I’m heading home from Illinois this morning after spending several days with the Illini County Stitchers in Champaign.
I’m not the only one traveling home ---we had several ladies come from far away places this week.
They road-tripped from Missouri, Arkansas, Indiana, Minnesota and Wisconsin and from all over the state of Illinois.
My wishes for a safe travel trip back home for each of them! It really did feel like a “Retreat Week” here and I loved the stories of where they stopped and shop-hopped all the way here, and where folks are PLANNING to stop on their way back home, going the OTHER way.
Have you heard of the Quilt Shop Row by Row sweeping the nation? Many quilt shops all over the USA are participating and you can pick up your free row pattern and collect them with others. It sounds like fun!
Yesterday’s Sisters Choice quilt class is a favorite. We learn an untraditional way to piece a traditional 9-patch center, and we share hints and helps when doing diagonal sew and flip methods. Basic things we use all the time in quilt making, but often need just a bit of fine tuning and streamlining to make pieces fit together just *that much better*.
And I learned something!
Silver pen challenge!
When marking on dark fabrics we are always on the look out for a tool that marks an easy to see line that stays in place and doesn’t brush away ---we want the price to be easy on the budget, and we want these items easy to find locally. I’m going to share a couple of them with you.
We did a test on the Uniball Signo silver pen, and the silver gelly roll pen, both of which can be found at both office and art supply stores.
Lines drawn with the gelly roll pen. Easily seen!
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Lines drawn with Uniball Signo pen.
Both worked well, but I think the uniball rolled easier onto the fabric. I’d use EITHER in a pinch and plan to locate some of these when I reach home.
I do not know if both are permanent. I saw no bleeding through the fabric. I do not know what happens when these are washed, but as long as they stay on the back side of the fabric, I’m good with it.
By the feel and weight of the pens, I would guess that the uniball would be more expensive, it seems to be a higher quality type pen and has more ink visible in the barrel which may make it worth the price difference --
If you have experience with either of these marking tools, can you leave your thoughts in the comments section below?
I’m thinking of how nice this will be to mark the remaining 2’ black squares for our current 2014 Leader & Ender Lozenges challenge!
I hope you enjoy the slide show of yesterday’s class sewing away like crazy. Click the image below if you can’t view the slide show on your mobile device. You’ll be taken to the photo album for viewing.
|Sisters Choice, Champaign, IL 2014|
I’ll be home by dinner time tonight!