Saturday, August 27, 2016

Useful Tools

 There a few tools that are helping me a whole lot as I sew at least one block a day for #100Days100Blocks so I thought I'd write about them. First is this neon thing with the nice wood handle, it's a Quilter's Slidelock. This is the first project I've used it on, and it is helping me cut nice and straight every single time. Which is great, because I don't want to wast any of this luscious Tula Pink fabric, right? I'll do a post about it later and show you how it works.
 The official 1/4" foot that came with my Janome machine. I started off with my "Little Foot" but the first two blocks were super inaccurate and it was very annoying. I think it might actually be worn out as I've had it for a very long time and it's only made out of plastic. Friend Jaye's recent issue with her worn-out foot gave me the idea to just try the other one to see if it made a difference. It was like magic, everything went together on the next block with no problem.
I bought the 100 Modern Quilt Blocks book at the Nook store, so I'm using my iPad to have the full-color illustrations. The black and white ones on my Nook just don't do it for me!
This is the first time that I've bought a digital copy of a quilt book and I quite like how it looks on the screen. Plus it lays nice and flat or I can prop it up like this.

Showing up underneath the block is the journal I'm keeping as I go through this project with fabric swatches and notes. The journal is a grey paged Strathmore and I love working on the nice soft gray colored pages. It's very different than the normal white background to draw and write on, easier on the eye maybe?


Jaye said...

Glad you are getting better accuracy. It is always frustrating when I have issues lime that and can't figure out the problem.

Julie Zaccone Stiller said...

Yes, it's frustrating and I hate wasting the fabric and ending up with inaccurate blocks. Especially with these 6" sized ones, all those small errors add up. Hopefully Massdrop will carry this again so you can get one if you want to.