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Friday, March 11, 2016

I'm back in the Saddle Again...cutting tips

It's scary but true.

And I really couldn't have done it without my new 
Fiskars Ruler/Cutter combo. 
Yes, I found one at JoAnns Fabrics the other
day and it followed me home!

After a little playing with it, I find the 24" length is great. 
I like it much better than the 12" one.
But, with extra length comes extra chances for movement.
Unless of course you have a big ole heavy purple cast to
anchor it down!

This is a life saver for quilters.
Cheap $1 roll of Dollar Store shelf liner.

This is one time where you definitely want the cheap stuff...
the good kind is too thick and props your rulers up to high.

Just a strip under your ruler keeps 
everything in place.

I can't take credit for this idea.
It's one I picked up in a class with 
Pat Speth (Nickel Quilts).
It's the best tip ever.

There is a bit of a re-training, when you move your
ruler. It doesn't slide, so you do have to
 pick it up to move it. 

"Sew" there you have it...

My mini for the "Mini Madness" Island Batik hop 
will be completed today.
I taught myself how to bind left handed yesterday!
Only 1/4 left to finish!

Keep on stitchin!


  1. You are truely amazing. I love that your cast matches your shirt. I'm very impressed with the left handed binding. VEry glad that you are progressing so well.

  2. You go girl!! It is amazing what you can do when you put your mind to it. I am happy to see you doing so well. I think I need to check that cutter out. It might just replace my rotary cutter since I have been cutting strips and squares.

  3. I love seeing your happy smiling face! How very clever of you to put that regal purple cast to work helping you with your passion for sewing. Great tip for rulers staying safely put. Embracing Creative Bliss...

  4. It's nice to see you have found a way to overcome obstacles.

  5. Sew happy your back in the saddle! Praises for healing and figuring things out left handed! Thanks for the tip, my mom has both sizes of those cutters and I'll share your tip with her!

  6. Here is another good product so your ruler won't slide.....Nexcare brand clear tape.....

  7. Here is another good product so your ruler won't slide.....Nexcare brand clear tape.....

  8. great to see you cutting and quilting again!! where there's a will, there's a way!

  9. Now that is clever thanks for the tip

  10. You are one of the most amazing people I have ever known... Now, there are no dollar stores here in Italy.. could you send me on and I'll send you something back, or just pay ya.. I need the shelf liner.. I bought that cutter awhile ago on Nancy's Notions, Mine is also 22-24-inches... I've never used it, but I've thought about it.. I should definitely get it out of the box and put it to use. Isn't that cast coming off next week?

  11. Your talents are never ending!!!

  12. Now YOU are definitely a quilter that doesn't let anything stand in your way!! Have fun Joan and thanks for the tip about the shelf liner. I also use a piece under my foot pedal to keep it from moving all over the place.

  13. That is a great idea, thanks! Though I'm sad you're in a cast, I think you're pretty cool to have a purple one!


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