Tuesday, April 25, 2023

MyPad Needle Keeper Set

 I have a new product in my shop that I think is very useful for both quilters and general sewists. It's called the MyPad Needle Keeper Set.

I made a short video explaining what it is, how it works and why you might want one.

If the video above doesn't play for you right here then click this link to watch it in Youtube: MyPad Needle Keeper Set Video

If you don't feel like watching the video I'll tell you about it. The MyPad Needle Keeper Set helps you to stay organized. Our version comes with 6 different styles of needle (80/12 Universal, 80/12 Microtex, 80/12 Super Nonstick, 90/14 Topstitch, 90/14 Quilting, and 90/14 Jeans), plus a flower head pin to hold the place of the needle that you are using in your machine, the Schmetz needle guide that explains the different styles of needles and when you should use them, and an Aurifil brochure that explains the various kinds of Aurifil threads.

The idea is that you put your needles into the foam MyPad Needle Keeper in the appropriate spot. The foam is very easy to slide the needle into and is thick enough that if you slide it in pretty flat the point does not poke out the back. The flower head pin goes in the spot for the needle that is in your machine - so you can know what needle size and type you have in your machine. The thread guide and needle guide that come with this set are brand specific, but the information is fairly universal. So if you struggle with what needle to use with what size thread or fabric type, this might help.

MyPad Needle Keeper Set loaded with needles

MyPad Needle Keeper Set showing the two information brochures included

These are available both in my brick and mortar shop AND in my online shop.

Lynn's signature image

Friday, April 21, 2023

Boxed Up Quilt

 I got some new patterns in my shop recently. 

Cluck Cluck Sew Patterns

Tick Tock, Tango, Simplify, and Boxed Up

I love all of the Cluck Cluck Sew patterns because they are all well-written and include fabric requirements and directions for several different sizes of quilt.

Also new in my shop is a fabric collection called Swatch.

Swatch fabric collection image

I decided to use some of these fabrics and make the Boxed Up pattern.

Boxed Up quilt with Swatch fabrics in progress

I don't have it all sewn together yet but you get the idea. This is the crib size version.


Tuesday, April 18, 2023

Splendid Split Stars :: A Finish

 I finally completed the Splendid Split Stars quilt.

Splendid Split Stars quilt finished

This took me much longer than it should have because I lost steam on the project. I'm sure you know how that can be! My main issue with finishing was that I sold all of the kits before I finished the shop sample. Then I thought, "why am I bothering to finish this when all the kits are sold?" Well, I finished because I didn't want another unfinished project AND because I might be able to make a few more kits with a couple substitutions for the fabrics I no longer have. I do have more patterns, Splendid Split Stars Pattern.

If I do decide to make more kits I'll let you know. Usually I don't like to do substitutions in shop kits but if it's just one or two that are really close in color and style to the original I don't mind - as long as we clearly mark on the kits which fabrics have been substituted. This is often easy to do with batiks, which is what this one is made with.

Tuesday, April 11, 2023

Crimson Tweed Update

 It's been a while since I've shared my progress on my version of Crimson Tweed. This is what it looked like when I finished with my hand sewing group last Thursday.

Crimson Tweed Progress, full quilt

Right now I am working on the pomegranate block (left side in the upper middle). If you look closely you can see my needle and thread where I parked it in the block.

Here are a couple of close-up shots.

crimson tweed close-up 1

crimson tweed close-up 2

I still have quite a bit left to do, but I am making noticeable progress every week!

Thursday, April 6, 2023

London City Bag

 I've had the London City Bag pattern in my shop for a while, but just got around to making up one. I shouldn't have waited so long!

London City Bag Sample

It's a Pink Sand Beach Designs pattern which means it's a good bag pattern. I opted to do the B version of the bag so the outside pocket is a single fabric instead of strips like is shown on the pattern.

On one side inside it has three pockets.

three pockets inside the bag on one side

On the other side inside it has a zipper pocket.

interior zipper pocket on the other side of the bag

The fabrics I used are from a new collection called Heirloom

Outside pocket fabric: Heirloom Flowers on Blue

Exterior Fabric: Heirloom Medallions on Rust

Strap Fabric: Heirloom Small Floral on Rust

Lining Fabric: Heirloom Teardrops on Brown

It's a pretty snazzy bag if I do say so myself!