January 12, 2018

Fine Mist Spray Bottle

I've been using Mary Ellen's Best Press for years and LOVE IT.
But I've never loved their spray bottles.
I find they leak and at times shoot out a stream that saturates one big spot on my fabric.  Not cool.

A quilting acquaintance shared her love of this spray bottle.
looks like that fabric could use some pressing!  Lol


I'm so hooked, i had to put my cute sticker on it!  
I think it takes a few uses for the bottle to kind of 'loosen up' and do it's thing, but it sprays a nice mist, easy to hold and does not leak.

You can find these spray bottles at Sally's Beauty Supply, if they have them in stock.
Or you can use this Amazon link.

       
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~karen

January 9, 2018

Sew Straight Tutorial

Have you used this tool?  




Here's how it fits with my Bernina.  I have a large Plexiglas sewing table and the Sew Straight hangs just beyond the table.  That does not bother me at all and i don't feel it is in my way.
oh look!...working on the Amelia pattern

Line up the needle exactly even with the 'stitching line'.  Attach Sew Straight with the reusable Scotch Squares that come inside the package.  This keeps the tool in place yet is easily removed without any residue.


You can see the shadow of the reusable square.


To stitch a 1/4" seam allowance, line the fabric up with the 1/4" seam line and start sewing your perfect 1/4" everytime!


Corner Triangles require no marking!  That's time saving!!


What about half square triangles?

Again, no marking!  When making half square triangles, typically one would draw a diagonal line from corner to corner.
With Sew Straight, line the corner up with the left seam line...

...and stitch to the end, keeping the corner of the square, lined up with the 1/4" seam line the entire time.

Rotate the unit around and sew on the opposite side with the corner lined up to the same left 1/4" seam line.


Now there are 2 sewn lines 1/4" away from the center diagonal.  Cut apart corner to corner and what do you get?

Two Half Square Triangles!  
Can you imagine how quick chain piecing becomes?  



Attaching binding strips...  Of course your binding strips will be much longer than these!

When i sew my binding strips together on the diagonal, i move the top strip over a tiny bit so i can see the bottom fabric. This allows me to see and not guess where the underneath corner lies.


Perfect diagonal seams...and no marking!

For all my Farmers...Sew Straight sure helps with those 6-1/2" Farmer's Wife Blocks!  Just keep your fabric lined up with the lines on Sew Straight...and you'll be happy!

UPDATE:  Some have asked how Sew Straight works with a top loading bobbin...great question!  I know the tool is super easy and quick to re-position, but since i load my bobbin from underneath, i really can't give an accurate opinion.  Thankfully, Bev from BlossomandBev on Instagram has a top loading bobbin and has agreed to test Sew Straight and give us her thoughts.  So stay tuned!  :)

Sew Straight is available by clicking on the Amazon button below.  


January 3, 2018

Raking in the New Year with a Huge Farmer's Wife Class Sale!

This photo is compliments of Paula Thompson (aka trout1010 on Instagram)
The blocks are from the 1930's Farm Book, however, the 1920's blocks can easily be substituted.
Gorgeous quilt setting and display Paula!
You Inspire Me!


Recognize this old tattered book?
If you follow me, I'm sure you do!


I started a Facebook group back in 2014 to support quilters using the Farmer's Wife Quilt Revival Classes.  Each class converts almost every block from templates into easy rotary cutting methods.

Here's a look back at each Farmer's Wife Facebook Cover Photo




I guess the original 2014 entry did not have a date on it.   

The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt book was published in 2009 and  continues to inspire quilters today.  Click on the blue link to find the book...used ones available for $9.98!

In celebration of my upcoming 59th birthday, i'm having a HUGE (cuz 59 looks like a huge # to me!) sale on all 12 Farm Classes!  Each class is offered through the 25th of January (which happens to be the big 59 day) for $5.94 (originally $8.50 per class) Or one can purchase the entire collection of 12 classes for $59.40 (retail is $99).  Pretty great savings!

Sale is ONLY available on Etsy

Above is a screen shot of my Etsy Shop showing the Complete Farm Set.  But you'll also find listings for each individual class.  Once inside my Etsy Shop, scroll down and find 'ITEMS' on the left side.  There you'll find 13 offerings under Farmer's Wife Classes.

Here's more inspiring pictures...



Same block...two different colorways!


Photo compliments of farmer Christine Orlando


Photo compliments of  farmer Alison Wicka


Photo compliments of farmer April Buttner


photo compliments of farmer Carol Mayer



Quilt made by farmer Bev Bryon 
(aka BlossomandBev on Instagram)

photo compliments of farmer Bev Bryon. 
 This pattern using 25 blocks is available in Class 3.


Another fine finish made by farmer Bev Byron 
This quilt pattern using 48 blocks and is found in Class 6

photo compliments of my farm dog Lucky. 
Miss my sweet little lucky boy so much.
Table runner pattern using 10 blocks is available in Class 2

a fabulous farm finish by farmer Maria Naito 
photo compliments of Maria

I hope that was plenty of photos to inspire a new beginning, or a start for setting goals ~~ like dusting off your stack of farm blocks and continue to plow! 
Follow us on Facebook where you'll find endless inspiration!

Happy Farming in 2018!!
~karen

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