Category Archives: Reviews

Organize Your Sewing Space – Get Inspired to Declutter!

I need a lot of small tools and gadgets when I sit down to my sewing machine. I need threads, needles, tweezers, scissors, stilettos, and much more. The Sassy Tote allows me to keep all of these odds and ends in one place right next to my sewing machine. I simply grab the tool I want from the tote, and drop it back in when I’m done.

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Best Quilting Scissors – Karen Kay Buckley Perfect Scissors

A good pair of scissors is one of the must-have tools for any quilter.  I have been using the Karen Kay Buckley scissors over the past year and am LOVING them!  And I’m not the only one. I talk to thousands of quilters at the quilt shows as a vendor with the Quilted Turtle Online Quilt Shop.  I meet many quilters who tell me they already have these scissors. I always ask, “Do you like them?”  The response is overwhelmingly “YES!”

Karen Kay Buckley Perfect Scissors – Small

Karen Kay Buckley Perfect Scissors – Medium

Karen Kay Buckley Perfect Sciossors – Large

Organize Your Sewing Table – Gypsy Quilter Sip and Snip Clamp

The table where my sewing machine sits is a small space.  That means I don’t have much room  around it for the tools I use. This handy tool, the Gypsy Quilter Sip and Snip Clamp, allows me to keep a drink right next to me without taking up valuable table space. Not only do I have a drink next to me, but it also has a reservoir that can be used for trash. I use it to catch threads and small scraps of fabric. I use mine every day. I always have a bottle of water sitting in my Sip and Snip.

Best Travel Cutting and Pressing Surface – Omnigrid Fold-Away Cutting Mat and Ironing Area

This Omnigrid folding mat and pressing surface is great for traveling, but I really started to see it’s true value when I began using it every day for my piecing. I sit it next to my sewing machine with a travel iron. Now when I piece, I can press every seam, and trim every unit.  My piecing is better when I use it this way.

Disappearing Quilt Blocks – Simple and Stunning!

I recently took a Craftsy class entitled “Simple to Stunning – Disappearing Blocks from PreCuts.”  I am a big fan of Craftsy video classes.  They have done a nice job with the viewing environment, not to mention fantastic teachers.  Instructor Angela Pingel does a great job of breaking down the steps to using disappearing blocks so that anybody can make them.

P.S. If you purchase a class from the links above, I may receive a small commission. Thank you for contributing to my fabric stash fund.

Best Travel Cutting Mat – Olfa Folding Cutting Mat

 

If you’re looking for a better way to take your cutting mat with you when you travel, I have discovered this folding mat by Olfa.  I’ve been using it for a few months now and am loving it. It is very compact, easy to pack. and best of all, it is flawless when using it to cut fabric. I can’t even tell where the fold is when I am cutting. They’ve done a great job with this one.  If you’re traveling soon to a quilt retreat, class, or vacation, you’ll want to pick up one of these folding cutting mats for convenience and ease of travel!

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Best Sewing Machine Carrier by Tutto.com

When I saw this set of quilters luggage at the quilt show, I couldn’t get it out of my mind. I’ve had my current machine carrying case for over 15 years.  It’s a little too small, and not made of the best stuff. So when I saw what was available from Tutto, I knew I had to give it a try.

I am happy to say that the luggage is exceeding my expectations.  Not only is it sturdy and made very well, but it also collapses so that when I’m not using it, I can put it away in my studio without taking up so much room.

I ordered the large sewing machine on wheels and matching embroidery project bag.  They travel very well together and allow me to bring all of my supplies with me and keep them organized as I sew at quilt camp.

You can find out more about Tutto sewing products at their website.

Happy Quilting,

Deborah

 

 

P.S. Tutto sent me these to try out and review. I only recommend products that I think are top quality and that I use myself.  I am thrilled with the quality of these carriers and I know I will be using mine for a very long time.

10 Star Quilts and Star Quilt Blocks

starsstarsOne of the first blocks I learned was the Ohio Star.  I absolutely fell in love with the pattern and made many.  When I was younger, I made an Ohio Star quilt for a friend’s wedding. Except, when I finished it, I liked it so much, I had to keep it!  I embroidered a pretty border on a sheet set instead for her.

Since then, I have fallen in love with many types of stars.  I never get tired of them.  Here are some I’ve found recently. I thought you would like to see them too, and some patterns are Free!

Stars Quilt

UschiStar Candy

Uschi’s Stars Quilt

Random Stars Quilt

Falling Stars Quilt

Star Stuff Quilt

Stars of the Heartland Quilt

Wandering Stars Quilt

Star Blues

Sea Star

Happy Quilting,

Deborah

 

 

P.S. If you purchase a pattern from the links above, I may receive a small commission.  Thank you for contributing to my fabric stash fund.