Thursday, June 21, 2012


Good morning,

I've been trapped in the lazy days of summer this week.  I have no idea what I 've been up to.  I know it hasn't been quilting.

I want to share a few finds with you....

Ultra Pro Seam Ripper
This is one amazing ripper.  I pieced a bunch of blocks incorrectly and had to disassemble them completely.  This ripper was able to slip between the layers of fabric and slice through the seams in no time a warm knife through butter.  You need one.

A new on-line fabric shop....that is different.  This site offers several free tools that I've never seen before. 

I've copied this bit from Superior's news letter.....

For many years, our passion has been to teach the sewing world everything we know about thread, needles, tension and achieving the perfect stitch. We know excellence is possible if we have the proper knowledge and tools.
We believe we have the knowledge, skills, and new technology that will be helpful to quilters and we share it free of charge to all as we do with our newsletters, educational pages, and online videos.
We are dedicated to quality and strive for excellence in everything we do. Up until now, all we could offer was the written word and video demonstrations, concentrating on knowledge and technique. We now have something beyond knowledge and technique which we think will raise the level of beauty and personal satisfaction in the quilting world. Below are three features which are part of the fabric section of our new website. Some are a result of artistic talent and some are a result of innovative computer programming.
1. Color match the best piecing and quilting thread to the fabric. Heather (Mother Superior) has amazing talent for color and she is providing her expertise to the quilting world.
a. Piecing thread. Piecing only with beige or gray thread is old school. To elevate the skill level of piecing, the pros and award winning quilters match the piecing thread color to the fabric’s dominant color. The seams look better and the possibility of a visible, contrasting piecing thread is eliminated. We wouldn’t use only one color of thread for all clothing construction or alterations so why do it for piecing? It takes no more effort or time to choose a perfectly matching color of piecing thread than to choose the old standby gray thread.
b. Quilting thread. Selecting the perfect quilting thread for each quilt top is a little more difficult. Some prefer a blending solid color and some prefer a matching variegated color. Sometimes it is better to use more than one thread to quilt the top.
For those who would like a professional recommendation for piecing thread and quilting thread, Heather offers her personally selected thread color for every fabric. You may be surprised to see how nicely a particular thread complements the fabric. Thread recommendations for fabric may be viewed with a simple mouse click during checkout.
2. Quilt Block Designer Use this website function to easily move selected fabrics into various block designs and see how they look together. It’s as simple as clicking and dragging.
a. Select some fabrics you like and add them to the Shopping Cart.
b. Go to View Cart, then click on Block Designer.
c. Choose a block design from many popular options.
d. Click and drag a fabric into the block.
e. Mix and match until you find the perfect combination. You can see exactly how the block will look with the colors you selected. There are limitless possibilities.
f. Delete unwanted items from the Shopping Cart.
To view a 90-second demo, click here.
3. Mother Superior's Color Match Tool
Introducing our new fabric color matching technology. Our new fabric website offers an amazing color-matching function.
Select a fabric and click to enlarge the image. Underneath the enlarged image, you will see a row of boxes, each containing a solid color of one of the dominant colors contained in that fabric. Some fabrics may show only one or two boxes and some may show three or four color boxes.
Click on one of the color boxes and the computer will show every other fabric in our inventory that shares that color shade. For example, if you need another dark mauve fabric to match a fabric, click on the dark mauve color box and within seconds, you’ll see many other fabrics that have the same color shade.
We are excited about these new functions and hope they will help you in your creations.
See Specials section below for Grand Opening specials on fabric. Every fabric is on sale.
All fabrics are top quality. Top brands only.

Amazing!  Check it out....I think you will be just as amazed as I was.

Now...I guess I need to get to work....

PS I have not been paid to promote these products.....they don't even know I'm mentioning them here....I just wanted to share the news....and let you know that I am not dead or otherwise MIA.


Fabric Warrior (aka Amie) said...

Thanks so much for sharing! I'll admit when I saw the seam ripper, I wondered if you were going into surgery. That thing looks like a scalpel. Loved the website! I had a lot of fun playing there.

Lynne said...

Thanks for that post - very interesting. I used to match my threads to my piecing (when I was a new quilter) then my teacher introduced me to neutral threads: now, like most of us I suspect, I use white, cream, beige (light, medium and dark), grey (light, medium and dark) and black!

Janine said...

That site sounds amazing! I'll visit and bookmark them. Thank you for sharing this :)

Benta At SLIKstitches said...

So glad you are having a summer, we're still waiting or ours to start :-(

Cindy said...

Thanks for the great links, Cindy! I will be checking them out in more detail. I appreciate the good info!!