Tools, we all have them, some more than others!

My crazy quilting tools are varied. Through the years I have experimented with several tools to help me in my crazy quilting journey.  Some I’ve kept and LOVE and others I’ve discarded along the way.  I want to share three of my favourites.  YES, there are more, but just three for today.

Double sided fusible tape

There are several manufacturers of this tape, Dritz and Wonder to name a few.  I found mine originally in Fabricland many years ago.  Always fun browsing one of the notion stands – you never know what you will find?

Many of you will be familiar with Wonder Under or Steam a Seam but this particular fusible is a narrow ¼” tape.  I use it ALL the time when I add ribbons, trims or lace trims. Simply cut a strip off the roll, iron it on then remove the top paper strip and iron on your trim.  You never need to worry about the trim moving. 

Circle Templates 

My second favourite tool is my circle template.  I have no idea where I bought mine but I’ve had it for years.  Mine is smaller at 5×8 inches so it fits nicely in my stitching kit.  I use it for tracing half circles versus full cirlces.  AND, I use it a lot. 

Frixion Pens   

Another item I find indispensable are my Frixion pens.  I have three, one is purple, one black and one orange. At least one of these colours work depending on my fabric base colour. I use them to trace elements onto my crazy quilt block such as circles.  They iron off with a steam iron – works like a charm.

I am sharing these today because I used all three in the block shown above.

The frixion pen was used to trace on the half circles along with the circle template.  I then stitched these with size 8 perle cotton, one was a variegated and one a solid colour.  I alternated detached chains and straight stitches. 

The fusible tape was used to hold the embroidered trim in place.  I added another layer of the tape to hold the lace trim at the bottom of the first trim then I added a third layer at the top for the ric rac.

A hand-dyed motif was added at the bottom right.  The center of the flower is a brad I had in my stash – a scrapbooking brad!

On the left is part of a handkerchief peeking out.  I will discuss this more when I show you the entire block completed. 

What are your favourite tools?

Am taking a long weekend so back to regular posting on Wednesday March 4th.

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