November UFO & WIP Challenge prize and a new favorite tool

I have put together a nice little package for the November UFO & WIP Challenge prize. If you’re new to my blog, you can find out all of the details for this monthly challenge here.

November UFO & WIP Challenge prize

The prize package for this month includes a fat quarter of black and white pre-printed quilt labels (I don’t know the manufacturer), a Rainy Day Sewing pattern by Thimble Blossoms, Alex Anderson’s Essential 4 in 1 Sewing Tool and my new favorite notion: Diagonal Seam Tape by Cluck Cluck Sew. I’ll tell you more about that in a minute. The total value of this prize is $40 and it is donated by me and my stash!

November UFO & WIP Challenge Prize package @ The Crafty Quilter

My new favorite sewing tool

I have discovered a new favorite sewing tool and it’s so genius and simple and wonderful. It’s Diagonal Seam Tape by Allison at Cluck Cluck Sew and it is sure to make your quilting life so much easier. It’s washi tape that has center and 1/4″ markings on it that will help you sew diagonal seams without the need to mark them. I tried it out today and it’s fabulous!

My new favorite tool for sewing s Diagonal Seam Tape by Cluck Cluck Sew.

You can use it for making half-square triangles, stitch and flip seams or anything that requires a diagonal guideline. You can even use it for your 1/4″ piecing guide. Allison has a great web page that tells you all about it here. I think it’s such a clever design and really easy to use! It attaches to the bed of your sewing machine and it peels off easily when you need to replace it. One roll should last you a long, long time.

My new favorite tool for sewing s Diagonal Seam Tape by Cluck Cluck Sew.

Other news

I’m still numb that it’s November already and Thanksgiving is in a few weeks and Christmas right behind that. I’ve had some exciting things going on in my sewing room. I recently purchased two new sewing machines (Baby Lock) and parted with three sewing machines (so I’m consolidating). I’ll give you all of the details in a separate blog post. But, I give you that information because it takes time to set up and learn how to use a new sewing machine. It’s been fun playing with new toys, but it requires patience and time. Yesterday, I made a little stitch sampler with my favorite applique stitches as a reference guide for my new machine. You can read about how I make them and why here.

I’m almost finished with my sample for a new pattern that I’m designing and it’s wonderful to see it go from a computerized image in EQ8 to a full fledged quilt. I appreciate all of the feed back you gave me in the comments last week about the two quilt options. I went with your top choice which was design number 2 (no sashing). Working on the pattern will be my WIP project for November.

A new pattern designed by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter is coming soon.
A new quilt pattern coming soon!

I also realized that I blew right by Sew Thankful Sunday for November! Oh my gosh. I’ll have it ready this Sunday and it will be full of holiday goodness. Thanks for reading and have a wonderful weekend!

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  1. I am looking for a pattern of your WIP quilt that you were working on in your November 9, 2019 blog. I love it! Is this pattern available for purchase? Thank you!

  2. I found your site today looking for some help with applique. Very good tutorial. Ended up on this page looking at your more recent posts. You mentioned above a separate blog post on your new babylock machines but I couldn’t find it. Could provide a link? Thanks!

  3. Love the tape idea! Will have to look into that. I also love the design choice you went with. And for my UfO and WIP I am hoping to get a charity quilt quilted and decide how to finish a UFO hanging around since the late 1990’s! I need to decide embroidery or no. Not sure I have time for embroidery, so it might be quilting motifs instead.

  4. Love this tape that you are using. I am going to be on the lookout where to buy it. The quilt you shared is really something I would like to make. Thanks for the giveaway.

  5. Julie, I have been using the diagonal seam tape from Cluck Cluck Sew for a couple of weeks and I love it too. What a great idea to have a stitch sampler – so many times I can’t remember which settings to use for a certain stitch that I like on my machine….
    Thank you, as always, for your interesting posts

  6. I too am learning how to use a new machine. I would love to find out more about the tape. Looks like a tool that would speed up the process.

  7. Congratulations on acquiring a new sewing machine! I hope you have many hours of quilty fun with it! Looking forward to seeing your new quilt design come to life!

  8. The pattern you created is beautiful. Just ordered the tape, looking forward to using it to make really accurate seams. Thank you for sharing.

  9. Love the diagonal tape idea, but I have a top loading bobbin with a clear cover that I need to remove to put in a new bobbin (Pfaff 5.2). Guess it won’t work for me!.

  10. I have tried Allison’s Diagonal Seam Tape and it has also become my new favorite tool! Such a simple idea and easy to use…love it! 🙂

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