Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends by Julie Comstock is such a yummy collection that we just
couldn’t wait to share with you some things we are making from these fabrics.
Not just a normal label/panel fabric!
stock# 37040-11
When I saw this fabric I knew it would be perfect for an upcoming wedding as a signature quilt.
Sew the panel sections into the size quilt top needed. Quilt it. (thank you Judi!), Bind it and take it to the wedding to have the guests sign the squares making this a treasured keepsake for years to come.
This fabric is perfect for labels but look how cute some of the blocks are in the wedding quilt.
Plenty of room for words of wisdom and well wishes.
This is the backing fabric and probably my personal favorite fabric in the entire collection. A fabric full of positive, encouraging words. These words should come in handy for any newlywed couple. (perfect for all of us actually) Julie can you make wallpaper like this?
Now on to project #2
odds ends12
Once I saw this new ruler from Prairie Sky Quilting, I knew I had to dive in and make something.
Add the Odds and Ends Layer Cake and I knew I had a quick fun project.
prairie sky quilting, stock #502
At first glance you may ask, What does this ruler do that is so different?
Just think SNOW BALL. (It is 108 here in Dallas, so I am thinking Snowballs.)
This ruler eliminates the need to mark your fabrics.
I used a 10″ square for backgrounds and cut 5″ squares from 2 fabrics to make corners. Lay the fabrics right sides together. (the fabric in the illustration shows as a dot on the back but it really is right sides together. )
Line the solid line on the ruler along the the two corner points and trim.
Trimmed picture
The seam allowance is included in the rulers trim marking. Once you have trimmed all you do
is take it to the machine and start sewing. There is a bonus set of triangles once you have trimmed the block.
Easy ! Easy! The ruler works on corners up to 5″ so this is perfect for moda’s charm packs also.
Odds and Ends by Julie Comstock will be in stores September 2012.
Can’t wait to see what you create from your own “Odds and Ends.”

Sure Guide Threader Winner!

CONGRATS to our winner Teachpany! 
Email me at sstephenson@unitednotions.com  to collect your goodies. 
On Friday we shared the New & Improved Sure Guide Needle Threader 
and it sounds like you guys are as excited about it as we are! 
We had a ton of wonderful comments about it. 
Everyone loved the compact size of this threader as well as its many great functions… 
*threads small needles 
*clips threads
*stores needles
*magnet on the bottom 
Here is what our winner, Teachpany, had to say… 
This threader has great features, including the magnet and needle storage. I need help threading needles, and this looks like it belongs in my sewing box! Thanks.”

Sure Guide Needle Threader

The greatly improved Sewline ‘Sure Guide’ Needle Threader is here!

We are so excited it is here we are going to give one away*. 
In addition to the threader, the winner will receive everyone’s favorite Sewline Glue Pen! 
 Read up on this new tool & leave a little comment below telling us your favorite feature of the new threader for a chance to win these awesome tools! 

Sewline has enhanced their threader by redesigning the delicate mechanism which enables it to work for fine needles. They have created a new resistance mechanism that prevents it from breaking due to too much pressure being applied. 

Sure Guide is equipped to thread the finest of needles effortlessly!
(sizes 9-12)

The adorable lipstick looking case slides open to reveal a clever mechanism. 
Simply insert the needle and lay the thread in the groove. Pressing lightly on the lever directs a shaped pin into the thread through the needle eye. If the pin hits resistance it will stop, preventing it from breaking. 

The case will hold needles and the top has a magnet so you can easily pick up those small needles. You can also clip your threads on the top! So many functions in one little tool. 

Sure Guide threaders & other Sewline products can be found at your local quilt shop or 
ordered wholesale from United Notions. 

*One winner will be chosen on Monday morning. Make sure & check back to see if you won! 

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