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 ⅛″ lines are clearly marked–I don’t have any other ruler that makes it as easy to measure to the ⅛th. The rulers are intended for use with mini quilts where lots of measurements are given at ⅛″ 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!