Welcome, everyone, to my day on the Queen of Gadgets Blog Hop. I have certainly enjoyed seeing everyone’s gadgets so far on this fun hop that is hosted by Carol of Just Let Me Quilt! Our instructions were to use our favorite sewing tool to create a project, and then tell and show why we love it. Well now, I don’t think there is just ONE gadget that I love more than the others. I have several and I have a saying, “She who dies with the most fun toys, WINS!!” Well, I’m hoping I don’t win anytime soon, but I do have a lot of fun toys, so let’s get started!!
There are two that are my absolute top of the list. First, EQ8, in which I design all my quilt projects. I love using EQ8 , and have learned a lot about using from the EQ8 blog, as well as Kari Schell, On Point Quilter. I can honestly say those lessons were money well spent! (no affiliation with either.)
Our July box of goodies from Island Batik and industry partners included an alpaca wool pressing mat from Prairie Spirit Alpacas. I have used wool mats for a while but I really love this one! Seams lay really flat! I have put away my other wool mats!
I usually press my seams to the “dark” side but in addition to the pressing mat, when I have to press seams open, as with small pieces of blocks, I love using this Seams-Flat Pressing Bar that has a solid wood core covered in wool to help those open seams lay extra flat! This one is by Maywood Studios and I found it on Amazon (no affiliation.) Look how flat that open seam is!!
And here are a couple of gadgets from Purple Hobbies. I am not affiliated with Purple Hobbies, but I love their tools! Here are a couple that I purchased and use a LOT!! You who know me, know I love purple, but yes, they do come in other colors! LOL The thread cutter uses used rotary blades in the “flower” – a great way to recycle those blades! I have another binding tool that I used to use, but this one sits easily on my table beside my machine and rolls out that binding smoothly!
And here’s a really high tech gadget! I love to use paper plates to hold the “pieces” after cutting them out. A slip of paper and a clip and you are all organized!
Another tool I don’t LOVE to use, but is very handy when I HAVE to use it is my seam ripper! Meet Jackie the Ripper!! Do you name your tools and machines? This name just seemed very fitting! LOL I love that it has an awl/stiletto on the other end…when I remember to use it!
Besides my rotary cutter and rulers, of which I’m sure we all have many, my last share is a new to me ruler that I have recently used and love – the Corner Beam ruler from Deb Tucker Studio 180 Designs, along with the technique sheets she offers. This wonderful tool was sent to me in our July Island Batik ambassador boxes also. This is my first time using one of her rulers, but will definitely not be the last. I actually just purchased two more from The Quilt Ramber, who just closed her online store. I’ll miss your shop, Karen!
Here are a few pics showing how this tool is used.
And here is the quilt I made with this ruler as part of the September Island Batik Challenge and Tool Talk Blog Hop. There are 100 squares in this quilt, all made using this one ruler!
Of course, there are MANY more gadgets in my quilting arsenal, but these are ones I use the most! No, Carol, I couldn’t pick just ONE!!
How many gadgets do you have in your studio? Ever how many you own, I hope you enjoy using them, and use them a lot!! Please visit my fellow bloggers today and see what some of their favorite gadgets are. Who knows, you might just find something you can’t live without!!
Until next time…