As any sewist knows, all sewing is not the same. Making clothing is different than say, making pillows. Quilting, while a sewing art, is it’s own animal. If you know how to sew you can probably work your way into making any sewn item, but there is a learning curve. For instance, I sew accessories for a living, but I like to keep quilting as a hobby. I’ve made several basic quilts over the course of the 44 years since I first touched needle to fabric, but haven’t actually learned a lot about the ins and outs of it until recently.
A few months ago, I joined the Mt. Hood Quilt Guild. I don’t remember what lead me to look for it, but it turned out it had only been founded eight months before. Meetings are held once a month, about 20 minutes from my house. They’re a fun group, and I’ve already learned a lot from the speakers and my fellow members. Not being one to sit still for long, I volunteered to be the next membership chair, a position I officially took over this month. I’m finding it’s a great addition to my life, and has opened up the world of quilting in a way I haven’t experienced before. If you follow me on Pinterest, you might have noticed I’ve become a little quilt-obsessed!
Last week I spent about 45 minutes just looking at all of the different quilting rulers at the big fabric store in town. I was happy to see that my favorite brand, Creative Grids, had a whole aisle to themselves. If you haven’t tried them, let me explain why I’m such a fan girl. I have no affiliation with the company, but I have included my Amazon affiliate links to their products here.
Who knew there were so many ways to cut fabric apart and sew it back together? I’m gradually replacing my rulers as needed. The main reason I love the Creative Grids so much is because of this:
That is the back of my 6 x 1 1/2” ruler. The hazy-looking parts around the edges are textured, which prevents it from slipping against the fabric as much as a slick ruler. It works really well, to the point I decided I wanted to replace my big 24” ruler that I use every day. The one I had been using is a good brand, and wasn’t cheap, but the back is smooth and it’s difficult to keep in place. I tried some stick on dots to add texture, but I use it so often they don’t last long. I hit Amazon to find what I was looking for, which I did, but I also came across a fun new toy I had to try.
This Scrap Crazy set comes with all four rulers, complete with the non-slip backing I’ve come to expect from Creative Grids. Instructions are included, along with some alternate ways to piece the shapes.
I couldn’t wait to try it out as soon as it arrived. I pulled out four of my favorite fabrics and cut the pieces and sewed them up. In just a couple of minutes I had a little quilt square!
I repeated it three more times. That’s when I realized I had a problem – which way to sew them together? There are so many options, just by turning the blocks different directions.
I decided this was my favorite.
I don’t know what I’m going to do with it yet, but I love the way it turned out. I’m anxious to try the templates with more fabric combinations. It’s not too soon to start playing with Christmas fabrics, right?
Speaking of Christmas, next on my wish list are these two books, written by Karen Montgomery. She’s the designer of the templates, and I’m amazed at what she shows in these books using only those four pieces (and sometimes not all of them).
Now that I’ve discovered the amazing world of quilting templates there’s no going back. What are some of your favorite rulers, brands, templates, designers, etc?