posted Aug 22, 2020, 12:53 AM by Lorna Shapiro
Vacations with grandkids are the best! We’ve been renting the same house on Salt Spring Island with our daughter, son-in-law and grandkids for 6 years now. This annual retreat is a source of many good memories for us all. Here are a couple of photos I’d like to share. We’ve been farm stand shopping, visiting craft stores, and building lego ships… doesn’t get any better than that!
Japanese cotton-linens for bags: Sandi H. produced these two lovely bags, both with additional stitching.
Jennifer P. created this lovely bag using Essex linens:
and she also made this sweet pair of shorts using woven cottons from Japan:
I wanted also to show you a couple of quilts made by Wendy M. The first is one of those dreaded T-shirt quilts and I have to say she managed to make one of the best looking T-shirt quilts I’ve seen… so in case you have to make one, check this out. And she also made beautiful use of value making this quilt…
Here’s a link to a recent video that came out from National Sewing Circle claiming to demystify needles… This video is an example of unhelpful information — it conflates needle type and needle size… and also doesn’t explain the major variables differentiating types of needles and why they matter.
So here’s my explanation of needles…
There are four things that identify any needle:
Here is a link to Schmetz’s needle chart which is worth printing out for reference…
Finally, some photos of the new wovens that have arrived recently… these are great for quilts, for clothing, and for home decor projects.
The bottom fabric on the right is the same fabric we used to make this kimono jacket.
And these embossed cottons also arrived.