The open house was tons of fun! I am very excited about Metropolitan Quilts' new designs and was thrilled to see all the customer quilts hanging from the Farmer's Wife classes and the Great Escape Retreat back in June. Check out the photos on my Picasa photo album.
I demonstrated the Strip Tube Ruler from Cozy Quilts ... a fast and fun way to cut pieced or plain half square triangles from a tube. Clever! I definitely recommend using starch to stiffen the bias edges of the blocks. I can't wait to make the Transitions pattern I bought two years ago ... with no idea there was a ruler to make it a snap!
And I demonstrated Pilot's new FriXion pens. I think these pens are terrific for marking quilt tops, including embroidery and applique. A quick touch with your iron instantly removes the marks. If you don't want to touch your work with an iron, simply hover the iron with steam over your work and the markings disappear. I had gone to great lengths to avoid marking my quilt top but no more! I eagerly await a color that is visible on dark fabrics.