Foam Soft and Stable or In-r-Form

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A couple of years ago, we began stocking this great product called Soft and Stable in packages here at Hamel’s. Soft and Stable is made by Annie’s. There is also an identical product from Bosal  called In-r-form. We can’t get enough of these two products! They work virtually the same way as you sew them into bags, placemats and table runners, etc. It gives really nice stability to your bag.

Here’s a video from Annie, herself, the creator of this wonderful product:

Use Soft and Stable or In-r-Form in place of batting in your project. You can quilt right through this stuff or just sew around the edges. There is so much flexibility with these foam products that you will be creating fabulous creations quickly and with ease. This firm resilient foam might seem like sewing through a yoga mat, when you first begin your project, but with a fresh quilting needle in your machine you can sail right through it!

Right now we have a kit called the “Denny Bag” which includes Soft and Stable. This kit is a great way to get you started with using this foam. This kit is comprised of warm fall colours from Kansas Troubles’ “Sweet Pea” collection.5304QK_z

These foam products don’t mind a gentle wash in cool, but we suggest hanging to dry. Go ahead and press after washing if you want to smooth your project out a bit.

If you prefer a larger piece off the bolt, we have Bosal In-R-Form in 58″ width in either black or white.


Happy stitching!


Thrifty Thursday….Gardener’s Alphabet


Today’s *Thrifty Thursday item the Crabapple Hill Studios quilt kit A Gardener’s Alphabet.

The 22 blocks in this beautiful 64″ x 73″ botanical quilt are broken into 12 patterns. The richly embroidered blocks are crayon tinted for added dimension and realism. The monarch butterfly could practically flutter off the quilt, and I swear I can smell the wild roses!

The kit includes fabrics for the top and binding, pigma pen, embroidery floss and pattern set. Our regular price is $288.98.  Our Thrifty Thursday price is only $144.49 . Click Here to order yours today!

*Thrifty Thursday items are final sale and may not be returned or refunded.s-l1600

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Thrifty Thursday….Collections For A Cause ~ Community

CFAC Community

Today’s *Thrifty Thursday item is our Collections For A Cause ~ Community Quilt Kit.  This finished 68″ x 80″ quilt features the fabric collection, Collection For A Cause by Howard Marcus for Moda. Community is based on an 1840’s cotton-and-chintz quilt from the collection of antique quilts and textiles owned by Moda founder and CEO Howard Marcus Dunn.

The kit includes fabrics for the quilt top, plus binding and pattern and packaged in a lovely keepsake box.

Our regular price is $179.98. Today’s Thrifty Thursday price is only $89.99. Click Community to orders yours today!

*Thrifty Thursday items are final sale and may not be returned or refunded.Community on the bed Community Close Up

Thrifty Thursday….Sew Simple Baskets Quilt Kit


Today’s *Thrifty Thursday item is our Sew Simple Baskets Quilt Kit. May is all about Spring, Mother’s Day and flowers and flower baskets. This basket quilt designed by Joanna Figueroa and Lisa Quan finishes at 63″ x 80″ and makes a lovely Spring and Summer quilt.

Kit features the fabric collection “Autumn Lily” by Blackbird Designs for Moda for the quilt top, plus binding and the 39 page book “Hearth & Home Quilts” by Leisure Arts which includes the pattern.

Our regular price is $148.00. Today’s Thrifty Thursday price is only $74.00. Click Sew Simple Baskets to orders yours today!

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

Blanket Stitching by Hand for Wool Applique

       sew many notions book

Recently we received copies of Debbie Busby’s new book:  “Sew Many Notions”. If you click on this link, you can purchase this book and add it to your stitching library. Immediately when these books arrived, we thought of our co-worker, Janet, who really enjoys stitching with wool. Don’t tell anyone, but word has it that our Janet has a large trunk stashed full of all kinds of wool for her creations! Already, Janet has stitched up three projects or more, plus a bunch of tomato pincushions, from this book and has plans for even more creations based on this book.8e43a0c84dbfbeb9d5e448ed83e972ed

If there’s anything you should know about wool appliqué, it’s this: it’s fun, easy, quick, and addicting! There are no edges to turn, no right or wrong sides, and no worries about fabric grainline. It’s one of the simplest and most forgiving forms of appliqué.

Wool appliqué is very portable, so you can work on it almost anywhere. It’s so easy and relaxing that you can visit with a friend and not lose your place while stitching. Small wool projects are fun to work on with a group around a table, and they don’t take up much room.tomato pincushion

The author of the book, Debbie Busby has come out with a quick video tutorial demonstrating how easy it is to do the blanket stitch by hand. Check out this video below:


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Happy stitching with wool!