Friday, January 6, 2012
I've been thinking about sharing a few of my favorite things with you on Fridays. Sometimes I'll share notions, rulers, and patterns. At other times I'll share tips and ideas. So to get started, today I'd like to share five of my favorites! Please note: this is not a sponsored post...these are just items I've come to use on a regular basis--they make a quilting life so much easier!
First up is the Quilter's Rule Quick Quarter and Quick Quarter 2. You can see from the photo above that they are identical, except that one is larger than the other. These little rulers are exactly 1/4" from the center line. So whenever you have a pattern that calls for you to draw a diagonal line and sew 1/4" from either side, you can use this method instead. You line up the center holes with the diagonal points of your fabric and draw a line along either side of the ruler. Then, when you sew, you just sew along both lines. These rulers make this method so much easier for me!
Next up on my favorites list is the Fit to be Quarter ruler by Monique Dillard of Open Gate Quilts. I don't make a half-square triangle or quarter-square triangle without this. This ruler is so helpful. I've used other similar rulers, but this ruler allows you to size blocks accurately in a large range from small to larger blocks.
Paper Pieces...love these for their accuracy and simplicity. The 1 1/2" hexagon seems to be my favorite right now. I used to spend hours copying and cutting my own templates from freezer paper...what a timesaver these little papers are!
Another couple of rulers from Monique--her Fit to be Geese and Mini Fit to be Geese. You'll never make a wonky goose again. Ever. Again, you have the options for a large range of sizes between these two cleverly designed rulers.
Finally, I'd like to receommend That Purple Thang. This little gadget is great for getting sharp points in corners on pillows and bags. I used to use pins and ended up sticking myself and bending lots of pins. This tool works great without causing any injury to the user.
So that's my five favorites for today. I'm hoping to sew A LOT this weekend! Thanks for stopping by!