Sew and Tell….Ursala


One of our regular customers named Ursala was in the shop last week with a Sampler quilt she recently completed.  She started the quilt in 2016 using Pat Sloan’s “The Splendid Sampler“.  You could spend all afternoon looking at all the details of the different blocks as there is a bit of everything, hand applique, english paper piecing, blanket stitch applique, embroidery and more. Here are a few;
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Thank you Ursala for sharing your project with us!

Tuesday Tip….”That Purple Thang”!

purple thang

For years now, “That Purple Thang” has been a secret weapon that quilters and crafters alike love to use. Some of our instructors require this notion for their classes because it’s just so useful! I like to keep one beside my machine at all times. Such a great little “thang” to have close at hand.

Click here to purchase one of these hand gadgets. Here are just a few of the many things it’s good for:

1. Curved end to serve as a sewing stiletto.

2. Has 1/4″ square at the end. Good for checking that 1/4″ seam that quilter’s live by!

3. Has a slot for feeding up to 1/2″ elastic or ribbon through casings, etc.

4. Try it as you sew ruffles in lieu of a ruffling foot on your machine.

5. Point turner.

6. Finger press.

7 Smooths and aids stuffing dolls, pincushions, etc.that-purple-thang1

Check out the video below as Sue demonstrates all of these uses. Perhaps you have another purpose for this tool, please let us know.

Thrifty Thursday….Sunflower Stitchery Folder

Sunflower Stitichery

Today’s *Thrifty Thursday item is our Sunflower Stitchery Folder Kit. This finished folder measures 30″ x 11.5″ and features a beautiful hand embroidered design.

This stitchery folder will hold all of your stitching project’s needs. The pockets will accommodate your pattern, fabric & hoop, with plenty of room left for floss and tools! What a pretty way to keep all of your supplies handy! The easy embroidery and Crayon tinting bring the design to life. There’s even a nameplate included so you can personalize your stitchery folder! How much fun is this???!

The kit includes fabric, batting, embroidery floss, button, and the pattern Sunflower Stitchery Folder by Crabapple Hill Studio. Our regular price is $52.98. Today’s Thrifty Thursday price is only $26.49. Click Sunflower Stitchery to orders yours today!

*Thrifty Thursday items are final sale and may not be returned or refunded.Sunflower Stitichery 2Sunflower Stitichery 3Sunflower Stitichery 4

Thrifty Thursday….Aurifil 12wt Thread Packs

Aurifil Wool 650

Today’s *Thrifty Thursday item is an assortment of 12wt  Lana Wool  and/or Cotton Aurifil thread packs.  Colours are selected by Hamel’s staff to make up an assortment of 4 spool thread packs. These popular threads are 50% wool, 50% acrylic and/or 100% cotton. Wool creates decorative stitching similar to crazy patchwork. Also used for hand applique or to machine quilt wool fabrics, cross stitch, or use in the lower looper of your serger.  Each pack contains four – 250 metre spools of 12 weight Lana Wool/Acrylic thread and/or 325m spool of 12wt 100% cotton thread.  Our regular price is $72.00 Our Thrifty Thursday price is only $19.99 Click Here to order yours today!

See what Heather has done with these threads HERE!

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

Aurifil Cotton Mako 12/2 Thread

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A while back, we received a bunch of Aurifil thread, including many assorted boxes of cotton Mako 12/2 thread and a Aurifil’s 12 weight wool thread, here at the store. We all looked it and wondered how we could use this beautiful looking thread and have since discovered some interesting uses for it.

So what are all the different numbers of thread used for? Aurifil’s 12 weight thread is best for decorative quilting, 28wt is best for hand quilting, 40wt is best for machine quilting and 50wt is best for detailed quilting. We even have a few variegated 12 weight spools of thread in our vault at the moment.

After purchasing some of this thread for my stash, I decided to try it out by quilting some pillow tops and have been thrilled with the results with machine quilting using a walking foot. The wool thread works much the same, however, you get a fuzzier look with it. The pictures below show a pillow stitched decoratively with “Aurifil’s Cotton Mako 12/2″ thread. I set my stitch length longer to in order for the stitches to mimic hand stitches and was amazed at how this thread performed.Heathers Scrappy Pillows 6Heathers Scrappy Pillows 2

This 12/2 weight thread is heavier than you would want for machine piecing blocks and general sewing but as it turns out, according to Aurifil, it can be used in the following ways in either hand work or machine stitching:

Hand Appliqué
Use 12wt for hand appliqué, Buttonhole stitch for a primitive look and for Blanket Stitch appliqué.

Hand Embroidery
Used as a replacement for stranded & pearl embroidery threads for the stitchery blocks.

Hand quilting
Achieve beautiful results using the ‘Big Stitch’ or ‘Utility Stitch’ with a larger eyelet needle and for Sashiko type work

Cross Stitch
12wt is suitable for Backstitching or Cross-stitching in 1 strand, giving more definition to your work.

Use 12wt to add embroidery stitches as embellishment on a quilt surface.

Great for use on Bobbin Lace Gimp

Machine Appliqué
Use 12wt for a heavy Blanket Stitch or for a primitive look use a Buttonhole Stitch. (Use 50wt in the bobbin)

Machine embroidery
12wt is beautiful for designs that use a longer stitch length. Use a Top Stitch 100/16 needle.

Machine Quilting
Superb for art quilting when heavier thread effects are desired . Beautiful on linen and denim fabric . Use a 90/14 topstitch needle.

Machine Sashiko
Achieve great results using 12wt for Machine Sashiko

12wt is perfect for Red-work and Stitchery

Lower Looper

Longarm Quilting
Beautiful effect, quilt slowly, large needle (4.5), adjust thread path for less resistance, use silicone when necessary, pair with 28wt bobbin thread. Good for art quilting when heavier thread effects are desired.

Although this is a specialty type of thread, we encourage you to pick up a spool or two and try it out on a project and see what results you get. It’s a very silky-feeling thread and if you use it with a large eye heavier needle, you will be amazed with this product!Heathers Scrappy Pillows 5