Submitted by Dianne McD.
You know how it is when you’ve been quilting or sewing for years, you have your own way of doing things, and then you get this inkling, “I wonder if there is a better way to do this?” Or, “Is there anything new out there in the quilting world that I don’t know about?”
Well the other day, I was talking to our Program Chair, Rosalie, and she told me that another MPS member, Kathy, had mentioned that she was interested in what other quilters were using these days or what might be their favorite quilting gadgets or notions. Rosalie and I thought this might make a good blog post so we could all learn the answers to those questions. Since then, I’ve been trying to figure out how to make it work for us; and I think I have a plan.
I’ll go first. When I’m quilting, I just can’t live without my 3 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ Creative Grids Ruler. A few years ago, Judy was our Chair-Elect, and she was featuring different tools at the beginning of our Guild meetings. This ruler can do so much, it got featured at two meetings! Since then, I had been keeping an eye out for one, and finally found it two years ago when I was visiting a little quilt shop in Shady Cove, OR. I LOVE it. The ruler is non-slip, and it’s the perfect size for cutting smaller pieces. And while I know I don’t use it to its full potential, learning to cut binding strips with it was life-changing. You can see Judy’s presentation slides here on our website.
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Thanks for the good idea, Kathy. I can’t wait to see what gets posted.
PS: Another one of my favorite tools runs a close second to the ruler. But I’ll wait to see if one of you posts it first.