Oh me, oh my! What a blog hop this promises to be!!! Gadgets, gadgets, gadgets … I have a few! Do I need to pick just one??? Carol, from Just Let me Quilt, organized this blog hop and I signed up right away!!!
But before I started, I decided that I needed to actually define what a “gadget” is. According to Mirriam-Webster a gadget is “an often small mechanical or electronic device with a practical use but often thought of as a novelty.”
Hmmm, to me, I have always considered a gadget something that makes my quilting easier. Sometimes the “gadget” is electronical, sometimes mechanical, but always is practical and useful. Hence, I’m going with my own definition of “gadget.”
I will show you the gadgets that I used for this project. I doubt this will make me the Queen of Gadgets, but even I was surprised at how many I actually used!
I used EQ8 to design this quilt using Island Batik’s “Pumpkin Spice,” a signature collection for Sarah Fabian, designed by Kathy Engle. I had received a 10″ stack, along with a 2 yard cut of “Celery” (which I used for the background) and a 2 yard cut of “Bluegrass” which I used for the binding.
And yes, just in case you were wondering, I recently upgraded from EQ7 to 8. A tiny learning curve, but lots of features I really really like! Well worth upgrading! Wish I’d done it sooner!
Prairie Spirit Pressing Mat
Initially, I used the Prairie Spirit Alpacas alpaca/wool mat to press the 10″ squares prior to cutting them. The mat worked like a charm. The creases came out easily without the use of water. I continued to use the mat for all pressing as I assembled the quilt.
My Accuquilt Cutter was given to me as an Island Batik Ambassador. When I received the cutter, I was given the 8″ Go Qube dies. Of the Qube 8 dies, I used #3 for the larger half square triangles (shown); #1 for the 4.5″ squares, #6 for the centre of the square in a square and #5 for the outside of the square in a square. The 2.5″ strip cutter was used for 2 of the borders.
I use this ruler to cut the 3.5″ and 5″ strip sizes of “Celery” (background) I needed for using in the Accuquilt.
This is used to quickly separate units when I chain piece. I chain piece a LOT, so this is used LOTS!!!
Magnetic Pin Cushion
Picks up the pins when they are lying near the machine, or fall on the floor. It also keeps the pins from spilling onto the floor!
I received these Klips for a project that is due in October. They are WONDERFUL!!! When webbing a quilt together, I find that you have to “anchor” one end or it gets twisted around. (Picture on the right). The Klips are a great width and hold the pieces together very well! I also use them when holding the binding in place. (picture on the left.)
I used this marker to mark the center of the block. It leaves a crease or small groove in the fabric. It’s quick and easy and the marks are usually gone by the time I’ve finished quilting it!
I used a variety of Silly Moon rulers. Mostly 3 different sizes of Beanie (curves) and Rocket (straight lines).
I use tweezers to pull up my bottom thread when I’m quilting.
I was really really hoping that I wouldn’t have to use this gadget! But alas, I don’t think there’s been a single quilt in my quilting life that the seam ripper hasn’t been used at least once! Those curves were suppose to meet in the middle! It’s extremely obvious that they didn’t!
Gadget #12, #13 & #14
Rotary Cutter, Cutting Mat and the Gipsy Gripper
The first picture is trimming the quilt. I absolutely LOVE the extra stability that the Gripper provides. The 2nd picture is cutting the binding. I cut my binding at 2.25″, so the shape cutter doesn’t work for that.
The Finished Quilt
- Size: 48″ x 48″
- Fabrics: Island Batik “Pumpkin Spice”, Celery (background), and Bluegrass (binding)
- Backing: Flannel from my stash
- Thread: Piecing Aurifil #2000, Quilting Glide “linen”, and Binding Aurifil #4129
- Batting: Hobbs 80/20
Visit the Blogs that are Gadget Hopping!
- Creatin’ in the Sticks
- Annie’s Musings
- Days Filled With Joy
- Quilting Gail
- Elizabeth Coughlin Designs
- For The Love Of Geese
- Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life
- Food for Thought
- Karrin’s Crazy World
- Patchouli Moon Studio
- Selina Quilts
- Samelia’s Mum
- Just Sew Quilter
- That Fabric Feeling
- Songbird Designs
- Just Because Quilts
- Just Let Me Quilt
- Quilt Doodle Designs
- DayBrook Designs
- Lianne Makes Stuff
- Homespun Hannah’s Blog
- Time 4 Stitchn
- Lynn’s Blog
One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!
- So Scrappy @ Scrap Happy
- Sunday Stash @ quiltpaintcreate
- Oh Scrap @ Quilting is More Fun than Housework
- Frédérique @ Quilting Patchwork Applique
- 15 Minutes to Stitch @ Life in Pieces
- Sew and Tell @ Melva Loves Scraps
- Monday This and That @ Days Filled With Joy
- Monday Making @ Love, Laugh, Quilt
- Design Wall Monday @ Small Quilts and Doll Quilts