Monday, January 7, 2008

Just a quick hello and some more questions..

Just wanted to say hello.. I had a nice time at my parents.. did a little sewing but not to much. So much for thinking that it would be a wonderful weekend full of sewing.. I worked on somethings with my dad. So it was all worth it.
We are getting ready to do a Christmas in July swap with my other group... I try to send things that will get people motivated to work on their christmas projects now, if they are anything like me they get put aside and most times forgotten. So here are my questions.. IF you had to make a list for santa or just a gift list in general.. what kind of things would you put on there? Sewing, Quilting, other crafts? Are there quilt gadgets that you have been eyeing? Do you have gagets that you just can't live with out?
What would you find in your perfect quilting space? What are some things that a absolute have to haves when you are sewing/Quilting? What do you take with you when you travel to class or retreats?
Anything that you can think of to spark conversation in my other group to get some ideas flowing there would be great too. I am headed off to work can't wait to see what you ladies come up with and respond to.
At my LQS they have started having a little show of things that they have come back with from market that are the NEW have to haves and I always end up buying at least one of the things that they come back with. If you went to market what would you want to show off? demonstrate?
I am off to work enjoy your afternoon/ evenings

Smiles and quilty hugs


Tuesday, June 19, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by Cre8tiveQuilter
I always put quilting things on or specific books on my list. I usually even include a link to where it can be purchased or a picture. This is mainly for my hubby but he seems to refuse to buy anything sewing related even though I give him websites and sku number! My mom gets quite a kick out of my list being so easy. I usually just keep an on going list and cross stuff off if I buy it. Hmm, I'm a gadget girl and yet I can't come up with a gadget I can't live without. Maybe it would be specific rulers. I like rulers for cutting fabric or strips (I can't live without my 2-1/2" x 14 ruler), I like my 3-1/2x3-1/2. I like to use the smallest ruler for the job. I'll have to think about this some more, there's lots that I use all the time.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by 51050
One of the things I don't have because I use a ping pong table to cut fabric is the pvc pipe pieces that raise a table to the correct cutting hight. I just assume my table is too heavy, but I'll have to ask Ron. My favorite ruler is the 61/2 X 13 or whatever it is. I have a smaller one by my machine to mark diagional lines on squares. In sewing the gadget I love best - besides my seam ripper, is the little metal ruler that's 6 inches long and has a little plastic thing you can set for a uniform measure. It's probably not $2. I was really wanting a rotating mat, I bought one on sale and haven't used it yet. I love my big mat for cutting. I have a smaller one for taking places, but at home I love the big one. Quick Quilts is my favorite quilting mag, and I have gotten several. I put my fat quarters and small pieces of fabric in some larger, shallow baskets. I really like being about to find a match easily. Rhoda

Tuesday, June 19, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by orchidlover
I like lots of scissors so i can make up a project bag. I doa bit of handwork so i like to have everything i need in one place. My LQS does a Xmas register, like a wedding list where you can list what you want and then people can go in and buy off that list secretly. They also do gift vouchers. Rotary blades are always welcome in this house as I go through so many. A friend is learning so I make up a little kit for her every so often of a block pattern and fabric in a pretty gift bag. She's not up to full sized quilts yet, but it could be done for the small FQ quilts. As i do hand quiting when I can I'm a sucker for nice threads and I can always use another pack of needles.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by SewAndSnip
I love my rotary cutter the most. It's always nice to have extra blades and a cutter that doesn't leave the blade sticking out so you cut yourself. One other thing that I have now and I use for every quilt is a basting gun. It's so much easier to use than having to safety pin the quilt top together. You just snip out the little tabs when you're done. I think it holds it much better. I'm also a small scissor nut. Every fall I wait for the school supplies to come out and I buy lots of the small school scissors. I have these by my machine for snipping threads. They come in all kinds of colors and sometimes shapes. Rippers are also nice and brushes to clean your machine with. Cindy

Wednesday, June 20, 2007 - Questions
Posted by MoneikQuilts
My Christmas list always has a huge variety of quilting notions on it. My mom is great about picking up the cool things I want, but don't need. Last year I got the Carol Doak DVD, some books, new rulers, and quilting gloves. I also have a wish list at my favorite sewing store. My favorite new gadget is the Fons and Porter ergonomic seam ripper. I don't use it a lot, but have 2 - one at home and one in my travel case. I also can't live without my little scissors. I use them for clipping and have 2 pair as well. Another big ticket item I received for Christmas was TUTTO luggage for hauling my machine and supplies to class. I couldn't live without it. My perfect quilting space includes a sturdy desk for my machine, a cutting table, cabinet for fabric, large closet for extra stuff, and my fold down ironing board. My absolute must haves when I am sewing include my omnigrid rotary cutter, 6 1/2X12 ruler, and sharp little scissors. I take a separate tote with me to classes. It has scissors, shears, marking tools, needles, 6 1/2 sq, 6 1/2 X1 2, and 1x6 rulers, a rotary moving cutting mat, fray check, sewers aid, pin cushion, flower pins, add a 1/4" ruler, and rotary cutters. I keep this set marked with my name and it is always ready to go. Since I have done this I am never without something I need and I have the same tools at home, so I don't have to swap out. I bought everything at half price, so it only cost me about $50 to have a completely seperate case for classes. Since I go once or twice a week, this has probably saved me a lot of time in the past year. I also always take an Ott-lite with me to class and a travel iron. I just load up my machine and project and am ready to go. I also have my projects in XL Ziploc bags, so I can just grab one and be ready to go without preparing much, because I know I have put everything in there that I need.