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Monday, February 16, 2015

Modern miracles of the equipment sort

Remember the other day when I showed you the pile of 2 1/2" strips I had cut for the sane quilt and my mentioning a wondrous piece of equipment my friend had loaned me to make the process easier?  I thought perhaps you might like to see what it is, just in case it would be of use to make your quilting life a bit easier.

 It's a clear ruler with slits already in it where you run your cutting wheel thereby making each cut straight as can be and because there are six slits each 2 1/2" apart you can cut quite quickly and accurately without having to keep moving your ruler.

 Below is a close up so you can see the slits (embiggen the pictures to see even better if you'd like)

It's a 'Shape Cut Sprint' manufactured by 
June Tailor Inc.

And remember the other day when I was showing you how I fixed a section of a crazy quilt piece that I was unhappy with?  Well, here's the finished pocket as it is now...

Sorry about the picture quality - still learning my way around the new computer and haven't mastered the photo program yet!    This pocket will hold a pad of paper on the inside of my hussif.  If you embiggen the picture you can see more of the details and will notice the 'crystal' in the upper corner.  My mother painted the roses on that many moons ago and it's been in my stash waiting for a home.  I think it found one!

Today the quote is from an anonymous author...  "Stress - that confusion created when the mind must override the body's basic desire to choke the living #*?! out of some idiot who desperately needs it"     (Not that any of us would ever have this happen to us!!)


  1. somewhere in my mini warehouse (that is, my crafts room) i have one of those rulers that i picked up for a song at the thrift store....many moons ago. i don't do many traditional type quilts anymore so i haven't used it in a long time....but it is a life saver when needed.

  2. You can never have enough of the right tools! That crystal sure does look at home. Your pocket is so pretty.

  3. Gosh this piece is beautiful! And very cool that you have a piece from your mother to add to it.

    I have one of those grid/rulers. I think I got it for cutting fringe. You have me thinking about other ways to use it. What a "Why didn't I think of that" moment.
    xx, Carol

  4. Hello Mary Anne! Love your beautiful pocket! It has turned out so nicely! Have a lovely week! :) xx

  5. Your pocket is beautiful, everything is balanced just right.

  6. Your Roses block is sew very beautiful and the perfect place to enjoy your crystal painted by your mother. This Rose Garden is now complete.

  7. Love the gimp roses along the hanky edge- just gorgeous! Neat ruler! Stealing that quote!

  8. Such pretty pretty roses!

  9. A beautifully stitched and finished pocket indeed.

  10. well......I want one of those ruler for your stitching, I dribbled, just a little bit...sorry!

  11. I like the way you re-modelled the pocket with a gentle curve of braid and roses. It's beautiful and you will be feeling happier with the new look.
    How lovely to be able to include your mum's painted crystal. It looks perfect on the work. I bet your mum would be thrilled.


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