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Product Review: Huion L4S Light Pad

After years of tracing appliqué designs onto fusible web without the aid of a light table, I finally gave in and purchased a light pad to make it easier to do this. While I’ve been using a window, when required, this doesn’t work very well at night, so I thought that having a light pad would be a big help.

I hadn’t looked at light tables or pads for several years and was pleasantly surprised to find that there have been big improvements in this area. Previously light tables were thick and bulky and were rather pricey. In searching for a light pad, I discovered that there are now a variety of choices in different price points making it easy for you to find exactly the size you want at a price with which you can be comfortable.

 
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Image courtesy of www.amazon.com

 

I chose the Huion L4S light pad due to the price point and the size. While I do have to plug it into the USB port on my laptop to use it (I could’ve bought a battery option, which was quite a bit more expensive), I don’t find that this is an inconvenience.

 
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Image courtesy of www.amazon.com

 

Once I’ve plugged it into my laptop, I press the button to turn it on and hold my finger there until it reaches the desired brightness. The nice feature of this light pad is that the light on it is dimmable. By simply keeping my finger on the on/off button, the light on it will dim. A nice feature to have! The Huion L4S light pad is also surprisingly lightweight and thin. This makes it easy to transport and store as well.

 
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Image courtesy of www.amazon.com

 

I found that the light on the Huion L4S was bright enough, not only for me to trace through fusible web, but also to trace on freezer paper. I hadn’t expected that and was pleasantly surprised by this ability.

I’m happy with this purchase and look forward to putting it to use on my next fusible web appliqué project. If you are considering purchasing a light table, I can definitely recommend the Huion L4S light pad.

To see more features of the Huion L4S light pad, click on the image below to watch a video on my YouTube channel.

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Book Review: Scrappy & Happy Quilts

Looking for a book to help you clear out some of your fabric scraps? Scrappy & Happy Quilts by Kate Henderson will help you do this!

 
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Image courtesy of Martingale

 

In Scrappy & Happy Quilts, Kate is creating modern, graphic designs using two or three colours with an additional background fabric, typically a light shade such as white or cream. While you might think that this would preclude using your fabric scraps, this isn't so: you will just be pulling from a specific colour of your scrap bins, not all of them. 

These designs are mostly pieced although there are a few paper pieced projects too. Lots of half-square triangles, which I love!

 
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Image courtesy of Martingale

 

The designs in this book have lots of opportunities to work with a controlled palette, even if you are using fabric scraps. The quilts are also perfect for practising your free motion or walking foot quilting skills.

To see more of Scrappy & Happy Quilts, please click on the image below to watch it on my YouTube channel.

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Product Review: Pilot Frixion Pen

Looking for the perfect pen to use on tracing appliqué or embroidery designs on fabric? Well, the truth is that there isn’t one perfect pen: there are air erasable, water erasable, chalk, etc. and each of them have their pros and cons. My favourite temporary marking pen to use is the Pilot Frixion pen. It creates an easy to see mark that can be erased later by the heat of an iron.

There is one possible problem: there are rumours that the marks might come back when exposed to cold. To see if this was true, I decided to put the Pilot Frixion pen to the test.

I could easily remove the marks made by the Frixion pen with my iron as the ink is removed with heat. Remember, these pens were originally designed to be used on paper and not for fabric (don’t use a Frixion pen to write a cheque!). While the marks came off easily using an iron, I wanted to see if they would come back when exposed to extreme cold.

After tracing a few designs onto cotton fabric, I put the sample in my freezer and left it overnight. I thought that this would probably be the coldest that my fabric might ever get – and hopefully it never gets this cold in my studio! The marks did come back on the fabric, but I could still easily remove them again with the heat of an iron.

There can be similar issues with other types of temporary fabric marking pens, so always be sure to do a test before you use a product on your fabric and find out that the marks come back and can’t be erased again.

To learn more about using Pilot Frixion pens on your fabric projects, click on the image below to watch a video on my YouTube channel.

If you haven’t tried out the Pilot Frixion pen, I would encourage you to do so. They are inexpensive and readily available in most office supply stores or you can click here to get some for your studio.

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Book Review: Lunch-Hour Wool Minis

Lunch-Hour Wool Minis by Kathy Brown is another book in the Lunch-Hour series from That Patchwork Place. It includes 14 small wool appliqué projects which are portable and small enough to complete quickly. 

 
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Photo courtesy of www.martingale-pub.com

 

I'm really enjoying the various books in the Lunch-Hour series as they are small enough to finish quickly and many of them are portable. I love appliqué and hand embroidery and this book has projects using these techniques. If you haven't seen my reviews on some of the other books, just click here.

Kathy includes information in the front of the book explaining the type of wool to use in these projects and her best tips for wool appliqué. This is very helpful if you have never worked with wool before as it is a bit different than using cotton fabric.

 
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Photo courtesy of www.martingale-pub.com

 

The projects in Lunch-Hour Wool Minis include wall hangings and other similar type projects, but there are also some more unusual projects, such as adding wool appliqué to an oar or to a key holder. 

 
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Photo courtesy of www.martingale-pub.com

 

To see more of the projects in Lunch-Hour Wool Minis, click on the image below to watch a video on my YouTube channel.

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Book Review: Mini-Charm Quilts

Mini-Charm Quilts is another wonderful addition to the Moda All-Stars series of quilts from That Patchwork Place, an imprint of Martingale. If you haven’t watched my review of some of the previous books in the Moda All-Stars series, just click here to be taken to my book review playlist.

 
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Photo courtesy of www.martingale-pub.com

 

As you have probably guessed from the title, this time the Moda All-Stars have created projects based on mini-charm packs. If you don’t know what a mini-charm is, it’s a 2½” x 2½” square and you can buy mini-charm packs, just like charm packs, with a variety of fabrics from one collection.

In Mini-Charm Quilts, various Moda designers have created 18 projects based on these 2½” square packs. You’ll find a pincushion, small quilts, a table runner, and wall hangings. Since the basis of the projects are small 2½” squares, the projects are also small – no bed quilts in this book!

 
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Photo courtesy of www.martingale-pub.com

 

Working with purchased mini-charm packs makes fabric selection super simple – it’s already done for you. You could, of course, cut your own mini charms, but it’s so much easier to buy the little packs – plus, they are adorable!

You’ll notice that some of the projects use more than one mini-charm pack, so if you want to make one of these projects, be sure to check the fabric requirements carefully.

 
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Photo courtesy of www.martingale-pub.com

 

If you don’t have mini-charm packs yet – and they’re so cute, you’ll want to get some – you can also use your scrap fabric to make these projects.

For more information on Mini-Charm Quilts, click on the image below to watch a video on my YouTube channel.

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