Thursday, September 22, 2022

Queen of Gadgets Blog Hop

 



Welcome to day four of the Queen of Gadgets Blog Hop hosted by Carol of Just Let Me Quilt.
The challenge for this hop was to use our favorite sewing tool to create a project and tell why we love it. I went big for my project so it isn't quite finished yet, but it's close enough to give you an idea of why I love the tool below!






Right now my favorite sewing tool is the Blade Saver Thread Cutter by Purple Hobbies.





 I am a chain piecer and assembly line sewer.  I cut everything at once, then sew it, then press it, then sew another batch and press, etc.   A lot of times that leaves me with a chain of 100 or more pieces to cut apart before going to the iron.


This little tool helps me separate the sections lickety split.  I have tried other brands, but I like this one the best.  Sometimes my rotary blades are still super sharp except for one spot, like when I tried to cut a pin or something,  so it is nice to be able to use the best part of the blade for something else.   Plus the blade fits inside the stand if you ever need to take it with you.  Small and compact and easy to carry.




What better way to show off how to use this tool then by creating a quilt that has lots and lots of pieces.  The Greenhouse pattern by Elizabeth Hartman has been on my "want to make" list and I figured this was the time to make it.  I really wanted to go big on this one so I needed 56 different ten inch squares.

I pulled squares from three different Island Batik 10 inch stackers.

Drizzle - an older pack I had been saving for a while
Farm Fresh and 
Garden Gems.

The background is my favorite Island Batik neutral called Sprinkles.



Cactus plants...




Flower plants...




The Blade Saver Thread Cutter in action!




Prickly plants...




Jade plants...





 and Aloe plants.




So many pieces to separate!  I am glad I have this little tool!

Oh, does tape count as a tool?  If so I am loving the Diagonal Seam Tape by Cluck Cluck Sew as well.  You can see it on the sewing machine in the picture above.  No more drawing diagonal lines on fabric for sewing guidelines, just use the tape.  A definite need for this pattern too!



20 comments:

  1. What a gorgeous quilt! I can see why the blade saver is a favorite!

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  2. What a cool tool and beautiful quilt!

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  3. That is absolutely gorgeous! I love that little thread cutter. I had fashioned my own with a block of wood with a hole drilled in it that a round seam ripper sat in, but some things are just worth purchasing! LOL!!

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  4. First off, your quilt is superb! I love all that color. And then, your gadgets. I didn’t know about either one and they have both immediately gone on my Christmas Wish List! Thanks for sharing them along with your magnificent quilt they helped you make.

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  5. Love your quilt - it's awesome - Yes, I have one of these thread cutters!! Love it!!

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  6. This quilt is awesome and a fun gadget!

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  7. oh what wonderful quilts. I love your pink gadget. I can see where that would be handy and pretty at the same time. thanks for sharing

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  8. There are so many words to describe your quilt...beautiful, fun, colorful, and wonderful! I love it all! That little cute gadget needs to go on my list. I'd never heard of Purple Hobbies until this hop. I have to check it out! Thanks for all the prettiness today, Leah!

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  9. I love that you can use old blades in this gadget. Brilliant! Love the quilt top and your fabric choices.

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  10. A beautiful quilt in the making, and another tool that is new to me. Thanks

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  11. Leah, I love that little tool too, and have been using mine quite a bit working on my granddaughter's quilt!! Thanks for sharing!

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  12. Great tool, and what a beautiful quilt!

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  13. That looks like a great way to use old blades, I love your quilt it's stunning

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  14. What I handy little tool to add to my Christmas Wish List. And I am so excited about the seam tape. I have never heard of it. This is a definite must have! Thanks so much for sharing.

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  15. You're the second person to show us that cutter. I am so intrigued. I don't really do that much chain piecing but it would be a game changer for when needed. I'm wondering if you're likely to cut your fingers on the cutter or is that impossible given the design? And your quilt is a stunner!! Thanks for sharing such a big project.

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  16. I saw the cutter in different colors on another blogger's favorite gadget. I think it is calling my name. I have the alignment tape but my extension table and the tape are fighting. It sounds great so I know it is me still having trouble.

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  17. I have a similar gadget like that, and agree that it is really helpful when chain piecing. Cute quilt!

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  18. Pretty quilt, and the thread cutter sounds like a nifty gadget for sure.

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  19. Love your quilt and sharing the process. I don't know why I haven't bought one of those thread cutters yet, but I think you have coninced me that I need one! Thanks for sharing,

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  20. Beautiful quilt! You did go big! I love it! That blade cutter certainly comes in handy with all that piecing. I like to chain piece too--great gadget to have!

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