Monday, December 21, 2015

Paper Pieces

I was recently in Paducah, KY, for a quilting retreat with friends. We made a stop at Paper Pieces, a shop (and on-line store) for paper piecing supplies. Before I get into this post, I just want you to know I am not in any way being compensated for this write-up. I am just a happy customer (and my friends tell me an enabler). The owner and staff were VERY friendly, informative, and welcoming. The shop itself is small but well stocked with all your paper piecing needs. I bought the coolest things.

First, I purchased a great portable work table. Here are the pictures from their website (although they really don’t do the table justice—mine is cuter).

This thing is ingenious. It tilts, it has a place for three spools of thread, a little magnet to hold your needles, a cloth cover along with a heat-proof cover for ironing, and the cloth cover even has a little pocket on it. When all the covers are taken off, sandpaper has been added to the top. That feature is great for holding your fabric in place while tracing pattern pieces. It even tilts. One of the best things about it is that it is made in the USA. This is a well thought out piece.

My other purchase was a small ring-type cutter for cutting thread.

The owner of the shop told us this cutter was originally made for cutting fishing line, but the fisherman's wife used it for cutting her sewing threads when she couldn’t find her scissors. She liked it SO much she gave cutters to her friends, and they all loved it too. I plan to use it when traveling. I figure it will be much easier to get to than scissors when I’m sewing in the car AND I can use it on a plane. The cutter rings come in black or pink.

 

I wanted to buy lots of things at the shop but didn’t since I will be working “forever” on my big hexagon project. If you ever get to Paducah, stop by. If not, you can always shop online here.

3 comments:

Robbie said...

As you know I just happened upon Paper Pieces web site and ordered some paper hex's as well as an acrylic template. It's hard to find 5/8" size hex's. They sent my order out immediately! I was SO happy with the prices too. Since I can't get to KY, I'll continue to order online! Thanks for the 'table' review!! Interesting!

desertskyquilts said...

Both of those look like great innovations. I love the table - for hexagons, yes, but it would be great for my crazy quilting, too. I'm always using my closed laptop as a table, and it doesn't tilt!

Kathleen Loomis said...

Hi Beth -- just visiting to say Happy New Year and how much I enjoy reading your blog. Almost as good as seeing you in person! keep up the good work...

kathy