Saturday, April 18, 2015

Favorites


I have some good favorites to share today...some new rulers and organizing helps, and then a favorite project of mine right now.


First I want to share the new Itty Bitty Eights rulers by Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings and Creative Grids. These rulers have already found a place on my cutting table.




 These rulers come in two sizes right now, the 6 x 6 and the 3 x 7. The 1/8" lines are clearly marked--I don't  have any other ruler that makes it as easy to measure to the 1/8th. The rulers are intended for use with mini quilts where lots of measurements are given at 1/8" increments, but I see them being useful for all projects.



 I love that the 6 x 6 ruler has a diagonal line which makes it perfect to use to trim half-square triangles to the perfect size. And the 3 x 7 fits in your hand nicely. I love the width which makes it easy to control smaller pieces without being too overly big. And the 7" height makes it nice as well. You can find these rulers from Primitive Gatherings right now (here and here), and I'm sure they'll be showing up at your favorite quilt shops soon.




Something else I had to share are these two pamphlet/brochure holders I picked up the other day at Staples. The larger one fits magazines perfectly--great for storing quilt magazines I'm using and reading. Large patterns can also be stored in this size holder, and they can be stored there while you're working, making it easy to have your directions close at hand. The smaller size is perfect for keeping a stack of patterns in your "to do" list. I usually keep all of my patterns in hanging file folders by type, but this is going to be great for the patterns on my Works in Progress list and Want to Make list. I think one of these holders would be great in the kitchen for storing recipes and such.




Finally...all of my blocks for the American Patchwork & Quilting "Go Four It" quilt along are now finished. This has been a work in progress since the end of last year really when I first started cutting the strips. There are literally thousands of pieces in these blocks, and I'm excited to start sewing them together. Since it's going to be king-sized I'm already prepared to take it "one row at a time..."





There are 242 9-patch blocks in two different settings...one setting made with 5 four-patches and 4 solid squares and the other setting made with 4 four-patches and 5 solid squares. I put all of my navy four-patches in one group, so I'm hoping when I lay the blocks out that will ensure that the navy pieces are well distributed throughout the quilt--they really make it sparkle.

Thanks so much for stopping by...have a wonderful weekend!


10 comments:

Hildy said...

Love all your 'Go for it' blocks and can't wait to see the finished quilt it'll be beautiful!
Have a wonderful weekend yourself:-)

Sherry said...

The Go for it quilt was one I would love to do some day. I really like the look of your blocks. Your organization tips are great, it is nice to have the patterns that are in use readily available and in a safe place.

gailss said...

You answered my question on the ruler and glad they are easy to read....love, love, love your "Go for it" blocks and can't wait to see them together. Thanks...

Audrey said...

Just last week I purchased the same larger pamphlet holder from Staples and I absolutely love it. I never thought about the smaller holder for patterns. I will be getting one my next trip to Staples. Thanks for the idea.

DMT13953 said...

Hiya, I love the stand that your rulers are in. Where did you get it? I'm guessing it must be a custom-made item, because I can't find anything like it! Many thanks, Donna

linda said...

Leaving your blog - way too many ads including the most aggravating pop ups. Feeling sad but it's just too distracting.

Judy said...

I love your blocks! Its going to be a wonderful quilt! I bought those two rulers also!! It will be fun to use them. Maybe I will but some mini charms!

Leanne said...

I can't wait to see your progress on your 4 patch quilt, its going to look amazing.

Thimbleanna said...

Wow Sherri -- what a LOT of work in those quilt blocks. You're on the home stretch now -- can't wait to see the quilt top!

SheQuiltsAlot - Peta said...

Such a great way to store rulers! Thanks for the tip. Loving your blocks for the APQ quilt along every time I see them :)

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