Wednesday, March 24, 2010

More on Grippers

First, I would like to thank all of you for your wonderful comments on my mosaic collaged face. Your input has been a tremendous help.

A couple months ago a call was put out to make a quilt block for a special quilt for Yvonne Porcella. The first photo shows the block I made to contribute. You can see the completed quilt here on Jamie Fingal's blog and she shares a bit about the process. The quilt turned out so great!

I made my quilt block with the gel glue resist method and added color with Jacquard Dye-Na-Flow paint.

I wanted to share with you that I tried the gripper pads while free-motion quilting yesterday and found them extremely wonderful. I will definitely be keeping these by my sewing machine to use often. I had a couple of questions on how to use these. Simply lay the gripper onto your quilt in the position where you would normally have your hand, then just place your hand on the gripper and start stitching.

As I was cooking supper yesterday, (I was making manicotti) I looked closely at the plastic trays that the manicotti shells came in and wondered if the tray would be useful in my studio. While they are a bit flimsy, there were two plastic trays and I have them nestled together, I thought perhaps they might make a nice thread spool holder for the threads I pick out to use on current projects. I'm not sure if I'll like this or not but thought I'd give it a try. I like re-purposing things that are meant to be discarded, and do it often. Do you? What's your favorite re-purposed item and how do you use it?