New Stuff: March/April 2007

Keep in touch, girls

The next time you write me a letter, maybe it’ll be on this stylishQuilter’s Patchwork Correspondence Card from American Stationery. The 61/4 x 41/2 cards are personalized in navy ink in the typestyle shown. I order a lot of my personal stationery from this company because it’s contemporary, a suitable quality, and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. 25 cards with printed envelopes. $44.50

www.americanstationery.com

 

 

 

 

Hiding ironing board

We don’t have enough room to quilt as it is, so here’s an old idea that has been overlooked too often by the modern apartmentliving or limited-space quilter. It’s a 42-inch ironing board tucked inside an oak-veneered hardwood cabinet. The board folds down when you need it, but when it is inside with the door closed, no one except you will know that it’s hidden in plain sight! It sure beats dragging your ironing board back and forth from room to room. $179.99

www.improvementscatalog.com

 

 

 

 

Put a little bling in your quilts

It’s no secret that I love embellished fabrics. I actually think they can turn a yucky quilt around to become a stunning favorite. I was so turned on by an Art Glitter demonstration I saw in Houston that I had to get some of the stuff and try it myself. My verdict: phenomenal! There are something like 375 vibrant Art Glitter colors to choose from, and unlike that dismal glitter glue found at the craft stores, this stuff is high end, permanent, and a knockout when used on fabric. It’s pretty affordable, too, so you might want to pick up a kit and try it yourself on a snowy day. There’s a video to guide you (but the product is moron-proof, so don’t sweat it). Hit the Art Glitter website to see all that the company has to offer and for price lists.

www.artglitter.com

 

Bless us, one and all

I thought you’d like to scarf up this sweatshirt before it gets too warm to wear it (then again, I know that there are always a few of you who are cold in 90-degree sunshine). This trio of crazyquilted hearts above “Blessed are the piecemakers” lettering is a 50/50 cotton blend in sizes M–XXL. I wouldn’t wear it, but I’ll bet it would look adorable on you. $29.95–$31.95

www.thewirelesscatalog.com

 

 

 

 

 

It really is precise and fast!

My bud, the quilt designer and shop owner Toby Preston, put this Sew Precise, Sew Fast Machine Binding DVD into my hands and force-fed it to me. Skeptic that I am, I had to forgo my daily date with Fritos and Judge Judy and force myself to sit down and watch it. I’m happy I did. What I found was a totally hip technique for perfect 1/4 binding, faultless mitered corners, and invisible stitches on the front of my quilt using water-soluble thread (no drooling, folks) and 100% cotton 4-ply worsted-weight yarn. $8.95 for the book; $19.95 for the DVD.

www.quilterstouch.com

 

 

A quilter’s must-have

Listen, if you’re a quilter, you’ll have to have one of these. What a great way to store your projects or carry them from room to room, home to guild meeting, or doctor’s office to basketball game in absolute style. The best part of these baskets is that they are washable and collapsible, have rubber handles, hold up to 55 pounds, and come in the most delicious quilter-worthy colors! $30

www.garnethill.com

 

 

 

A quilter’s must-have

Listen, if you’re a quilter, you’ll have to have one of these. What a great way to store your projects or carry them from room to room, home to guild meeting, or doctor’s office to basketball game in absolute style. The best part of these baskets is that they are washable and collapsible, have rubber handles, hold up to 55 pounds, and come in the most delicious quilter-worthy colors! $30

www.garnethill.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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March/April 2007 Issue

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