Sunday, March 9, 2014

New Favorite Tools

This past week I drove down to visit my mother and sister for a few days. It was lovely to sit with my mother at her memory care center and stitch. My mother was a sewist and quilter, so I think she enjoyed just being with me while I hand-quilted. I got a lot done on the Triangles quilt for my son.
This quilt has half square triangles that I am quilting squares into. Most of the squares have a light triangle and a dark triangle. I am quilting a 1/4 inch inside the square. I tried to eyeball it. I must be cross-eyed (LOL) because that did not work well. Then, I remembered the Hera marker and a quarter inch ruler I had recently purchased. Oh, my! That worked like a charm and nothing to wash out either.
 I am marking a few squares at a time. I used the quarter inch marking on the inside of the seams and then, used the width of the ruler to mark lines for the center square. Those marking lines stay in very well.
You can see those Hera marker creases in the photo above. FYI: My hubby wanted to know how I managed to bend so many pins. Hee! Hee! 

I am linking up with Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.

10 comments:

Quilter Kathy said...

I like the hera marker too. Can you see it on the dark fabrics okay? I've only used it on light/white fabrics that I didn't want to mark.
Enjoy your Sunday... thanks for linking up!

Carla A Few Of My Favorite Things said...

Donna, I am so glad that the hera marker is working for you. I finally got brave enough to pre-mark a whole quilt and am happy to report that the marks were very visable to the very end. Your hand quilting picture make me wish I had a hand quilting project to do. I have a project that I need to sandwich so on cloudy days like today I could pull it out!

Ellen said...

So nice for you to be able to visit with your Mom and sister. Your quilting is coming along wonderfully.

Design Originals by KC said...

I wanna try a hera marker sometime.. your stitches look WONDERFUL! So happy you are slow stitching this one :) Your son with LOVE IT! Glad you get to "be" with family while you do it! My honey wondered why I would buy a bent pin like that... much less stock in the company that makes them! lol Once I explained and he helped pin HE uderstood HA! Kathi

Farm Gate Creations said...

How nice to be able to sit and sew with your mum and what a great idea using a hera marker for your lines.

Valerie Reynolds said...

Literaly chuckled about your hubby's comment! So funny! Your stitches look wonderful and love that you were able to stitch and visit...bet your mom loved seeing you do that. :)

Deb A said...

Love your stitches! I think I finally found a herra marker..... now where in the world did I put it? I'll have to go searching as it will be a big help if I ever get back to my fireworks quilt.

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

Your hubby's comment made me laugh!

Your stitches are just so delightful! I need to try a Hera marker. I'm doing straight line stitching on my Storm at Sea and am going through a ton of quilter's tape. A Hera marker would be so much cheaper, I'm thinking (even with quilter's tape from Walmart).

Teresa in Music City said...

Don't you just love finding a tool that exactly does what you need it to do?!? And our poor husbands - we keep them on their toes, don't we? See you tomorrow!

Cindy said...

Great time spent together with a mother and something she loves to do

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