Sunday Stash #88 – I Was Thirsty!
First of all, we have some business to shake down. Last Monday I was thirsty, and y’all served me up some Truth Tea like I had never seen. There were gallons of the stuff: sun tea, sweet tea, chai tea, lemon tea, hot tea, iced tea, peppermint tea, herbal tea, so much tea that I’m still drinking it down! I will tell you this: You, my dear Glitterati, are a creative force to be reckoned with! There was so much insight, clever ideas, mock-ups, colour suggestions, encouragement–seriously, my cup runneth over! I haven’t responded to any of your comments yet because I’m still digesting it all. For now, that quilt is folded up out of sight. I’m not worried, it’ll get done, and whatever happens will be for the best. My sincerest thanks to all of you for giving me your time, and honest opinions.
Now for this week’s Sunday Stash, I want to show you how I made over three-hundred, perfect HSTs. This notion is my new BFF, it’s the Bloc_Loc ruler, designed for trimming your HSTs. If you don’t trim your HSTs, um, you should start doing that. Trust. If you do, and you hate it, or get inconsistent results, this ruler is about to rock your world. I bought the 2.5″ and the 4.5″ versions because I don’t generally make anything bigger than that. (You can use bigger rulers to trim smaller HSTs, but not vice versa). The 4.5″ is perfect for charm squares like I used in my quilt. That diagonal groove holds your seam in place, and allows you to trim away without any nip-slips! I swear to you, on the Holy Madonna’s Kabbalah bracelet, this is my new notion of choice!
While I was buying my Bloc_Loc rulers for the HSTs, I totally caved and bought similar versions for Flying Geese. These are a bit different though because they only work on one particular size. I, of course, had to buy four different sizes then, didn’t I?! I haven’t had a chance to use these yet, but I’m sure we will be going on long walks on the beach together in no time!
Oh, and there’s a giant fabric stash addition to share this week too! This is my first full bolt of fabric to ever grace my sewing room. It’s a full bolt of Robert Kaufman Kona White from one of my favourite local fabric shops, Patchwork on Pittwater. No plans for this yet, but y’all know how I like my bright whites, so I’m definitely glad to have it on hand. This is a slippery slope though… there may be another bolt in the mail!
Note: I bought my Bloc_Loc rulers while at the Sydney Craft & Quilt Fair. I did receive an exhibitor’s discount, but didn’t realise I was getting one until I had already made my selections and had handed my credit card over for purchase. I love them no matter how much they cost! You can trust that I will tell you if I don’t like something!