My First Quilted Item Is Finished

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What a relief!! My test star is done.

I can actually say I have quilted something. I have wanted to learn quilting for years but kept putting it off for fear of the rotary cutter and not wanting to go through life with one or two less fingers. But it wasn’t so bad. Toward the end, I was cutting without my Klutz glove.

This is how my star looked when I showed it to you two days ago, on Tuesday. Pinned to my macrame board.

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The center fabric didn’t stand out enough. It blended with the second fabric and was hard to see. So I recut those squares using the purple dotted fabric. Same as the last round.

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Now I am glad I goofed in cutting the solid purple fabric. I like this arrangement much better.

Here’s everything all sewn together. I used the sewing machine to tack the tips. I sewed between the two folds. And then I sewed along the bottom straight edges.

I used one of my metal rings as a guide to mark where to sew the circle.

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Then I added the back.

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Next, I chose the floral fabric for the edging and cut a bias strip about 30″ long, 2 1/2″ wide. I folded the strip in half long ways. Then folded both sides down toward the center, ironed it flat and made it into a circle.

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This is how the back looked before I hand stitched the edging.

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And finished!! Yay!!

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I am REALLY happy with this. Now I will make another one using the valentine and animal print fabrics.


Here is the link to the star in case you wish to make your own.

http://bronzewombat.blogspot.com/2008/12/folded-star-or-somerset-patchwork.html

The Klutz Glove, Does It Really Work?

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After hearing about this glove from one of my readers, I ordered one. It arrived a couple days ago.

I haven’t used it yet. Just pulled it out of the packaging to inspect it. Looked for the magical stainless steel threads. When moved back and forth in the light, you can see shiny specks. I thought about running a rotary cutter across it to test it. With my hand in it. One of my friends said, oh, no, you don’t!! OK… stupid moment has passed. Hand is safe.

Really though. How safe IS this glove? I am a big-time klutz. I will use it when dismantling watches and for quilting, if I ever get that far.

Do any of you have one? Let me know how you like it.

The Klutz Glove… Who Knew!!

One of my friends recently told me about a glove to protect my hands when using rotary cutters. The Klutz Glove. Isn’t that just THE perfect name!!

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I found this on You Tube.

There are lots of sites selling these gloves. After I complete my research (meaning the best deal), I will order one.

Also found several demonstrations on the proper use of rotary cutters.


What do you use to protect your non-cutting hand? Which rotary cutter do you use?