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!

 

 

Tuesday Tip: Don’t Throw out Broken Rulers

Have you ever experienced a mishap with a quilting ruler only to have it break and become damaged? Maybe now you have a chunk broken out. So what should you do next? Here are two directions:

  1. Take that broken ruler and throw it into the garbage headed to the landfill. Not cool! You spent good money to purchase that ruler and now you face the cost of replacing that ruler.
  2. Carefully transport your broken ruler to your local glass shop. (eg. Speedy Auto Glass) Ask the folks there to cut and reshape your broken tool into a ruler that you can continue to use. For a nominal charge they can cut off the broken corner and re-invent your tool. Voila! Now you have a new ruler that you can use in your sewing room.

We all love tips that save us money and are reduce waste, etc. Please let us know if you have a tip to share with other quilters that is helpful.

Happy stitching!

Tuesday Tip: Cotton Batiste

Cotton Batiste: this light weight fine fabric is very useful behind the scenes. It can be basted to the back of fabric you are using for stitchery (eg. muslin or Kona – Snow) when you are working on a Crabapple Hill embroidery pattern. Attaching it to the back of the muslin you are stitching through not only stabilizes the fabric, but more importantly, it hides floss tails, knots, and crossovers so they won’t shadow through to the front of the embroidery.

We equate Cotton Batiste to the slip under your little black dress. Just like that slip prevents viewing of bits better unseen, Cotton Batiste prevents seeing any messy bits of floss from showing through to the front of your stitchery.

Note: If you’re making tea towels, tablecloths, etc… where the back will show, you just have to skip the muslin step and be more careful and neat with your stitching.

Happy stitching!