Do you know what I am super thankful for? The fact that I am a quilter in the year 2013. I can’t even imagine trying to do this in the year 1913, or even 1953. Did you know that the rotary cutter was not even introduced until 1979? That just blows my mind.
With half a glance around our quilt department, you can find so many useful tools for making complex quilts more easily. Creative Grids is just one company supplying amazing tools for making our quilting lives easier, and for some of us, even possible.
I’ve never even considered attempting to make a pineapple block before today. But with the help of the Creative Grids Pineapple Trim Tool (A12669), I made some today and I must say, it’s amazing how simple it really can be.
The basic concept with the “trim tools” is that you trim each round after it’s added, basically ensuring that your blocks end up the appropriate size. Trust me, I’m never going to win an award for accurate piecing. These tools are helping me make great looking quilts anyway.
After sewing only four rounds and the “dog ear” corners, you end up with a six inch block. Using the same tool, you can add more rounds to make either eight or ten inch blocks.
I used to prefer what I called “real rulers” with clearly marked inches, etc, to “templates” such as these. At this point though, I’m totally convinced and thrilled to be able to have the choice of using these tools to make quilting so much easier and so much more accessible. I hope you’ll check out when we talked about using the Log Cabin Trim Tool (A16764), also from Creative Grids.
This model of the Tropical Fruit quilt (A23004) is currently hanging in the store, just daring me to try and make it.
In this close up block you can see that this is the ten inch block, with eight rounds. I will admit, it does take some time to make each of these blocks, especially in the beginning when you’re learning to use the tool. Of course, everybody gets quicker with practice. You’ll also be sewing over lots of seams so you’ll want to make sure they end up the right direction on the back side of your blocks. I had several trying to flip themselves over in the beginning.
So I’m thinking my six-year-old, Sarah, would love this quilt in her favorite color, rainbow. Of course, you can see that I made my blocks today using some of my favorite French General fabrics, of which I have way too much. I would also love to give it a try in some non-traditional Christmas colors, maybe silver and blue, or some darker reds and greens with creamy whites. What do you think? As always, please let us know what you think and we love to see pictures of your finished pieces!
Until next time,
Side note from Erica: I was around when the rotary tool was introduced, and there was only one manufacturer and one size. I remember thinking, “That’ll never last!” LOL!
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