Product review: Heat Press Batting Together

I have recommended to sweet hubby that we should rename the month of May. I think it should now be called “If it weren’t for the last minute nothing would get done” month. He says it should be called “Desperation.” His idea has the virtue of being short and concise: March, April, Desperation, June, July… I don’t think Desperation is exactly how I feel, though. More of “why on earth … Continue reading

Product review: InvisaFil thread

I’ve been wanting to try out a new-to-me thread called InvisaFil made by WonderFil Specialty Threads. It is a “cottonized” 100 weight polyester thread. I assume “cottonized” refers to the fact that it has more of a matte finish so it doesn’t look like monofilament thread but it is about the same weight. It is so thin that it is not overly noticeable when used for quilting. That would be … Continue reading

Product Review: Fine Line Quilter’s Straight Rulers

I am primarily motivated by deadlines. A looming deadline is the main reason I get anything done. When I am avoiding a difficult deadline, I can find any number of reasons to procrastinate, from replacing the shelf paper in my pantry to organizing a drawer to making something for Hazel. I am secondarily motivated by guilt. My sister made a beautiful, original quilt top several years ago. I remember when … Continue reading

Shopping for fabric: Fat Quarter Shop

Fat Quarter Shop

Are you interested in one more place to shop? I often enjoy a little online perusing at the Fat Quarter Shop. As the name implies, they carry loads of fat quarters, often in bundles of coordinating fabrics. That’s a great way to build a stash, especially if you’re a little unsure of matching fabrics. But they don’t stop there. You can buy bundles in half yard or full yard cuts. … Continue reading

Shopping for fabric: Fabric.com

Fabric.com

Fabric.com is another great place that I like to go to when I’m shopping for fabric. For one thing, they have a huge selection of all kinds of fabric, not just quilting fabric. Another reason is that they have great sales, but even their everyday price is discounted from the manufacturer’s suggested retail price. I also like that there are so many ways to look for fabric. If you know … Continue reading

Shopping for fabric: Fabric Shack

Another place to buy fabric! I’ve been shopping at Fabric Shack for twenty years. Just a short jaunt from my home, it will always be one of my favorite places to buy fabric. And, when I don’t have time for the short trip, I can always buy fabric online — what a bonus! Their website is organized by fabric line, which is nice when you want to buy several coordinating … Continue reading

Shopping for fabric: Thousands of Bolts

Thousands of Bolts

I thought it would be fun to talk a little more about places to buy fabric! Thousands of Bolts is a great place to buy fabric at a big discount. Their slogan is “Thousands of bolts, only one nut!!” I ordered from them for the first time last year, and I’ve been very happy with their service. Right off the bat, I like that a lot of the fabric is … Continue reading