Sunday, 20 September 2009

Copy Cat

Imitation is the highest form of flattery! My Amy Butler, Kaffe, and Heather Bailey fabric came by post last week and I can't wait to make my copy of Trudy's quilt. It's the only way I'm going to be able to bring myself to return it!

Right now I'm still at the stroke the fabric stage. But it's calling me to get started! Ever noticed that cats just love to be where you don't want them to be. Now for this post I wanted Jasper on the fabric but would he stay for the shot? No!

Saturday, 19 September 2009

Charity Shop Swap

Here's a fast fun idea for making cushion covers. The best part is the back. I used a second hand denim skirt with buttons down the front. I cut it to the necessary size, sewed in some piping and wha la! I had a great little cushion cover without bothering with sewing in zips or making my own button holes. My son thought it was just great, five years later he still likes it, high praise indeed!

Sunday, 6 September 2009

Coming to Grips

We introduced Nifty Grips to the quilting public for the first time at the Festival of Quilts a few weeks ago. They were a big hit. Many people who already had other handles appreciated the ergonomic design. Everyone found them easy and natural to use. My daughter Emily and I spent four non-stop days using the Nifty Grips with a JUKI on the New English Quilting frame. At 7 1/2 hours a day we had a good opportunity to really try them out. What I liked best about the grips was how easy they were to forget. This may sound strange but think about it. A good shoe is a shoe you don't notice. The Grips were so responsive that I didn't need to waste energy or attention trying to work them. Once I got going, I barely noticed the grips, because they were so easy to use I could concentrate on my stitching. That's what I call a great gadget!

Nifty Grips put speed control at your finger tips. They are custom made to replace any foot pedal and can be used with any machine quilting frame. Nifty Grips are currently available for JUKI and Janome sewing machines. But we can custom make the grips to go with any sewing machine. If you've been frustrated kicking the foot pedal across the floor or squeezing the foot pedal by hand, Nifty Grips may be just what you're looking for. The photo below shows a set of Nifty Grips made to go with a Bernina Activa, a machine, by the way with the reputation of being one of the most sought after second hand models ever!

Friday, 4 September 2009

Back to School

There are so many ways to measure time. New Year's day heralds the calendar year, my accountant is keen on the tax year but my personal year really begins in September with the school year. Perhaps it's because my husband is a teacher. Or that I used to teach. But for whatever reason, I love the last minute rush for school supplies and uniforms. Then it's off to school dressed and pressed for the first day back. Four of my five kids still at home are in the same High School this year. So yesterday was an exciting day getting everyone out the door and then hearing all the news when they got back. I love savouring the feel of the new routines and the familiarity of old rhythms as the new school year swings to life.

Red Schoolhouse Block machine quilting detail
from Little Houses in the Big Woods August 07