New Stuff: March/April 2007

Mason jar liquid soap dispenser

I found this great liquid soap dispenser while shopping in Mendham, New Jersey, and had to have it. The shop soaked me $15 for this one, but I found it for under $13 online later the same day! Listen, I hate all those brand-name liquid soap dispensers. They look cheap, and who wants a floating flower or aquarium fish sitting in your kitchen? This one’s also perfect for lotions. $12.95


Ikea, you-kea, he she or it-keas

Jeff found this affordable Arden Liten pillow in a bin at
Ikea! He bought a couple of them, and I thought these
handstitched pillows would probably look great as an
accent piece in one of your rooms. The good news is
that all the Ikea stores I visited had lots of them in
stock. $19.99



I EQ, do you?

You know that I use Electric Quilt software for everything I design, so I was thrilled to find that there is a new, improved version, EQ6! Look, kids, you can be a dope and still design gorgeous, one-of-a-kind quilts using this software. I’m a computer idiot, yet I’ve made a career out of quilt design using this program. Whether you’re a new designer or a pro, this upgrade is for you. $149.95





Quilters hangup

Once my quilts are finished, they’re finished, and I loathe making sleeves for them. It seems like a lot of extra work on something that no longer interests me. That’s why I bow at the feet of Terri Cowan, the maker of Quilters Hangup, a ready-to-use pleated quilt sleeve. It’s three yards long, regulation four inches tall, and made of 100% unbleached cotton muslin. Your quilts will be ready for exhibits and shows in a moment’s notice. You’ll never have to go sleeveless again. $9.99





Tantalizing textures:

Whether you’re a quilter or a scrapbooker, this design software is really kind of neat. It’s a program that will allow you to print onto fabric sheets or paper. There are twelve different original-textured fabric designs, with a wide array of color choices, for more than 100 printable images. This is perfect if you’re an appliquér or just need a hit of a certain color or texture in a pieced quilt. Otherwise, these fabric sheets can cost you a fortune, so it’s not cost-effective to do an entire quilt this way. $24.95





Poppies! Poppies!

If it weren’t for that evil Wicked Witch, Dorothy et al would have been dancing through the poppy fields rather than falling asleep on their way to Oz. Now’s your chance to get even with Miss Of The West with these bright and fabulous Poppy Bath Rugs from the Company Store. Called “the perfect bloom for any room” these 100% cotton (you know how we love that) looped-weave blooms are even reversible. 28" x 35". $20






On pins and needles

Forget Don Ho’s Tiny Bubbles, because there’s a new reason to sing the praises of beautiful Hawaii . . . these unusual pin-cushion bowls. Crafted ofnative monkeypod wood (whatever the heck that is) and covered with Hawaiian quilt-design fabric, these pin cushions are made exclusively for Kwilts ’n Koa in Aiea, Hawaii. FYI, Kwilts ’n Koa also carries a great selection of hard-to-find books, patterns, and gifts featuring Hawaiian quilting designs. $12



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