Thursday, April 30, 2015

Staking Out the Mailbox

I love getting packages in the mail, don't you? I had ordered some new free motion quilting play things earlier this week and they had the grace to arrive together. Both packages were wrapped so nicely under their USPS outer garments.


First up comes from Spool, and the Bad*ss Quilter's Society. Now, I admire the attitude behind the pin, and while my language is colorful at times, (legacy of being a cow hand, rancher, truck driver, and farmer in my youth), I prefer not to use such language in the written word. especially with the kids around. Enough so that I almost didn't order this fabric from there. But I wasn't sure where else to find it and I thought both fabrics would be wonderful to do some ruler work samples on.


Inside are two 1-1/2 yard cuts of modern cheater cloth. The colorful one is Tangram, from the line Graphyx, by Mark Hordyszynski for Michael Miller. The second is design #14763 in the Color Composition line of Kona Coordinated from Robert Kaufman Fabrics. Sadly, the scale of both pieces are much smaller than I had envisioned, so I'm not sure what I will do with these yet. Especially the white and gray piece as the blocks of color change to narrow strips They are beautiful though. I might be inspired by them to do some similar piecing on a larger scale.

rulers for FMQ ruler work

Then my new rulers! These are from Linda Hrcka, of The Quilted Pineapple. She's a long arm quilter who does amazing ruler work and has designed her own line of rulers. I bought the whole entire set and I'm happy to report that only one curve was a repeat of another ruler I had. The arc is the same, but the ruler is longer, so it's not an entire repeat.

The Quilted Pineapple's templates for ruler work

I can't wait to try these rulers out! It's wonderful to now feel like I've got a good range of arcs to play with. I went shopping online for some smaller circle templates, but I just couldn't make up my mind. There are a ton of styles, sizes, and I didn't want to buy duplicates of what I already had. Long arm rulers aren't cheap and I have a post about their pricing coming up soon.

Let me know if you want the pin above and I'll pick a name from the comments who say they want it!

Giveaway is closed. Andrea R is our lucky winner!

Now, I am off to make my poor hubby a nice dinner. He works in marine construction and they not only got caught on the lake in a storm, but the boat had died and they had to paddle to the lake's marina. Thankfully, the work boat has a small cabin so they weren't out in the open during the storm. But I believe his arms are aching as that isn't a tiny boat.

16 comments:

  1. Well I agree with you on the verbal/written swear words for the most part but I do love that button and enjoy the group that sent it (see how I didn't write out their name?). Thanks! And have fun playing with your rulers.

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  2. Let us know how you like these rulers, Amy! I still love the Accents in Design because of the handles and the fact that they "stick" to the fabric, but I'm open to experimentation. ;)

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  3. I would wear the pin proudly, myself. ;)

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    1. I embrace the concept, but I can’t wear it myself, especially with kids I am trying to keep from picking up those words around! LOL

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  4. I would order these rulers in a second, but the shipping here is crazy! let us know how you like the,, please.

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  5. I want the pin to give to my fearless Bee leader of 50+ quilters who show up on Monday mornings to play and learn from others. My bee leader's signature is to wear a pin every day on her clothing and she would treasure this pin. She also has a masters degree in writing and is in process of publishing a second book on art quilts so she would so appreciate this pin.

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  6. I LOVE that pin! Thanks for introducing me to their site.

    lag110 at mchsi dot com

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  7. Always look forward to reading your blog and what new things you are playing with. I am REALLY new to ruler work having received the frame foot (for my 6600) and one small ruler to try to get the hang of this. Haven't practiced yet. I've looked at other rulers and wow... they are an investment. I'm happy to see you're doing a post on this soon and helping the novice head in the right direction!

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    1. Nancy, you're gonna love working with rulers!

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  8. I would love your pin. I have a small collection of pins. When I heard about the pin exchange at market that made me want to go even more. One day I will get there. I have three adult male children. I've never cussed in front of them and they never have in front of me. I know for a fact that they do it outside of the house but they have respect enough not to around me. We also have a boat story like yours. My husband, dad and uncle were on our boat years go and the engine died. They also had to paddle in. Took them hours. They were on the open ocean so needless to say they all got sick. Poor guys:( thanks for doing what you do!!! Your blog is very inspirational

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  9. I agree on the language thing and the name they have chosen for their business has been a bit put-offing for me but the product line draws me back! That is quite the investment but your beautiful FMQ will explode in the days to come!!!! Can't wait to see the glorious results...................hugs...............

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  10. I would love the pin! I can't wait to see what you use your new rulers on--love Linda's style!

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  11. Hi Amy, I am sure you already know, but wanted to mention that Leah Day has some great cheater cloths at Spoonflower. I like having cheater cloth to practice and then have a fun quilt around the house.

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  12. LOL, I don't blame you for not wearing the pin with children in the house!!! I'd love the pin, how cute that would be to surprise the "elder" ladies in my Quilt Guild when I show up wearing this pin proudly pinned to my name tag, tee hee hee. See, there's that rebel in me.....still! Thanks for a great blog, enjoy reading it and looking forward to the cheater panels to see what all you do with them.

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  13. Don't count me in for the pin Amy - just wanted to say I'll be looking forward to seeing what you do with the rulers. :) blessings, marlene

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  14. Hi Amy...just got the Westalee ruler foot for the Pfaff 4.2. After some trial and error have now got it to work thanks to the lovely people from Westalee. Now I just need to practice on actually using the ruler. Watching your blog with interest...you are miles ahead.

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