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    Wink do you use this quilting tool?

    Here is one of DH's most treasured tools - his collection of little tiny pencils that he uses for marking fabric. He does most of the cutting and won't use a rotary cutter. Makes his own patterns too. I tell him he is WAY out of date.

    Anyway he won't throw any pencils out until they are so small the pencil sharpener eats them. He keeps a bundle of them like this and when they are all dull he hands them to me to sharpen.

    I was using one today and thought you would all get a kick out of it.
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    Why does he hand them to you, to sharpen? Just curious.
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    My co worker marks and does not have a rotary cutter. If she ever tried on she would throw out the scissors!

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    The pencil sharpener is in the cellar, he only goes up and down stairs once a day since he had a stroke. Besides, women do it so much BETTER than men, you know, we have the secret knowledge....

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    yep, he knows a good wife when he has one!!!

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    How totally charming. I love him too!

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    If my DH was helping with the cutting, he could use any old tool he liked.

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    not only that but he does math in his head!!

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    Goodness gracious.
    Got fabric?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptquilts View Post
    The pencil sharpener is in the cellar, he only goes up and down stairs once a day since he had a stroke. Besides, women do it so much BETTER than men, you know, we have the secret knowledge....
    Good point; women generally stop sharpening, when the pencil is sharp.
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    For his next birthday or anniversary or Christmas, you should buy him a really cool mechanical pencil....or would that be too modern for him???
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    You could get another sharpener for upstairs.

    I keep pencils that short, too.

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    Now you must show us some of his finished products!
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    LOL, for years at school we threw out pencils 3 inches long and shorter so kids would be able to print properly. As it turns out some kids can print better with the short pencils! Your DH knows what works best!

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    To each his own is my opinion.

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    My DH does almost all my cutting, but he is a rotary cutter man all the way. He prefers the Tru-Cut rulers but has to resort to regular for triangles etc.
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    I still like to sketch up a quick idea with a pencil, but if you got him EQ7, he would be HOOKED. Check out my post about 10 min ago. You should be able to find it by my name. BTW, EQ7 is 20% off at the EQ website through Monday, I think. Frame those pencils and go modern. :0)

    Quote Originally Posted by ptquilts View Post
    Here is one of DH's most treasured tools - his collection of little tiny pencils that he uses for marking fabric. He does most of the cutting and won't use a rotary cutter. Makes his own patterns too. I tell him he is WAY out of date.

    Anyway he won't throw any pencils out until they are so small the pencil sharpener eats them. He keeps a bundle of them like this and when they are all dull he hands them to me to sharpen.

    I was using one today and thought you would all get a kick out of it.

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    I can't help but respond! Those pencils are just fine. As long as they are longer than your first finger they are not nubs and can be sharpened. I am a teacher and that is my rule. I appreciate the fact he saves what works instead of chucking it into the landfill. Besides, husband and wife that share an activity are precious beyond comparison.
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    If it works for him, it works for me! I wish I had someone to do the cutting..that is my most hated part!
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    Quote Originally Posted by luvstoquilt View Post
    If it works for him, it works for me! I wish I had someone to do the cutting..that is my most hated part!
    Mine too! You just wouldn't believe! :-(

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    My husband has a pile of "little pencils" also. He doesn't quilt but saves pencils. I think he names them because when one is missing he goes looking for it. Gets upset if he can't find it. Go figure.

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    I love little pencils. I don't use them to mark my quilting but I carry them in jacket pockets and my purse.

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    You know there are trade offs ... math in head vs. sharpening pencils. I'll sharpen the pencils.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lynndianne View Post
    My husband has a pile of "little pencils" also. He doesn't quilt but saves pencils. I think he names them because when one is missing he goes looking for it. Gets upset if he can't find it. Go figure.

    Lynn
    HaHa! He sounds like a character that I would like! I am frugal so I use them until they won't work in my hand anymore and I have many this small size. I don't use them for quilting though, I use a mechanical pencil to get precision without all of the sharpening.

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    Does your sweet pencil-packing DH do binding?? (MY most hated job!) I think doing all the cutting is really neat, but I'd definitely get a second pencil sharpener for upstairs, unless you just enjoy the excercise!

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