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.

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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 ease 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 

Terrific Tip Tuesday: Putting the Pull Back On

  

It’s Tuesday again! Time for another tip. You know the moment when you accidentally cut off the zipper pull?! If you’re like me, you realize it right as you’re doing it. If you’re The Guru, you calmly say “rats”. Rats doesn’t quite cover it for me. %*#? Once you’ve calmed down, this is what you do. Cut just a few teeth off of one side of the zipper pull.

  

Gently pull the pull back on. I say gently but it does take a bit of a tug. But don’t pull too hard! This is generally not the happiest of situations, so an angry gently. It will pop back on! Sometimes the teeth are a bit off so unzip and zip the zipper (without pulling the pull off!) and you’re back in business! In this project, they’re a bit misaligned, but the difference can be hidden in the seam allowance,

 

xo LC

Modern Patchwork: Converging Hours

Sometimes a quilt gets sketched on a napkin at Starbucks and then grows up to be in pages of a gorgeous publication. It’s Converging Hours in Modern Patchwork Fall 2015!

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Here it is in the magazine!

I used Cotton + Steel Fabrics. They’re so graphic and perfect for a pattern like this. I used the viewfinders for the backing.

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It was quilted by the SUPER TALENTED Russ Adams of The Back Porch Quilters. He really made the piecing standout.

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Russ did a beautiful job! I chose a pale blue thread as a nod to the background fabric.

The magazine is available now! I know that Village Fabric Shop has it if you’re local!! And I’ve even made a few different bundles at the shop for options if you want to make one of your own:) If you want to make it just like mine, here is the Converging Hours Quilt Kit.

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xo LC

Terrific Tool Thursday: Roxanne’s Glue

   
I’m a big fan of appliqué and I glue down my pieces to stitch. This glue, Roxanne’s Glue Baste It, is awesome. It’s very thin glue and washes out easily.

 

Plus the super fine tip makes it easy to put small dots along the edge. It’s more expensive than some of the other glues, but I use less of it, so it evens out.

 
xo LC