When a quilt is larger than a small table topper, it becomes quite a chore to push it around under any machine's needle. I have used gloves. I have used the tips of rubber gloves (these are my favorite). I regularly spit on my bare finger tips. But I needed something with a little weight, the right size and some serious gripping power.
Here is my solution:
I asked my husband for some scrap wood about the size of my hands. He cut off the ends of an old wooden fence post he had in the garage. They're a different shape, but who cares? That's what we came up with.
|Small pieces of scrap lumber|
|Double sided tape|
I cut a piece of the blue rubber to wrap around the square piece of wood and used the double sided tape to secure it.
|First MQ hand gripper|
Then I traced the shape of the odd sized piece of wood onto the blue rubber and cut two out.
|Trace, cut and secure with tape|
|Second hand gripper|
Now, do they work? They sure do!
|My two hand grippers with my Stacked Hearts table topper|
I will be sharing a few of my recent quilt finishes in the next week, including this Stacked Hearts quilt. I got brave and used stencils to mark a design and then quilted it. Very much like what I did a few months ago with this hexagon mat. This is a class sample for when I teach Free Motion Quilting. Those marks are made with Washable Crayola Markers. They gave me the boundaries I needed to create my free motion designs.
|17" sample marked and stitched|
|Markings washed out after I finished quilting|
I'm trying to work myself up to stitching this New York Beauty quilt that has been in the works for about 6 years. I'm determined to find just the right stencil for the center.
|New York Beauty|
Stay tuned for more on my venture into quilting on this amazing machine with 16" of open space for my work.