Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Let's Talk About Hand Lotion

I experience two downsides to quilting. Loose threads all over my clothes and rugs.  And dry hands because fondling handling fabric frequently strips the skin of natural oils. 

To compensate, I've become a frequent user of hand lotion.  Pictured below are my current favorites.

My absolute favorite is on the left, Nuxe Reve de Miel (dream of honey).  It is very effective without feeling greasy and the honey scent is wonderfully uplifting.  I also like the size, small enough to carry around but big enough to last (it is not a sample size).  Nuxe is a European company that unfortunately stopped selling in the US about two years ago.  I still find some of their products on Amazon but at high prices.  I'm left with one of two tubes I bought in Germany last summer.

The product in the middle is the one I find most effective when my hands are very dry, Aveeno Skin Relief Hand Cream.  It is deeply moisturizing without feeling at all greasy, and lasts a long time.  But it is unscented/fragrance free and I prefer the little sensorial boost I get from a nicely scented product. 

The product on the right, Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hand Gel Cream, has a different feel from most hand lotions.  It is more of a gel and absorbs very fast, without any residue feeling at all but leaves skin with a very smooth feel.  If you don't like the feel of hand lotion, you might enjoy this product.  It contains hyaluronic acid, which attracts then holds in moisture, so it really hydrates dry skin.  (Don't be scared by the word "acid;"  hyaluronic acid is kind to skin.)  It has a light, barely perceptible scent. 

(Full disclosure:  I am employed by Johnson & Johnson, the company that markets the Aveeno and Neutrogena brands.  But nobody asked me to write this.  I don't think my co-workers are even aware I have this blog.) 

How do you take care of dry hands?  Oh, and to cope with loose threads, I have lint brushes stashed around the house.  Mine are old and nameless but I've heard this one is very good, as are the adhesive rollers. 

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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

My Stars, the Creative Grids Flying Geese Ruler

Wow, I see it has been five months since my last post.  Having a full time job, quilting, and blogging about it are really not compatible.  I think the job might have to go.

New Year, New Project!   I'm making Aurora by Laundry Basket Quilts, and I need about a bajillion 4" sawtooth stars (well, okay, I need 127).  I have 75 made.

Edyta Sitar demonstrates how to make this quilt in a YouTube video.

But I used a new-to-me method to make the flying geese units.  This method starts with two squares so is very handy if you are using charm squares, it is a little odd, but the units get trimmed to the correct size and this helps a lot with accuracy so I gave it a try.  It has worked well for me; the directions are here.

I wanted a 1" by 2" Bloc Loc ruler but couldn't find one, even online (they may have been out of stock on this size at the time because I think they do make it).  Instead, I got the Creative Grids Ultimate Flying Geese Template and Quilt Ruler.  I like it, it the best ruler for flying geese blocks in multiple sizes that I've found yet.  And Creative Grids has a video to explain how to use it.

So I'm in business, just 52 more stars to make!

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