Tuesday Tip: Using Bias Bars

So what are “bias bars”? How do you use them?  Well, if you have project you are working on that requires appliquéd vines, curved handles on a basket block, or a Celtic design, then you will love having a set of bias bars in your quilting tool kit! They are very nifty and work really well. This method of creating bias strips with the seam allowances hidden underneath the strip itself is quite easy to create and any quilting cotton fabric will work!

Bias Press Bars are the perfect tool for making small bias tubes used in applique, quilting and craft projects. These flexible bars are high heat resistant nylon; easy-to-see School Bus Yellow. The no melt set includes five sizes that are each 12″ long. The set has offers 1/8″, 3/16″, 1/4″, 3/8″ and 1/2″ widths and there are instructions right on the package from Collins.

This is an example of bias stems appliquéd onto a background before leaves and flowers, etc. are applied. See the nice curves?!

The handle on this basket block below was appliquéd on using a bias piece created using a selected pressing bar.

Cute basket with appliquéd bias handle. Bee In My Bonnet

Below is Celtic appliqué where bias strips are created and applied in a continuous knot formation replicating an ancient Celtic design.

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Check out this video which explains more on how these bars work. Note: Hamels can special order in any of these brands for you, however we currently stock the Collins set of bias bars. The bars are very easy to use and can create all kinds of curves as you apply the pieces to your project.

Hope you enjoyed this video and will incorporate the use of these bars into a project either now or in the future. The results are so worth it and everyone will wonder how you sewed those skinny strips without any seam allowance showing. Happy stitching!

Thrifty Thursday….Snow Globes

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Today’s *Thrifty Thursday item is our Snow Globes Quilt Kit.

Everyone needs a snow globe collection. This one is twelve snow globes filled with sparkling snow and Christmas delights! The 68 1/2” square quilt has twelve embroidered Snowball blocks set with Nine Patch alternate blocks… easy embroidery, and a quick to assemble quilt!

The finished quilt measures 68 1/2″ x 68 1/2″ and includes includes fabric for the top and binding plus the Bunny Hill Designs pattern, embroidery floss and pigma pen for tracing. Our regular price is $285.00. Today’s Thrifty Thursday price is only $142.50. Click Snow Globes to order yours today!

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

Have a closer look at a few of the blocks in this pattern below…snow_globe-3_1SnowGlobes_1SnowGlobes_3

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Thrifty Thursday….Deck the Halls

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Today’s *Thrifty Thursday item is our Deck the Halls Quilt Kit.

The top and bottom borders spell out the old favorite Christmas carol on tag garlands… the large, center block depicts a snow covered tree decorated with a glittering village and bottle brush trees full of ornaments. The surrounding blocks feature vintage style decorations, a village inside an apothecary jar, and a Christmas village scene under a glass cloche. You could choose to change the colors to brighter Christmas colors for a more traditional look if you’d like. Such a sweet, happy quilt! Any one of the blocks would be darling stitched as a pillow, wall hanging, or framed piece. The tag garlands could be shortened and words moved around to create really cute banner pillows too! The possibilities are endless!

The finished quilt measures 70″ x 70″ and includes includes fabric for the top and binding plus the Crabapple Hill Designs pattern, embroidery floss and pigma pen for tracing. Our regular price is $216.00. Today’s Thrifty Thursday price is only $108.00 Click Deck the Halls to order yours today!

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

Have a closer look at a few of the blocks in this pattern below…

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Steamfast Mini Iron

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The Steamfast mini iron has become very popular for quilters. We received a shipment of them here at the shop and have enjoyed testing it. This mighty little iron heats up super fast, in less than a minute, produces great steam when you need it and yet it fits into the palm of your hand.

One of our staff members purchased this iron for her young granddaughter to use when sewing patchwork. What a great idea to have a smaller iron like this to make it easier for young sewers who are learning to use an iron to press seams.

It is strong enough for everyday use at home, yet lightweight and compact for taking along with you. This time of year, many quilters are travelling and going to retreats and this iron fits into its own drawstring travel bag to tuck in with your quilting supplies. The non-stick soleplate glides over your patchwork as you put together your blocks. We found that there’s plenty of steam when you use the fill cup to put water into this mighty little iron.

The iron itself measures about 5 long x 3″ wide and comes with a nice long cord to reach the outlet. It weighs less than a pound. This iron comes with a heat up indicator. Check out this video below for some other information about this iron.

Note for left handed quilters:In closing, the only drawback to this iron is the location of the cord as it attaches to the iron. I found that the cord is in the way of where you want to iron as you use this appliance. The cord comes out of the back right side of the iron and if you hold the iron in your left hand, the cord is right there, kind of in the way. However, I still really liked the performance of this iron!