Big Announcement!!! 2 New Creative Grid Rulers!!!

Winter Star Lisa Bongean/Primitive GatheringsI am so super excited to announce what I have been working on since Fall Market!!! This Spring Market is going to be in Minneapolis…we are going to be re-naming it “Mini”-apolis“!!!! Its all about the MINI!!! Little quilts will be busting out in the PG booth…but also 2 new Creative Grid Rulers to work with all those mini blocks!!!

CGRPRG2 (1)-550x550Here is the official write up on the 6″ruler…

This 6 inch Itty Bitty Eights Square Ruler designed by Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings features easy to read 1/8 inch markings. The black and white dashed eighth inch markings show on both light and dark fabrics. The dashed 1in grid lines ensure accuracy when cutting pieces for miniature quilts. Refer to the black diamonds when cutting 1/8” strips; the white diamonds when cutting 1/4″ inch increments. The Creative Grids exclusive grip holds the fabric while cutting. $14.95

I don’t know if you can see.. but all the black and white diamonds have the actual markings like 1/8, 3/8, 5/8, 7/8″ and the white 1/4, 1/2 and 3/4…But the best part is every line is a dashed line!  You can see your fabrics at every point! IMG_2459No more wondering…am I on this edge of the line or that side of the line…now we can see!   Also do you notice the ruler is not 6 1/2″?  Now that is bad if we want to square up a 6 1/2″ block, but we already have a ruler for that!!! No mis-cutting because of that 1/2″ -you know what I am talking about here?  Now…on to my favorite of the two…CGRPRG1-550x550

The 3″x 7″…this is the one I use the most…I like how it fits in my hand…easier to wield around those mini pieces…with all the same features as the 6″.  We still need the 6″ because sometimes we have to cut a 4 1/4″ square and then sub cut it twice for our minis…But the most shocking thing that happened to me is…when I didn’t have the rulers with me… like when left it at the lakehouse…and I had to use my other Creative Grids…I missed them!…I actually was bummed I didn’t have them…like…how am I going to survive this without those dashes!!! Cutting is CRITICAL with minis because just a thread can make a huge difference in a 1/2″ finished square or a 1/4″ inner border like Winter Star has…I also use them when NOT making minis, as I still want to cut as accurately as possible!  So even if you don’t make quilts with tiny, tiny pieces…these two rulers are still VERY useful and I promise you these will become your GO TO rulers when cutting minis or sub cutting larger pieces in your normal sized quilts…Here is the Official write-up on this one…

This 3 inch by 7 inch Itty Bitty Eights Rectangle Ruler designed by Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings features easy to read 1/8 inch markings. The black and white dashed eighth inch markings show on both light and dark fabrics. The dashed 1in grid lines ensure accuracy when cutting pieces for miniature quilts. Refer to the black diamonds when cutting 1/8” units; the white diamonds when cutting 1/4″ inch units. The Creative Grids exclusive grip holds the fabric while cutting. $15.95IMG_2450 (1)-550x550

Now I WANT you to BUY these rulers from me…as I designed them and I am telling you about them!!!   As you can tell I am over the top excited about these two rulers and will be working on a couple more sizes too! Creative Grids are the absolute best RULERS in the quilting world and it was a pleasure to work with them!!! Thanks Cam and Penny!  I want to ROCK Creative Grids and show them how much we needed MINI rulers!!!!IMG_2194

Day 8…Needful things for Quilters

How are we all doing on that Christmas shopping, baking, decorating, wrapping???  If it makes you feel any better…I got the tree and house decorated…have not made a single “christmas treat” yet…I have some shopping done, but not much and no wrapping…I am going to have a party this Friday for our friends, family and neighbors…but somehow it all gets done.   Now todays item is kind of repeat of one of my “12” last year, but a little different…This is called a light panel!  I love it because it is so sleek…3/4″ wide…bright and portable!  Yes…you can bring this light box with you!!! It is nicely built…sturdy not cheap…and it has a price of $197.95, but we are going to have it on sale for $149.00!   I know this is a little expensive, but you will not be disappointed in this product!  light panelI tried to get a good photo of this, but it is hard… I want you to know it is very nicely built…kinda like my iPad in a way but bigger…the center light section is 8×11…it has a cord and a nice on/off switch on the side…so it is easily brought anywhere your stitching needs to go…to order go here…LIGHT PANEL…Keep in mind this is a special order item and will take a bit longer to come in.

