re-usable. They may be used for someone who is sick to help reduce the spread of germs when coughing and sneezing.

*** Mask are re-usable, must be sanitized after each use! ***

Supplies:
• 2 pieces of 6” x 9” 100% cotton fabric of varying colors
• 1 piece of 6” x 9” cotton fabric lining or light weight interfacing for lining
• 2 pieces of 1/8” x 7” elastic OR Fabric Ties – Cut 4 strips of fabric 1-1/2” x 18” • Sewing machine
• Scissors or a trimmer
• Pins or clips
• Pencil or Hera marker
• read
• Iron
Alternate Sizes:
• Elastic straps: 1/8” x 6” (women), 1/8” x 7” (Men)
• Kids size: Cut fabric 5” x 7” and elastic 5” long

Tip: Use two different fabrics, one for the front and one for back of the mask so you can remember which side goes by your face. Keep in mind men and women will be wearing the masks when choosing fabric for masks that will be donated.

DON’T HAVE ELASTIC? Use ribbon or fabric ties 18” in length.
For fabric ties: use a strip 1-1/2”x 18-20”. Fold one short end 1/4” in, this will be your nished edge. Next fold the fabric strip long edges in so they meet in the center then fold in half length- wise again. Sew down the open edge to secure and backstitch on the nished edge. Tip: Make sure not to sew over the loose end of the tie as you sew around the mask.

Directions:
Step 1: Layer 1 sheet of cotton fabric right side up on top of your lining.

Step 2: If using elastic, take 1 elastic piece and pin it 1⁄2 inch from the top and 1⁄2 inch from the bottom of the right side of your fabric. Repeat this process on the other side. Tip! Be careful not to twist the elastic! For fabric ties, place the raw edge of fabric tie along raw edge of mask, and pin in place, 1/2” in on all four corners as shown.

Step 3: Place your second piece of fabric right side down on top of your straps. Re-pin so that all three layers of your fabric and straps are secured together.

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Step 4: Sew around the perimeter of your mask using a 1⁄4” seam . Leave a 2.5 inch wide hole on the right side of your mask. (So you can turn it out later.) Back stitch at your stops and starts & double stitch where the elastic bands are because they will have some tension. Tip: Make sure not to sew through the strap of elastic!

Step 5: Trim the corners then turn out your mask right side out. Tip: Use a hera marker to turn out the corners of your mask. A pencil will do the job too!

Step 6: Use an iron to press your mask so the edges are crisp.

Step 7: Fold your mask accordion style so there are 2 pleats on each side. Clip the pleats on both sides. Your mask should be about 3” in height. Press again with your iron.

Step 8: Sew 1/8” top stitch around the entire outside edge to finish. Congratulations! You’re finished with your mask!

You can also download Erica’s FREE HOW TO SEW A FACE MASK PDF pattern here!

PLEASE REMEMBER!!

THESE MASKS WILL NOT PREVENT YOU FROM CATCHING A RESPIRATORY ILLNESS! For more information on handmade masks visit CDC.gov
*** MASKS are re-usable, but must be sanitized between each use ***