New needle on the market!

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One of the things I LOVE about the Chrome line of needles is the ability to prevent stickiness building up on the needle.  Schmetz has announced a new needle that does the same thing but in their regular line!

There’s a Stealthy NEW SCHMETZ Needle in Town . . .

It Won’t Leave You in a Sticky Situation!

Tired of gumming up needles with stubborn adhesives? Complaining about missed stitches and thread breakage caused by adhesives? Users of adhesive stabilizers, temporary spray adhesives, or self-adhesive hook and loop tapes can now rejoice!


SCHMETZ Super Nonstick Needle

Slippery surface ensures less “goo” sticks to the needle!


Features

  • Non-stick coating of NIT (Nickel-Phosphor-PTFE).
  • Extra-large eye suitable for embroidery work.
  • Eye corresponds to a needle two sizes larger (i.e., the 70/10 NonStick eye is similar to size 90/14 Universal eye).
  • Distinctive scarf and special eye prevents skipped stitches.
  • Slightly rounded point provides trouble-free sewing on most materials.
  • Strong conical blade reinforcement easily handles thick fabrics like denim.
  • Five (5) needles per card.

Uses

  • Machine embroidery
  • Hook and loop tapes
  • General sewing

So look for this great new needle at your local sewing or quilting store!

-Toni


Island Batik Blog Hop

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Wednesday I was a part of the Island Batik Blog Hop for their new Elementz line on my own blog!

 

You can find the other hoppers joining in at the bottom of this post, so make sure you read them all (they may have their own giveaways)!

I was asked by Tamarinis to create something pixelated for her next line of fabrics with Island Batiks.  Why pixelated?  Because I am a pixel quilter! I specialize in video game, pop culture and comic book quilts so took a look at her line of fabrics to get inspiration.

I was immediately drawn to these two fabrics because it reminds me of the Triforce from Legend of Zelda.

So I turned to my business partner for a design and got to work creating the quilt and pattern.  I live streamed the entire process (including messing up the directional fabric) on my Twitch stream.

The finished pattern and quilt turned out great!

 

To order the pattern for yourself, just click on it above.  Now for GIVEAWAYS!  Yes, we have giveaways.  First up is the Blog Hop Giveaway.

Win an Elementz Fabric Bundle!!!  Just click here and follow the steps to enter.

Next up is my own giveaway.  I am also giving away a bundle of fat eighths of every Elementz fabric in the line along with an assortment of my quilt patterns (including the Triforce inspiration).  Just head over to my contest page and follow the steps to enter.  Drawing will take place next Wednesday March 7!

Make sure you enter both  giveaways!

Now on to the hoppers!

2/26: Tammy Silvers  Tamarinis www.tamarinis.typepad.com
2/26: Jessica VanDenbrugh Sew Many Creations https://thestraightstitch. wordpress.com/
2/27: Penni Domikis Cabin in the Woods Quilters https://cabininthewoodsquilters.com/elemenz-blog-hop-tamarinis/
2/27: Swan Sheridan Swan Amity Studio www.swanamity.com/blog
2/28: Kate Colleran Seams Like A Dream Quilts seamslikeadream.com/blog
3/1: Joanne Hillestad Fat Quarter Gypsy http://www.thefatquartergypsy. com/Lex-Luther-Blog.html
3/1:  Connie Kaufmann   Kauffman Designs  kauffmandesigns.blogspot.com
3/2: Vicki Hansen Cranberry Pie Designs cranberrypiedesigns.com/blog
3/2: Stephanie Jacobson http://stephjacobson.blogspot. com/
3/3: Pauline McArthur Funky Friends Factory http://www.funkyfriendsfactory.com/blog/
3/3: Terri Vanden Bosch   Lizard Creek Quilting   https://meanderingsalonglizardcreek.blogspot.com/

February Fab Hop Shop

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Have you discovered the Fab Hop Shop yet?

FabShop Hop

 

The concept behind our virtual shop hop is exactly the same as taking a fabric shopping trip by car. On our “virtual” shop hop, however, you’ll leave the car in the garage and can even shop in your jammies! You will have a month to get around to over 100 of the sites to find the “YouFoundIt” Bunnies to qualify to win prizes. There are 12 hops scheduled for 2018.

Tour all the shops participating in the February FabShop Hop!At each site, search for the white bunny with the red and pink background that says ‘You Found It!’ February 1-28, 2018. When you find it; click on the image and complete the prize registration page – enter your email address and click the “register for prizes” button. Once you have done that you will receive an email confirmation that you successfully registered at that site. Then continue shopping on that site or hop to the next one on the List of Shops.

The best part of the Shop Hop other than winning prizes?  The free quilt patterns!

Happy Hopping!


The Wyrmwood Adventurer’s Arsenal

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Wyrmwood is back with another Kickstarter!

The Adventurer’s Arsenal is the latest modular tabletop gaming system from Wyrmwood, and we designed it to be the perfect companion for players of role playing games.

All three components of the Adventurer’s Arsenal are available in our beautiful line of domestic and exotic hardwoods, with pricing determined by your wood selection.

