Terrific Tool Thursday: Ironing Mat

 
This week’s Terrific Tool is one that I use almost every day. It’s also something that I didn’t even know I needed until I had it! It’s an Ironing Mat made by Bo Nach. It’s a bit thicker than most mats with the added benefit of being perforated, but still see-thru.

 
The mat works great for appliqué. I use it to protect my iron from interfacing. It allows steam to penetrate because of the holes. I use steam with this mat on interfacing that calls for a damp pressing cloth.

 
If you’re local, I’ve spied these at both Village Fabric Shop and Sew Original.

xo LC

Terrific Tip Tuesday: Lint Rolling

  
The lint roller is a brilliant invention both inside and outside the sewing room. One of my favorite uses is cleaning up “cutting lint”. My accuquilt dies look like this after cutting.

 
The lint roller makes it look like this!
  
It’s also a great tool for your cutting mat after an intense cutting session! Thanks to Dana for suggesting this as a great tip!

xo LC

Terrific Tool Thursday: Sewline Glue

  

I’m always on the hunt for tools to make appliqué easier. I came across this glue by Sewline which works well for appliqué AND a whole bunch of other things! I’ve started using it on English Paper Piecing and even the corners of my binding.

  

It’s the consistency of a glue stick. And the best part…water soluble so it easily washes out. The glue is blue as you apply it so you can see how much you’ve used. 

 

xo LC

Modern Applique Coming to NC

I met Shannon Brinkley at Quilt Market a few markets ago and she was there promoting her book Scrappy Bits Appliqué. I thought it was a cool technique and we invited her to come visit the Triad MQG. I’m always excited when someone awesome is coming to North Carolina to teach quilty things! She will be doing a lecture/trunk show on March 22 at 6:30. We meet at South Fork Community Center on Country Club. Because she’s coming from out of town, there is a $5 charge.

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This was the quilt that got me! I love to travel and want this in my house!! I love how her scrappy technique blends the colors together.

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She is going to teach that one at Sew Original on March 23! Call them at 336-760-1121 to sign up! And she’s doing a technique workshop at Studio Stitch on March 24. Call 336-288-9200 to register. The workshops are $110 each or $200 if you register for both.

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Shannon is a delightful person and I’m certain that her workshop will be great fun!

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I’m already looking forward to it!

xo LC

Terrific Tip Tuesday: Embroidery Snap

 
I love embroidery, but I’m not always the best with detailed notes about what I’m doing. I’ve started snapping a picture of the project and the threads (with color numbers showing) to help jog my memory.

 
Now if I could just find the thread!

xo LC

PS: This design is by Patty Sloniger and part of her Into the Deep collection.

Color Inspirations with RJR

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RJR Fabrics asked me to design a mini quilt pattern with their Cotton Supreme solids. I’d sewn with them a bit, but was excited to test out a whole quilt.

The collections were curated by Brenda of Just a Bit Frayed. She’s selected an entire year of color which translates to 12 free patterns! My pattern can be found here for download. My pattern is pretty simple using foundation piecing and I included an option for you to select your own color inspiration.

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I quilted this baby on my friend’s Tiara midarm which was fun to try out.  Regulating the stitches was easier than I expected because it’s so similar to quilting on my regular machine.


If anyone is interested in making one of these, comment below and I’ll pick a winner for my scraps. I’ll choose a winner on Sunday, February 7. There is more than enough to make a mini just like this! And you can check out the other free patterns here.

xo LC