Hello and happy Saturday! I hope you’re having a great holiday weekend! I’ve got plans to sew today…and to catch up on some household chores after sewing five quilts in the past nineteen days! I’m also going to try to tackle my email in-box. I haven’t been very good at responding to emails over the past couple of weeks…so I’ll be sure to answer any I find with questions this weekend. I do so appreciate all of your comments and should be back on track to reply soon!
Now that Valentine’s Day has passed, I see a lot of spring-themed sewing
1. So number one is this Lime Juice bundle curated by Jodie at Fort Worth Fabric Studio and perfect for your spring sewing!
2. A few weeks ago I used this ironing mat The Mega Pressing Mat 14″ x 24″ by Pam Damour while sewing with friends at a retreat. It was amazing how much heat the mat held–enabling blocks to be easily pressed flat. Last week while teaching at a retreat, I was able to pick up a similar one from one of the vendors…love it too!
3. Did you hear that Olfa just released hot pink and blue cutting mats…and a gorgeous hot pink Splash cutter? I was lucky to receive these in the mail this week. I haven’t seen the new colors on sale anywhere on-line yet, but the Olfa Splash in aqua is my favorite rotary cutter right now.
4. To wash or not to wash? Carrie Nelson explores all sides of this issue in her post yesterday on the Moda blog. Personally, I rarely pre-wash; however, I never wash a new quilt without adding in two or three Shout Color Catcher Dye Trapping Sheets 72 ct to the wash.
5. I was not going to get caught up in the sewing-themed enamel pin craze. But then the Maker Valley Sewing Machine pin caught my eye. And the Thimbleblossoms quilter pins. Not sure how many I’ll collect, but these were “must haves.” Find these and more that you might not be able to resist here. (They do make great gifts for quilty friends)!
6. I listened to several podcasts this week…a friend recommended one specifically for creatives…and I enjoyed it so much I started looking for more. One was already in my library (because I’ve read a couple of books by the author), so I listened to and loved three episodes here–lots of fun and simple ideas for being happy!
7. As I mentioned earlier, I’ve just completed a lot of sewing. So now I’ll be storing the leftovers using the suggestions in this tutorial: How to Organize and Store Project Left-Overs. I need to add that I don’t cut up anything bigger than a 5″ width of fabric strip using this method–this is the method I use to cut up and store smaller pieces.
Wow…we’re at seven, and I didn’t even get to share a recipe–I’ll make sure I have one for next week! I hope you have a wonderful and productive weekend…thanks so much for stopping by!