What To Gift That Serious Quilter on Your Holiday List

With Christmas fast approaching I thought I’d share the perfect gift for that serious quilter on your holiday list…hum….that could even be YOU!

Have you thought about a Quilt Vacation? Maybe more along the lines of a Quilt Retreat in a beautiful setting surrounded by luxury accommodations and more importantly – sewing machines and fabric! Better yet, classes with instructors!!!

Have I got the perfect gift for you! And the perfect gift to suggest to your best quilting buddy too!

 

Studio 180 Acadamy is that and more! Think about 3 full days of classroom instruction with Studio 180 Design Certified Instructors!  Work on a specific project (or two), take a class on techniques with the tools, or just spend a day in the open studio with a certified instructor on hand to answer your every question as you use Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 Design tools.

Last year’s academy was a huge success and plans are already underway for the 2018 classes. Certified Instructors are busy as little elves writing their proposals in hopes that Saint Nick will pick their quilt/project for the upcoming 2018 classes.

I already hinted that my fellow 2017 Certification classmate Brian ( aka “The Redneck Quilter“) and I are working on our proposal – we should know something the first of the year…regardless of who is teaching (after all, only certified instructors will be there), it’s going to be a big event not to be missed!

“Rambler and Redneck” are collaborating on a proposal for Studio 180 Academy

 

Studio 180 Academy will be held on September 19-22, 2018 at the Illinois Beach Resort & Conference Center.  It’s located on the southern shore of Lake Michigan.

Think about it! Sewing in these surroundings! All meals are provided too! In addition, there will be a special dinner Friday night with Deb Tucker herself!!!

Illinois Beach Resort

Illinois Beach Resort

As much as I love the beach, cruising, and making new quilting friends I think this lake setting would be so inspiring as a quilt retreat! I know I want to go!!

Watch the website as class offerings will be published in February with registration beginning in March.  Seats are limited!

How about another gift giving idea for the quilter in your life (or for you to hint to your friends and family).  The fine folks at Studio 180 Design have put together a product checklist where you can mark “want it or have it” and then hand that list right over to Santa himself! You can download the PDF here. So many new patterns, technique sheets, and tools – you just have to keep up and this is a perfect list to help you do that!

This is Karen Overton, The Quilt Rambler, helping you to wrap up something special for the favorite quilter in your life, maybe even something for you!

 

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Shortcut Binding Tool – Product Review

Shortcut Binding Tool Review

Day 2 of the 31 Day Blog Writing Challenge

Today’s blog is brought to you in black and white because it is also a blog containing secret sewing!

 

Secret Sewing

Wish I could show you the beautiful colors – but it’s a secret

I have been working secretly for the past few weeks, in between customer quilts, to meet a fast-approaching deadline (12/15) with Island Batik for a quilt that will be a part of their Spring/Summer 2018 Catalog (SS18).  The fabrics arrived the end of October, but I really didn’t get started with making the quilt until the middle of November.  It’s a secret because the fabrics won’t be introduced until Spring…so…black and white and little tiny hints are all I can share. Oh! And it’s an original pattern that will be released about the same time so I can’t even show the quilt top….but it will be worth the wait I promise!

Shortcut Binding Tool

Shortcut Binding Tool ReviewThe mystery quilt has been quilted and today it was time to add the binding. I wanted to make this a little special so I decided to make a binding with a flange. This is not a new concept to my quilting but I did simplify it today with a tool I picked up at Festival last year. Disclaimer – this is an honest product review, I was not asked to do this nor paid or gifted any product for my thoughts.

What I like about the Shortcut Binding Tool  is the sizes for cutting both the flange and the binding are printed right on the tool so I don’t have to think..that’s always more fun, no thinking just sewing! In addition, there are detailed written instructions with pictures – and guess what! They are in color!

Here’ are the highlights of the process in photos taken today.

Shortcut Binding Tool
The Shortcut Binding Tool tells you the width to cut your binding strip. I could cut it with a regular ruler but it was so much easier to just follow the line on the tool
Shortcut Binding Tool
Again, cutting the width of the flange fabric was made easy with the lines on the Shortcut Binding Tool

The next step was to simply join the two fabrics together to make the long strip needed for binding the quilt. I thought I’d give you a hint of the colors in this quilt – you’re welcome.

MasterPiece Thread #142
Superior Threads MasterPiece #142 Aquarius is the perfect piecing thread for this secret sewing project

To continue with the step by step:

Shortcut Binding Tool Pressing Instructions

 

Shortcut Binding Tool Sewing Instructions

As Ben & Jerry’s always said: “if it’s not fun why do it!”

I loved the instructions for joining the seams – don’t want to spoil the details – you need this Shortcut Binding Tool!

 

Shortcut Binding Tool Flange
Time to flip over and sew from the front leaving the flange free.

Was that fast? Yep, that was fast!

Shortcut Binding Tool Summary

Bottom line, I would recommend the Shortcut Binding Tool. As I mentioned I have done this process of making a binding and flange as one unit before but having this tool make the process faster with the marked measurements for cutting and the added bonus of joining the strips together. I love the end result! It’s my firm belief you can never have too many tools in your quilting toolbox! Ask for it at your local quilt shop!

Stay tuned until the spring when the quilt pattern & fabric line will be unveiled

The binding was completed just in time prior to the arrival of my professional photographer! I can’t wait to share this quilt with you! Note: This will also be taught in 2019 on a quilting cruise with Stitchin Heaven that I am over the moon excited about.

This is Karen Overton, The Quilt Rambler, wrapping up Day 2 #31dayblogchallenge #2017blogwritingchallenge. Until tomorrow – Press on!

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