Tuesday, May 3, 2011

 One of the gadgets we just back in is That Purple Thang by Little Foot.  It pokes, pushes, stuffs, prods and threads ribbon.  If you ever use That Purple Thang, you won't want to be without it!  Made of durable plastic, it's like another hand in your sewing and craft endeavors! But hurry, there are only a few in!
 Becky recently made this A Little Somethin' Jacket by CNT Pattern Co.  It's quick, easy, lightweight but provides that 'little somethin'' you need on these still cool spring nights.  Wear it over a sleeveless knit top or shell and make it in several colors and prints to go with every outfit.  The pattern makers say it's self-facing; just fold, press and stitch and you can make it in three hours flat.  The pattern includes sizes 8 through 24 and include a short and long version. When I used to do garment sewing, if I really liked a classic pattern, I cut out my size, fused it to fusible interfacing and kept it in a large plastic storage bag for protection. This is the perfect pattern to make again and again.
 We got in just one copy of Eleanor Burns' new book, Quilt Blocks on American Barns with directions for making those wonderful, historic quilt blocks you can see painted on barns along the hiways and biways throughout Ohio, the North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Iowa, Indiana and New York.  Eleanor Burns collaborated with the originator of the quilt blocks on barns concept, Donna Sue Groves of Ohio to create clear and detailed instructions for many of the barn blocks and a quilt commemorating this American project.
 Also back in stock is the pattern, Gentle Art, a Schnibbles pattern by Miss Rosie's Quilt Co..  We've had this sample on display for a few years and it has a timeless Early American sort of appeal using the spool design. It makes a wallhanging measuring 28" square and makes a perfect little piece to display in your sewing room or den or give to a quilting friend.

Another small-sized pattern that 'packs' a punch (pardon the pun) is Sticks & Stuff by Little Scraps from This & That. Included are directions for a small and large pouch and a needle case, the cutest little carry-around's you've ever seen and another great, quick gift idea for a graduate, child's sleepover or 'treasure pouch' or makeup bag . . . the possibilities are endless!

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