Want to see more?  Head over to their Kickstarter to take a look!

-Toni


Smooth On Feature: Sorta-Clear Series

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Nicole and I have had the opportunity to play and use a lot of the Smooth On products through the years.  We have had great experiences with them and so I want to share some of the products they have and what they can do for you and your crafting.

Today’s feature is on the Sorta-Clear Series.

SORTA-Clear™ Series rubbers are premium water white translucent silicone rubbers (platinum catalyst) which cure at room
temperature with negligible shrinkage. SORTA-Clear™ silicones are ideal for making prototype, jewelry or other molds of any configuration where model visibility is important (i.e. extracting a model from the mold via cutting). Materials such as urethane, epoxy or polyester resins can then be cast
into SORTA-Clear™ silicone without application of a release agent.

Want to see how it works?  Smooth On has a tutorial on how to create a one piece silicone mold using Sorta Clear® 12.


Jaybird Quilts and Camelot Fabrics

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I have spoken about the amazing fabrics from Camelot a few times.  They have teamed up with the awesome Jaybird quilts to bring you a FREE pattern!

Jaybird Quilts is Julie Herman. She is a bestselling authorspeakerquilt pattern and ruler designer. She is known for her quilting rulers, the Hex N More and Sidekick rulers, that are used to make her quilt designs, such as Night SkyNorthern LightsRock CandyGravity and many others. Julie is recognized in the quilting community for bringing clarity and simplified design to geometrically inspired patterns.   She is also known for her Alphabet Soup pattern book!

The quilt above uses letters from her book and it is a FREE pattern extension!  You do need to purchase the Alphabet soup book on how to piece the letters themselves.  Here are the fabric requirements once you have both the book and the pattern.

Happy Quilting!

-Toni


Smooth On Feature: Q-Ballz

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Nicole and I have had the opportunity to play and use a lot of the Smooth On products through the years.  We have had great experiences with them and so I want to share some of the products they have and what they can do for you and your crafting.

Today’s feature is on the Q-Ballz product.

Q-Ballz™ is a single component liquid that can be used as a bald cap plastic or for encapsulating silicone gel prosthetic appliances. Thin with acetone to airbrush material into a mold (or over a plastic head form) for creating a membrane. Use as soon as possible after opening.
The edges of a silicone prosthetic appliance encapsulated in Q-Ballz™ can be dissolved away with acetone. Q-Ballz™ can also be used to create bald caps on an appropriate head form.

FOR CREATING BALD CAPS:

  1. Apply a thin layer of release agent, such as Ease Release® 200 or petroleum jelly, to a bald cap head form.
  2. Stipple undiluted Q-Ballz™ thinly over the desired area of the bald cap head form.
  3. Allow at least 10 minutes of drying time between layers.
  4. Repeat steps 2-3 to build up an appropriate thickness. Generally, 5-10 layers are sufficient.
  5. Allow at least 2 hours for acetone to completely flash off before removing bald cap from the head form.
  6. Powder outside of bald cap using talcum powder.
  7. Remove bald cap from head form gently using a soft brush and talcum powder.
  8. Fine edges of the completed bald cap can be dissolved using acetone.

FOR USE AS AN ENCAPSULANT FOR SILICONE APPLIANCES:

  1. Apply a thin layer of release agent, such as Ease Release® 200 or petroleum jelly, to all surfaces of prosthetic mold.
  2. Thin Q-Ballz™ with acetone. Generally 3-4 parts acetone added to 1 part Q-Ballz™ is sufficient.
  3. Using an airbrush or other fine mist sprayer, spray a thin layer of thinned Q-Ballz™ over all mold surfaces
  4. Allow at least 10 minutes of drying time between layers.
  5. Repeat steps 3-4 to build up an appropriate thickness. Generally, 5-10 layers are sufficient.
  6. Fill mold using a silicone gel such as Ecoflex® Gel or Dragon Skin® softened with SLACKER®.
  7. Allow silicone gel to fully cure.
  8. Optional – spray 3-4 thin layers of thinned Q-Ballz™ over back of appliance.
  9. Demold silicone gel filled appliance with the assistance of a soft bush and talcum powder.
  10. Fine edges of the completed encapsulated appliance can be dissolved using acetone.

They even have a tutorial on How to Make a Silicone Gel Filled Appliance.

Overview

This instructional video shows how to create a silicone gel filled makeup prosthetic appliance using Q-Ballz™ and Ecoflex® GEL materials.

Q-Ballz™ is a single component liquid that can be used as a bald cap plastic or for encapsulating silicone gel prosthetic appliances.
Thin with acetone to airbrush material into a mold (or over a plastic head form) for creating a membrane. Use as soon as possible
after opening.

The edges of a silicone prosthetic appliance encapsulated in Q-Ballz™ can be dissolved away with acetone. Q-Ballz™ can also be
used to create bald caps on an appropriate head form.

