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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Day 16 of 30 Giveaway #2 Ohhhh Yeah - Alicia's Attic

IHAN's 30 Days of Giveaways
Anniversary Celebration
Day 16 Giveaway #2

I use Qtools Cutting Edge Strips when I am cutting fabric.  I make fewer mistakes when cutting therefore I waste less fabric.
My 1/4 inch seams are easier to achieve with my Qtools Sewing Edge Strip attached to my sewing machine bed.

This is how the Qtools Cutting Edge Strips work:


See what I mean?  It makes rotary cutting easier, more accurate and less frustrating trying to find that line again and again.  The fabric stops at the edge of the fabric so I know exactly where it is not like a piece of painters tape.

This is how the Qtools Sewing Edge Strips work: 
Again, I have used painters tape but the QTools Sewing Edge Strip is thicker and allows me to sew with speed and precision   It aligns in front of the foot of the sewing machine for a perfect scant 1/4" seam. Another cool thing is that the strips are reusable and fit to the shape of the sewing machine.  Just think how much painters tape we will save....now you can paint your entire house!!!! Better yet....bring your painters tape to my house because it desperately needs paint in several rooms :)  And while you are at it....bring some brushes, rollers, pizzas, diet Pepsi, Tim Tams and a sleeping bag!!! 
Marci Baker of Alicia's Attic has a new book coming out this spring!!!  The title is
"ABC 3-D” which has Marci’s strip pieced method of “Not Your Grandmother’s Tumbling Blocks” and also combines the most popular patterns out of Sara Nephew’s “Big Book of Building Block Quilts” and some great new patterns!  If you want updates on Marci's latest and greatest you may want to check out her blog.  She also has some great video tutorials on her website too!!

Here are some other books Marci has written:

Doubledipity More Serendipity Quilts

This is an e-mail I received from one of IHAN blog readers:
Hi Kelly
I Want To Win! Q-Tools cutting edge strips are one of my absolute favorite notions. They make rotary cutting so much faster and your strip width is consistent. They can also be used over and over and over again. Such a simple 'tool' with such great results!
Happy Anniversary,
Kathy Johnson
IHAN blog readers seem to be on top of all the latest and greatest!!!  LOL

Alicia's Attic sent 5 of each of the Qtools Cutting Edge Strips and 5 of the Qtools Sewing Edge Strips to be given to IHAN blog readers during this Anniversary Celebration.  One of each will be included in the Grand Prize Drawing.

Leave a comment telling us if you have used Qtools Cutting or Sewing Edge Strips and if not, why would you like to win them.  Four lucky IHAN blog readers will be drawn at random on April 15, 2010 after 10 PM CMT!!! 

Thank you Alicia's Attic for joining IHAN in our First Anniversary Celebration  by giving IHAN blog readers an opportunity to own some of your fantastic notions!!!

Smiles,
Kelly
PS...for those of you who have placed a button on your blog or posted on your blog  or facebook page  PRIOR to today, please e-mail me at IHaveANotion@yahoo.com.  Please pur Button in the subject line so I can thank you personally.

102 comments:

Moneik said...

I love the cutting strips! I've had them for several years and highly recommend them to my students. I'd love to try the sewing strips so I could get a better quarter inch.

cntryways said...

I think these cutting strips would be something I should use! If I don't win I might have to get some to use.

Rosemary
Cntryways@att.net

julie said...

I hate to admit this - but I had never even heard of these sewing or cutting strips before. Now that I've read your blog and googled them a bit - everyone's testamonials make them sound like the best things ever. Please count me in for this great giveaway :)

Kathryn said...

I've had a makeshift sewing strip on my machine for years, but it's starting to curl up. I'd love to try this more professional version that I'm sure will last a good long time. Thanks. Kathie L in Allentown

Sara said...

I don't have either product but can definitely see how they'd be a great help. Even with a 1/4" foot on my machine, I still don't get perfect seams.
Would love to win. Thanks for hosting!

Anna said...

Wow - how cool. I've heard of putting masking tape on your machine but this sounds easier and neater. I would looooove to give these a whirl!

Janet said...

I've bought books and rulers from Alicia's Attic and have looked at those two cutting items thinking I'd like to try them but I haven't yet. So I'd like to win either or both of them to improve my cutting and sewing.

Sheila said...

I had never heard of either of these products. But now that I'm aware of them, I can definitely see their value. Getting easier, more accurate cuts, and sewing more perfect 1/4" seams....this would be heaven!! I'd love to win both these prizes...thanks!

Nancy said...

wow, what a simple and perfect idea. If I don't win, I will have to look for them in Paducah...

pcaldwell said...

I was not familiar with Alicia's Attic. As a novice (very) quilter I do not have many quilting "tools" Count me in on this give away. Thank You.

Annie of Blue Gables said...

What a wonderful invention! I would love to try both of these, but especially the one for the cutting tool. I have a foot that supposedly helps me make a 1/4" seam, but it isn't perfect, so maybe I want to try BOTH! I love her site. I want the book that contains the Not Your Grandmothers Tumbling Block and I want one of her "ear" trimmers for the triangles. She is AMAZING! Do you know how HARD it is to make a tumbling block quilt???

