Have you seen these? Quilter's cool tool of the day...

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

image courtesy of Havel's Sewing
This year I've been very blessed, and extremely lucky, to welcome Havel's Sewing as a sponsor here on Sew at Home Mummy.

So lucky, in fact, that I just had to show you this skookum gadget Havel's has recently released.

I received this cutter a while back, but like with any product I review, wanted to give it a really good using before writing this up for all of you - and I'm happy I did - this is a Quilter's dream tool. Seriously. If you're someone who cuts strips, squares, and more, you should consider this gadget for your Christmas/Wish List this year.

This, my friends, is a Havel's Fabric & Quilt Ruler Cutter. It measures in at 27.5" long and cuts widths up to 6" wide. It has a no-slip grip on the underside, making slipping and sliding next to impossible as you cut. The sliding blade glides easily along the track, and allows for precise, straight cutting - every time.

The Havel's website states that the cutter 'drastically reduces your cutting time' - so I put it to the test.

As some of you may know, I've been hosting a Cotton + Steel swap here at Sew at Home Mummy. As part of the swap, I've allowed international residents to ship their fabric purchased to me, and I offered to cut them for them so as to cut down on their shipping times and costs. I had to cut stacks  of charm squares as a result: 
A photo posted by Erin Davis (@sewathomemummy) on


...I timed myself for the cutting. To cut an entire yard of charm squares ((56) 5"x5" squares) it took:

  • CONVENTIONAL RULER + ROTARY CUTTING: 3min 58sec
  • HAVEL'S FABRIC & QUILT RULER CUTTER: 2min 47sec
Result: it took about 40% longer / more time to cut using a conventional ruler and rotary cutter system over the Havel's Fabric Cutter.

A photo posted by Erin Davis (@sewathomemummy) on



The blade is easily replaceable, and measures in at a standard 45mm size. It literally pops in and out when you need to change it; it's actually much easier to change than most rotary cutter brand's handheld cutters.
image courtesy of Amazon.com
To cut, you simply line up your ruler over your fabric, and depress the blade and slide along the fabric. Zing! Done.

Absolutely fantastic for anyone with arthritis or repetitive strain injuries (I have both, and I can honestly say I felt much less fatigued by using this cutter than by using a conventional system each time I've used it).

The no-slip grip on the bottom of the unit is absolutely BRILLIANT. I can't say enough about it. 

Wanna see it in action?

The ruler is really easy to read, too, being a clear ruler with black measurements marked.

So, after playing with this ruler for several months now, it's honestly become my primary mode of cutting. It's lightweight enough to move around easily; stores away easily hanging from a hook on my wall; the blade has a safety on it so I don't have to worry about my kids being around it.

I can wholeheartedly say that this is a tool that every Quilter should consider. I'm in love!

Thank you to Havel's for giving me the opportunity to add this cutter to my arsenal.

If you own one of these cutters, or, would like to ask me any questions about it, please, let me know in the comments below! I'd love to hear from you!

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Winner announced; Hatbox Swap Update

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Hi all!

The winner of the Rose Room Quilts giveaway has been emailed! The winner of the $25 gift card was:
a Rafflecopter giveaway


Congratulations Nicole! Cindy from Rose Room will be contacting you soon!


Hatbox Update:
I've received fabrics from the following people:


Fat Eighth Group:
AN 85225
DB CMQG
JM 97006
LMJ
ME 22172
PG 23062
RP
SE 82070
SP CMQG
SS CMQG
ST 84120

Still waiting on fabrics from:
CS
JA

Charm Group:
AR 76111 (2 spots)
JM 97006
LMJ 
SP CMQG (2 spots)
ST 84120

All received

I'll be swapping out your fabrics this week and sending them back to you; the charms will probably go out early this week, and depending on when I receive the last two packages of F8's I'll get those out ASAP too :)

The sign-ups for the "Homebody" and "August" swaps will be coming soon - if you'd like to receive an email notification when the sign-up form goes live, enter your email below:
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Hatbox Swap Update

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Hi all!

Quick update on fabrics "received" for the Cotton + Steel "Hatbox" swaps ongoing here at Sew at Home Mummy.
F8 Group:
AN 85225
DB CMQG
ME 22172
RP
SE 82070
SS CMQG
ST 84120

Charm Group:
AR 76111 (2 spots)
SP CMQG (2 spots)
ST 84120

Just a friendly reminder that if you're swapping with us, your package back to me with your cut fabrics should already be in the mail *wink*

As well, if you haven't entered the giveaway here for a $25 gift card to Rose Room Quilts, you can do so on {this post}.

Happy Tuesday everyone!
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A little bloggy-break - a LOT of Doc McStuffins

Saturday, October 18, 2014

original Doc McStuffins image courtesy of Wikipedia
Hi all!

I'm taking a bit of a blogging break for a few days while I focus on family, and especially, my toddler, Audrey.

She'll be on the mend, watching a ton of Disney Jr. channel, I'm sure, with a strong focus on Doc McStuffins (a little girl who pretends to be a doctor to her stuffed animals) and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.

Oh. And most definitely Frozen. Over and over and over again.

Save me.

Hahaha! I jest. She's worth knowing all the words to all the shows and songs and movies.

See you in a couple of days everyone, stay outta trouble!
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Rose Room Quilts: A Giveaway!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Yippee!
It's time for another giveaway!

Up for grabs is a super fantabulous $25 gift card to Rose Room Quilts! WAHOO!!!
Rose Room Quilts was started by Cindy as a blog and an Etsy shop in 2010. Since then the store has expanded to host its own website. Cindy comes from a family of quilters and started sewing at a young age. Her love for stitching, thread, and fabrics has found her doing everything from operating an embroidery business with her mother, to owning a custom window treatment franchise, to selling sewing machines for a major retailer.  She brings this lifetime of experience to you to offer the latest trends in quilting fabric and designs. 

Rose Room Quilts has a great selection of fun modern quilting cottons from manufacturers such as Michael Miller, Riley Blake, Dear Stella and Windham Fabrics. Cindy stocks designer collection bundles and also designs her own custom bundles. 

So!

Want a chance to win $25 to this awesome shop? 
  1. Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter. If you don't have a Facebook account, no worries! Just log into the widget with your email address - you won't be contacted by anyone unless of course, you win! Make sure your email is valid so that I can actually contact you if you win!
  2. Open to International residents
  3. Complete as many or as few options as you'd like to enter! All entries are optional.
  4. Contest closes Friday October 24. Good luck!

A HUGE thank you to Rose Room Quilts for offering up this awesome prize!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
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