Isn’t it funny how, with online shopping, a search for one thing can lead to so many others? Yesterday was a case in point. I saw a video that suggested using a Cricut spatula to tuck in the edges of canvases on self-finishing items. I have a ton of things to finish right now and I hate using butter knives to do this because they are awkward for this.
So I bought one. Since I know nothing about Cricut, I wondered if there were other tools I could repurpose of theirs. Looking at the Cricut site, I discovered that lightboxes had morphed into flat light pads. I had a lightbox I never used because it was bulky & hard to plugin. These are small, flat (under 1/2″) and run on USB cables. Since I got a six-station charger as a door prize last month, I have a way to easily charge it.
There’s two things to make my stitching life better and easier. I kept on thinking about what bugs me in stitching. One thing is creating the outside size of projects. I am very bad at counting accurately for squares and rectangles and I’m hopeless at making circles unless I have a template.
Quilters need to be able to make squares in many different sizes. Several companies make square and rectangular rulers in different sizes with either a grid or 1/2″ squares marked off. I bought a package of three. While the thread count on my canvas may not be exact, I will be able to mark my spaces more easily.
But circles in various sizes are not so common for quilters. I could find circular templates that had sizes up to 3.5″ but what I wanted was something for circles of about 5″. I did not know this but folks who draw mandalas need to start with circles in various sizes that are marked at regular intervals. They do this with stencils. I found one that had the right sizes. I’m the least confident about this, but it’s better than trying to find plates to trace.
Last I bought a shorter ruler. It’s a quilter’s ruler so it is clear acrylic & marked with a grid. My desk drawers are 12″ wide, so rulers become stuck if I place them wrong. I hope this one, 10″ long will solve that problem.
All of these things should arrive tomorrow. I’ll keep you posted on how they work out.