Loving this new gadget my husband brought home for me. It is the Ryobi Airgrip laser level. If you are a quilter, you know the constant issue of aligning, particularly bias, quilt edges straight? I knew there had to be a better, more accurate, way than eyeballing it.
This laser shoots a straight line to align to. Just pull or push the edge to get it straight to the goal line.
Works like a charm to align edges to square. It also helps you to align the block seams straight. No more wavy seams through the center of the quilt. I’m guessing if a person “blocked” a quilt, like you would a knitted item, then you could use it that way, too.
And you can use it to hang multiple pictures straight. While probably not needed for quilt basting on carpet, this one does have the ability to attach, by suction, to firm surfaces, hands free, making it ideal for picture hanging.
It will live in my sewing studio, not his, too. 🙂 That might be the best part!
As for the quilt I am currently working on, I have been fascinated with the Endless Chain pattern ever since I saw this vintage one, on Pinterest, with no link back to the original picture. I actually had to put out a call to find someone who could name the pattern.
I decided to see if I couldn’t cut one from scraps and see what tricks I needed, up my sleeve, to duplicate what I loved so much about the vintage ones.
I now see where color placement is more discreetly important than I realized. If the colors are very similar, where they touch the next one, it completes the chain, otherwise not so much. Similar to how a Kaleidoscope quilt works or doesn’t based on the value of the colors. So much is learned from testing patterns before you go whole hog, for a full-sized one. But that is okay. I did what I wanted. I got this pattern figured out and realized I really, really like the vintage fabrics best, possibly feedsacks? Though it’s not exactly what I was looking to create, I’m sure someone will love this 60″ x 60″, scrappy, citrusy quilt, nonetheless. And my scrap basket is that much lighter. Now to figure out how to quilt it.