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Spring flowers are hopefully coming!

April 28, 2010

Filed under: Judi,Sewing Tips — admin @ 2:05 am

It seems like spring has finally arrived – and yet  I got a call from one of my daughters this morning as they drove from North Bay to London to visit her sister and she tells me it was snowing. And to think that I’ve been envious of the weather in Ontario as I’ve seen temperatures over 20 degrees. It’s quite the country we live in! This morning it’s a lovely sunny day in White Rock and I’m hoping to get a start on my gardening today – but who knows – rain showers are predicted for this afternoon.

Lori Peters - our Grand Prize Winner!

Last Saturday we had an exciting day in our Surrey store as we had a “Grand Opening” for the Baby Lock line of sewing machines. Isobel Dunnet, the National Sales and Education Manager for Baby Lock Canada was on hand as we launched this great line-up of sewing & embroidery machines and sergers and we had a lot of fun showing off the machines to all of you who came by for our launch. Congratulations to Lori Peters of Abbotsford. Not only did Lori purchase a brand new Baby Lock Esante that day, her name was also drawn as the prize winner of a beautiful $500 notions basket that we gave away as our grand prize draw.

Sewing Tip

I thought thTriangulations 2.0at I’d like to tell you about one of my favourite products to use when I am piecing half and quarter square triangles. I absolutely love the CD – “Triangulations” by Bear Paw Productions. In the past, I would purchase  pre-printed half square triangle papers to use to sew perfect pieces, but now I use this CD and I always have on hand exactly the size that I need. Let me tell you how this works:

Triangulations™ 2.0 is a PC and Mac compatible CD that works on your computer to print out half and quarter square triangle foundations. Half square triangle foundations are available in sizes ½” to 7 ½” in 1/8” increments and quarter square triangle foundations are available in sizes 3/4″ to 7 ½” in 1/8” increments.  They are formatted to print out on standard 8½” x 11″ computer paper and you can print as few or as many sheets as you need! The CD also includes four quilt patterns using half and quarter square triangles. With this CD, you don’t have to keep buying more pre-printed papers – just print out what you need, when you need them

Each gridded Triangulations square will yield 2 complete half square triangle units. All you need to do is open the correct page on the CD for the size you need and print the number of triangle foundations necessary for your project. Trim the paper 1/8” from the outside printed line. Then, cut two fabric pieces ¼” larger than the trimmed paper. Place these two pieces right sides together  and position a Triangulations paper on one side of this fabric pair. Pin all together.  The Triangulations paper is printed with solid and dotted lines. Stitch on all the dotted lines, following the arrows for a continuous seam using a short stitch length. When you’re done stitching, cut apart on all the solid lines using a rotary cutter and ruler.  Snip off the points of the triangles on the printed trim lines to remove “dog ears” and you’re almost done! All you need to do now is to open up the fabric triangles and finger press them for perfect half square triangles. When you’re ready to remove the paper foundations, they will pull away easily since the stitching has perforated the paper. It’s an easy and economical method of sewing perfect half and quarter square triangles that I love!

Well, I’m off to the garden! Talk to you soon,


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