Katie B. said...

I've never used these tools before, but I need all the help I can get with accuracy and precision!!

Karen said...

The idea is so simple in it's design, you'd think someone would have invented it sooner. What a great idea as I am not so accurate when it comes to cutting my fabric and I would really like to improve my cutting skills (and 1/4" sewing, too!)

Needled Mom said...

I am amazed at all the great ideas that people come up with for tools. I have not used these, but can certainly see the time saving element in not having to find your spot over and over and over and....

Quilt Hollow said...

I can say that the cutting strips are AWESOME...used them many times over especially when doing lots and lots of cutting of same size strip!

joanne lendaro said...

Another day, another great prize!! This Birthday Celebration has been the BEST!! I have not heard of the Qtools Cutting or Sewing Edge Strips, but certainly would love to give them a try. Any help I get cutting is needed!

Thank you Alicia's Attic for your contribution to Kelly's Birthday!

Gene Black said...

wow.. I need to be more consistent with cutting. But then we probably all do.
Count me in! this looks great to me.

sharon said...

I have never used either product but would sure like to try them. Anything that would make rotary cutting easier sounds great. I find my eyes get pretty lazy and tired at night and finding the correct seams allowance on the ruler is a pain. Thanks Sharonj.

Jessica said...

I haven't tried either the sewing or cutting strips, but they sound like they would be really helpful! I get easily distracted while sewing, having an extra line there to guide me would be great.

Duff said...

I have never tried either of these. I have been using a post-it note to mark the cutting line, but it's on top of the ruler, not below. I think the underside would be awesome!
Marci's video was an easy way for me to understand the best way to use the sewing tools in con junction with handling the fabric--thanks!

Oh, and, to use the seam ripper as a tool instead of a weapon!!!
:O)

Sequana said...

I need to win at least one of these, since I'm just about out of blue painter's tape. *S*

Willa said...

I have used tape but not this. Would love to give it a try! Rotary cutting is wonderful but this would be a superb aid.

Thanks and good wishes.

SewCalGal said...

Way cool. I think these strips would really help me cut and sew more accurately. Her books also look fantastic. I've never seen them previously and look forward to getting a copy!

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Elizabeth said...

I've never used either tool, but I'm all about making things faster and easier, so count me in! Thanks for the great giveaways! Looking forward to the 16th.

Elizabeth

carol said...

What a wonderful help. My blue tape drives me crazy.

Mary Grace McNamara said...

I have never used these products, but sure would love to! I can use all the help I can get to keep my seams straight and accurate!

Another great giveaway!

MGM

Melissa said...

I currently use masking tape for this, but I really need a thicker tool. I would love to try these!

Petit Debutant said...

I have not used either of these products but the fact that it actually forms a physical carrier for your fabric sounds like a great thing!

SheilaC said...

wOw, there are so many great notions that I didn't even know about, and didn't realize that I NEEDED ! :)

I would love anything that would help make my cutting more accurate!

Thanks for another great give away!
SheilaC

Rita said...

These particular products are new to me but I'm all for better accuracy.

Pam in Texas said...

I have never used them, but I struggle constantly with sewing that scant 1/4" seam. This would help so much! The other night I was cutting out some fabric and cut several pieces wrong. Now I have to re-order the fabric. Hope I can get some more. Maybe with Qtools Cutting Strips it wouldn't have happened.

Lisabee said...

I haven't ever used this, but it seems like an AWESOME idea!

Wendy said...

HaHa. I have one right now on my sewing machine and never new what it was. I went to a workshop and the instructor went around and put it on everyones machine. I love it. It's lasted quilte a while and is finally just starting to lose it's tackyness. Cool to know what I need to get now. I would love to use them on my rulers!

Alana said...

What quilter wouldn't enjoy winning these?!! I haven't seen them before, so haven't used them, but sure would like to! Thanks for the chance to win!

mybusyhands@gmail.com

Jackie said...

I have never even heard of these before, but they would really make life easy!!

onlymehere said...

You're finding the most fantastic things to give away! I've never heard of these either. I'd like to win them bz sometimes my seams get a little wonky due to the fabric creeping over my...GASP...you guessed it...painter's tape! I'm all for more efficient and fast!

Katrina said...

I would love to try this on my upcoming quilt. Looks like it would be very handy!

Tracey said...

These look like great tools and I would like to try either of them. I also love the "starty/stoppy" concept, I need to use that with my girls- they always forget to hold their threads!

Doina said...

I haven't ever used this. I would love to try these!

Mama24Monkeys said...

So simple so smart! Would love to try them both.
kbsteuber at yahoo dot com

gill said...

you guys in the US are so lucky! ou have gadgets we in the UK have never heard of and a choice of fabrics to die for!!!!
gill

Sam said...

Hi and greetings from Albany, Western Australia. Yet another tool I have not seeen in my local craft shop. I watched the videos and was amazed at how such a simple thing could be so effective. If I don't win this one, I will be buying one for sure. It will be great for me as I like to cut all my leftovers into scraps (I usually save up a whole bunch) and make scrap quilts. Thanks so much for making this possible. Sam (Sandra) s.downes@murdoch.edu.au

Marcia said...

