Monday, June 23, 2014

The not-so inept quiltarian

You have to know who you are.  I'm a wannabe quilter, and not particularly great at it.  As you know, I cannot cut a straight line, let alone sew one, so I'm constantly searching for hints, gizmos, etc to accomplish these elemental tasks.

 Ta Da!  Look at this!  Perfect 2 1/2 inch strips (yep the curve is the couch cushion curve), perfect 5" squares.  Me!  I did it.  How?  Look what I bought:  The June Tailor Shape-cut Plus ruler!

I've been looking at this thing for ages but it's pricey ($45) and I'm frugal (cheap).  And then I saw it demonstrated on Chrissie's blog. I looked at a gazillion videos on it, and decided to buy it.  Joanne's was offering 1.98 shipping and it was half off, so I bought it.  Arrived last Thurs night, and Fri, before we set out for grandkid doting in MA, I cut a bunch of strips and squares.  I'm in love!  It works, and my wonky cutting may be a thing of the past.

Not so inept after all!  Hah!  Take that, all you doubters (mostly me)

Elder grand turned 14, younger grand performed beautifully in her dance recital, and we got to hang with our kids, and have a family reunion lunch in Vernon, CT. 

The Hubz wanted to scope out the restaurant on the way up to MA, so we found it, and, yet another Ta Da!, in the same little shopping mall were a yarn and a quilt shop.  Does it get better than this?

No yarn buying, because I have it all, and what I don't have, I buy at The Stitching Bee, but that quilt shop called me.  Loudly.  Not my fault.  I was forced to.


 This is the fabric that made me buy it all.

 What am I going to make?  I have no idea, but I'm going to cut it all up with my new ruler/gizmo.  Yay, new ruler.


Judy D in WA said...

Gorgeous fabrics.
Next thing to do is put some Nexcare tape on the back of your shape cutter. It will help with the slipping. Sorry but it will slip if you aren't super careful. It is a great tool!

Kitten With a Whiplash said...

It's a one-of-a-kind nice feeling to get something you've wanted for a while, at a great price, and find out it's worth more than the full price!

Ruth said...

Not only is it a great gizmo, and at a great price, but look at all the fabric I can buy with my savings. Alas, I'm addicted.

Sarah said...

I've heard about those rulers but never heard from a real-live-user. LOL. Glad to hear it works for you and you got a great deal!

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

What beautiful fabrics and it is always fun to find a new tool to help with quilting. Those fabrics would be great in some kind of strip quilt!


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