Thursday, September 22, 2022

It Is The Last Day And My Day Of Queen Of Gadgets

It's the last day and my day of Queen of Gadgets and what a week it has been! There have been so many gadgets shared... I need to go shopping!


If we could count fabric as a gadget, there wouldn't be a crown big enough for us! I used some of these creepy and spooky Halloween fabrics by Benartex for my project. They are from the "Halloween Spirit" collection.


Witchy, Stichy, Boo
"Halloween Spirit"...some of it glows in the dark!



I love gadgets of all kinds, but there might just be a few I've purchased that never got used. Is there a walk of shame for having too many unused gadgets? 

While looking through my gadgets, it became apparent that I have a lot of them. It was too hard to pick out just one favorite, so here are a few favorites of mine.

GADGET #1: Having a Crafter's Edge Crossover II is a winner of a gadget. Cutting out flowers, circles, etc. are a breeze! I used the scalloped circle from the Sugar Skull dies, a circle from the Circles dies, and a flower from the Flower dies for my "Witchy, Stitchy, Boo" quilt.




The minky on the back is incredibly soft and very purple!


GADGET #2: My long time, had-it-forever, can't-live-without-it, cutting ruler is an O'Lipfa 5" x 18" lipped ruler. Love it! With the addition of a handle, it makes cutting easy! Those skeletons on purple make me smile.



GADGET #3: Did you know that those rubber tipped quilting gloves work great for stitching applique. It is so much easier on the hands when doing a lot of applique stitching. In case you didn't know, I DO A LOT OF APPLIQUE PROJECTS! My hands do a happy dance when I use those gloves.


GADGET #4: Using a heatproof pressing sheet to assemble applique pieces before applying to fabric ensures proper placement. Just layout the pieces on the sheet, lightly press, let cool, and remove to place on fabric.


This is the one I use...


GADGETS #5 AND #6: I can't imagine taking on a quilt project without a pretty (and purple) rotary cutter and an even prettier seam ripper. That seam ripper is amazing!


GADGET #7: This was one of those gadget purchases that I had to have and then wasn't sure of. The iron sits on the silicone mat and the binding irons itself as you pull it through the loops. It's actually pretty cool for making binding. My Mini Oliso iron works great with it.


GADGET #8: I was lucky to have my friend buy a new longarm because she sold her old one to me for a really good price (I couldn't refuse, it was that good.) These quilt clips are great for holding the fabric in place!



GADGET #9: My EQ8 is totally up there with my favorite gadgets. I use it all the time!


I used it to design Witchy, Stitchy, Boo.


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September 19

32 comments:

  1. I love this quilt! The fabric is amazing, and all those witch's hats with the ghosts around, the cat, and the broom--perfect! Your gadgets are very useful--I've never seen that binding mat--will have to look for it. :)

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  2. Lots of great gadgets. I bought one of those appliqué pressing mats at a quilt show about 30+ years ago and love it. I do have those gloves, but never tried them for appliqué. I don't have a long arm or any computer quilt programs, so I design old school and as I create, lol! Another great quilt!

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  3. I love this quilt Carol, the fabrics are so much fun. I too have an applique pressing sheet, but most often I use parchment paper. I find it easier to manipulate.

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  4. So many gadgets, so little time. I want them all. Your quilt is adorable with all the hats - oh my. Those ghosts around it make me smile. Thank you for another great hop. You rock my quilty world, my friend.

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  5. Such useful gadgets! I never seen the iron rest with the side holders like that. I can't believe I missed a gadget!

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  6. Oh my gosh...I never saw the potential of those sugar skull dies. The best part of Crafters Edge dies, is that you can easily take individual pieces and combine them. Now I need another set of dies! LOL!! That's kind of a neat little silicone mat for binding you found too. Benartex sure knows how to delight is with their fabrics. I love glow in the dark fabrics. You knocked it out of the "Witchy" ballpark again with your fun quilt and put it over the top, with the purple minky on the back. All my favorites!

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  7. It was fun to read about all your favourite gadgets! Great use of your Crafter's Edge! And the binding tool is new to me! Thanks for sharing!

