Thursday, February 13, 2014

Favourite Tools

I am currently working on a large whole cloth quilt and wanted to share some of my favourite tools that I have been using.

This is a Hera Marker from Clover (I know I mention it all the time), it is my absolute favourite marking tool. It just makes an indentation in the fibres of the fabric, so there is nothing permanent or damaging left behind, and nothing to remove later (the fibres bounce back in time). I attached a piece of string to it, to mark circles, and I have marked 6" increments along the string with a felt marker so that it can be used as a measuring tool too. It does need a hard surface underneath it when marking.

These are my newest purchase - Tron spring action scissors. They are so fine and sharp, plus they get around the pressor foot and under the quilt very easily - just lovely (they came highly recommended and I can see why). When I quilt feathers instead of back tracking up and down the spine, I just stop and reposition all the time, so there has been lots of threads to clip, these have made the job a breeze and they are pretty too.

This whole cloth quilt will be over 90" square, but because it is just two pieces of fabric and wool batting it is much easier to quilt on my domestic sewing machine than a pieced quilt (no seam allowances to add weight). I do have a good sewing machine, in a cabinet (which is wonderful!).

The quilt is my February project, and there will be lots more pictures when I am finished.

I have also been knitting and spinning -

I knit an entrelac hat from wool that I spun. It is my own design.

 This is my first ombré yarn that I have spun (BFL and silk from SweetGeorgia Yarns).

This shows the shading better. I am knitting a shawl with it.

Like lots of places we are still in the depths of winter! But is shouldn't be for much longer.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Radka said...

I love the shades of your wool and the hat!

Becki said...

Love that cute hat. With this mega winter we're having, you will get a lot of use out of it!!!

Raewyn said...

What you are doing with your wool is amazing Joanne! I love your bottom photo :-)

Me and My Stitches said...

As always, all of your projects are awesome! I use those little snips too and absolutely love them! The hera marker is something that I own, but have not gotten the hang of.


I love those little spring scissors I buy a new pair every year the handles get bent over time

Ruth said...

I'm sure the quilt will be lovely. I also use a hera marker, but have never thought about using is for a circle. I have some of those scissors as well. Love the hat too!