Archive for December, 2010

Go-Go-Gadget Girl

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

She loves her quilting toys

What? 4 Inch Thread Snip

How much? $10.00 (what a bargain!)

Used for? Snipping threads

Rachael says:

Hooray! No more trying to snip delicate threads with bulky, regular-sized scissors. This is a new type of thread snip that’s more ergonomic than previous models. The blades are titanium-bonded so they’re nice and tough and stay sharp for longer.

They’re also easy to hold, with a nicely contoured handle. This, along with the finely-tapered blades, gives you greater control when snipping thread.

Not intended for cutting fabric. You’ll be banging your head against the wall in frustration if you attempt this.

This is a must-have item for every quilter’s toolbox.

Click here to order the 4 Inch Thread Snip.

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Show and Tell

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Show us the item and tell us the story

Nerida Phillips’ apricot variation on a blue theme

What was your inspiration for this pattern?
It’s Monica Poole’s design and she’s done it in blues. I just thought it was a lovely design. During the holidays I’d done a big clean out and found all these unused fat quarters, so I utilized them for this pattern. That’s why it’s in apricots instead of blues.

How long did it take you to finish?
It was probably about a term. It all came together quite quickly once I was organized. There were five classes in the term and I worked on this quilt in each of those classes.

Did you customize as you went?
I stuck pretty much to the pattern, apart from the colour selection. There wasn’t much scope for customizing with this pattern. I even stuck to the size as I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it afterwards.

How long have you been quilting?
It’s hard to say exactly. Probably about fifteen years. It must be a while because I’ve got quilts on all the beds and hanging on the walls. I’ve always enjoyed sewing. When the kids were young I used to make a lot of their clothes. I’ve always liked embroidery as well. It all changes as time goes by. Next week is the arrival of my sixth grandchild, so there’ll be more sewing there.

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