The past few days have seen several fun packages arrive. I love getting things in the mail and I double love it (if that’s possible) when they are quilting related.
First to arrive was my Strip Stick which is a fairly new product designed to help with pressing long seams. It gives you a nice straight seam (no more bowing) and it helps avoid the little folds you can get if you press without fully opening the seam. This is a great product and it really works. I can’t wait to use it on my next Scrappy Trips quilt. I got the 45″ version; they also sell an 18″ Strip Stick. I’m looking forward to experimenting with other kinds of blocks that have tricky pressing needs. This product is from Babb Enterprises.
Another package arrived from Quilt Fabric Closeouts with four yards of fabric, two blenders from Faye Burgos and two civil war prints from Paula Barnes‘ Country Manor line, all from Marcus Fabrics. Other than the fabric, the best part of this package was that I bought the fabric with my FabShopHop gift certificate! I’ve been lucky enough to win in two of the recent Hops and I always look forward to seeing the shops that are out there and the specials they have for the Hop. Thank you to Quilt Fabric Closeouts for providing a gift certificate and to the FabShop Hop for sponsoring such fun events throughout the year. The February hop is taking place right now – give it a try!
The third package was from Electric Quilt and contained the EQ7 book EQ with Me: Pieced Drawing by Patti Anderson. I’m a big fan of EQ and have used it since version 5. I use it every day and have tons of designs I’ve created, some of which I’ll be sharing here with you. I’ve learned some of the finer points of the program over the last few years and this book will help me put the last pieces in place. It’s wonderfully written and illustrated and takes you step by step through the process of creating blocks, from the simplest to the most complicated. I’m really looking forward to all the fun I’ll have with it.
I hope you enjoy similar packages soon!