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Thread: Nontraditional tools for quilting

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    Nontraditional tools for quilting

    Sometime back I found a section or thread dealing with nontraditional items for quilting tools (e.g. post a notes for a seam guide) but I can't find it again.

    Does someone know where it is?

    Thank you.

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    I use a chop stick as a stilleto. Works for me.
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    Funny, I just received a catalog that lists a bamboo stiletto for $7.99 (sale $4-something). I've been using a bamboo skewer as a stiletto for many years at a cost about a penny each! I'm so happy I'm not into all the gizmos available. I'd have gone broke a long time ago!
    "I keep my end tables full of needlework and quilting so I don't have to dust them." ~ Author Unknown but I agree!

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    My two grandmothers quilted all their lives and didn't have any of the gadgets we have now. I wonder if everyone would continue to quilt if we didn't have all of our "stuff". I know I would. It would probably be a little wonky, but I'd do it anyway!

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    I wouldn't cut fabric for a quilt with scissors using templates or hand sew seams. I'd go back to embroidery or crochet. Part of the fun of quilting to me is using all the new fun tools. I'm not that passionate about making quilts, just like doing it. Everyone needs a creative outlet and I chose quilting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeniseP View Post
    My two grandmothers quilted all their lives and didn't have any of the gadgets we have now. I wonder if everyone would continue to quilt if we didn't have all of our "stuff". I know I would. It would probably be a little wonky, but I'd do it anyway!
    Boy you made me feel 'old'...and I'm not, not even close. When I started quilting in the 70's, we used templates and scissors...that's just how it was done...and it wasn't all THAT long ago.
    The Earth without art is just "Eh".

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    when I started making quilts in the mid 70's, I used scissors, templates and did it all by hand. I loved it! My husband was a draftsman and made all my patterns and templates for me. I did'nt buy my rotary cutter, mat and ruler until 2004. I now do most of my sewing by machine, because I realized if I did'nt I would never get all the quilts I want to make done. Not that I will anyway, but will make alot more!!

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    When I started quilting we made our own template out of cardboard and sandpaper, and yes used scissors for everything....didn't get near as much done as I do now.....anything to make me go better and faster.....
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    i learned to quilting the mid-90's and we were taught to make templates and cut with scissors before the lesson on rotary cutting and strip piecing. it gave me a better understanding of block construction i think.

    i use both methods depending on what i am doing. and i'm about to learn how to paper piece! each quilt i have done has involved learning a new skill. it's how i roll

    aileen

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