Monday, March 28, 2011
Here is my third placemat that I made for use at our upcoming quilt show.
From one of the quilting bloggers that I follow, I discovered a neat new tool that I'll use for quilting from now on. It's a gel pen with magic capabilities. I bought a set of 2 of these Pilot Frixion pens for $5.00 at a local drug store. They are available anywhere you can buy office supplies. I checked on Staples.ca website, and they have them there but it says they are not in the retail stores. I am hoping that it's just referring to the 6-pack.
Here is how used the FriXion pen.
Then layer, and machine quilt your piece as usual.
The great thing about this gel pen, is that after you have finished quilting on your fabric, you can make the marks totally disappear (almost instantly) with the passing of a hot iron over them.
Now, that's not the end of the story. If for any reason, you need your marks to re-appear, simply put your fabric piece in the freezer.
The marks will re-appear. Make them disappear again with the hot iron. To permanently remove the marks, you will lightly launder your piece with a mild soap.
A note to any of my quilting buddies in Canada ... Will you let me know if you find any FriXion Gel pens in any of the local office supply sections of stores. If they are hard to find, I'll bring a supply back with me.
Friday, March 25, 2011
I saw an advertisement on TV for Special K. Special K chips that is. At first I thought, chips for breakfast, how cool. But they are intended as a low calorie lightly salted snack ... if you eat just 17 chips. They're delicious. The Special K crackers are really nice too. I'm not sure if they are in Canada yet, but I'm going to buy some of these to take home with me, just in case they're not available.
Monday, March 21, 2011
Bon Appétit. I thought that was a fabulous word. I set out on a search for a great font or clipart that I would use to trace this word. I searched with Google and Bing and came across many clipart images. I chose this one, keeping in mind stops and starts with my stitching. All I had to do was to add the accent over the é.I had fun doing this weeks placemat. For my second placemat, I intended to do some free motion around some words and my friend Lee suggested the words -
Here is how I transferred this image to my placemat.
|Tape your paper image on a window or patio door.|
|While properly positioning over the clipart, tape the placemat to the window. Trace lightly with pencil around the words.|
|Trace very lightly. This might be a little darker than it needs to be.|
|Free Motion stitch following your pencil lines.|
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
This necklace has several strands and I believe it was crocheted. It was only 7 dollars and I thought it was so neat.
I'll wear my new yarn necklace when we go out to dinner next week. We'll be celebrating our 27th anniversary.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
My goal this week is to make at least 60 blocks and if we get a day or two of rain, maybe I'll shoot for the 80. That leaves me two weeks to put it all together .. just in time to send it back to NB to get quilted before our show.
It's amazing how quick the time is going. We've been gone almost a month already.
Saturday, March 5, 2011
In Costa Rica, we visited the place where Christopher Columbus landed in 1502. It was it 3rd or 4th voyage to this continent.
Near this monument, we also got a picture of a rare sloth. He's sleeping high up in a tree. We would have never spotted him without the help of a young Costa Rican named Reanthony. We gave him a buck. He ran away happier than you know what.