My word for the year is Efficient and for me part of achieving that is finding good tools to help get tasks done quick. So far this month, this "Gadget Fanatic", had lot of fun with old tools, relatively new tools, newly purchased tools and "first time used" tools!!
Starting off, the quilt in the center of the picture above I call "Combat Gratitudes" and it is a great QOV mystery quilt design by Vickie Welsh of Field Trips in Fiber. It is made with only four different blocks, all finishing at 8". So all of these:
Were cut out with just these:
Gotta say, I love it!! It's small enough to sit in the throat space of my machine so stays handy when chain piecing but out of the way when stitching. The base is small and light weight so when you need to rip, you can also pick it up and use it in the traditional manner without needing to remove it from the base. However, you can also remove the ripper from the base if you need to use it away from your machine. At days end, you can also flip the point down into the base, handy for those of you with small children or cats who may hang around your machine. I also love that I now have two extra rippers in the event any get misplaced.
When "Combat Gratitudes" became the main project, a new leader/ender was started: my "Cosmic Valor" blocks:
These blocks may look complicated but are actually made up of very simple units all of which were cut out with only the two tools seen here: