Last week, we introduced you to Deborah Rubles‘ Protective Guides and Ruler Holders. This week I would like to introduce you to her book, Quilters’ Cutting Guide. Deborah teaches us her Sliding Ruler Method for cutting fabric which is absolutely great for beginning quilters and for experienced quilters as well. Everything is explained clearly with both directions and ample images – perfect for those who learn visually as well as those who learn best from text. The charts at the end of the book are handy for reference whenever needed. Using Deborah’s method, we will spend less time cutting and more time quilting.
Click here to visit Deborah’s website and order your copy. You will be glad that you did!
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In my blog about Deborah’s wonderful Protective Guides and Ruler Holders, I inadvertently, and without realizing it, changed Quilter’s Cutting Guide to Quilter’s Cutting “Edge” in a few places! Don’t ask me why. I have no explanation whatsoever. I’m very sorry!
I have made the corrections, so when you go back and look at it, if you don’t see them, click on “refresh” or “reload” to update the web page with my thanks for doing so.
Both are truly quality items! Now that I’ve tried them, I wouldn’t be without the Protective Guides or the Ruler Holder! They adhere nicely and easily to our rulers. They protect our hands when using our rotary cutters and will work for both left and right-handed quilters. They are clear so see-through, therefore there is no obscuring of ruler lines. They come in several sizes and make picking up our rulers easy, too. You can see mine, below. – The brown areas are the adhesive strips waiting to be removed. I tried taking photos of them actually on my rulers but get too much glare, unfortunately.
The stands are beautifully crafted! They are perfect for holding my rulers (and yours) and come in several sizes. Mine is the largest. I found it difficult to take good photos because of light glare on the plastic, but this will give you an idea. Also because of the glare, it’s hard to see any of the protective guards on them. However, if you will click on either image or the following link you will be taken to the Quilter’s Cutting Edge website where you can learn more about these handy, useful tools and others, too.
Shocking! Yes, I must confess to being shocked. I had no idea how long it has been since my last blog post nor how infrequently I have posted this year!
As an Island Batik Ambassador the past 2 years (ending in February), I posted at least monthly. Since then, and still busier than ever, the time has fled by without my realizing just how much time had passed in regard to blogging.
I will make sure to get back to it at least once weekly, if not more often. Thank you readers, for staying with me!
Last spring, our lilacs bloomed beautifully, so I’ll start with some of the photos I had taken with the intention of sharing them here. Bit by bit, I’ll continue catching up.
Aren’t lilacs beautiful? What is your favourite spring-blooming bush? I look forward to your comments!
I am absolutely delighted to have found Ameroonie Designs and you will be, too!
Here is just one example of what you will discover on Amy Chappell’s Blog. Of course, you’ll find much more, so be sure to click on her link!
Don’t you just love her fabric carrots? The best thing is that they are quick and simple to make – and most especially, there is still time to make them before Easter!
I plan to make some and will show them here later. We will also leave some carrots out for the bunnies who keep visiting our back yard – not Amy’s though. Those are ours! The bunnies will get the real thing.
Have fun making your carrots! Send me photos of yours, too, and I’ll be very happy to display them here.
Recently, I came across this wonderful Fold-and-Sew method of making a Square in a Square quilt block quickly and easily. At the time, I was looking for a good pattern to use for a quilt to be given to my cousin for her birthday. The design, and especially the method, appealed to me very much. I had found my pattern! And, as if this one pattern wasn’t enough, many other blocks can be made using this method. Be sure to watch the video below and view them all! It will get your creative juices flowing!
There is some of what might be considered fabric waste with this method because the smaller square is a two-layer fabric area. However, if that concerns you, it’s easy enough to carefully cut away that second layer (being sure to leave ¼-inch seams and not to cut the top quilt layer). You’ll then have a set of 4-inch squares to use elsewhere.
I wanted to hang the quilt to take a better photo, but at the time, our Christmas decorations were still up. My husband loves decorating for Christmas and rarely leaves an inch of wall space undecorated – so, nowhere to hang it. I spread it out and did the best I could. My cousin’s favourite colour is green, so the quilt is all in greens. These beautiful greens are from various Island Batik‘s fabric lines – fabrics that Island Batik had sent me during the last 2 years when I was privileged to be an Island Batik Ambassador.
This Fold-and-Sew method adapts itself to other quilt designs too, so be sure to watch the video!
We really do need to be careful what we wish for. Many were hoping it wouldn’t snow yesterday. We got ice instead. Despite its beauty if you were on the inside looking out, snow would have been preferable and less dangerous!
Drum Roll! . . .
Winners of the Island Batik New Beginings
Congratulations Beth, Judi and Rachell!
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My Goodbye As An Island Batik Ambassador
Today (February 1st) is the last day of my 2 years as an Island Batik Ambassador.
It has been a wonderful opportunity! I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the other Ambassadors and the challenges of creating new designs regularly – and of course, working with the absolutely beautiful Island Batik Fabrics! Who wouldn’t love all of that?
The monthly challenges this past year had me pushing my boundaries and coming up with designs I wouldn’t have otherwise. That was very special! I can’t praise Island Batik enough along with Katie Laughridge and Elizabeth Lynn Phillips who – to give you just a few examples – took care of us, inspired us, created our challenges, and sent us our fabrics. Two wonderful and very special women!
I would dearly have loved to stay on longer (had I been accepted), but there are other things I must get to, tasks to complete, and new adventures to move on to. One of my new ones will be starting to teach piano lessons next week. (I’m excited about that!) I’m also looking forward to making quilts for Project Linus and contributing to The Quilt Pattern Magazine‘s Kennel Quilts more often than I’ve previously had time for. (I already have 20 tops ready to turn into Kennel Quilts.) Of course, I’ll continue blogging here and on my Quilts for Sale Blog, too. Lots to do! Always!
I hope you’ll all keep visiting, reading, subscribing, and commenting too! I look forward to hearing from you.