Meet The Hamel-Lites……Terry


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You probably have either talked to Terry on the phone,  been helped by him in the store, taken one of his classes or read his blog posts, (like this one).  Yup that’s me.  At Hamel’s I am responsible for social media and promotional marketing.  However, the other staff like to call me “Go To Guy”.  I started working at Hamels this past summer,  although I belonged to the family of customers prior to my career here.  Assisting customer to select fabrics for their creations is one of the great benefits of working here.  Working with my peers, which are like a great big family is another.  I have been sewing since grade 8, when everyone was required to take sewing in school, and quilting for over 15 years.  Although I am very eclectic with fabric, my favourite fabrics are the Civil War reproductions.  Being a typical male I love all sorts of tools and gadgets, so it is hard to pick a favourite notions.  I would have to say that any ruler or tool that helps with short cuts would be a favorite.  A great example would be Quilt in a Day’s Triangle Square Up Ruler.   You can read about that ruler in a previous blog post by Clicking Here.  I have a designated sewing room.  I like to call it “A twist on the man cave”.  It’s equipped with all the sewing essentials along with computer, stereo cafe chairs and a TV.  Now that’s my version of a man cave!  I also like biking, reading and consuming copious amounts of coffee with friends.  My motto in life is “If you haven’t made someone smile or laugh today, then you haven’t tried hard enough”.

Tuesday Tip With Terry……. Best Pressing With Best Press


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When piecing together your quilt blocks, it can be a challenge to keep those seams in alignment, Especially if you pre-wash your fabric.  One of the reason for this has to do with the weave of the fabric shifting and distorting of  the shape fabric.  Many people have turned to old-fashioned starch to stiffen their fabric.  While this does work, there are downfalls to using starch.  Spray starch tends to be sticky and sometimes can even clump on fabric.  It also can cause problems with your sewing machine while you sew through the fabric, gumming up your needle and your sewing machine.  The best way to avoid this is to use a product called Marry Ellen’s Best Press.  As it comes in a variety of scents, (also available in fragrance free), it can leave a pleasant aroma while you sew.  It’s perfect for removing wrinkles from your fabric and also acts as a stain guard.  Best Press is acid free and safe to use.

Half Sqaure Triangles


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Half square triangles are found in many quilt patterns.  They are fun and easy to make.  You can square up your half square triangles with the traditional method using a  regular square up ruler.  However, using Quilt in a Day’s  9 1/2″ Triangle Square Up Ruler, or a 6 1/2″ Triangle Square Up Ruler, will save you time and makes the task of squaring up much easier and faster.  Below is a video from Elenor Burns of Quilt in a Day demonstrating the traditional method and the time saving method with her Triangle Square Up Rulers.  It’s a little vintage video that shows this technique well.

Christmas Craft Crawl’n


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The 12th Annual Chilliwack Christmas Craft Crawl is on once again. Be sure to visit our guest artisan, Margaret from Willow Cottage.  Her beautiful scarves are available for sale in our store on the second floor.  She personally selects the fabric for each scarf and handcrafts them herself.MM

We also have Hamels staff member Maureen’s handcrafted placemat sets.  You can find them on both floors of the store at the cutting tables.  And of course be sure to have a hot apple cider and a ginger cooke on the way in.  MMMMM.  The perfect visitnew3