Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Queen of Gadgets

This months fun hop is all about our favorite quilting gadgets.The  hop is being coordinated by Carol from  Just Let Me Quilt     Thanks so much for another fun time.                      .

My favorite gadget is a wooden binding-winder that can be found at Sawyer Creek Artistry     



I got mine at a quilt show in Dayton Beach a couple of years ago. I actually picked up about 10 of them but at least 5 have been gifted over the years.  

I have checked the link and see that they are still making them and that you can request them in different widths to accommodate your favorite binding.

During covid I was part of a group making hundreds of masks.  I found that these wondeful binding holders were really great for holding stuff other than binding, such as miles of elastic



I know I also used them to hold yarn for color changes while making hats but can't find an example for this post but figure you can get the general idea looking at the elastic.

And then of course there is the fact that it is made to hold binding.


They are great for binding storage.  These 2 are great examples.  You can see the width and get a good guess as to the approximate length of your left overs.


I do have a few more favorite gadgets but the following 2 are in my opinion way up on my list.


2 seasons ago on Super Bowl Sunday I ended up in the emergency room because I tried to cut off my pointer finger tip with my rotary cutter.  Thankfully I failed. Several of my quilting buddies suggested the suction cup ruler holder.  I personally thought at the time it was a bit much but I have come to love mine.


And then there is this wonderful ruler that cuts in 1/2 inch increments. Makes cutting strips so easy and so much more accurate. And I know that this is a quilters hop but I have been known to use my quilting gadgets for things other than quilts.

These photos are from our Virtual Cookie Exchange   from 2015 showing just how versatile this ruler is








I used it with a pizza cutter to cut perfectly square pieces of fudge.


I hope you have enjoyed your stop here and all of the previous stops.  I know I have already started an Amazon list for this coming weekends order of goodies. 

Here is a complete list of all of the hoppers who are participating this week.

25 comments:

  1. I'm glad you failed at trimming your pointer finger too. Great gadgets and very useful in the kitchen too :)

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  2. I liked that you used the ruler for cutting fudge.

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  3. Oh, yes, a binding winder would be a wonderful gadget for so many uses. I love the idea of cutting your fudge. Quilting gadgets and kitchen gadgets are interchangeable, right?

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  4. Oh Selina how funny that is that you cut fudge with a pizza cutter and your Shape Cut ruler!!! Those pizza cutters do look like jumbo rotary cutters after all. When I saw your first photo of the binding holder, I though it was a yarn bobbin in wood. I suppose you could use it for that if using super chunky yarn. I have never really made and wound quilt binding onto anything, never saw the need to. I just put binding around my neck and the rest sits in my lap. But we all work differently, so if it works great for you then that's all that matters. I don't use yarn bobbins either.

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  5. Great gadgets. I never thought of cutting fudge with a ruler and pizza cutter. I will have to give that a try. Thanks for the ideas!

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  6. A binding winder...I have a basket full of leftover pieces of binding strips. Those would be great to organize them with.
    You are too funny using your ruler to cut fudge, but hey why not? Nice and easy even little pieces. Great idea!

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  7. Great gadgets. I too have almost cut off the tip of my finger, so the suction holder is a great idea!

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  8. Cool gadgets! I have never seen that type of binding winder--it is neat. Love the use of the ruler for cutting fudge. Thanks for sharing!

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  9. Using the ruler to cut fudge brought a quick smile to my face! I attach my binding to my quilt as soon as it’s made. It never hangs around long. But a lot of quilters make bindings that need corralling for awhile before getting attached to a quilt. I can see that as a very useful gadget for them.

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  10. How do you store your binding once it's rolled onto the binding winder? Just curious. Clever idea, too, using the ruler to cut the fudge! Haha!

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  11. I have never seen that kind of binding holder. Another gadget for my list! I cracked up at your "fudge cutter" but I love the dual use of the ruler. Thanks for sharing your gadgets, Selina!

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  12. I did not know they made such a thing. I use a plastic thing that resembles this, rickrack came wrapped around it. They sure are handy.

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  13. Thank you so much for sharing these great gadgets! Love the big spool winder. It can be used for so many things! And I loved the way you used the strip ruler to cut your yummy looking fudge. You are truly inspiring!

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  14. Love how you cut your fudge! Thanks for sharing all your favourite gadgets!

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  15. LOL Using that ruler for fudge is hilarious and so original. Those binding gadget (thing-a-ma-jigs) are wonderful, so useful.

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  16. That wooden binding holder is lovely. Thanks for sharing a great new idea!

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  17. I like the binding holder. I never thought of this idea. I am always afraid I will cut my fingers.

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  18. thank you for sharing and for inspiring. I am glad you didnt cut your finger off. My daughter found one of these suction holders at a hardware store and sent it to me for christmas. I love it. For a while I felt it was silly also, but now that I have arthritis in my fingers, it is a huge help.

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  19. Fun and clever way to use your gadgets!

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  20. Great gadget. So glad your finger was saved too. I cut mine also once with a rotary cutter.

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  21. What a neat tool for binding. Isn't it fun when you find a product you love, that you buy extra and gift them to quilty friends?

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  22. I'm so glad you're still blogging, Selina, as I miss seeing you in person! I've seen those binding holders on Instagram. What a great gift for a quilter! Wonder if they might be made the the Woodworking Shop. You made me smile with the way you used your strip-cutting ruler to cut fudge! Leave it to you to be creative that way. Thanks for sharing your favorite tools!

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  23. These are all great helps, Selina! Thanks for sharing!

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