How much do you love Craftsy? I see a lot of hands raised! From classes, to patterns, to supplies and much, much more...Craftsy has become a part of many of our Quilting lives...they truly have Sweetened my quilting life!
When I was approached about joining a Craftsy Blog Hop, it didn't take but a second to say yes! Thank you Julie @Pink Doxies and Sandra @mmm! Quilts for including me in this fun Blog Hop! There will be many reviews happening this week, lots of giveaways and of course, maybe meet a new blogger you may not be familiar with! Total WIN WIN, don't you think?
As an added bonus: all classes reviewed on the blog hop will be 50% off! Sweet!
So, let's get to it! Let's talk Craftsy!!
I do a lot of tiny piecing. Whether it's improv or paper piecing, they both have one thing in common...lots and lots of seams and rotary cutting!
There has to be a better way, a perfect solution, a time saver (and knee saver), effectively efficient! And I found it! A Steam Fast Mini Iron and a Folding Cutting/Pressing Mat.
|Steam Fast Mini Iron|
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First, let's talk about the iron. You wouldn't think such a tiny thing would be so mighty! Oh, but it is! It's light weight (under 1 pound), has a long cord (always welcome) and heats up in under a minute. My seams and wrinkles are no match for this 'hot & steamy' travel iron.
When finger pressing is not enough, I find myself repeatedly getting up and walking to the iron board...over and over and over and over! All for one little pressed seam! Crazy!
I don't have the ideal sewing space, so having my 'station' compact and efficient is very important. I need things at my fingertips and this set-up has been a life saver!
Small projects such as this paper pieced star, involves numerous seams. You can see how crisp and clean the seams are. Honestly, I was so impressed with this little iron from the start. I wasn't sure it would live up to my standards, but it has and then some.
There is no denying the crispness of the press! In case you are still unsure, check out the back seams!
You can choose to use the iron with steam or without and while there isn't a 'burst' of steam button, it isn't needed at all! The steam and the heat is enough for perfectly pressed seams every time.
The proof is in the pudding, as they say!
What about the Folding Cutting/Pressing Mat? You can see from the previous pictures that it has all the bells and whistles needed for cutting. The trademark yellow lines, 45 degree lines, and of course...inches! If you don't need both sides simply fold one side under the other! With three (3) sizes available, you can pick the size that is right for you and your space.
While making this paper pieced rainbow star, it was a breeze to stand up from my machine and trim each seam. Slice, dice and press!
This has been the perfect set-up for me at home, but it doesn't end there! These are the perfect travel companions! Small and compact! Take them to your Guild meetings, sewing with friends or on a quilting retreat! I'm happy to say both of these will be going o their first retreat next weekend! Yes!!
All of my opinions are my own, I'm not affiliated, sponsored or being compensated for this rave review! I couldn't be happier with both of these items. Each one is available at Craftsy and as always, Craftsy has screamin' deals!
I hope this was helpful to you. Before I buy anything it's important to know what I'm getting and have some honest feedback!
I know you are ready for the giveaway part! Yes you are!
Craftsy is offering three (3) great prizes!
|Amy Gibson Crown Jewels Kit, Color Theory 6" Strips, Color Theory 10" Square|
|Click Here To Enter The Giveaway!|
Enter until Sunday, February 21, 2016, at 11:59 pm MST. The winners will be announced Feb. 22
Please do check out the other Blogs participating in 'Craftsy Sweetens Up My Life' Blog Hop!
BLOG HOP SCHEDULE:
Thursday 11 February
Cindy @ Stitchin At Home
Vicky @ Vicki's Crafts and Quilting
Friday 12 February
Zenia @ A Quilted Passion
Jayne @ Twiggy and Opal
Saturday 13 February
Tish @ Tish's Adventures in Wonderland
Anja @ Anja Quilts
Sunday 14 February
Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts
Preeti @ Sew Preeti Quilts
Monday 15 February
Julie @ Pink Doxies
Sandra @ Musings of a Menopausal Melon