I think most of us quilters love a new gadget, right! This hop has been introducing me to some Must Have gadgets and some Must Make projects! I really do need to thank Carol from Just Let Me Quilt for coming up with this month’s hop theme.
I have a real love of gadgets and tools. They do make every job or craft easier when you have the right tools for every possible job. Please be advised that I am not affiliated with any of these Companies or products, but I am a very satisfied customer.
Recently I took advantage of an amazing 25% off sale to purchase EQ8 to help with writing my patterns. I’ve always done the job with paper and pencil, but this past year the math has just been beyond my capabilities. Now I’m learning to use the software and having too much fun! To help distract my quilting buddy, D, with all of the stress of her husband’s illness, I drafted a pattern for her to make. The original inspiration is a barn quilt which is now hanging on K’s wonderful nephew’s barn. The nephew, James and his wife are expecting a baby girl this fall, after having 4 sons.
While playing with the software I also managed to draft an idea I had for a project for this hop. In all I probably spent 3 hours playing with the design I wanted.
Fabrics were quickly pulled since I had a basket of the perfect batik scraps I wanted to use since I am still trying to work from my stash. I even had a nice large piece of fabric to use for my background. 😁
The next of my favourite gadgets I’d like to share is my Accuquilt cutter. Several years ago my DH decided I deserved and extra special birthday and Christmas present since the move from the acreage to our little apartment fell on my shoulders to handle and organize. He bought me the Accuquilt cutter bundle which included the 9” cube. I’ve been adding to my die collection and one of my favourite additions was the 9” Companion Corners set.
I used my Alphabities to label my block pieces. They are another favourite tool and are very special to me because I used a gift certificate I had won in a blog hop hosted by Carla from Creatin’ in the Sticks to purchase this and a few other treasures with (along with some fabric, etc.)
In the above photo you can see my clips. These are not the brand name clip, but are a generic one that I picked up at my local Walmart. Again they are a valuable tool and I use them constantly, whether I am keeping block pieces sorted, sewing a bag, or hand sewing my bindings.
With everything cut and sorted it didn’t take long to piece my blocks. I am as much in love with my Accuquilt for how my blocks come together. The cutoff corners make it so much easier to align my pieces, I don’t have to cut off dog ears, and I never have to square up my blocks. If I’m using the 9” Cube dies my blocks alway finish at a perfect 9 1/2” and I never have to square up the blocks! One day I will have a full collection of all of the various sized Cubes and Companion sets. 😉. Once the cutting mats wear out I find ways to repurpose them. You’ll see how I do that in the October Hop, Gremlins, Goblins and Ghouls Oh My! which is being hosted by Joan from MooseStash Quilting (there are still slots available if you want to join in).
I was able to use another favourite gadget, my alpaca/wool pressing mat by Prairie Spirit Alpacas. This mat is 12” x 18” and fits both my regular ironing board and my travel board. I absolutely love this mat and the perfectly pressed seams and blocks that happen when I use it. I really like the fact that it doesn’t smell as much as the other mats and I don’t have an allergic reaction to the wool! They are now one of the sponsors of the Island Batik Ambassadors program and it’s always fun to go to the website to see the photos of the cute baby llamas!
My little quilt top finished at 54 1/2” square but I do need to go shopping for border fabrics to complete the top since I need it to be larger. I didn’t have any batik fabric that works in my stash. There are two places that I like to shop at for batiks. One of them does have Island Batik fabric which I really like and the other shop has batiks made by her relatives. Both of them are several hours drive from me, so the shopping trip will have to wait until I travel to the studio next time.
I really wanted to have a lot of negative space on this quilt to be able to play more with some quilting motifs/ideas I have just to see if my ideas will work. That is one of the fun things that I really enjoy about two of my other “gadgets”.
I’d like to share a last few tools I use in my quilting adventures. These ones are all used once I have my flimsy finished and either on my longarm or sandwiched and basted ready for quilting. These are the tools I use to mark my quilting patterns or designs. I’ve always been leery of marking with markers because I did have a bad experience with markings not coming out of my quilt top. These are all tools I use and have never had a problem with:
Who’s participating? Lots of amazing quilters! Here is the full lineup in case you have missed any of the blog posts so far. 😉
What’s your favorite gadget?
As you can tell, I do like having the tools or gadgets to make each job easier, but I’m always ready to add another to my toolbox. So I’m checking the other participants’ posts to see what else I need to have.
What’s your favorite gadget?
In other news…
Joan at Moosestash Quilting is the hostess of our Halloween blog hop this year and she definitely knows how to make it spooky, creepy, and wicked. Are you ready to sign-up and join the fun? Gremlins, Goblins and Ghouls Oh My! October 17 – 21, 2022. What’s the challenge? Joan said, “Just put on your witch’s hat and see what you come up with”. Send her an email letting her know you want to play along. I’ll be participating and showing off how I up cycle my worn out Accuquilt cutting mats. 😉
I’ll close with a huge thank you to Carol from Just Let Me Quilt for hosting this month’s hop and the great theme, all of the amazing bloggers/designers who are participating with such great suggestions for our toolkits, and you for spending some of your time reading my post. I appreciate your visit, your comments and knowing that you’ve enjoyed reading my blog enough to subscribe to my list! Thank you each and every one of you on these lists! 😁 Carol