Looking Back: QuiltCon 2015 Favorites

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It’s hard to believe it’s been almost two months since I headed to Texas for QuiltCon 2015. It was my first time attending the conference and I had a magnificent time. You can read more about my experience at the show over on DIY Network’s Made + Remade and my travels through Texas here.

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As a quilt lover and writer I really adored the vendor show floor at QuiltCon. It was great to get meet many of my favorite designers, learn more about new fabric lines coming out and try my hand with some products I’d been anxious to get a crack at. For my final QuiltCon recap I’m sharing some of my favorite products I discovered and interactions I had while in Austin. Hopefully you might like them, too. (more…)

Crafty Review: Rowenta Pro Master

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After coming back from QuiltCon last month one of the tools I knew I needed to really think about back in my craft room is my iron. I run my irons really hard, from pressing quilts to my husband ironing shirt after shirt for a work trip. Unfortunately I’ve not found an iron that has been strong enough to last a long time in my craft studio. Until now, thanks to Rowenta.

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The Rowenta Pro Master has been a powerhouse in my craft studio recently. I received an iron to try from Rowenta out and I was blown away but what a quality, well-made iron could do for my sewing projects. What really grabbed my attention? Take a look.

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The water funnel to the iron is capped closed and has a longer channel to keep the water from running out while filling it. Once the maximum water level has been reached the top is closed so that the water can’t spill out. Irons leaking water has been one of my biggest pet peeves in the craft studio; I won’t have to worry about that with the Rowenta Pro Master.

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The iron is heavy, but not in a bad way. It feels sturdy and rugged, making it almost impossible to accidentally tip over while quickly ironing. The weight of the iron’s body helps create easier ironing from start to finish. Even fat quarters that have been folded in my stash for a long time release their wrinkles thanks to the force and even-distribution soleplate of this iron.

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See the rounded point? It’s perfect for ironing smaller opens, corners and other precision-needed components. I’ve been making a lot of the Hour Baskets leading up to Easter and this new iron has been perfect for making sure the boxed corners are pressed and crisp.

I’ve been contemplating several irons recently, from cordless models to irons that can be rested horizontally as opposed to on its heel. I’ excited to say that my search is over. I’m sticking with the Rowenta Pro Master as my go-to iron in my craft studio; you may want to, too.

Looking for some crafty inspiration? Check out Rowenta’s video, featuring craft guru Lotta Jansdotter, on how to make a patchwork coaster from a few years back.

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Let’s #Write_On!

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April is National Letter Writing Month and Egg Press and Hello!Lucky want you to ‪write on‬! From April 1-30 mail lovers are being asked to send a piece of mail every day. Now that’s an assignment I like! My card stash has been reorganized and is ready for the challenge.

Would you like to receive a piece of mail from me in April? Add your name to my Write On address book below. Make sure to follow #write_on to see what participants are sending out. And check out Write On’s website to sign up for your free starter kit.