There is a video of me using in Moda’s booth at Fall quilt market on this post in November…HERE 

Todays winner from Day 9 is…..and she will win a set of the fan templates and some Moda pre-cut! Please email us at primitivegatheringsquiltshop@yahoo.com with your address details and we will get them out to you as soon as we get them in!!!

Cindi PDecember 16, 2013 at 7:35 pm

Seriously! How cool is this tool! I need it.


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reposting..Post #2 cutting and sorting…somehow in the middle of my post it published…it was not finished…a lot more info for you…sorry to bother

Test cutting one block before MASS cutting...
Test cutting one block before MASS cutting…

I am going out today to find the magazine!!! Do you have yours?  Do you have your fabrics picked out???  This post is about cutting and sorting…I know there are tons of ways to make this quilt…even if this is not how you are making yours you might find a few things helpful…

Remember…I am posting as to the way I do things…it is not the only way…but I am more than willing to share “how I quilt with you”…

Before I start “mass cutting” I always cut one block to make sure the directions are right…this comes from designing, but… just a little note…we (pattern designers) do not graduate from Pattern writing school, anyone can write a pattern, we are human and we will sometimes make a mistake or there is a typo in the directions.  If you find a mistake in our patterns WE WANT TO KNOW, but please be careful in your presentation of letting us know…we already feel bad, but we don’t need anyone belittling us.  If handled properly we will go out of our way to make it up to you…remember…treat people as you would want to be treated…and by the way…have you ever written directions?  Try it…

PS- If you think something may be wrong…always check the designers website or blog for corrections to their patterns before emailing them directly…sometimes it is hard to remove any pattern from the “world” and replace them with corrected ones…

BACK TO OUR BLOCKS…I have layed out a whole block out here…everything to me looks good…but you will not entirely know until you stitch it…but I have decided to scrap up the tans and butterscotches and keep the black backgrounds the same in each blocks…therefore I will not be stitching this together.  But I redid all the math and I came up with the same measurement as the directions…And you know APQ has tested their directions.

Now to MASS cut…I do not cut a strip…pick up my ruler move my cut fabric…lay down my ruler and continue this process.

I cut in the following manner. (If you do not CUT accurate you cannot STITCH accurate…even if you have the best scant 1/4in the world-next post) I believe this is a better way to cut…I am going to layer 4-6 fabrics and cut them all at one time.  This is because I am confident I will not screw up…and I plan my cutting.  Normally I would cut the bigger pieces first.  But this fabric only has 21 -1 1/2″ and 4- 2 1/2″ cuts so it will not matter…I am cutting the 1 1/2 to show you my process in cutting…Follow the pictures below and then if this is not the way you cut…practice it…it is fast and easier I think…but you have to re-train your brain if you cut the other way… Please let me know if this has been helpful…or is this too much detail…After this post you will be ready for stitching! …my best…LB

Layer fabrics and trim off the left edge.
Layer fabrics and trim off the left edge.
and the bottom edge.
and the bottom edge.

I will be cutting 1 1/2" squares here...I cut a 6" cut...

I will be cutting 1 1/2″ squares here…I cut a 6″ cut…
Now I will move my ruler to 4 1/2" and cut...
Now I will move my ruler to 4 1/2″ and cut…
then to 3" and cut...never bothering the previous cuts...

then to 3″ and cut…never bothering the previous cuts…
then to 1 1/2"...
then to 1 1/2″…
now I will place my ruler at the  7 1/2 measurement ...cutting from the bottom edge

now I will place my ruler at the 7 1/2 measurement …cutting from the bottom edge.  The fabric to the right is waste…not enough for another 1 1/2″ cut…
move to 6 and cut...
move to 6 and cut…
move to 4 1/2...

move to 4 1/2…
move to 3 and cut...
move to 3 and cut…
move to 1 1/2...and cut..

move to 1 1/2…and cut.. I now have 20 of the 21- 1 1/2″ squares..I will cut the last one with the 2 1/2″ squares.
After everything is cut...I sort into blocks.  20 blocks...my backgrounds are the same for each block...so I will spread them out into piles of all of each cut of the same background together...
After everything is cut…I sort into blocks. 20 blocks…my backgrounds are the same for each block…so I will spread them out into piles of all of each cut of the same background together.

