I love pattern weights, they have so many uses. They’re sold to hold pattern pieces in place when making clothing, but they come in handy for quilting as well.
Dritz Fabric Pattern Weights come in sets of four and can be purchased at many quilt shops, Joann’s and Amazon. I’m sure there are many other places to buy them as well. They come in purple, pink and green to add some color to your sewing room or to see them better in that large pile of fabric. I started with one package of four then added four more and eight seems just right.
I put the weights on my acrylic rulers or templates to help hold them in place as I position the rulers or templates on the fabric. The ruler and templates can be nudged into place and stay put. Four to six weights work great for this.
The weights also add enough extra weight to the ruler or template to help with cutting or squaring up. I may add as many as 8 weights depending upon the size of the template or ruler. The bigger the template the more weights. I place the weights on the ruler then position my hand over the top or around them, then cut. The ruler stays in place and doesn’t push away from the rotary cutter.
I also use the weights when cutting fabric, batting or fusible fleece. Say I want to cut a smaller piece from some yardage. The large amount of fabric likes to slip off the edge of the table making it difficult to cut. Place the weights on the larger piece of fabric and it will stay put while you cut the smaller piece of fabric.
When doing appliqué I draw the design on the paper side of the fusible web. I place a weight on the fusible web to hold it in place as I draw or trace the appliqué shape. After I cut, if I have a lot of small shapes, I stack them and add a weight so they stay put.
The weights help with the binding as well. Fold the binding in half wrong sides together, place it on the ironing board, place three or four weights along the binding to help hold the fold then iron, removing the weights as you go. Reposition the binding and weights and iron some more.
Check out Treasure Box, the newest Sew Many Blocks pattern. The Treasure Box downloadable pattern is available for purchase on Craftsy.
The pattern includes instructions for three different sized boxes with one of them using an Accuquilt die. This pattern is Fat Quarter friendly and also a great project for using up larger scraps.
It's a quick and easy project, just right for holding all those little treasures, sewing notions, candy, husband's keys, change and wallet. The fabric combinations are endless and the boxes are just so cute.
I brought several to the quilt retreat as projects to work on and ended up teaching the ladies how to make it. There were 13 beautiful boxes when all was done. One friend made boxes with easter fabric and is going to fill them with candy for the younger kids and gas cards for the teens. Brilliant idea. What would you use them for?
It's been a very busy year. I'm sure you could tell since we've been a bit quiet lately. So what have we been up to?
We participated in Quilting Gallery's August coaster swap. The pattern was designed by Vicki Ruebel from the Quilting Lodge. Here are the ones we made and sent off. Mine went to Mississippi and Mom's went to Australia.
We finished and exhibited our first items in the Alaska State Fair at the end of August and beginning of September. Even managed to win some ribbons! My hexagon snowflake wall hanging was a very intricate project. I cut the whole thing out on my AccuQuilt GO! and then made each individual hexagon into a separate little pillow turned quilt and then hand sewed them all together. And last, because I couldn't stop there, I finished the whole thing with a little free motion quilting on my sewing machine (Ya! First feathers I've ever done.) and some hand sewn on beads that look like frozen water drops.