So by now you all know how I love my sewing machine .... well there are quite a few other things that I really love to use that make my life just that little bit easier too that I thought you might like to check out ...
I just love these scissors! They are super sharp & and super smooth and don't tend to make my hand hurt when I use them for hours on end with my left hand! I use these little ones for applique - particularly raw edge. They are so sharp that it reduces the damage to the edges of my shapes as I cut them out once the fusible web is attached. Less wear & tear on the edges of your shapes ultimately means less fraying of your edges. Once I cut out my shapes I use the tip of my scissors to score the backing paper of the fusible - this releases the seal and makes removing the backing paper a breeze and also protects the edges of the fabric.
Lite Steam-A-Seam 2
I discovered this product in the US last year and have used nothing else since. It doesn't separate from the backing paper until you want it to, it leaves the shapes relatively soft to touch & there is very little fraying of the edges of your shapes when you use it for raw edge applique. It also has a slightly tacky surface that sort of holds the shape in place until you iron it down - I must say though, that I don't find that it is incredibly tacky and the shapes will move around if you aren't careful.
These gloves are terrific to use for quilting. I first heard about these from an article by Deb Louie in Quilters Companion a while ago and have used nothing else since! They fit snugly, they grip your fabric well, they are super cheap & are readily available from Australian supermarkets. Give them a go you wont be sorry!
These are just a few of my favorite things I'd love to know what your are!
The odds for my last post giveaway were considerably better! So who won Mr Random Number Generator?
Dottycookiewho left the 8th comment ...
Bec Clarke who left the 81st comment ... and believe it or not Bec just posted about a swap quilt she designed using one of my projects as her inspiration! Make sure you take a peek!
Cascadewho left my 107th comment ...
Yay guys! Next post there will be 4 patterns up for grabs .. just leave a comment between now and midnight Australian EST, Sunday the 12th of July to be included.
The final giveaway, that will be the official 100th post giveaway, isn't far away so don't forget that your comments in these give aways will also gain you some extra entries (details in this post). This little pile of fabric will be coming on holidays with me later this week, together with something I have been drawing up for this giveaway ...
... it will be worth the wait!
Thank you all so much for the Birthday wishes for Miss Megan from my last post, she was over whelmed by all of your comments! As for the tree ... well I am not so sure about that one exactly but something a bit like it may well be used for my Pay it Forwards and another little promice I have waiting ... but that's on the back burner for now as I have some things that can't wait a minute longer!
I have finally broken the back of my latest quilt ... thank God!!! Only a little quilting and binding to go. (type pad doesn't want to center my photos anymore so sorry about the formatting!)
This quilt is ultimately for Joshua who still lies under his cot quilt ... poor baby. Sadly he will be laying under it for quite a bit longer because it's going to be spending some time with Homespun once it's done. He's not too thrilled about it either I'm afraid ...
I found him and it all snuggled in his bed yesterday ... luckily his shoes were clean!
Oh and just one more thing before I go and attack the mountain that I have to get through before we leave ...
Rainbow Lollipops ...
Meg's Garden and ...
Oh Christmas Tree ...
... are all making their way to the printers in the morning. They wont be listed in my store until the 25th of July, however, you can pre-order one of these patterns and my darling mother in law will pop it in the mail for you on the 17th of July ... hopefully earlier ... it all depends just how quickly she can fold them ;) !
They are $18 each not including GST (Australians only) or postage. To place a pre-order please email me here. Don't forget to label your email Preorder and please make sure you let me know which pattern you would like and where the pattern will be sent (so I can sort out postage) and I will send you a pay-pal invoice.
Edit Tuesday 7th of July - unfortunately I have hit a couple of snags with printing that have made getting the printing completed before we fly out impossible. Therefor pre-orders will not be ready for mailing out until the 27th of July. I am so sorry about this but unfortunately it just can't be helped.
If you have already purchased one or more of these three patterns using this method or if you choose to go ahead and preorder regardless of the delay then I will thow in a How does your garden grow? pattern and l will now throw in 10 extra entries in the 100th post giveaway in a few posts time.
Enjoy your week guys! Roll on Friday!!!!!! How did it get to be after 4 and I haven't gotten to bed yet????
PS If you happen to find yourself in Barcaldine which is about 580 k's due west of Rockhampton, on the Capricorn Hwy in beautiful Queensland .... my patterns are now being stocked by The Silver Thimble! I didn't even get a change to list the pattern give away as blogless Betty took it out before I even had time to post about it!