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Cool Tool Monday

Cool Tool Monday is a week late, but I promised you, so here it is! Today I want to share a couple cool little tools I found while I was at the Minnesota Quilt Show.

I recently decided to try English Paper Piecing. I have a sampler pack from my local quilt store. It’s a great way to decide if I like EPP without committing to a whole project. So I’ve been doing some reading, watching videos, etc. as I learn.

At the Minnesota Quilt Show, one of the vendors was Traditional Primitives. Missie’s quilts were beautiful, a blend of EPP and traditional piecing. Two little tools in her booth caught my eye.

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Finger Stiletto, upper right; starch brush, upper left.

The first is the little finger stiletto. You’ll find other finger stilettos if you search for them, but I like this one. It’s adjustable to my finger, and it’s shorter and easier to control. Take a look at this video by Missie; she’ll show you how to use this cool tool.

I’m pretty sure I’ll find this stiletto useful for other quilt projects as well. For example, I can place it on my finger and use it like a regular stiletto to feed my fabric under the foot of the sewing machine as I sew.

I think it will also be handy when I want to open my seams up to press them; sometimes I can’t get those two little seams apart with my fingers. I think the stiletto will help as well as protect my finger from getting burned while I press.

The other cool tool is the starch brush. I haven’t used it yet, but I do like the starch method idea for EPP as well as needle turn appliqué. Watch Missie’s video showing how she uses the brush and her starch method.

She doesn’t show you how to load the brush on the video. After separating the brush so that you have the wand to load with starch, you simply point the nozzle of the spray starch into the wand and gently spray in the starch. It will foam a bit but it will settle down to liquid. Put the brush end back on and you are ready to use the brush.

So that’s the two Cool Tools for this Monday. What other tools would you like me to review? I’d love to hear!

I’m linking up today to Main Crush Monday with Beth at Cooking Up Quilts.

(By the way, I’m not affiliated with Missie or Traditional Primitives.)


A Few of My Favorite Things

I am really excited about today. I have friends coming to visit, and we are going to stitch, chat, and laugh. These two ladies, mother and daughter, are like bright rays of sunshine when I’m around them. They are two of the sweetest people I know. Friends. One of my favorite things (I know, I know — friends are not things, but you know what I mean)!

All the pieces are cut for the commission quilt. My plan is to spend the day working on it tomorrow. With all those little pieces, I expect some chain piecing will occur. So the timeliness of my next favorite thing couldn’t have been better.

Earlier this year, I decided to sign up for the Sew Sampler Box from the Fat Quarter Shop. As a kid, I thought grab bags were fun because I never knew what I would get. The Sew Sampler Box isn’t a grab bag, but it does come each month and I can’t wait to see what going to get. It’s possible that gift giving and receiving is a love language of mine – haha!

Anyway, back to chain piecing. One of the most tedious parts of chain piecing is cutting the string of blocks apart. The ladies at Sunflower Quilts have come up with this handy little tool. Imagine my surprise when I opened my Sew Sampler Box and found one waiting for me. Yippee!

Tucked in that little notch is a sharp blade. You take your string of chain piecing and just drop the threads between the pieces over the blade in this little wedge. It has a non-slip base so it stays put. I am really looking forward to using this tomorrow!

I am a somewhat organized creative, which means I have organized piles here and there. While I usually have a mental to do list, I have never used journals and/or planners with much success.  However, this year I want to use a planner to help me stay on task with my quilting projects, plan out my blogs, etc. So I purchased The Quilter’s Planner. While it’s still too early to say that this has revolutionized my life, I am enjoying using it. So this is another of my favorite things.

I ordered both the large planner and the mini. The mini tucks easily into a purse, so will be handy to take along to a store, etc. Both are so much more than just your usual planner, with pages for sketching out a quilt design, resources such as quilt sizes, etc., as well as quilt patterns. There is quite a bit packed into this planner.

(By the way, I’m just letting you know about these two items. I’m not an affiliate. Just an ordinary quilter who finds fun stuff to use.)

So there you have some of my favorite things. I’ll leave you with just one more. I hope you have time today and through the weekend to relax and enjoy your favorite things as you sip your coffee or tea.

When I want to treat myself, this is how I have my coffee. It is best enjoyed with a friend.

Hope your weekend is stitched together with love, joy and laughter!