Here’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!
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 know 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:
Marti Michell, one of the godmothers of quilting has developed a gizmo called the “Perfect Patchwork Corner Trimmer“. Marti is well respected in the quilting community and her rulers are very familiar to our Farmer’s Wife club members here at Hamels. She has been teaching and developing patterns, writing books and coming up with new tools since 1972! Below are some pointers on how to make use of this trimmer ruler:
The corners of the tool have a special feature that allows quilters to align the fabrics properly. With proper alignment, patchwork blocks go together perfectly and the blocks lay flat. The Corner trimmer lets the user cut the special corners on any 45 or 90 degree angle fabric shape desired.
The Marti Michell Corner Trimmer template can be used to trim the corners of any right angle triangle piece regardless of the size of the triangle. Trimmed corners promote accurate piecing, eliminate “dog ears” before sewing and reduce bulk at corners for easier quilting by hand or machine! Engineered corners are just one of the quality trademarks you will find on Marti Michell products. Get a Perfect Patchwork Corner Trimmer here.
We hope this tip will help you eliminate unwanted dog ears so that your blocks will match up like a pro!
One of our most favourite brand names here at Hamels for sewing notions is the Clover brand. They make all kinds of needles, seam rippers and the classic “chaco liners“. These pens are beloved by many quilters for marking fabrics for quilting, cutting, etc.
Watch the video below to see them in action. Another nice thing is that with the pens and liners you can refill them and keep using your marker. Now that’s a help to the environment! If we don’t already have one on our notion wall, please let us order the colour and style you would like from the warehouse.
Just last week, Pauline brought in a whole line of “gauze-like” cottons into the store. The series of bolts are called “Color Basic” by Lecien. This lightweight cotton is going to be wonderful this summer! So many ideas bounced in our heads for using this fabric and then we decided to make a simple one piece quilt top using this new fabric. It’s amazing what we think of when the boss is away in Alberta at a quilt show! Linda cut us one metre of the dots for the top and one metre of yummy Henry Glass flannel for the backing.
To make the quilt we simply squared up the two pieces to the exact same size and put them right sides together and sewed all around the edge leaving an opening to turn it out. But wait a second… what if we “rounded the corners” on this super easy quilt? Why not?!Using a dinner plate from my kitchen drawer, I was able to make a nice rounded corner to sew around. Just draw a line with a marking pen, snip off the excess and head off to the sewing machine. I was first inspired by a civil war quilt I saw in a book that sported rounded corners.
Rounded corners on a regular quilt that needs binding will require bias binding to be applied. But that is easy to make. Refer to our post from a few weeks ago on “continuous bias binding“.
Please let us know if this inspires you at all to try rounding the corners on your quilt project. We love seeing your comments.