It is the beginning of the month so it is time for another Schmetz needle fact!
The Eye of the Needle
How important is that little piece of steel making your machine stitches?
German engineering designs, calculates, tests and inspects the SCHMETZ needle.
Take for instance the eye . . . did you know that needles have different eye shapes?
The most popular needle, Universal, has an eye that is 40% the width of the blade.
There are three other needles with larger eyes: Embroidery,
and the elongated eye of the Metallic and Topstitch needles
What Does a Larger Eye Mean?
There is less friction on the thread as it passes through the eye. Does your thread
break or tend to shred when sewing? The solution is to use a needle with a larger eye.
Use a needle with a large eye when using old or poor quality thread. The thread and
needle work hard and fast. Give them a helping hand by using a larger eye.
We are now half way through my stretch of 4 conventions in 5 weeks!
I had such a great time at Twitch Con this past weekend. It was my first time and it was everything I hoped it to be. I even streamed on Twitch live from my booth every day! Want to see what Twitch Con looked like without all the people? I did a live stream Saturday morning.
Next up is Quilt Market this weekend. What is Quilt Market?
It is a credentialed quilt trade show. This means you need to be a quilt shop owner, buyer, or industry professional (professional quilter, teacher, designer, or publisher). The fabric manufacturers, wholesalers, and companies that we want to see will all be there. This is the show where we get to see everything new coming out! I have seen a few previews and am SUPER excited about the new fabrics I will be able to get.
I don’t have a booth so will be wandering the floor. So make sure you find me if you want one of my collectors cards!
The Batiks Go Retro Blog hop is under way! I was stop #3 Wednesday on my Quiltoni Blog so I wanted to share it here as well.
You can find the other hoppers joining in at the bottom of this post, so make sure you read them all!
I was asked by Tamarinis to create something pixelated for her first line of fabrics with Island Batiks. Why pixelated? Because I am a pixel quilter! Even though I specialize in geeky quilts, I like a challenge. First I had to think of a design. Here are some of the amazing fabrics that I got to choose from.
That starburst pattern is pretty cool and has a few color options. I decided to use those fabrics and create a pixelated design based on the design in the fabric.
After figuring out the pattern I decided to put the pastels together and the bold colors together. I wanted to show the same pattern with different colorways so decided on a double sided quilt. After sewing strips together I cut out all of the pieces and laid them out.
Then it was time to assemble the rows.
After assembling rows, I added a border of fussy cut background fabric around to show the design of the fabric off as well as pull the rows together to allow for easier quilting.
Once the quilt was finished I quilted it with just regular straight lines to give it a more modern feel. The binding choice was to give it a color pop completely different than the fabrics I chose, but is part of the collection. I really like the finished product and it was a lot of fun making it!
Next on the Blog hop is Purple Moose Designs. Make sure you visit them all! And don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway at the bottom to win great prizes, including a wonderful Tamarinis pattern pack, fabric, thread and more from several of the designers in the blog hop!
Today we are ensuring that we continue to take excellent care of the tool that arguably works the hardest for anyone that does any kind of sewing. Last time we covered needle cases which are great for trips and transporting odd sized or duller needles. This time we are going to give our needles a bit more care and store them in soft felted cloth, more specifically in a needle book. Most needle books are fairly simplistic: take several squares of felt and sew them together in the middle to form a spine, then fold in half. Some crafters and artisans have taken this to a whole new level. This first one from Mouse Garden uses the traditional and adds their own flair:
Simple, pretty, and ready to carry your needles!
Using all felt makes it easy to add simple embroidery or other designs. Like this second rather whimsical one from Crafty Cat Lady UK:
I love it’s cute whiskers!
Many of us that mix our different sewing projects can also relate to this third one from Angelic Emporium that may help to clear up some of our quilting scraps to make something useful for hand sewing components:
Plus a skull and roses needle book is super cool!
Finally, if you want to be super fancy, I suggest treating yourself to one of these beautiful vegan leather needle books from Naeh St Design:
All the way from Germany, no less!
Keep your needles happy and they will always treat you right! The felt pages of needle books not only serve to prevent accidental stabbings while rummaging around in a project bag but also help absorb leftover oil from your skin! Next week we will look at a different type of needle case.
