Let Me Introduce…

So a few weeks ago I told you all that Simply Solids had joined forces with some of the UK’s greatest sewers and bloggers and that between us we were going to be bringing tutorials and other such fun to the Simply Solids blog – remember?

That’s right we kicked off the proceedings with Hadley.

Well it’s time to introduce another talented member of the team, Julie, who blogs over at Mack and Mabel.

I have sewn since I was a child. I made my first quilt when I was expecting my first child but only seriously started quilting when I retired. I love trying new techniques and designing my own patterns. I used to design projects for craft magazines, so in a way I haven’t retired at all. I’m really looking forward to working with Justine & Lisa and hope to have a lot of fun making and sharing my ideas with you all. ”

You can find Julie over on her blog www.mackandmabel.blogspot.com so please go and say hello, she’s got some great tutorials and makes to share. Julie will be sharing her first tutorial for an awesome cushion in the very near future right here on the Simply Solids blog!

Iron or Press?

Iron or Press is a question on many people’s minds in the sewing community! Here in the UK we tend to iron which can have a massive impact on your sewn items and quilt blocks in particular. Lets look at why!

Ironing is the motion of gliding the iron over the fabric to smooth out wrinkles and puckers but it can stretch the fabric and skew the grain. It takes a lot of effort to iron as you apply pressure to the iron. When you press you use an up down motion, carefully setting the iron up and down across the fabric at regular intervals. This doesn’t require half as much effort as ironing does! So why is this important? Well as I mentoned earlier, ironing distorts fabric and pressing does not, which when you are working with fabrics that have raw edges when you are sewing, you really do not want to distort the fabric as this will have a hugely negative impact on the piece you are working on. Good pressing is the key!

  • Press fabrics before cutting for better accuracy
  • Always test your iron on a scrap piece before pressing new or delicate fabrics, you don’t want to scorch your treasured fabrics right?
  • Use a dry iron to press, that’s right NO steam! Steam distorts fabric which leads to inaccurate cutting & piecing
  • Don’t press over pin heads as they can melt into and ruin your fabric
  • Allow fabric to cool before handling, this protects your fingers as well as the fabric from distorting!
  • Use a starch free spray such as Best Press or Flatter to help remove creases and to hold seams

Using a strach spray is of course a personal preference, Lisa and I both swear by a starch free spray to help remove creases from fabric for both the shop and in our own sewing. We use either Best Press or Flatter and have found them to be equally as good, the difference been that Flatter has no synthetic ingredients and Best Press does.


If you’d like to give either Best Press or Flatter a whirl feel free to use code: iron10 for a cheeky 10% discount. (valid until 01.04.14)

Oodles of new stock!

Gosh it’s been a busy couple of weeks here at Simply Solids HQ as Lisa and I try to get into the groove of working together! There’s been planning and scheming galore behind the scenes and we hope you’re going to LOVE what we’ve got planned.

The new stock is already starting to roll in and I just wanted to show you a selection of what’s arrived.

As well as showcasing some of the awesome fabric stacks we’ve made up too!

Yes that’s right the very gorgeous scrap packs are now back in stock, these are just perfect for sewing smaller projects and of course for English Paper Piecing.

We’ve also had a huge re-stock of Kona Cotton Solids with another delivery arriving this week of Kona, Notions and Moda Pre-Cuts!!

Why don’t you sign up to the Newsletter so you’re the first to hear of all our scrummy fabric arrivals??!

PS: Don’t forget to comment on our previous post telling us what you’d make with a scrap pack if you won one, you might be lucky!