Materials Used in this Tutorial

  • Mold Star™ Silicone Mold
  • Q-Ballz™ Cap Plastic
  • Ease Release™ 200
  • Ecoflex™ GEL
  • Mixing Cups and Sticks
  • Chip Brushes

-Toni


Meet the Hackers: Magfest

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This is my favorite time of year.  The days are shorter, the world around me has a bit of chill while the snow falls.  People are crammed into small spaces shopping for their favorite goodies and the sounds and songs ring out through the festive air.

It is Magfest.  Always happening in the coldest part of the year, video game bands sing their songs and people shop for their favorite goodies.  I love Magfest.  Short for “Music And Gaming Festival,” MAGFest is a four day-long event dedicated to the appreciation of video game music, gaming of all types, and the gaming community.
The event runs 24 hours a day, and offers consoles, arcades, tabletop, LAN, live video game cover bands, chiptunes, vendors, guest speakers, and much much more.

Nicole and I are returning once more!  There are no maps to find us so you will have to look for the tower of pillows and quilts!  This year Nicole is launching a line of hats!  I will have new quilts, pillows, and of course patterns.

So swing by and say hi!  Not going to Magfest?  It is definitely a convention to consider for the future.

-Toni


10 Scrap Wood Projects for the Novice Wood Worker

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Hi! This is written by Paul from Woodworkboss who is the guest blogger today.

If you’re a novice wood worker, you might be looking for a few easy projects to hone some of your basic skills, so you can then move onto more advanced projects. There are numerous projects that you can start with that you do fairly inexpensively by using scrap wood.

Here are ten projects that can be completed within a day or even a few hours, that will help you practice your skills, and only require scrap wood and the tools that you will need to invest in to move onto larger and more complex projects.

1. Wood Wall Hooks
If you have some old crown molding lying around, you can make wooden wall hooks by painting or staining them and attaching hooks. With this project, you’ll can practice drilling and using a power sander. As the end result, you’ll have a fun place to hang your coats, hats, and scarves in your entryway.

2. Kids Step Stool
With a couple of 2X4s, some scraps, a few screws, and the help of a miter saw, you can make a stool that will help children reach the sink to brush their teeth and wash their hands in the bathroom or kitchen. As always, don’t forget safety when dealing with saws and remember to use safety goggles. This is a great project for learning how to cut with a miter saw and make fairly simple schematics for the project.

3. Wood Shelves
A miter saw might be helpful for this project, too. If you choose to make shelves that require 45 degree angle cuts, you will learn how to use your miter saw’s capabilities for cutting other than 90 degree angles. You will also learn how to fit corners snuggly.

4. Scrap Wood Snowflake
Decorations for the home can become expensive, but if you learn to make wall decorations, such as a wood snowflake using reclaimed wood, you can have a project that you can proudly display, at a fraction of the cost. This project will also help you visualize a complete project, but it’s nice for beginners because the angles don’t have to fit snugly together.

5. Pallet End Table
There are countless projects that you can create just by recycling pallet wood. An end table made from an old pallet is just one of many. Using exclusively 90 degree angle cuts, this project is easier than it looks, but it also gives the maker practice is creating a sturdy design. For projects two through four, you can check them out here.

6. Drum Planters
The nice thing about scrap wood is, if you make a mistake, you can try again at a low cost. A drum, due to its circular shape, will require you to make 45 degree angle cuts for the top, but the bottom is simple, straight lines.

7. Scrap Cutting Board
With a few pieces of multi-colored wood, a miter saw, a hand or electrical planer, a sander, and some wood glue, you can make a beautiful cutting board. Photos and more detailed directions for ideas six and seven are here.

8. Gardening Trellis
Many plants, such as cucumber, need a trellis to expand and grow on. This is a greatly useful and super easy way to use your scrap wood. Attach some mesh wire to the frame with a staple gun and your plants are ready to grow.

9. Tea Light Candle Holder
This is a very popular project, because it only requires a small amount of wood. You can create them in simple square shapes or get fancy with sanding and shaping and make them into hearts.

10. Fish and Fisherman Wind Chime
This is a really fun project, and it only requires some scrap wood and some old silverware. Photos for projects eight through ten are here.

There are countless ways that you can use old scrap wood to make items that are fun, beautiful, and useful.

Seamless texture of wooden blocks in collage background.

 


Charity Stream

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I have a huge event planned tomorrow.   I am raising money for St Jude!!

What is St Jude?  StJude is a leading children’s hospital pioneering research and treatments for kids with cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

So what am I doing to raise money?  I am doing a marathon stream on my Twitch channel where I will be making a lap quilt completely start to finish in one day.  Cutting, Piecing, pinning, quilting, and binding.  During the stream I will be accepting donations for St Jude (the link takes you right to St Jude, I never touch the money).  For every $5 you donate you earn one ticket into my drawing.

So what do you win?  The quilt I make that day!  As soon as I finish making the quilt I will immediately hold the raffle and award the quilt.  This will be a special one time quilt made only for this St Jude stream.

I will also be holding giveaways throughout the day where you can win a quilt pattern, a bag of scraps, stickers, or a dice bag!

So head over to my Twitch channel and join the fun!!

-Toni