Terrific Tool Thursday: Moda Match Maker

Before I even had this in my hot little hands, I knew it would be a Terrific Tool! It’s just such a genius idea…giant swatches of solids that easily separate so you can pull palettes. Thank you Moda

It’s called the Match Maker. I’m already plotting for next year’s Color Stories!! There’s even a little spot for notes on the back which would keep you organized during a big project. 

I scored this from Moda at Quilt Market, but they’re hitting stores now and are already available at Sew Lux.

xo LC

Terrific Tip Tuesday: Selvage Labels

Selvages are great! They can tell us who designed the fabric, who manufactured it, what it is called, what inks printed it and where it’s printed. And we throw it all away. A lot of folks have designed great quilts/totes/skirts/pillows/pinnies using them and I’ve saved mine (albeit in trash bags) with the best of intentions. But my favorite use of late is an addition to my quilt back or binding.


Here I showed all the selvages of all the lines I used. This is my City Sampled Quilt from a while back. 


Now we have another thing to hoard…

xo LC

Terrific Tool Thursday: Soft & Stable

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Do you like to make bags? Or really any 3D sewing object. Then Soft & Stable from Annies should be your go to interfacing. I often substitute it even when it is not the called for interfacing. It is…wait for it…both soft and stable.


As you can see, it is about 1/8″ thick, but it can easily squish. You DO NOT need to cut it away from the seams which is both time saving and leads to stronger bags. I’ve heard some folks complain about the price, but it’s worth every penny! By the time you’ve purchased the multiple other types of interfacing that would be needed to equal the stability of this, you’d have spent more and created an inferior product. I use it in my All Sewn Up Sewing Kit! Try some out; you’ll never look back.

xo LC

Sew Adorkable Winner

I’ve just returned from Quilt Market and I’m brimming with new ideas and projects to tell you about! But first, we needed a winner for the Sew Adorkable GIVEAWAY. Congrats to Carmen aka number fourteen.

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The poor thing got the measles in third grade so hopefully this hilarious and awesome book will help easeĀ a bit of that memory.

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Congrats Carmen!

xo LC

Terrific Tip Tuesday: Backing Fabric

Buying fabric for a quilt back can be expensive! Whenever I see a good sale, I snag five yards of a fabric I love. I’ve found that five yards is usually enough and if I’m doing a little design, I can even back large quilts with five yards. I look for prints that are all over designs, not regimented. This way if my back is a little crooked, it won’t show! I avoid stripes too! 


I keep them seperate in my stash too! It’s like free fabric when I find one that’ll work. I know I technically bought it, but who remembers when?!

xo LC

Terrific Tool Thursday: Magnetic Case

So you know when someone posts something cute on social media and you HAVE to check it out and then before you know it, your cart is full of awesome?! Good, it’s not just me! Well, that happened when my friend Asha posted some cute pins and I found this cute shop Snuggly Monkey on Etsy and they had these cute embroidery kits from Sublime Stitching.


They’re magnetic! What?! It’s the greatest thing to ever happen to my on the go sewing. I straight up had loose needles in my purse before this! It’s so handy and it’s a hard case so they don’t get bent.

xo LC