Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The Strip Stick


In March I took a class with Kimberly Einmo at the Indiana Heritage Quilt Show.  That will be a story for another post, but during the lunch break I ran through the vendors area and purchased a stick.  Yep, a stick.

After lunch, Kimberly was telling us about how when she teaches, she usually doesn't get a chance to see the show and/or vendors, but she has someone who tells her what is trending.  One year, it was "the stick."  Her person told her everyone was carrying around "the stick" and she ran down and got one just before the end of the show.  She demonstrated it to us, and we used it during class.

Here is what the Strip Stick looks like.  It's pretty unassuming, just a stick covered with muslin.  It works really, really well to isolate a seam and get a nice, flat press.  The one that is pictured is 18".  There are three other sizes as well.  I did also purchase the largest, 45" one, but I actually prefer the 18" one.  You can check out the Strip Stick here.

I have been trying to work on my bird quilt blocks these last few weeks.  They've been hanging around in my laundry room on my design wall most of the year.  I thought they would make a good Strip Stick demo. The stick elevates the seam above those already pressed AND makes the seam you are pressing really flat.

 Here's a finished strip of blocks.  Super flat!
Here's a stack of partially done blocks.  Obviously I haven't put the center square in yet.  My in-progress blocks are each on a mini design board.  You can find the tutorial for them on Lori Holt's blog.  I've made them in two sizes so far and they are so awesome!  You should make some too.

Remember, I do not get paid for any reviews of any items, nor do I receive any products for review.  All opinions expressed are my own, and I just talk about things that I've purchased that I like.

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