This past Tuesday I had an amazing time with the Youth Sewing class at the Family Centre. We made some pretty cool hair ties (that also double as skinny neck ties).
I LOVE teaching classes. It really energizes me and makes me love sewing even more (if you can believe that). We have a really cool idea in store for the next two adult classes, so if you live in the London, Ontario area, keep an eye on my social media.
Speaking of classes, I still have some openings for the GenCon classes I am teaching. They are selling out fast, so if you want to learn English Paper Piecing, sign up soon!
English Paper Piecing Quilt Technique
Description: Learn to English Paper Piece, or get help with an existing project you are working on. In this class we will start with the basic hexagon flower using scraps of colorful and character fabrics (like Dr Who or Comic Books).
Description: Learn to English Paper Piece by creating a small version of the Catan board, 9″ wide to be exact. In this class we will start with the basic hexagon shape and add on triangles (for sand) around the edges. Options for finishing your miniature quilt will be discussed.
That’s not just a little piece of steel making your machine stitches. German engineering designs, calculates, tests and inspects the SCHMETZneedle. Take for instance the eye, did you know that needles have different eye shapes?
The most popular needle, the Universal, has an eye that is 40% the width of the blade. Really! There are three other needles with larger eyes, the Embroidery and even more pronounced is the elongated eye of the Metallic and Topstitch needles.
Now what does a larger eye mean? There is less friction on the thread as it passes through the eye. Ever sew with a thread that breaks or tends to shred? Guess what, use a needle with a larger eye. If you have old thread or maybe a poor quality thread, use a needle with a larger eye. The thread and needle work hard and fast. Help them out when you can with a larger eye.
I went to the Spring Quilt Market a few weeks ago where fabric manufacturers released their new spring collections! So over the next few weeks I want to show you all of the new fabric goodness that you can find at your local sewing/quilt store.
Here is the spring collection of licensed fabrics by Camelot Fabrics.
Camelot is proud to partner with American Greetings Entertainment to bring you Care Bears™ licensed fabric. Our premiere collection features cuddly and colourful Care Bear friends, celebrating #35YearsOfCaring in 2017!
One of four new Disney license collections, Dumbo brings the sweet flying elephant to fabric perfect for little ones’ soothing bedrooms in the form of quilts, pillows and more. Equally suited to darling itty-bitty apparel.
Previously featured in our Disney Princess collection, the Little Mermaid now has a collection of its own! Aquatic adventures abound with lively prints and the ‘Exploring Endless Wonders’ panel.
Disney’s most famous fairie is the star of the Tinker Bell Collection in tones of cotton candy pink and minty green. Patterns inspired by pixie dust and magic sew up into whimsical accessories.
Her dress-up box is filled with tulle dresses, pearls and tiaras. Decorate her room with a Sofia the First collection DIY triangle bunting banner in purple and pink. Regal, girly and enchanting. Just what the princess ordered!
Favourites from the Star Trek collection are back – this time with the addition of a new pop art style Spock panel and two skus in cotton spandex – ideal for something to wear to your next Star Trek themed event.
Next week starts three conventions in four weeks for me! Look for the posts on Friday for where you can find us.
Today is the start of Spring Quilt Market! What is Quilt Market?
It is a credentialed quilt trade show. This means you need to be a quilt shop owner or industry professional (professional quilter, teacher, designer, or publisher). The fabric manufacturers, wholesalers, and companies that we want to see will all be there. This is the show where we get to see everything new coming out! I have seen a few previews and am SUPER excited about the new fabrics I will be able to get.
I am also super excited to see new products from some of my favorite Companies, Arrow and Sew Steady. They have both agreed to give away products!
I will be giving another chair away from Arrow!
If you watch my Twitch live stream, you know how much I LOVE my Arrow sewing chair. It is comfortable the wheels are amazing. you really want one of these for yourself.
Another super special giveaway will be from Sew Steady. We will be giving away their Ruler Work Kit.
I will be holding the giveaways today and tomorrow as well as live streaming, sharing photos, and maybe an interview or two! Make sure you follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to see all of the goodies. I won’t be picking winners until Monday so make sure you find the giveaway videos on my Facebook page, watch the video, and comment to win!