Monthly Archives: June 2009

Bobbin Tidier

Keep your sewing machine bobbins tidy (and wound up) with this flexible ‘rubber’ bobbin holder.

Never again shall a bobbin unwind in a drawer...

Yes, we did try the “hold it upside down” test, and they didn’t fall out.  No, we didn’t try shaking it to test its limits. Feel free to volunteer with your own bobbins… Until all these are empty, we won’t be trying it.

If you want to buy one, what you’re looking for a “BobbinSaver”.

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Ikea for Fabric?

Next time you’re in a city with an Ikea (Glasgow and Edinburgh, for starters), it’s worth a detour if you’re in the market for some cheap fabric.  The range is certainly nowhere near what you’ll find in a quilt shop, but the prices are very competitive. Be sure to Check the labels for what the shrinkage percentage is reckoned to be if lengths (after washing) are critical.

Ikea does cheap fabric, some of it lightweight, some heavier home-furnishing weight.

Ikea does plain and patterned fabric, some of it lightweight, some heavier home-furnishing weight.

Pick up a Family Member card too, then you’ll get a free cuppa in the restaurant (Monday to Friday).

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Evidence a Needle Threader Does Work!

The four steps to using a desk needle threader successfully. (In theory, anyway.)

The four steps to using a desk needle threader successfully. (In theory, anyway.)

Some quilters find it’s a really nifty gadget, others use less polite words to describe it. If you can get it working for you, it certainly does make threading a needle simple, even in poor light.

If you want to buy one, what you’re looking for a “Desk Needle Threader”.

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Our Table at Armadale

Jenny (right) and Peta (left) multi-tasking (selling, chatting, and sewing).

Jenny (right) and Peta (left) multi-tasking (selling, chatting, and sewing).


Thanks to everyone for their contributions to our table at Armadale 2009 which looked fabulous!


Particular excitement on Sunday when one of Jenny’s French Braid quilts was bought by someone who lives on Skye. It was the one in Skye colours, greens, blues, golden browns.

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