Make 20 piles and start sorting out how many pieces you will need for each block....while mixing up the prints
Make 20 piles and start sorting out how many pieces you will need for each block….while mixing up the prints
creams...
creams…

Now sort everything together into 20 blocks
Now sort everything together into 20 blocks
Package each block into a ziplock bag

Package each block into a ziplock bag
place all your bags into a container...now we are ready to stitch...
place all your bags into a container…now we are ready to stitch…

Post #2 APQ Quilt Along…cutting and sorting

Test cutting one block before MASS cutting...
Test cutting one block before MASS cutting…

I am going out today to find the magazine!!! Do you have yours?  Do you have your fabrics picked out???  This post is about cutting and sorting…I now there are tons of ways to make this quilt…even if this is not how you are making yours you might find a few things helpful…

Remember…I am posting as to the way I do things…it is not the only way…but I am more than willing to share “how I quilt with you”…

Before I start “mass cutting” I always cut one block to make sure the directions are right…this comes from designing, but… just a little note…we (pattern designers) do not graduate from Pattern writing school, anyone can write a pattern, we are human and we will sometimes make a mistake or there is a typo in the directions.  If you find a mistake in our patterns WE WANT TO KNOW, but please be careful in your presentation of letting us know…we already feel bad, but we don’t need anyone belittling us.  If handled properly we will go out of our way to make it up to you…remember…treat people as you would want to be treated…and by the way…have you ever written directions?  Try it…

PS- If you think something may be wrong…always check the designers website or blog for corrections to their patterns before emailing them directly…sometimes it is hard to remove any pattern from the “world” and replace them with corrected ones…

BACK TO OUR BLOCKS…I have layed out a whole block out here…everything to me looks good…but you will not entirely know until you stitch it…but I have decided to scrap up the tans and butterscotches and keep the black backgrounds the same in each blocks…therefore I will not be stitching this together.  But I redid all the math and I came up with the same measurement as the directions…And you know APQ has tested their directions.

Now to MASS cut…I do not cut a strip…pick up my ruler move my cut fabric…lay down my ruler and continue this process.

I cut in the following manner. (If you do not CUT accurate you cannot STITCH accurate…even if you have the best scant 1/4in the world-next post) I believe this is a better way to cut…I am going to layer 4-6 fabrics and cut them all at one time.  This is because I am confident I will not screw up…and I plan my cutting.  Normally I would cut the bigger pieces first.  But this fabric only has 21 -1 1/2″ and 4- 2 1/2″ cuts so it will not matter…I am cutting the 1 1/2 to show you my process in cutting…Follow the pictures below and then if this is not the way you cut…practice it…it is fast and easier I think…but you have to re-train your brain if you cut the other way… Please let me know if this has been helpful…or is this too much detail…After this post you will be ready for stitching! …my best…LB

Layer fabrics and trim off the left edge.
Layer fabrics and trim off the left edge.
and the bottom edge.
and the bottom edge.

I will be cutting 1 1/2" squares here...I cut a 6" cut...
I will be cutting 1 1/2″ squares here…I cut a 6″ cut…
Now I will move my ruler to 4 1/2" and cut...
Now I will move my ruler to 4 1/2″ and cut…
then to 3" and cut...never bothering the previous cuts...
then to 3″ and cut…never bothering the previous cuts…
then to 1 1/2"...
then to 1 1/2″…
now I will place my ruler at the  7 1/2 measurement ...cutting from the bottom edge
now I will place my ruler at the 7 1/2 measurement …cutting from the bottom edge.  The fabric to the right is waste…not enough for another 1 1/2″ cut…
move to 6 and cut...
move to 6 and cut…
move to 4 1/2...
move to 4 1/2…
move to 3 and cut...
move to 3 and cut…
move to 1 1/2...and cut..
move to 1 1/2…and cut.. I now have 20 of the 21- 1 1/2″ squares..I will cut the last one with the 2 1/2″ squares.
After everything is cut...I sort into blocks.  20 blocks...my backgrounds are the same for each block...so I will spread them out into piles of all of each cut of the same background together...
After everything is cut…I sort into blocks. 20 blocks…my backgrounds are the same for each block…so I will spread them out into piles of all of each cut of the same background together…
Make 20 piles and start sorting out how many pieces you will need for each block....while mixing up the prints
Make 20 piles and start sorting out how many pieces you will need for each block….while mixing up the prints
creams...
creams…
Now sort everything together into 20 blocks
Now sort everything together into 20 blocks
Package each block into a ziplock bag
Package each block into a ziplock bag
place all your bags into a container...now we are ready to stitch...
place all your bags into a container…now we are ready to stitch…