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A Bit of a Gadget Girl

Yes, I must admit it, I love any new tool that makes quilting a little bit quicker and easier. Unfortunately, there are tons on the market, so which products are worth having and truly make quilting more enjoyable? I have several favorites that I have been using recently and love. All of these are rulers and I will show you some of the quilts that I have made.

The first one is a Hunter’s Star Quilt. I actually used two specialty rulers, the Petite Rapid Fire Hunter’s Star Ruler and the Tucker Trimmer. These two rulers made it super easy and quick to make these difficult blocks with a beautiful result.

Another one is the Lil’ Twister ruler. This made tessellating pinwheels a snap to make. No fussing! I made two versions a silk, seen in my previous blog post, and also a striped one that I named Peruvian Pinwheels and is now residing with my friend in Peru!

The 9 Degree Circle Wedge Ruler is also a fun one. I just made a quilt using this ruler and it was all strip pieced, but formed a dresden of sorts. Instead of completing a circle, I made a design decision and used quarter circles so that the quilting could take center stage.

Last but not least, I am making a quilt with a BRAND new ruler that hasn’t been released yet! It is going to be released a Spring Quilt Market. So I was asked by the designer to test the ruler and all I can say is… it is fantastic! It makes a very traditional block that is not that easy to make, easy!!

If you have any tools, techniques or ideas that make quilting quicker and easier, I would love to hear about it! Leave me a comment and share your insights.

Jackie Kunkel

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