January Poll and a Giveaway

>> Monday, January 23, 2012

I've been getting lots of visitors lately checking out my Liberated Churn Dash tutorial.
I want to publicly thank Kathy Mack of Pink Chalk Fabrics who linked to my tutorial on her Facebook Wall. {and in her newsletter! - sign up at her blog}

Do you use Facebook?
I've put up a little poll in the sidebar for you to share where you go online for quilting inspiration.
I haven't jumped on the Facebook bandwagon yet, {I guess it's more like a virtual wave} and am wondering if I'm missing something.
I hope you'll share and get something out of the results of the poll too.

New Tools for 2012

I did a little after Christmas shopping and got some new supplies to try out this year:

  • an iron shoe (suggested by Vickie for use when fusing applique)
  • basting safety pins - bigger is better! LOL! I used these when finishing up my latest big quilt
  • D rings - which I almost tried out already when I found Ariane's link to t-shirt belts
  • machine quilting needles - which kept hopping out of my machine until one finally broke. These ones have since been replaced with Schmetz ones - so far so good.
  • A Sullivan's Edge ruler - that Pat Sloan helped to develop. It definitely does sharpen your blade!
  • embroidery scissors - too cute to resist! A cash register impulse buy - and very pointy.

My Tool Giveaway

No it's not going to be one of the above - in fact it's not going to be a REAL tool at all!

I finally took some time to make another block from Kay Mackenzie's book, Easy Applique Blocks. I actually used some wool charm squares that I got {for myself} last Christmas!

I modified the design a little bit - leaving the ribbon off and well, not putting the rotary cutter ON a block. Instead my plan is to make it into a tree ornament. You can hang it on your Christmas tree or somewhere else in your sewing space.

Yes, You!
I made one to keep and one to give away- and haven't taken a photo of either!

Leave me a comment telling my your favourite new tool you received/bought lately - or something you would like to get soon!

I'll pick a random winner from comments on this post on Friday, January 27th.
Maybe I'll even post a photo before then!

With Joy,
Sarah Vee


Sharon Pernes January 23, 2012 at 5:10 PM  

I am all about speciality rulers, I love the 22.5 degree wedge ruler I just learned about

HelenMarie January 24, 2012 at 12:48 AM  

I received the easy angle and companion angles for christmas and I love them... they are great for making bonnie's quilts!

BillieBee (billiemick) January 24, 2012 at 1:41 AM  

My favorite tool new or old is still my 12 inch turn table mat.

Gill January 24, 2012 at 9:05 AM  

My favourite new tool is my 'easy dresden' ruler!

Unknown January 24, 2012 at 9:48 AM  

Other than an applique sheet which is wonderful..I would have to say a serrated plastic knife. I read this on someones blog that they used it to help close the pins when basting on a quilt and I will be darned if it does not work, very well actually...I hope someone else who reads this tries it. Thanks for the chance to win..

Anonymous,  January 24, 2012 at 3:06 PM  

A needle threader, for the umpteenth time only this time it is a Clover product, in the shape of a sweet little heart and I do really hope it doesn't come apart like all the other ones before it. I have only used cheaper ones and am trusting that spending a little more will pay off this time.

crafter1953 January 24, 2012 at 11:58 PM  

Hi,I have been looking at all the specialty rulers out there and I am finally going to start buying the ones that my quilting friends suggest to me. Do you have one that you use more than any other? Please let me know. Thanks for the giveaway and keep on sewing.

Michelle MMMM4 January 26, 2012 at 11:30 AM  

That would definitely be my bias bars by Celtic Design Company. They are made out of metal and great for making nice stems for applique.

Janet January 27, 2012 at 1:31 AM  

I haven't bought any new tools for a while, although I've seen some exciting looking ones around. I did receive a Clover yo-yo maker as a gift recently and I'm eager to try it out. Love your "cutter:.

Sherry February 3, 2012 at 3:23 PM  

My newest tool is my tool for cutting dresden plate pieces. I just cut 240 of them from vintage fabrics.

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