I was so happy to be invited by Madame Samm to share a little bit of me with you today. I am a new blogger and a reborn quilter.
My Grandma with a quilt I made her for the nursing home in 1993.
She had Altzheimers.
What exactly is a reborn quilter you may ask? Well way back in the early 1990’s my grandfather gave me my dad’s mom’s beautiful old White sewing machine. It came in a cabinet with a knee bar. I was 22 and interested in quilting. My grandma and great aunts and great- grandmother had quilted but it skipped a generation so there was no one around to teach me.
Quiltnet World quilt
I decided to teach myself with the help of Quiltnet an online quilt guild. I did lots of block and border exchanges and learned to quilt with email and ascii drawings. In 2000 after three moves my quilt life was packed up in a closet - inaccessible.
A decade of illness and recovery and graduate school later I unpacked it all this past summer, set up a studio, and rediscovered a part of myself I had forgotten. Now I have had to relearn all of my old skills and discover all of the new resources available. Color photos! Blogs! Flickr groups! Video tutorials! Wow!
I organised everything-in fact I am still organising as I figure out what works for me. Plus I keep finding great containers! (but that's another post)
Unfortunately as I began sewing projects I discovered the limitations of some of my old tools. My first rotary mat was worn out. I loved the clear color of it but it was not usable any more.
I unpacked the very large mat I had received more then a decade ago but never used because it didn't fit on the day glow orange card table I used to use for cutting. I loved how big this 'new' mat was! I could even use my longest ruler on it! I love this omnigrid ruler with the yellow grid.
Or I could use my large 12.5 inch square ruler with plenty of room around it. Two problems. My large cutting mat was dark gray. When ever I tried to cut dark fabric on it I could not see the edges of the fabric clearly! I didn't have that problem with the old clear mat. Second problem was my old 12.5 inch square ruler. It was one of the first made with hard brittle plastic and guess what? I discovered it wasn't square anymore.
I went out looking for some new mats and rulers and found there were many choices. I bought a Fiskars cutting mat that was light green on one side and yellow on the other. In case you cant tell from the pics of my studio, green is my color. The mat is light enough to see the edges of the dark fabrics.
I also bought a few new rulers. This 3.5 inch wide ruler I thought would be great for cutting strips. It came with little sticky anti slip dots. Its OK but I don't like the markings and the red shaded areas. It does not have the ridges underneath that grip like the omnigrids.
I bought a 10.5, 6.5, and 4.5 inch omnigrid rulers. I just like the way the way the ridges on the bottom grip the fabric. Also the lines every eighth inch make it easier to line up to cut.
Well this is kind of getting long. I guess you just have to play around until you find the mats and rulers that fit you. I see all kinds being used in the pictures on blogs.
Stop by my blog Lucky Duck Dreams and follow my adventures as I rediscover the quilter in me. I also like to post about my vintage treasures, other tools I use, and new quilting exchanges.
I am working on manicuring my 1990's stash too.
My late cat with my old studio design wall circa 1995.
Thanks Madame Samm for letting me hang out here at Stash Manicure-which by the way was the first quilt blog I discovered, while looking for an apron tutorial!