Monday, February 18, 2013

Monday Finds

The Moda Bake Shop recently featured a tutorial for this Love Knot block. This photo isn't the greatest, so you may have overlooked it because of that (I almost did), but the block has a lot of possibility. The skill level is listed as "moderate," but there's a giant warning within the tutorial about PERFECT 1/4" seams being INCREDIBLY important for this block. Yikes. And there are partial seams too. But I think I'm up for the challenge, and I would love to make it in more modern fabric.

Creative Grids ruler
This  Creative Grids ruler is worth its weight in gold. Gold, you guys! A student in my Modern Sampler class brought it to class and convinced the rest of us to try it out. Wow!

Creative Grids ruler
When you turn it over, you'll see it has areas of rough texture on the back that grab the fabric and keep the ruler from slipping. For real—it Does. Not. Move. But unlike with the non-slip feet that some rulers have, you can still easily slide it over the fabric to adjust its placement. It only sticks where you want it to stick. And the texture won't rough up your fabric like sandpaper can.

All of us in the class loved this ruler so much that we bought out the entire stock at the store where I teach. I'm now on the look-out for more sizes. And no, this is not a sponsored blog post. Creative Grids isn't paying me anything. I just totally love this ruler. : )

Modern Mirage
Finally, QuiltCon is only three days away! Did any of you see that episode of Parks and Rec a few weeks ago where Ron Swanson was at the woodworking awards—he was all giddy and excited and acted like a dorky fanboy about one of the other woodworkers? Yeah, that's totally going to be me at QuiltCon. : ) Anyway, Christa at Christa Quilts posted a little "sneak peek" at some of the quilts that will be in the show, including mine. It's the next best thing if you can't attend in person.

Happy Monday, everyone!

18 comments:

MBMathis said...

I've had that ruler for just shy of 4 years. It is by far my most used ruler, the many sizes of square are also up there, but none get used so much as my 3.5x18.5 with the sticky dots.

Alison said...

I have this ruler too! I absolutely love that it has the lines in white an black. :)

Meredith said...

I love Parks & Rec!! And the woodworking episode was so funny - seeing Ron Swanson so giddy and excited was really really funny. :) Ha - I will be like that a QuiltCon too!!! Safe travels.

Anne said...

I adore Creative Grid rulers. I have slowly been replacing ALL of my rulers with them! I have a few more to go. Anything new I need, I ALWAYS see if I can find a Creative Grid one before I will buy any other rulers. :) Truly, they ARE the best!

Tiffany said...

I love my Creative Grid rulers. Especially the half and quarter inch lines on the edges. My old ruler didn't have that feature.

Books_Bound said...

“Mary mother of God! That’s Christian Becksvoort! He’s the modern master of the shaker style. I never dreamed that I would see him in the flesh.”

Have fun. :)

And I hear you on the Creative Grid rulers. That's what they sold at the LQS where I took my first quilting class, so I obediently bought that kind. I have three rulers, and two are CG. My little 6"x6" is not, and I was trimming little squares this weekend and was so aggravated by all of the sliding!

Sophie Belle Designs said...

Hi Lee, I have never seen that 'Love Knot' block before,I think it is lovely, it's not totally unlike what I'm working on at the moment. After I designed it and sat down to cut and piece I declared this one easier to draw than sew, but I'm getting there. Check out my quilt progress if you have a second - thanks.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=446454238758353&set=a.446454225425021.94614.141310725939374&type=1&theater

Deb@asimplelifequilts said...

I'm so grateful to my beginning quilting class teacher who recommended Creative Grid rulers... I have a terrible time not only with slippage but reading other rulers that I have been given. CG are the best!

Katy Cameron said...

All but one of my main rulers is Creative Grids and I love them!

Debbie said...

I was just gifted with one of those rulers too - oh my. Who knew!? I'll be replacing some of my older rulers one by one!

CathyK said...

I just LOVE my Creative Grids rulers! I have several sizes of square rulers and a 8 & 1/2 x 24 ruler of theirs as well. They rock!

Kim said...

I need to check out that ruler for SURE and I cannot wait to see your quilt!!!!!

Mary Marcotte said...

I feel like you do about QuiltCon! I'm unbelievably excited...don't know that I can wait that long. I am excited to see all the quilts, but there are a few I'll search out. Yes, you're is on the list!

Sarah said...

Okay, so I liked the look of the Love Knot block then I read on and my thinking went "man, that is not moderate!" PERFECT seams and partial seams! That's advanced! I haven't tried a creative grids ruler. Don't know if I've seen any here in Australia. Have fun at QuiltCon. Is it a big quilt show/display with workshops? I've seen it written about so much but it's not clear what it actually is??

Esch House Quilts said...

That block does look like it has potential with some higher contrast fabric choices - can't wait to see what you come up with :)

I love my Creative Grids rulers. I still have some others that aren't CG, but as they need to be replaced, I'll definitely get Creative Grids.

Gunilla said...

Creative Grids are just the best! Tried sandpaper dots and the plastic (omnigrid?) that you can put on the back of the rulers, but CG is the best! Clear and visible marlings, no thick lines - love them!

Sara said...

I need to say Congrats on the bottom quilt in this post you had at Quiltcon! I saw it over at Faith's blog just now. I remember when you wrote about how tricky it was to piece awhile back, so good for you Lee!!

I am going to check out that ruler too btw. It looks worthy of my dollars;)

S said...

I love the Parks and Rec analogy!

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