Meet The Hamel-Lites….Kathy


Kathy works hard behind the scenes on our website and social media.  She takes photos of new products to create our weekly newsletter.  She started working at Hamels in 1994 while studying fashion design in college.  Kathy has been sewing since her high school days for over 20 years and caught the quilting bug in 1994 after watching an episode of “Quilting in The Heartland”.   Her favorite fabric is anything pink and pretty.  The inspiration she receives from fabric, projects, all the great staff and customers alike is what she enjoys most about working at Hamels.  The “Dritz Fine Point Disappearing Ink Pen” for light to medium fabrics is her  favorite notion. while the “Clover White Water Soluble Marking Pen”, is her favorite for dark fabrics.  Her sewing space is a designated section of her family room.  Kathy also enjoys cake decorating, photography and hiking.  Her motto is “A year from now you will wish you had started today”.

Tuesday’s Tip With Terry…..What Do I do With All These Patterns?

new-testAre you overtaken by patterns everywhere?  Finding the right system to organize all your patterns can be challanging.  I tend to be somewhat of a “Neat Freak”, so I delveoped a system to keep things tidy utilizing minimum space in my sewing studio.  This system can be used for your quilt patterns as well as your garment or craft patterns.   BinderThe first thing you will need to get is a sturdy large binder.  I prefer binders with “D” rings as it makes it easier to flip between the patterns.  You will also need clear sheet protectors,  9′ x 12″ (approx) size envlopes. scissors and tape.  I personally like to use envelopes that are 7 1/2″ x 10 1/2″.  label  Patterns will have an inventory number on them.  They will vary by desinger but it will be printed somewhere on the pattern.  I use these numbers as a filing system along with the Desinger or comapny name.  (This especillay works well for garmet sewing patterns).  Once you find these numbers, write them on the top left corner of the an evelope.  I write the designer or company name on the top right of the envleope.  This makes it very easy for searching patterns when they are filed away.  Place the pattern ,instruction, templates, etc inside the envelope.  If they are garmet sewing patterns you can use different envelopes for different pattern sizes  These envelopes can be filed in numerical order in boxes or a filing cabinet.









The pattern sleeves go inside the sheet protectors. I like to cut the sheet protectors to the size of the pattern sleeve and tape the open side.  sheet

Now the patterns sleeves/covers can be placed in the binder for storage.  If you cut the sheet protector to the size of the pattern sleve, you can place two in the binder side by side.


Tab dividers can be used to catagorize your patterns.


One of the advantages of filing your patterns this way is that it protects your pattern sleeves.  When you are ready to start a new project, just take your pattern from the binder and off to shopping you go.


Ice Cream EspressoSo here we are in what I like to call “The Transition Period”.  It’s that time at the cusp of Fall.  Not quite cold enough for all the winter attire and yet not warm enough for all the delights of summer.  Whether you live on the “East Coast”, “West Coast”, or in between, this is the time where we say goodbye to warm sunny days and hello to the upcoming winter.  This is the perfect time to enjoy an “Affogato”  This Italian treat is simply made with vanilla ice cream delicately topped with a shot of espresso, and finished with a garnish of chocolate sprinkles.  The rich creamy ice cream is infused with the warm sweet crema, (the top sweet frothy layer of the espresso).  It’s a perfect mix to enjoy the memories of summer while reflecting on those chilly days yet to come.  It’s also the prefect compliment for a long quilting session.  MMMMMMM!

Honeycomb Wine Coasters Tutorial

aWith holidays slowly creeping up on us, here is the perfect project to make.  These Honeycomb Wine Coasters are great for entertaining and make the perfect host/hostess gift.  They are quick and easy to make using only one Moda Honeycomb Pack.  Follow the tutorial below from Moda Bake Shop, by Emily Thompson to make these great wine coasters.


1 Moda Honeycomb.  Note: you only need 4 per coaster

Garnishes (Optional)

7″ x 17″ Iron-on vinyl such as Heat N Bond, enough for 4 coasters



1 Moda Honeycomb (I used Color Me Happy by V & Co.) – Note: you only need 4 per coaster7″ x 17″ Iron-on vinyl such as Heat N Bond, enough for 4 coasters


2. Optional step: I decided to apply iron-on vinyl to just the bottom of my coasters to provide some additional protection on the tabletop. Follow the instructions on your particular brand of iron-on vinyl. I was able to get all 4 honeycombs side to side under the 7″ x 17″ piece of vinyl. I put a piece of tissue paper or scrap paper under the honeycombs that are to be the bottoms, laid them out in a row face up on top, and then ironed the vinyl onto the paper and fabric, so that there wasn’t any overlap of the vinyl onto my ironing board. Once it’s all ironed down, simply cut out along the edge of the fabric and the paper underneath comes right off the back!


Lay the bottoms down side by side over tissue paper or something to protect your ironing board. Following directions for your vinyl, lay the vinyl over the bottoms. Be sure to cover all the fabric!


Following directions for your vinyl, iron the vinyl down.  Mine said to have my iron at medium heat and to place the paper backing over the vinyl while pressing.


After pressing, peel away the paper from the vinyl and cut out close to the fabric edge.


The tissue paper isn’t attached and just peels right away!


Now all the bottoms are ready!

4. Ok, let’s build a coaster. Place the piece that will be the bottom right side up on your table. Place the first half honeycomb on the bottom piece, lining up the edges. The second half honeycomb stacks on top, slightly overlapping the first one. See the photo for placement. The last half honeycomb stacks on top of both the first and second. You’ll slip one edge of the third half honeycomb underneath the edge of the first one so they are all interlocked. Be sure the edges are all lined up with the bottom piece! Pin these in place.


5. I bet you saw that Moda put a fancy plastic template in your honeycomb bundle. Do you see the little holes in each corner? Those clever people placed those holes 1/4″ from the edge so you know when to stop sewing and pivot your needle. They’re so nice :) Place this template on top of the whole pinned up coaster, lining up the edges as best you can. Use a marker to dot each corner through the template.


6. Let’s sew it together! Now at your sewing machine, you’ll start along one edge, sewing 1/4″ seam on the top side of this little bundle. Stop at the dot you made and pivot your needle so you can continue on each side until you meet your starting point and secure your threads. Now you have a coaster – almost.



7. I iron lightly before I turn it all right side out. You’ll need something pointy to crisp up your corners. Once you have it all turned right side out, you can press again, but don’t iron directly onto the vinyl if you did that part! You should see a hole in the center of the top if you wiggle the fabric around. That’s where your wine glass stem will come out, with the half honeycombs all snuggled around the base.



8. Pour yourself some red, white, or pink and snuggle your coaster over the bottom of your glass. Ta-da! Make one or twenty, but people will think you’re pretty clever. Did I hear somebody say mimosas?



4 or more awesome wine glass coasters!

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