New Projects Galore and new tools review!

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New Projects Galore and new tools review!

I have several projects in the getting started and mostly finished category and it is about time I shared them with you. All three projects will have multiple posts associated with them. I do want to create a library of projects and information and I think it is important to keep each project in its own set of posts; therefore, you’ll get see the start of them throughout this week and into next week. Here’s a little sneak peek of what’s coming!

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Be sure to come back over the next few weeks to see the details of all of these guys including the pattern artists names and where to get your own copies of the patterns!

I haven’t mentioned it yet, but you should know that I have a tool problem. I love them, like an addict would. I swear, I honestly think I have picked projects in the past for no other reason than they require a new tool! I’ve had quite a list of little tools or gadgets that I’ve wanted to pick up for a while now. For some reason, last week, I went nutso and bought five of them! Once I decided I wasn’t going to live another minute without them, I went to Jo-Ann to see which ones I could pick up. Boy was my heart heavy when none, I mean NONE, of them were on sale.

As disappointed as I was, I still desperately wanted to leave with something! I spotted a reasonably priced pair of quilting gloves and decided they were going home with me. Life seemed to slow me down and it was the next day before I started to work on the project that needed quilting. I wanted to practice fairly small free motion patterns and went right to work, forgetting about my gloves just that quickly. As I was working on my quilting, I noticed I was having some trouble moving the fabric around as smoothly as I wanted to. If only I could get a better grip on the top of the fabric….

Lightbulb! I have new gloves!

Let me just tell you – even my low end cheapie gloves made a night and day difference on my ability to move around that fabric. I should have known, I’ve seen and heard the professionals talk about and use them – probably because they work! I don’t know why I was so pig headed about trying them out, but now I’m so glad I did. Now, I wouldn’t even attempt to quilt without them! If it is something you have been thinking about – go get them! Today!

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I found the other tools on amazon prime for a good price and went ahead and ordered those. They should be here tomorrow and I’m pretty darn excited. I’m not free for studio time until Wednesday, so it is going to be very hard to let that box of fun sit there until then! I have no idea if the other purchases will be as successful as this one, but I will certainly tell you if they are (or if they are really bad). Do you have any “go-to” tools that I can’t live without? I’d love to hear about them!

Linking up with Let’s Get Acquainted. 

13 Comments

  1. I am finding templates very helpful lately – they make cutting so much easier. I also have some quilting gloves but never think to use them! Thanks for linking up this week.

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  2. Quilting gloves were one of the first things I bought for quilting! I love them, use them for every quilting project, big and small! I love new tools too, especially rulers. I’ve bought 3 new ones this year. Next will be some form of storage for them!

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    • ohhhhh storage… ANOTHER one of my favorite topics. I’d love to see how you handle it. Be sure to share when you have it all set up! :)

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  3. I love my quilting gloves! They do make such a difference. I’ve used the same pair you bought for quite a few years, then again I don’t quilt terribly much. I used to have machingers until I lost one. I did the same thing as you and bought a less expensive pair. But I actually love my cheapies more. Go figure. I’m intrigued by the green head you’ve started. Can’t wait to see what it becomes.

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    • Thanks for coming by! I can’t wait to see where the head goes either. I’m about half finished with that project, but had to put it away for a bit. The sculptures take SO MUCH TIME that they start to become a drag. I’ve found that putting it away and coming back to it is really a life saver and makes the work better in the long run. :)

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  4. When I first saw quilting gloves, I just thought it was another thing I really didn’t need. After reading some different quilting articles, I decided to get a pair and was surprised at the difference they made when quilting.

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    • Funny right? I thought they were silly too. Glad I can admit when I’m wrong – they are very helpful! Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.

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  5. I have been using gloves for some years and it is definitely far easier with than without. I have a pair of Machinger and a pair of Dritz Compression Long Arm Gloves. I like the Dritz ones better. A little pricier, but better handling. PS: Love your trees!

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    • Thank you! The trees are my first paper pieced experience. I picked up the pattern from a lovely etsy seller and I’m looking forward to talk about them and her! Now that I’m sold, I will more than likely upgrade my gloves at some point. I’ll be keeping my eyes open at the Quilt expo in June. I stopped by your blog – I so heart sketches and drawings. I’ll be following you for sure! :)

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  6. Cool beans! I think I should invest in gloves, I often slip :/ Thanks for the info!!!

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    • You’re welcome! I think they may have saved me a bloody finger today. For some reason, my brain pays closer attention to that orange color getting close to the needle than it does the flesh color! Silly brain!

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  7. I am wondering about the texture of the gloves you bought. Are they ruff?
    I have been looking for gloves to use while I crochet and sew. I have calluses and rough skin that cause yarn and certain fabrics to get caught on them. I really detest them but they can’t be helped..no matter what type of conditioner I use…no matter how much or how often. Too much to deal with sometimes and the problem really delays my completion time.

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    • ugh. I totally understand that! I have trouble with my finger from when it was slammed in a car door years ago. If you saw how I had to hold yarn to be able to crochet – you’d probably fall over! :) They gloves themselves are very soft and quite comfortable, but they do have little rubbery textured dots on the front sides of them. I wonder if a pair of plain cotton gloves would work? I did a quick amazon.com search for “cotton gloves” and they seem reasonably priced. Might be worth a try!

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