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January 25, 2008

Come on over and play with us, you know you want to…

Filed under: Morning Musings, Product Review, stuff to buy — jackie @ 10:46 am

Good morning readers.

Last night I had the awesome experience of being able to see Reba & Kelly in concert. What a treat! It was the best concert I have ever been to. If they are coming to your town, get tickets now. You won’t be diappointed.

The Weekly book challenge is under way and there have been some great examples posted over on the Flickr site. Come on over and play with us. Skill level is not important. The idea is to get you to try new things with your binding, possibly learn something along the way and of course, the big one, have fun!

If you’re a beginner and are not sure where to start, try the simple sewn book tutorial or the basic accordion book from my guides page. Both syles are easy to put together and allow for a good deal of creativity when it comes to the covers.

Of note:

Rhonda of the My Handbound Books blog has reposted her Origami Waterlily Book tutorial.

Janette Hefernan has a new DVD out, The Leather Bound Book DVD with Peter Goodwin. If you’re familiar with the Bookbinding With Peter Goodwin series of DVD’s then you’ll know that they are all informative as well as entertaining to watch. This new one is no exception. I’ll have a full review of the DVD this weekend for you.

I hope everyone has a great day!

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January 11, 2008

I would like to thank all the quilters out there…

Filed under: Morning Musings, Product Review — jackie @ 11:16 am

for making the craft so popular that they continually come up with new and better products to help you all make quilts better and easier but that are also a bonus to us bookbinders.

Good morning dear readers.

Have you ever had one of those moments when the heavens opened up above you and you hear angels sing? I had one of those experiences this morning when the answer to my prayers happened right before my eyes.

I’ve never been quite happy with Heat N Bond Lite as an adhesive for sandwiching thin fabric and tissue paper together for making book covers so on a whim I bought a package of Steam A Seam when I was at my local JoAnns Fabric store the other day. It looked interesting and the lite version is made especially for sheer and lightweight fabrics and promised that it would fuse two fabrics together without making them heavy and stiff. It also promises not to bubble. Uh huh…

Well…let’s just say I am in love. It does all that it says and more. I used it on a piece of Dupioni silk. With the Heat N Bond I alsways had a problem with bubbles and sometimes with the adhesive bleeding through to the front making the silk darker in appearance.

Because it is a little pricier, I think I will continue to use the Heat N Bond for cottons and linens but for thinner fabrics I will switch to the Lite Steam A Seam.

It comes in 9″x12″ precut sheets as well as by the yard. I found the precut pieces at JoAnns and saw it by the yard at our local quilt shop. It’s also available online.

(Edited to add: the 9″x12″ sheets come 5 to a pack and would be perfect for smaller projects.)

If you haven’t already figured it out :o, I am working on my scraps challenge book and should have it up later this afternoon. If you haven’t been over to the Flickr site yet, check it out as There has been a challenge book posted and I have put up the challenge for next week.

I hope everyone has a great day.

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