Friday, April 20, 2018

The Kit Develops

Everybody wants to know what kind of iron I like. I got it on Amazon.

It's this one, a Shark Lightweight Professional Steam Iron, 1500 watts. It was less than $25 USD.

I bought some foam core at Staples, then I went to the hardware store to buy some spray adhesive and some blue painter's tape.  After dinner last night I cut the foam core down to 18 x 24" (same size as a cutting mat I will use) and then stuck a layer of quilt batting to one side. I trimmed it down, then put some flannel on top, folded the edges to the back and used the adhesive to stick them down.

 Now I have a portable design wall to show students the correct way to do something. (And note to self, make these samples BIG enough so folks across the room can clearly see what I mean.)

The tools for my kit arrived the other day. Last night I labelled all of them. The tools themselves fit nicely into my little boxed bag on the right. And notice I keep small band-aids in my toolkit.  I cut myself at the MQX class last week. I indicated the bag on the far table and calmly asked a student to get a band-aid for me. I put it on myself, because blood-borne pathogens are no laughing matter.

My favorite ruler is the 2-1/2" x 12-1/2" one on the lower left, except I'd like it better if it were 2-1/2" x 6". I broke one of these by accident, and find that, at least for the bird class, the broken pieces are the perfect size to work with. I'm worried I might have to break this one on purpose.

**The new switches are on order and should arrive at my VAR (value added reseller, for the curious amongst you) on Tuesday. They will do the initial configuration there (because switches are "smart" and really nothing more than a specialized computer) and then they'll be installed at the office next Wednesday. Lest anybody think this is trivial matter, the switches, their support fees, configuration and installation costs hover around $15k.


Nancy J said...

Stick to quilting, that is a WHOLE lot of fabric. ( the $15K is what I refer to).!!!

Pat said...

I have extras of most of my things although they tend to "migrate" when I can't lay my hands on something quickly. Reminds me that I need to double check everything b/c I have a workshop this evening.

If you want your ruler shorter, lay another on top at the desired length and use a box cutter to score the ruler. Do it gently, over and over, until you have a significant furrow made and then you should be able to snap it for a clean break.

Quiltdivajulie said...

Don't you love those little snips - they're SHARP -- and I carry Band Aids, too!

Barbara said...

Karen Kay Buckley has adjustable rulers for travel. Each ruler comes in a pouch.

Jackie Kelly said...

Like reading your blog and what you do. You can purchase the 2 1/2" x 6" rulers. Creative Grids make them. Also, some quit stores sell them with their name on them.

Sharon Bultman said...

Try address labels to mark your supplies.

Aileen said...

I got my 2 1/2 x 6 rulers from Bonnie Hunter at Quiltville.blogspot dot com. It is listed on page 2 of the notions as Quiltville ruler by Creative grids. I love this ruler!

I also have Cute Cuts 2 1/2 by 4 1/2 by Lori Holt. They are my favorite shorty rulers.
Hope this helps. LOVE LOVE LOVE your birds!

Aileen in Fl

co coya said...

Don't you love those little snips - they're SHARP -- and I carry Band Aids, too!

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