Every so often questions and comments come from readers that I think others would like to hear my response to. That’s when I feature them on the blog. This is one of those days.
I have a wide range of questions that came in recently. First up Pat asked: “I do have a quilting question: Do you have a recommendation for a re-sharpening tool for old rotary blades so I can recycle them?”
Sometimes, I make sure to include some questions in the ask Jo segments because I don’t have an answer and I’m hoping that one of you might. I have not found a way to sharpen blades that I’m truly happy with. Have any of you found something?
I did find a way to recycle them…my Blade Saver Thread Cutter. You can see below…
…and read more about it HERE.
But, honestly, I’ll use more blades in my rotary cutter than this little thread cutter will ever use up. So, I have extra blades as well that I’d love to be able to sharpen.
I used to worry about sharpening blades a lot but then found rotary cutter blades on Amazon (find them HERE). They are much cheaper so I don’t fret about using blades as much as I used to but still, I’d like a way to sharpen them as well. I have seen sharpeners but don’t know how well they really work.
Readers, please chime in and let us know if there is a product that you recommend that will sharpen rotary cutter blades.
The next question came from…Chrisi: “Hi Jo! I love your site–such a great variety! I am wondering if you have a specific tutorial or pattern for a scrappy quilt block that I saw. I think it was one of your UFOs at the time (think I found it on Pinterest) Description: solid square in the center, checkerboard border around that square, then a striped border. Then you used 4 scrappy string pieced triangles (2 squares cut in half) to finish the block. I think it is a 14.5-inch block. Can you please direct me to anything that would help me with making these blocks? Thanks so much, and have a great day!!”
Oh. I read that and was perplexed. I couldn’t think of what quilt that was. I left the comment sit. Then the next day I read it again. Then it hit me. I think she was referring to my Fair and Square quilt.
If you are a long-time reader you might remember that when I made my version I constructed my blocks differently than the pattern instructions suggest. Refer to this blog post if you want to learn more about that.
For those of you wondering, the pattern came from Bonnie Hunter’s book Scraps and Shirttails II. You can find it HERE.
If you just want to see a bunch more pictures of this quilt, you can find them HERE.
Speaking of Bonnie, I was really surprised when a blog reader told me that Bonnie had featured my version of her quilt Garlic Knots on her Quiltville Facebook feed and Instagram. How fun! Here it is if you missed it.
Along with the picture of my quilt, Bonnie shared that because of the renewed interest she was going to drop the pattern cost by 25% so… which means you can get the pattern for $9. You’ll have to hurry over as the only lasts through the 31st of the month. Here is a link to her shop.
Remember if you want to make the quilt larger, you might want to refer back to THIS post. The border doesn’t work out correctly if you make the quilt larger. To make it work, you’d need to follow my suggestions.
There has been many thoughts on my Hawaiian Sunset quilt. Shelby said, “Wow, you were super productive! Love the Hawaiian Sunset pattern. Are you able to share where this can be purchased? Would love to add it to my library of WIPS.”
I had looked online for a way to purchase the pattern. I didn’t see anything. I had a few blog readers write and happily, they found a place to purchase the pattern.
Barbara left a comment:
“While the magazine is no longer published, the company that owns it is still in business. The issue can be bought here: https://www.quiltingdaily.com/product/quilters-newsletter-february-march-2010-digital-edition/”
I had a bunch of people chime in about copyright and the conclusion I’ve come to is that it’s all very gray and I’m just going to stay out of the whole mess.
Yahoo on the back issues still being available…so follow the link to get a back issue of the magazine if you want to sew along with me. I really don’t think it’s too hard of a quilt…just not for the faint of heart if you don’t like making flying geese.
Speaking of Flying Geese. I’ve had questions about how I make mine. I will put together a blog post about that.
Thanks so much to the many of you who left kind comments about my decision not to get a puppy. I am so glad to have made the decision and I am confident it’s the right one.
I am happy to report that Rosie is signed up to start classes. Luckily I didn’t have her on the waitlist for long. Classes actually started last week. The first session only the owner goes and after that, the dog comes with. So…let the learning, for both of us, begin!!
Speaking of Rosie, here she is…
I changed the toy room around. Previously I had a big wooden trunk in front of the window and for some reason, Rosie never jumped all the way upon it. She’d put her paws on the trunk and look out the window but never jump up on it. I moved the kids’ table and chairs by the window and now Rosie often jumps up on the chair, sits, and looks out the window. I think it looks so funny with her just sitting there on the chair.
Hopefully the next time I show her in a picture, she’ll be slightly more obedient, one can hope.
Thanks for all of the questions…as always if you have one I didn’t get to, feel free to ask again. I love to help if I can.