Friday, March 16, 2012

A New Little Tool To Play With

I couldn't resist showing you this little delicate flower on a tree I planted near the front door - I can't remember what it is called but it smells divine - I planted one each side of the path 2 years ago.  It is a slow grower but these sweet little blooms make it worthwile.


I am doing "This Goes With That" BOM and haven't played with it for a few weeks but decided to make some stunning patterns that I would need a Quilters Kaleidiscope mirror.  It was cheaper to make my own so I bought 2 square candle mat's which had a stick on edging.


I peeled it off but was left with a thick sticky residue.


I got out my trusty Eucalyptus Oil which is great for removing gummy stuff.

And Voila !  No more sticky gunk - Just 2 perfect little square mirrors.


I joined them together with a bit of black tape.

On the back


Yep they cost just $2.00 each - Much cheaper than some of the commercial varieties.


So using a mirror and your template you can turn this


Into this - Just by fussy cutting your fabric for paper piecing.


Or this.....


Or Maybe even this ......

So I will be spending some time tomorrow cutting bits of "Ruby" to add to my collection of shapes for "This Goes With That"


The possibilities are endless aren't they?


I practiced last night on a simple stripe which created a sweet little spider web.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Hugs - Fee X


RG said...

Morning Fee :D
Oh gosh you're clever!
What a great idea and such a useful little tool!
Thanks for sharing xx

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Cheryll said...

LoVe the spiderweb block... so fresh.
Great use of a simple item intended for another use! Well done! :)

Jeanette said...

Great idea. Love your spider web. I haven't touched my This Goes With That in ages. Must get back to it. Hugs,

Barb said...

What a wonderful tool...thanks for the tutorial on it.

Debbie said...

What a great idea! You're a genius!

Anonymous said...

very clever Fee,love that fabric.xx

Kate said...

You clever girl!!!! Thanks for sharing.

Quilt Kitty said...

Thank you Fi, that is a brilliant idea. Ruby looks gorgous that way, can't wait to see the end results. Tracee xx

By Hoki Quilts said...

Do you ever rest nanny Wee?
I managed to 'acquire' two bathroom mirror tiles and did a similar thing but I think mine may be a tad too large and yours looks much more user friendly Fee.

Anonymous said...

Clever girl, your flower looks like a Geisha Girl, we have them in the garden

Maria said...

Fabulous idea Fee.
I borrowed a mirror like that when purchasing fabric to do a Kaleidoscope quilt workshop.Now can make my own. Thanks

Joy said...

Clever you Fee!!! Wish I'd thought of that before I bought mine ;o)!!!
Love n hugs,
Joy xxx

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Susan said...

So clever. I'm off to the discount shops tomorrow. Love all your different patterns.

Deb R said...

Ohh love this idea. After reading your many posts on this goes with that, I signed up too!! Didnt have to twist my arm too much. Cant wait to see what your Ruby hexis will look like :)

Teresa said...

You are so clever Fee... What a brilliant idea..