I updated the HRT page to include basic information about Latifah Saafir’s new HuRTy ruler.
Projects, Classes, Patterns & Tutorials
Just in time for Christmas and Hannukah, I updated the gift bags tutorial to include French seams.
Whole Circle Studio has a pattern for an interesting quilt called Big Island Sunset. The shape is a kind of elongated Drunkard’s Path. Someone pointed out to me that the studio has templates available to make the quilt. I think it could be made with one of the Sew Kind of Wonderful rulers since the shape is similar to the top pointy one in the Rock Star block I made using the Wonder Curve ruler**. Whole circle has a couple of rainbow/color wheel free patterns in addition to their other offerings.
Tansy Designs has a great pattern weight pattern called Zen Blocks. The solids Tansy uses make them seem super fun. I saw a link to this site on the FB Sew Hungry Hippie page. Maybe they would make good toys, if the seams were well sewn?
Tools, Books, Fabric, Notions & Supplies
I recently received the latest issue of QuiltFolk. My sister gifts it to me for Christmas or my birthday every year. It is a fantastic gift. In the package were some ads for books from Schiffer Craft. Really interesting quilt books, e.g. not just the project books we are have become resigned to seeing. One is the large coffee table type book by Rod Kiracofe, Unconventional & Unexpected: American Quilts Below the Radar, 1950-2000**. They publish books in other areas besides quiltmaking. There is a book called Wellness for Makers**, another about weaving**. I also saw a book called Deeds Not Words**, which celebrates the centennial of the 19th amendment through quiltmaking. Schiffer Craft describes their business as “Schiffer Craft publishes to help energize maker and craft communities worldwide. We are dedicated to publishing high quality books and kits that inspire, instruct, and educate. We enrich lives through craft”. Their catalog covers paper, metalwork, jewelry making, ceramics and other media. Take a look at their catalog and some of their high quality books.
Check out the free patterns and booklets available from Paper Pieces. One has new information for the updated Dear Jane.
Tula Pink talks about her new fabric collection, Everglow in a fun video. The introduction of the new collection can be found in another video, which explains the whole concept behind the new additions to the True Colors line.
I saw the Carolyn Friedlander seam guide on the Sewtopia site. Friend Julie sent me to the site for something else. I was sure what this was and how I would use it. The Sewtopia site describes it as “This hand-held guide is helpful for measuring and marking all sorts of stuff while you’re sewing. Measurements start at 1/8? and go up from there. Use for marking seam allowance, appliqués, hexagons, hems, corners and much more.” I don’t think I will buy one, but will keep it in mind. Let me know if you use one and how you use it.
Confused about what zipper numbers mean? Sara of Sew Sweetness has a video discussing the topic
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