Wednesday, March 19, 2014

A swap gift in progress...

...or maybe this...
I haven't made up my mind yet.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Star Sampler Blog Hop - Star #9

Good day Quilters!

Welcome to my stop on the Inspired by Fabric Star Sampler Blog Hop sponsored by
Fabri-Quilt.  When contacted by Lisa and asked if I would
like to participate, I jumped at the chance. 

Here's the star I selected!  It has a very traditional
look but is pieced together in a  much simpler way.

So let's get started!

And there you have it! 
For a chance to win one of 3 fat quarter bundles of Marblehead Venetian Glass, sign up to follow Inspired by Fabric on their blog (using the "follow" button or the "follow by email" button in the right hand side bar) and leave an email letting us know you did, as well as telling us your favorite star block. You can leave a comment to enter once for each post during the Star Sampler hop (9 entries total). The giveaway will be open through Monday, March 17th at 11:59 EST, and we'll randomly pick 3 winners on Wednesday of that week. 

Make sure you catch the tutorial for all the blocks in the sampler!

March 4: Connie from Free Motion by the River
March 5: Joanne
March 6: Fabri-Quilt blog team
March 7: Dawn Stewart from Spring Water Designs
March 10: Heidi from The Whimsical Workshop
March 11:Fabri-Quilt blog team
March 12: Shanna from Fiber of All Sorts
March 13: Tammy from Tamarinis
Thank you for visiting and I hope you'll return again soon!
Till next time...

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

An AWESOME find...

...for those of you who like to English paper piece.
Several years ago Bonnie Hunter has blogged about buying a hexagon paper punch she had found in a craft store and how fabulous it was.  Right then and there I knew I wanted one.  Not enough to go online and buy one but enough to comb the scrapbooking aisles of every craft store I went into to find one.  I'd always find lots of punches but never hexagon ones.  This hexagon punch had become my unicorn...a myth that people hear about but never see.
Well...while roaming the aisles of JoAnn's the other day, I FINALLY found what I had been searching for all these years...and not just one but THREE! 
X-Large = 1" hexagon
Large = 3/4" hexagon (the one I use most)

and the Medium = 1/2" hexagon
Pretty fabulous...right?!  Never more will I have to order least in these sizes.  When I got home I did a little math to figure out what kind I'll be saving cost wise.
I used coupons to buy all three:
  • X-Large retails for $ it for $10.79
  • Large retails for $ it for $8.99
  • Medium retails for $ it for $6.59

Now onto the saving for the pieces themselves.  I compare the prices of what it would cost me to buy them from a manufacturer/retailer versus using a 250 sheet ream of 65 lb. paper that costs $15.99 from WalMart.

  • 1 ream makes 5,000 pieces = Total $15.99
  • 4 pkgs of 1000 @ $35.00 each + 2 pkgs of 100 @ $3.50 each = Total $147

  • 1 ream makes 8750 pieces = Total $15.99
  • 5 pkgs of 1500 pieces @$35.00 each + 1 pkgs of 750 @ $19.00 + 4 pkg at $3.50 8,750  = Total $206
  • 1 ream makes 20,000 pieces = Total $15.99
  • 13 pkgs of 1500 pieces @ $35.00 each + 2 pkgs of 250 @ $3.50 each makes 20,000 = Total $462

One last thing...on top of all those savings, the punches have a lifetime warranty so save that receipt in case you ever need to get a replacement. 

A pretty awesome and thrifty deal if you ask me. 

Now I'm off to go do some EPP!

Till next time...