Saturday, July 21, 2018

Favorite Tools

Welcome to the second week of the creative spaces blog hop!

Today I am going to talk about my favorite tools.  As a pixel quilter I do a LOT of stripping.  Stripping is one of the foundations of the techniques I use for pixel quilting.  Because of this there are two main tools I use help speed up the efficiency of stripping and chain piecing.

First, what the heck is stripping?!  Stripping is a way to describe Strip Piecing.  Instead of cutting each individual square, you cut strips of fabric and sew those together.  Pieces are cut from these strips saving time!  The biggest time saver for strip piecing for me is the Stripology ruler by Creative Grids.

This ruler allows me to cut strips fast!  Want to see how it is used?  Quilty Love has a great tutorial on how to use it

Want to see it in action on my Twitch stream?  This is from my St Jude Charity stream in May.

The second item that speeds up my quilting a lot is the Cutting Gizmo by Gypsy Quilter.

It allows me to separate chained pieces quickly.  No reaching for scissors!  I love this simple little device.  I have seen people make their own using spools of thread and seam rippers, but the sturdy base of the cutting gizmo allows me to move quickly.

Speaking of seam rippers, every studio or sewing place needs a REALLY good seam ripper.  Let's face it, it doesn't matter how long you have been quilting or sewing you are going to make a mistake.  I do ALL the time!  My go to seam ripper is the Seam Fix Seam Ripper by Dritz.

The seam ripper itself is nice, but the best part of it is the rubber stopper at the end.  This rubber stopper allows me to get rid of those little leftover threads VERY quickly. 

Want to come hang out while I stream?  My schedule is always on my Facebook and my Twitter.  I also announce on Instagram when I go live.  We have a lot of fun, talk about sewing and quilting and of course have daily giveaways.  I am the giveaway queen after all.

Speaking of giveaways, let’s get to them! 

First, the overall prizes. Crafters Edge is giving away their Crossover II Fabric and Cutting system plus several die packs. Daylight is giving away a Slimline LED table lamp. Basal is also donating some prizes. To enter, make sure you visit

Now for my giveaways!

I am giving away a few of my new books Designing Block Quilts, a quilt kit, patterns, and of course stickers!  To enter, just complete tasks for chances to win here ->

Make sure to check out everyone that is participating in the hop!  In addition to the giveaways on Cherry Blossoms Quilting page and my blog, all of the other participants may be doing giveaways as well!
Mondays:   Tammy Silvers Tamarinis
   Cherry Guidry Cherry Blossom Quilting
Tuesdays:   Reeze Hanson Morning Glory Designs
    Jessica VanDenburgh Sew Many Creations
Wednesdays: Kate Colleran Seams Like a Dream
Jessica Caldwell  Desert Bloom Quilting
Thursdays: Jackie Kunkel Canton Village Quilt Works
Vicki Hansen  Cranberry Pie Designs
Fridays:  Erin Hentzel  Avery Lan Designs
Christa Watson  Christa Quilts
Saturdays:    Toni Smith  Quiltoni
Swan Sheridan  Swan Amity
   Sundays: Pauline McArthur   Funky Friends Factory
Annie Smith
Joanne Sharpe

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