Friday, December 6, 2013

Real studio tour, musical quilt, and another project before Xmas?

The REAL Studio Tour

I am participating in Vicki's Real Studio tour over at Field Trips in Fiber. Today we are to post our favorite non-traditional quilting tool. Mine is a brick - actually two bricks. I worked at a custom drapery shop years ago and they used the bricks for holding fabric like an extra pair of hands. So I had to have a couple. I wrapped the brick in batting and then a scrap of drapery weight fabric and just whip stitch the seams - nothing fancy. I use them for holding down one corner of backing while I get it laid out on my table and also the batting and quilt top as I get ready to pin baste

I use them to hold down my big 60" metal ruler when I am trimming the edge of fabric or cutting border pieces

They are handy when I do crafting also by holding thing flat while they dry. So go out to the yard and find yourself a couple of bricks, wrap them up and put them to use!

I did get the first two rows of the musical quilt sewn together. In the past when I have made improv blocks I usually square them up, but I decided to try putting the blocks together by not squaring them up and just sewing them together. I did overlap the blocks and cut thru both blocks so they would have a matching edge.

Since the musical quilt is coming together so fast I was wondering if I could get one more project done before Xmas. I dug out these t-shirts that belong to my niece

I have been collecting orange fabric for a while to use in this quilt. She loves orange.

Even if I don't get it done I will at least get a good start on it. This is her quilt for graduating from high school.

Have a great weekend!


Mary said...

Great idea! Thanks for sharing.

Quiltdivajulie said...

Fabric covered brick . . . a third hand when needed . . . GREAT idea!

Vicki W said...

What a great idea!

Sarah said...

Another awesome idea. I am always looking for something heavy when I am ironing a long piece, etc. I know I've got bricks around here somewhere!

elle said...

This is such a great idea. hmm, where did I see a couple of bricks before the snow came and covered everything? thanks!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Definitely a great idea! I'm not a 'sane' quilter, but if I was I'd be getting a couple of these.

Millie said...

LOVE the fabric covered brick! I've been using blue painter's tape to tape my tops to the floor, but the brick is way better!

Rebecca said...

Well that works!!!! I have used clamps for years but they do not work well in the middle of a table!!!
I am having a ball on this "real" tour

Sharon - IN said...

Great idea! I shall have to remember this.