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What a wonderful surprise to hear from Darra Williamson yesterday! I’ve known her forever and am honored to be featured in her new blog: Sew How We Sew!
Her blot is a collective endeavor; with her “sister-bloggers” are Laura Nownes, Christie Batterman, and Jennifer Rounds. It features how to videos and wonderful posts. Darra will be giving away a copy of Rodale’s Favorite Techniques from the Experts. Be sure to check it out!
Thanks Darra, loved hearing from you and congratulations on the new blog!
Recently, I had an email from Charlotte Warr Anderson, with her permission, I am sharing it here. Please give it a read, Charlotte has done some wonderful research for all of us in the quilting world. Thanks, Charlotte!
“I thought I’d give you all a heads up about Frixion Erasable pens. A student showed me hers at Road to California in January. She drew a line, thin but quite black, and then ironed it and the line disappeared. It looked like the coolest thing ever!
So I went in search of these pens, which you can get a Staples. I bought the pack that has three colors in it – black, red and blue. Being quite the skeptic about things that are too good to be true, I read the back of the package. In small print it says: “Do not expose to extreme temperatures (<14 degrees F;> 140 degrees F). If pen is exposed to temperature that reaches 140 degrees F the ink will be colorless when writing. To restore color, cool to at least 14 degrees F and the ink will again write in color.”
Aha! I said to myself. If you iron the ink it’s going to be way over 140 degrees so it’s going to disappear. So I took some fabric and scribbled on it with all three colors. Then I ironed it and, sure enough, all the scribbles disappeared. But then I put it in the freezer for about 10 minutes and all the lines reappeared. I left it for about a week and a half while I went travelling and today I tried to wash the ink out. It didn’t come out with soap and hard scrubbing and not even after I put rubbing alcohol on it. So then I ironed the piece dry and all the lines disappeared and then it went back to the freezer and all the lines reappeared (perhaps just a bit fainter).
This experiment was enough to persuade me that these pens are too good to be true and even sort of creepy – the ink is always there even if you can’t see it. I wouldn’t use them on any fabric or quilt you really cared about.
If I had a blog I would have put this on there, but since I don’t any of you who want to pass on what I’ve written can feel free to copy and paste this post
Join me on Facebook! I’ve just set up a new page: Karen Combs Studio Fan Page.
We already have almost 500 fans and are having so much fun! Right now, we have a lively discussion about our favorite sewing machines.
You can also see photos of my fabric lines, patterns, books and a peek into my sewing studio. The Fan Page will be the first place I’ll post new patterns, fabric lines, quilt news and other fun stuff.
Hope to see you there!
I love creating Celtic designs in my quilts. My book, Celtic Pieced Illusions was the result of that love.
Recently, I received a wonderful email from Lynne Crowley. She also loves Celtic designs. She is creating a Celtic Pieced Illusions quilt of her own. On her website, she has a intriguing feature – a sew along! If you would like to follow Lynne as she creates her Celtic Pieced Illusions quilt or would like to make your own as she does, visit her blog at http://lynnesfreshhope.blogspot.com/ . It looks like fun!!
My good friend, Ami Simms has begun a new enterprise to help teachers and those looking to hire them network better.
FindAQuiltTeacher.com rolled out at the beginning of February and is growing steadily.
It is more than just a list of email address and names, Ami’s hope is that it will make like a lot easier for guilds and shops to find teachers that match the needs of their guild members and customers.
Each teacher gets their own web page, and subscribing guilds and shops get access to Teacher Data Sheets which puts a great deal of information all on one page for easy evaluation. No more hunting through web pages to find teacher requirements, classes, fees, contract preferences, lodging likes and dislikes.
I love this idea and was one of the first to sign up! You can see my page at http://www.findaquiltteacher.com/combsk.html .
Whether you are a guild, a shop, a program chair, quilt show chair or looking for a quilt teacher, you need this website! If you have not had a chance yet, please look.
Often, I am asked, “What are your favorite tools?” From time to time, I’ll blog about some of my “can’t live without” quilting tools.
My Omnigrid rulers would fall into that category. I love them! They are the first rulers I reach for whenever I am rotary cutting.
My favorite sizes are 6″ x 14″ rectangle, 12 1/2″ square and 6 1/2″ square.
I’ve discovered a new size, a 20″ x 20″ square. I love it! It is perfect for sizing up larger blocks.
I’ve also discovered a perfect cutting resource on the Omnigrid webpage.