There is so much temptation out there... and I have no willpower!
So earlier this week, when no one was looking (he-he), I snuck down to my studio and cut some red and white squares to use my Lil Twister ruler... which I had never used after purchasing it probably a year and a half ago. Okay.. so do I get credit for finally using a tool that I bought and hadn't used?? Is there an acronym for that..? ... UQT? Unused Quilting Tool, maybe? :-)
Fun and easy to use!
Piece of cake to make this 18" x 18" heart.
Before I knew it, it was time to baste my Twisted Heart together!
What do you use to baste your quilts? I have always used thread, and in particular this Basting and Bobbin thread. Here is why I like this so much... it is 100% cotton and it is very thin. It is made to break easily - which is a good thing. It won't cut or tear your quilt or pull your quilting stitches. And it comes out of your finished quilt really easy. Now I mention all of this because I have been trouble finding it in my local store where I buy most of my thread. I finally was able to find it online and was so excited.
Who knew someone could get so excited about a spool of thread?
Only a quilter...
If you see the Quilt Police outside of my house..... I'll be hiding downstairs in my quilt room with Lucy.
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OH, my goodness!!!! This is SOSOSO beautiful. I don’t think I have ever seen a heart I like any better than this. It is absolutely gorgeous. I do not have a clue as to how you use your Lil’ Twister. I would need a tutorial. I came along when we quilted from swinging frames hanging from the ceiling and cut everything out with scissors. I have all of these plastic guides with the line going every which way and have no clue how they are really supposed to be used. Whatever you are doing with it seems to be working beautifully because the end product is heavenly. Happy QuiltingReplyDelete
Thanks so much. It looks a little complicated.. but it is soooo easy. Complete instructions with the Lil Twister ruler. Thanks for stopping by!Delete
That looks like great fun...I want to make one too!ReplyDelete
I use old thread for basting... but mostly use pins these days.
Enjoy your slow stitching today and thanks for linking up!
It was great fun and easy peasy!! Thanks for hosting the linky party!Delete
Aaaaah ... I've never seen a lil' twister heart -- I love this!! Hmmm....makes me wonder about the ruler I've had for some time now, and haven't used! Inspiration!! :)ReplyDelete
It is a fun tool and really easy. So simple to put together. Thanks for stopping by!Delete
this is so cute...and so is Lucy! :)ReplyDelete
She is my best quilting buddy!Delete
I haven't fallen to this temptation yet, but your little quilt make me want to run out and get this ruler. I used to use the thread I inherited from my husband's grandmother, but as of late I just use basting pins to baste.ReplyDelete
It was the quilt that finally had me digging this ruler out of my stash. It was so much fun!Delete
Love your quilt top... it is totally darling.. can't wait to see that quilted :) It will be fun whatever you decide for that... I love that you and your stash and an UQT made that flimsy so stinkin cute! As for basting I don't use a hoop or frame and I stretch very taut and pin baste... however I love being a thread snob with my hand quilting thread and don't mind that I am! So you should be proud you found a way to baste that you like... and your fave thread to do it with to boot! Yay :) KathiReplyDelete
Thanks for stopping by! I was so pleased that is came together so quickly and with great results. I am now hand quilting with perle cotton - looks great so far!Delete
Very clever use of the Twister. Thanks for the inspiration!ReplyDelete
I can't really take credit.. but I do love the way it turned out! Thanks for stopping by!Delete
I've used the 405 Basting Spray on my quilts. I like it for smaller projects. Oh, I have that Lil Twister ruler, too. Just like you, it is still in the bag but it's there waiting for me when I'm ready. Love your heart.ReplyDelete
My Lil Twister was just waiting for the right project! I have used the basting spray too. Thanks for stopping by!Delete
If I am hand quilting I baste it with any old thread I want to get rid of.ReplyDelete
I too have just used this ruler which I bought a couple of years ago.
I hear a lot of quilters using old thread to baste - good way to use it up! Isn't the ruler great? I think next I will make a table runner. Very simple, but lots of pizzazz!Delete
very nice. I am going to make one too.ReplyDelete
Enjoy - it goes really quickly. Would love to see your version!Delete
I've made a little quilt using this pattern, but made the template myself! I do love your version of it, especially in those scrummy red fabrics!ReplyDelete
What a great idea to make the template yourself - very smart! I love red & white so this was perfect!Delete
I didn't know there was a thing as basting thread! I'll have to look for it.ReplyDelete
Love the kitty peeking out! Too cute.
It is a little hard to find. I finally did a search and found it at a fabric vendor in California. I was so excited. Coats + Clark still lists it on their website, so I assume they are still making it. Love how thin it is - works great for me!Delete
Your heart is perfect for valentine's day! happy stitching to you!ReplyDelete
Yes, I hope to have it done.. I can't afford another UFO! HAHAHAH.. Thanks for stopping by.Delete
What a great quilt. So glad you finally used your "new" tool.ReplyDelete
Yes, it was the perfect quilt to test it out! Will definitely be using it again! Thanks for stopping by!Delete
I love that heart!ReplyDelete
I didn't know that there was basting thread! The only thing that I worry about is if it will break as the quilt is handled ... I hand quilt exclusively, and as I turn my lap hoop, my quilts get a pretty good work out. ;-)
I am currently hand quilting the Twisted Heart. I have used the basting thread for all my quilts.. small to queen size. I have never had it break from handling. I also use a lap hoop and have never run into a problem. :-)Delete
Congrats on using your twister tool and what beautiful work! I made one last year and they are fun!ReplyDelete
You did it! That's fantastic. I'm glad you got some use out of your ruler.ReplyDelete
I've been thinking that i will also make an attempt to dodge the quilting police while i sneak in the QAL being hosted by Lori at Humble Quilts . . . so many projects, so little time~!ReplyDelete
i think that if you get caught you may be able to get a reduced sentence since there is an UQT involved . . .
AND you're already quilting it. there's probably another reduction possible due to a super speedy finish . . .
it's very cute and i especially love that red paisley background fabric. lovely stuff.
i baste my quilts with thread and i was gifted a huge cone that i may need nine lives to use all the way up.
speaking of nine lives, Lucy is toooo cute~!
Thanks - May I should hire you as my attorney! Maybe I can get a commuted sentence for the UQT and the time finishing the Twisted Heart! Thanks for stopping by and your comments.Delete
I don't open my door for the quilt police either.ReplyDelete
I know.... best to hide!!! Thanks for stopping by and not turning me in! LOLDelete
What a refreshing and enjoyable post, Debra! Yes, I think you should get credit for using a tool you were saving for just the right project. And it turned out beautifully! As for the thread.... I know how you feel. I am waiting on a shipment so I can get back to quilting some of these tops that are piling up! Cute kitty!ReplyDelete
Thanks! I will show the Quilt Police my get out of jail card for using the new tool!!Delete
I love your humorous style of writing. Fun. That lil twister is just right for Valentine's. Glad I stopped by from Let's Bee Social.ReplyDelete
Thank you for visiting! Yes, I think I will definitely be using that tool again.ReplyDelete