Thursday, April 24, 2014

Who Knew?

Last year I wrote a post on my favorite new rotary cutter. I did get lots
of feedback on it from people popping into the shop wanting to know why I loved
it so much more then the old one, besides the color and quick change blade feature,
I love it because of the way it feels in my hand, and yes I really do still love it.

I never gave thought to when the rotary cutter was invented or why all the OLFA 
cutting tools had yellow handles until Debbie from Quilting Possibilities shared a
link on her shops Facebook page. I love learning about unique, quirky little
details so I was happy when I clicked over to find some fun facts about
OLFA and the tool that really changed quilting.

Invented in 1979, the same year I graduated from high school, I'm pretty
sure at the time that Yoshio Okada had no idea that he would shake up
the quilting world. And the yellow handle that we all have come to 
associate the OLFA cutter with, it was pretty easy, he wanted his
tools to be easily seen in toolboxes. 

Mr. Okada passed away in 1990 but I'm pretty sure he'd be
pleased with the new Splash Rotary Cutter and with the
direction that OLFA has gone with all it's cool new tools. 

So when you grab your rotary cutter give a quick nod to Mr. Okada for
making our lives so much easier...I know I will!


Until Next Time
Be Kind

Kelly Ann

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Happy Earth Day

Today is Earth Day and Spring has finally arrived...
I can't wait to get back into the garden and
for the arrival of my favorite flowers
but for now this picture will have to do!


My lime green coneflowers are just waiting to pop up 
and I can't wait...

Until Next Time
Be Kind

Kelly Ann

Friday, April 4, 2014

I'm a nut...

I'm a nut for notebooks...
notepads..
anything having to do with paper...
Bring me paper and pencil 


What started off as a simple blog post about my love of notebooks ended up with me spending
lots and lots and yes LOTS of time on Pinterest...I now have a new board, Notebook Love
and then I came across this blog tutorial on how to make a notebook cover...
so many covers to make...and so little time..

So..how about you...do you like to put pencil to paper? Any future notebook covers for you?

Until Next Time
Be Kind

Kelly Ann

Sunday, March 30, 2014

How Often Do You...

Change your sewing machine needle?

Have you ever experienced a popping noise when sewing? You know that
pop pop pop of the needle as it tries to push it's way through your fabric.
Your very dull needle is asking your machine to work double-time stabbing
your beautiful fabric over and over, shredding the fibers and hacking at the thread.
Does this sound awful?
Don't believe me?
Check out this picture...
photo courtesy Schmetzneedles.com/blog

Over on the Schmetz Needle blog I came across this post and
I love what Rhonda says at the end of the post...

CHANGE YOUR NEEDLE

I change my needle after each big project or every two bobbins. I can
hear when I've waited too long to change my needle so I came up with the bobbin
rule so I don't over work my machine or damage my fabric. Needles are inexpensive, machine repair is not...so be kind to your machine and change your needle.

Until Next Time
Be Kind

Kelly Ann

Thursday, March 13, 2014