Saturday, March 27, 2010

A lost treasure

Saturday sewing is in progress here at DQ.  What are you up to?  The month of March is almost over.  I can hardly believe it.  So I have to get crackin on these tulip blocks or I'm not going to meet my deadline. 

So I asked myself..."Self, why are you procrastinating on these blocks?"
  • Could it be that there are 39 of them?
  • Or that there are like 195 hsts?  Seriously, I am not a fan of hsts. 
Last week, I started thinking about all of the hsts.  Drawing lines.  Pinning.  Yuck.  Then it was like lightning struck!  About 5 years ago, I bought this tool called The Angler 2.  I was a very inexperienced sewer.  I had never sewed a hst.  This quilt shop I was visiting was selling them.  So I bought one, and I went back for the demo.  It wasn't a demo...she didn't even take it out of the package.  I remember going home and trying it.  I remember not being able to understand the directions.  Then the quilt shop closed.  And I had this tool that I didn't know how to use. 

So, I got to thinking that maybe I would understand it now after all of this experience.  I actually found the thing.  LOL.  I looked online and found all of these lovely tutorials.  No drawing lines.  No pinning.  Life is good.  195 hsts done.  Now onto finishing the blocks. 

Here is a shot of my Angler 2.  You align it on your machine, tape it down, and then you keep your corners of your square that you're sewing on the center line that I am pointing to (normally where you would draw your line).  It also work if you are trying to get 2 hsts out of one block.  You just line it up on the other lines.  There are instructional videos for every way possible.  They last about 2 minutes each:  How to install it, Triangle Square video, Two triangle square videos, flying geese, and many more.  The videos are very easy to follow.


I have already mentioned some of the pluses.  It is great because you don't have to pin or draw lines.  I also like it for chain sewing like I was doing.  On the down side, you have to realign it every time you change your bobbin.  It doesn't take long, but it is just one more thing you have to do. 

Happy sewing!!

13 comments:

joan said...

Oh wow! I share your dislike of HST but at the same time I love the look they give in a project! I think I am going to look for a new tool. Thanks Kris!

The Quilt Buddy said...

Hi Kris!

Glad that you mentioned the angler. I have one (but it is still the package)!

Now off to watch the tutorial and maybe make some HST.

Can't wait to see all 195 of yours.

Jewel said...

I have the angler 2 and I love it... no more dreading the HST.

Carol said...

I love my Angler...sure makes things a lot easier.

Crafty Mama said...

I've been wanting an angler for awhile. I may have to go ahead and get one. I've been making a ton of hst too and it sure looks like it would make my life a whole lot easier! Can't wait to see your quilt!! ☺

Thimbleanna said...

Hmmmm. I think I have one of those. I draw lines. Do you think I should use the angler LOL???

Allie said...

Wow - good for you! Gotta love the internet for tutorials, lol!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Someone had one of the angler tools at our quilt retreat this week and they sound like a good idea.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Thanks for the info! I have one of these Anglers and did not know how to use it. I am going to check out the videos.

PunkiePie said...

I pulled mine out after checking out the video tutes. I'm going to start using it too.

Sheri Howard said...

I love the block and love the colors...is that April Cornnell? Love her stuff!

Kelly@ Charming Chatter said...

I'm still giggling "self - why are you procrastinating" - too funny! Way to go on getting those HST's finished! It's going to be a cute quilt!

Miss Jean said...

Bless your heart for giving us the link to these tutorials!!!

Happy Easter!