Try it out. I promise you won't be disappointed!
Watch this little video for more information about the reasons I love Aurifil:
I'm a Aurifil Master Designer. For more information on my Aurifil Thread Collections, click below
|German script fabric in red|
|Take a piece of duct tape (about 6", or the length of your sewing machine bed) and cut it 1/4" wide.|
|Put your needle in the down position. Line up your ruler right against the needle. Don't put pressure on the needle, just make sure the ruler is flush against it. Then line up the ruler markings to be parallel with your throat plate to make sure it is straight.|
|Using your ruler as a guide, place your piece of tape from the throat plate onto your machine bed (right up against the ruler). |
Now you can start sewing! It's that easy!
|When sewing corner triangles, you typically need to draw a line down the wrong-side center of the square that you're sewing on. When you have a ton of those blocks to sew, though, drawing all those lines can be tedious! With the tape guideline, you just need to put your needle down in the top corner and follow the tail end of the other corner as it is lined up with the left side of your guideline. Keep the corner lined up with the guideline and you'll come out with a perfectly straight line down the middle of your square.|
|Instead of drawing a line down the center of the fabric and sewing 1/4" to the right and left to make two half square triangles, just place your square in the machine with the top point lined up with your 1/4" presser foot (the other point will line up on the right side of the guideline) Put your needle in to start and stitch, keeping the block straight the whole time, then flip it around and do the same to the other side. Usually I will chain stitch pieces like this and do a whole row of seams on the left and then flip all of my pieces around and do the other side.|
|When you cut down the middle and open each side, you'll have two perfect half square triangles without having to draw a line down the middle of the square each time.|
|When you're just piecing with regular 1/4" seams, line up your piece with the right of the tape. I like to take a scant seam, so when I can see a tiny bit of the tape, I know I'm right in line. If I don't see any, my seam is too big, and if I see too much sparkle, my seam is too scant.|
|I liked having this bar in the booth because it made it feel like a real old-fashioned sweet shop. |
The quilt behind me, Meadow Weaver, shows off my newest fabric line from Penny Rose coming out in the fall. The red color-way is shown on a poster next to the quilt.
|I rented this glass case and put in real truffles, bon bons, and petit fours, because you can't have a sweet shop without real sweets. I had my latest patterns and quilts displayed as a "treat" in the case as well. We handed out little chocolates for people who came by the booth.|
One of the patterns I really wanted to display was my Sweet Delights pincushion pattern,which I originally wrote years ago. I made up the little pincushions in the Meadow Sweets fabric and they turned out so cute:
|Because we were local, I was able to bring in large pieces of furniture that I can't take when I usually travel for market. This china hutch was also used in my ice cream shop five years ago!|
The two red/pink quilts are new designs also using Meadow Sweets fabric. Penny Candy and Strawberry Tart. Patterns will be available for these in a few months.
I love these glass apothecary jars that we bought for my daughter's wedding a few years ago. I use them all the time! Christmas, parties, and when we're not doing anything fancy they hold notions in my studio.
|I always have my signature black and white floor, but this Sweet Shop sticker might be my favorite thing! I got the inspiration from my daughter's wedding when we had a sticker printed for their dance floor.|
|I borrowed this antique candy scale from a boutique here in Utah. I thought it really added to the Sweet Shop charm. You can see my "Meadow Sweets" fabric line displayed on the bookshelves. It'll be coming out in October!|
|I won the Best Booth Award!|
|Me and Margaret in the Sugar Sister's cute booth. Don't we look like sisters?|
|My sister Margaret helps me out with my booth nearly every market and my nieces and daughter were able to come to this one as well since it was in Salt Lake.|
|Carina Gardner and Sugar Sisters Design (both designers for Riley Blake) also won booth awards. Our booths were all on the same corner of market. I guess it was a lucky corner!|