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Sew-along inspiration

Sew-along inspiration

Are you looking for some inspiration for your 100 Day Summer Sew-along project? I've put together some examples below of current quilt patterns and block ideas that might help you decide on a direction for your project. I know some people might prefer to have a set block or pattern to work with, but consider this an opportunity to freely create, or set yourself some guidelines to follow. When creating my Naive Melody blocks earlier this year, I started with a set palette of very saturated, bold colours for the background blocks, and then cut extra strips of the same fabrics and...

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100 Day Summer Sew-along!

100 Day Summer Sew-along!

Welcome to the 100 Day Summer Sew-along! I'm so excited that you've decided to join in on 100 days of hand-sewing with me. This is the first stop and main info page for the sew-along so feel free to bookmark this page if you need to check back at any time. Most of you probably know my love of hand-work (hence the product specifically made for hand-sewing) – and I enjoyed my time sewing my Naive Melody blocks so much earlier this year that I want to do another 100 day project! I've written a few blog posts in advance to...

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Q&A on essential oils in thread conditioners

Q&A on essential oils in thread conditioners

I'm not a trained textile conservator. I'm also not a scientist. But a bad "feeling" – call it intuition, or just knowledge from past experiences - made me not want to use essential oils (EOs for short) when making my own thread conditioner, even before I officially started Sew Fine Thread Gloss. I've used EOs for a long time – for a variety of purposes – and I've had some last a long time, and some go bad, rancid, thicken, stain, etc. When making a product that I intended to use on threads and would come in contact with fabrics, on sewn items that I...

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Handsewing 101: Thimbles & Beeswax by Alexis Bailey (link)

Handsewing 101: Thimbles & Beeswax by Alexis Bailey (link)

Intentional, sustainable sewing with a focus on hand sewn garments; this is the passion that drives Alexis Bailey. This passion most recently developed into Thimble and Snip – curated kits that include everything one would need (fabric, patterns and notions) to hand sew selected garments and accessories. I wanted to share a link to Alexis' blog as she published a fantastic overview of thimbles (and a few of the different types she uses/owns) and beeswax in her Handsewing 101 series.  Click here to read Alexis' blog article and be sure to follow her personal account as well as Thimble and Snip's...

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quilt.buzz episode 006: ME!

quilt.buzz episode 006: ME!

Earlier in the year (and in the prime of COVID lockdown) I had the pleasure of being on the Quilt Buzz podcast! I had met 2/3 of the hosts earlier in February at QuiltCon in Austin, TX and it was so nice to catch up with them, as so much had changed since I saw them last! Amanda, Wendy and Anna are amazing quilters each in their own right and I love listening to their episodes! Check out the episode here and let me know what you think! xo – Jenn

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How to use Sew Fine Thread Gloss

How to use Sew Fine Thread Gloss

While some of you may have used some sort of packaged or unpackaged thread conditioner in the past, this blog post is for those of you who are new to using it, and aren't sure how to apply it to your threads.  Having a small tin helps with applying, as well as helps with keeping it clean and making it a portable addition to your sewing kits.   As the above photo illustrates, here are the simple steps to getting that sweet smelling beeswax onto your thread, as well as some handy tips! Thread your needle (or leave it unthreaded -...

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