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!
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.
Hook and loop tapes
So look for this great new needle at your local sewing or quilting store!
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!
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!
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.