At the Festival of Quilts, it is very hard to resist the stalls. They are a–ahem–colourful patchwork of temptation–from gorgeous vistas of colour, to scrumptious tidbits for embellishment.
There are stalls dedicated to clever contraptions for every specialist need. I started taking pictures of one product a bit tongue-in-cheek, but then spotted another equally specialist tool that I coveted, and was appropriately humbled.
In the end I decide I needed to chronicle some of these. There were a number I thought were clever, but perhaps odd, luxuries: the car carpet for preventing your sewing machine pedal from skidding, quilt roll clips, the rotary cutting machine!
I was absolutely smitten with the circle ruler (left)–with degrees as well as metric and imperial measures… hint hint hint. Seems like it could be really useful in dressmaking and other sewing. Have you used one? Is it actually useful?
But my crush paled in comparison to the love I had for this new-fangled, old-style wooden quilt frame (above right), with which I’d happily run away. So much potential–it could allow us to collaboratively hand-quilt one of our community creations! Or use the sewing machines we have as long-arm sewing machines! I see a grant application in our future on this one… unless you have £700 to sponsor us?
Unavoidably I suppose, there were a “few” finds I couldn’t resist:
Have you used any specialist/quirky products you now wouldn’t do without? What is your oddest tool? Why do you love it?