Various & Sundry 2023 #13


If you care about pouches, I updated the Minikins page again.

I am tempted to put all of my donation quilts on one page and all of my other quilts on a different page.

Tools, Books, Fabric, Notions & Supplies

Janome came out with the Continental M17. I was sort of interested when Sarah talked about it. She also wrote a post about the embroidery function, specifically. I saw that the price is almost $20,000. I am not going to do enough machine embroidery to justify that price. The M7, I thought was the same, but the non-embroidery version. It isn’t the same, but is ‘only’ $8000. The M8 is $9000 and also not what I was thinking about. Hhhmm. Maybe they don’t sell the one I was imagining. Or maybe I imagined it! Or I don’t need a new machine.

Ironing board as desk
Ironing board as desk

I do not recommend using your ironing board as a desk. How would you be able to iron your quilt projects? The good thing is that you can raise and lower the height to suit your body’s needs.

Projects, Classes, Patterns & Tutorials

Natalie from Sew Hungry Hippie has a tutorial on using the printed vinyl she sells, like the glitter vinyl I swooned over.

Check out Sarah’s tutorial for Lapped and Felled seams.

Sweetseamz has a great version of the Retreat Bag from Emmaline. Her modifications make it much more useful! The Retreat Bag is a free pattern, though you do need to buy the frame, if you don’t make your own. I have made a few of these, like the Sugar Skull version, and like the open wide design.

If you want to learn rotary cutting, a video that Carrie shared with me is pretty good. Jennie at Clover and Violet talks about using Creative Grids** rulers and the same kind of Olfa rotary cutter** I like. Her point about not using the cutting mat lines to measure is excellent. Please note that pressing your fabric before you cut improves accuracy

Bonnie Hunter has started her annual mystery quilt again. Check out the tab on her blog or go to Part 1.




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Author: JayeL

Quiltmaker who enjoys writing and frozen chocolate covered bananas.

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