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  8. I would bravely venture to say you are probably our very own Queen of Gadgets! I love your list of favorites. You come away from them with a lot of fun and amazing quilts. This is the first time I’ve seen that silicone mat. Your newest Halloween quilt of the adorable witch hats is awesome! Thanks for hosting a very fun and educational blog hop. Several new tools are now on my Christmas Wish List!

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  9. What a fun quilt! I just found the applique press sheet, and it certainly does make life easier!

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  10. hello today. thanks for sharing all your wonderful gadgets. it really is hard to pick just one gadget.

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  11. Wow... nifty quilt top... I've enjoyed the blog hop, found something fun at each bloggers entry.... the iron pad with the binding strip maker is tops. I've got a growing collection vintage travel irons and this little pad would be so helpful as a safe "holding station"... thank you. I'll be looking for one... have a sewingly delightful weekend. Kay

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  12. Your quilt is spook-tacular! Love the ghosts peeking at us. So many gadgets to check out. Thank you for hosting this hop, Carol. I have learned sew much!

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  13. Great gadgets, and the quilt is adorable. Thanks for hosting another wonderful hop! This has been a lot of fun in letting me know I am have a few more gadgets to purchase.

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  14. Those hubby gadgets are definitely handy - LOL! I have that applique pressing sheet, and have yet to put it to use (walk of shame, ahem). For some reason, I can't seem to wrap my head around how to use it (I know, right? Haha)

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  15. Cute quilt! I have never seen the silicone binding mat; very clever! Congrats on acquiring the longarm! :)

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  16. So many really neat gadgets!! There are a couple (at least) that I know I would use and are now on my "wish list."
    I love your appliques ... always. I am starting a folder called "Just Let Me Applique"! I just recently started using the Applique Pressing Sheets ... well worth it! Thank you for sharing these great ideas!

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  17. LOL Hubby's do make great "gadgets" for holding quilts! :) Love your project!

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  18. I have wondered if the grace quilt clips would work on my frame. They are much longer than what I have which is only 6" clips. Love your witches hat and broom. Thank you for putting together a very informative hop.

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  19. Your gadgets are great! I share many of them, and lust after others.

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  20. Very cool quilt and the fabric collection is full of bright, happy colors. You always crack me up with the Creepy Bunny. This blog hop was filled with some very useful information regarding gadgets, some of which I must purchase myself.

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  21. The skeleton fabric is great but I love the cobwebby fabrics - both colors you showing. Gadgets make quilting so much fun, don't you think. Thanks again for another fun hop. The idea of gadgets was perfect and I saw so many neat ideas. Thanks, Carol.

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  22. I love your post and and your choice of your bold fabrics. I'm always enjoyed your blog hops and I'm so sorry that I haven't had time to participate this year at all. But I'm coming

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  23. Gadgets 5, 6, and 9 are a must for me! I am still old fashioned and love to cut out my own HSTs, etc and for the needle turn applique I purchase 8 x 11 freezer paper and then run the pattern through my printer which means I do not have to trace! All of the other gadgets are great to have if one uses them. I have enjoyed looking at all the gadgets available! Hugs

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  24. I love my applique sheet and my gloves. The Crafter's Edge is on my wish list! I also love your design. It's such a fun quilt for Halloween. As always, thank you so much for the time and effort you put into these hops.

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  25. Goodness! You have some great gadgets, and the projects that you shared are loads of fun. Thanks for hosting the hop!

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  26. I love the quilt pattern and the fabrics you used. I have been searching for a new Haloween quilt to do. There are so many cute ones to do. I really enjoyed all the posts on gadgets also. I'll have to make list so I don't forget to look for them.

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  27. I love that iron mat for the binding gadget, Carol!! And yes, what would we do without our hubby gadgets?! LOL Thanks for hosting this great hop! It's been so much fun to see everyone's favorites!

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  28. Love all your quilts and patterns! Thanks for all your quilty goodness!

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  29. What a great collection of useful gadgets! Your quilt is wonderful and really shows how helpful those gadgets can be. Thanks for another fantastic hop!

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  30. Your quilt is so fun! And such wonderful gadgets!

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  31. I love all your gadgets, so much inspiration! And your quilt is amazing.. it's been a wonderful blog hop! Thank you so much! xx

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  32. I think I own a lot of those gadgets except for the your cutter. I use my quilting gloves when I do applique too. Love your quilt.

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