The Sept/Oct issue of Quiltmaker features a page of brand-new products, debuted during International Quilt Market/Spring in Pittsburgh. Space on the page was limited, but we promised more information via Quilty Pleasures, so have a peek:
Just Another Button Company introduced “Just Pins,” sets of adorable polymer clay objects formed around the heads of straight pins. They’re grouped in themes; those shown are autumn sets. Find “Just Pins” at your local quilt shop or locate a retailer in your area. An alternative is to order directly from Sweet Annie’s.
We were so inspired by the pins and the hand-dyed fabrics from Weeks Dye Works (read more about them below), Carolyn went to our studio and whipped up a candy corn pin cushion on which to display them. Use our free pattern to make your own! My head is spinning with ideas for pin cushions made especially to display “Just Pins” in various themes.
Clover does the best gadgets, and the new Stack ‘n Store Bobbin Tower is no exception. Any regular bobbin will snap into the tower, which holds 30 bobbins. Each wheel separates from the tower, and the thread ends are secured to keep things tidy. I like Clover’s idea of using the light green wheels for one type of thread, and the dark green wheels for a different type. Watch the one-minute video by Nancy Zieman to see how it works.
I still love to send or receive a hand-written note. Jacqueline de Jonge’s “Be Colourful” notecards are perfect for a short sentiment. There are five glorious quilt designs from which to choose. Find info on purchasing the notecards and Jacqueline’s quilt patterns at becolourful.com.
There are lots of ways to make triangle-squares, and it’s worth the effort to keep trying until you find a way that works for you. Triangle Tiger Tape sticks to the wrong side of a square (which is layered right sides together with another square). You sew along both edges of the tape and cut with scissors between the seams— to yield two triangle-squares. The tape can be reused several times.
Simplicity’s Bias Tape Maker generated a lot of interest at quilt market. All you do is load the machine with fabric strips you cut yourself, push the “feed” button and watch 12 feet of single-fold bias tape appear in less than 60 seconds.
The tip to make 1″-wide tape is standard; beginning in September, tips will be available to make bias tape in widths of 3/8″, 1/2″ and 3/4″.
I always enjoy meeting a small business owner who is pouring heart and soul into her work. Such is the case with Miranda Weeks McGahey, who is behind the beautifully hand=-overdyed wool and fibers at Weeks Dye Works. Our candy corn pin cushion benefitted greatly from the rich colors. Next time you need some wool or choose to add embroidery to a project, try the soft, marbly textures of fibers from Weeks.
We never know what will be new at quilt market, but it’s always an adventure to find out!