American punch needle recommendation. After trying out various pieces of kit, my recommendations for punch needle are:
Weaver's Cloth: www.weeksdyeworks.com/weavers-cloth.php
Patchwork Multi Board
Love this product - looks like someone really thought this one through! It is a combined cutting mat, ironing board plus a sandpaper area for appliqué pieces. In addition it looks cute too.
This morning on Hotchanda they were selling an almost identical product for around £45 - this is cheaper and in my view more attractive to look at.
Here you go -
505 Basting Spray
I always use 505 spray to baste my quilts. I have never had any problems - I always baste with a friend and its easy to re position should things go astray!
I would not however recommend that you spray baste quilts that are larger than 70" - they (in my opinion) need the specialist services of a long-arm quilter!
( The spray is also useful for positioning appliqué pieces)
Don't know how I have lived so long without them ! They are useful for seams when you can't use pins , for holding EPP hexies together for labelling quilt blocks - believe me the list goes on and on and on....
Just wanted to say thank you to all my students, fellow teachers and friends for an incredible first year as Christmas Goose Stitches.
Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year with loads of sewing of course!!
No more taping templates to window panes, or juggling paper templates on your coffee table! A light box is what you need!
Light boxes in the 'States are freakishly expensive, but no worries, in the UK they are a lot more reasonably priced. I have been working with this particular box for 8 months and would like to recommend it for being excellent value for money and easy to store and work with. It is ultra-slim and provides a bright and steady light - perfect for tracing off appliqué templates.
This is just a quick recommendation in relation to patchwork cutting mats.
I have been teaching and quilting for over 15 years now and this is the first time I have ever recommended a cutting mat! I have generally spent around £20/30 on a good quality self-healing mat - so when I saw this one on Amazon I couldn't believe the price of around £12 for an A2 mat. I ordered it and, believe it or not, it is fabulous! The A3 size is great too at around £6!
Link below for the A3 size mat!