Thank you for this giveaway of yet another useful notion. Both my mother and I have issues with sewing scant quarter inch seams and cutting straight strips. It would be helpful to have these tools Qtools and Sewing Edge tools to use. I know our piecing will improve if the seams are crisp and straight:)) mlwright29 {at) hotmail {dot} com

janice said...

I have not used Qtools cutting or sewing Edge strips. One of my biggest challenges is getting a accurate 1/4" seam. Mine always seem to be a smidgen more than 1/4". Thanks.

Barb in Mi said...

I guess I am still stuck in the stone age, oops painter's tape age. Somebody unstuck me please with the edge strip... Thanks!

Michael and Rachelle said...

No, I have never tried them or even heard of them to be honest. But hey anything that makes the quilting process easier and more affective seems like a great thing to me. Thanks so much for the chance to win.

kynomi said...

Since I am not as consistent as I should be (both cutting and sewing), I would love to win these Qtools strips.

LizA. said...

This looks like just the thing -- I'm teaching a teenager how to quilt and she's having a tough time getting that 1/4" with just the quilting foot. I think I need to get this for her.

Michele said...

I've used the cutting edge strips with great success and I'd love to try the sewing strips.

Anonymous said...

How wonderful. I have used painter's tape but I can see how much handier this would be. I can always any help for cutting more accurate strips.


lcloos@epix.net

Material Girl said...

I have the cutting strips and I love them, they really help so you don't constanly have to look for the measurements that you need, I use them all the time, I haven't tried the sewing strips yet though, I think they would be very helpful also.

the momma said...

yep ~ these little babies look like they'd make cutting and sewing more accurate - giving better results

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

I have not used Qtools Cutting for Sewing Edge Strips and they sound like the perfect idea for a more accurate seam, so that's what I'm after.

expatquilter said...

I haven't used Qtools cutting or sewing edge strips, but would love to try them! Since my blocks seem to end up smaller than they should be I think these might help my accuarcy a whole lot!

The Jenkins said...

I've never used either, but would love to! I find some of my sewing lines get a little crazy when I'm sewing. I would love the precision that this would give me!

Deb said...

I have never used either the cutting or sewing edge strips. I would love to win the sewing edge strips to make my 1/4" seams more accurate!

Sue H said...

I haven't used these rules, but I would love the chance to try them. I think they would make cutting easier and more fun! Thanks for the chance to win...Sue

Quilting_Chris said...

I haven't tried either of these tools, but boy I could use them both. I love the idea of more consistent cutting and well, yes I have blue painters tape on my machine bed to try to help me with my consistency while sewing that darn quarter inch.

chris_quilting@yahoo dot com

Quilts And Pieces said...

Yup! I think for sure I could find a wonderful use for these! Especially the sewing edge one! I"m always wanting to put a line for sewing down and I also like to put a piece of tape down for HTS's - I think this would work perfect for that! I watched both videos and I need these!

JJ said...

I have never used them but they sound wonderful and I would like to try them. I am a sucker for new gadgets.

Nanbon44 said...

I would love to give this tape a try, I am one of those people that keep a roll of painter's tape by the sewing machine

debra lynn said...

That looks awesome! I'd love to win so I could try it out, anything to help those 1/4" seams be more even is sure to help.

Joy said...

Wow..what great tools. I could certainly use the help in keeping things more precise. Thanks for the giveaway!

Shelly P. said...

shelly.potter(at)hotmail.com

I have never heard of these and how awsome are these?? I want them, I want them! This would make my sewing so much easier! I"m still a newbie and this tool would help me out a lot!

Sabrina@goddessaday.com said...

I've used a sewing strip, but not a cutting strip, and I think that would be just fantastic! I do have a tendency to veer off my ruler at the end of the strip, so this would fix that problem.

Barb said...

Nope, aint never used it before but if I won, I am certain I would use it and even blog about how wonderful it is...(trying to entice you)

CrochetnQuilt said...

The Sewing Edge Strips sound like just the notion to help my daughter (and me) to sew straight!

pamdux said...

I have to use the painters tape. Oh how I would love something better to sew with. pamspinks.blogspot.com

Anne said...

I find sewing a 1/4" seam difficult, and this tool seems like it would really help. Anything that makes cutting more accurate is also great! Hmm, let's just say that enhancing accuracy in any way is to be desired! ;-)

Lesly said...

I have not used them, but I need to - I am always having problems with rotary cutting wof - the rule just moves over.

Kaye Prince said...

I have not used Qtools before, but I'd definitely love to give them a try! I always seem to have a problem with my 1/4" seams, and I'd love to see if these tools would help!

Diane H said...

Wow! Think of the hours of unpicking and redoing seams on completed blocks that are too small! I need these notions!

San said...

i think these QTools are something im gonna need to get..

Brenda said...

I can use anything that will help me cut and sew my strips more accurately. What a great idea!

kelley said...

I've never tried these strips but would love a chance at the sewing edge strips...I have mostly hand pieced in the past but find I need to pick up the pace if i'm ever going to make a dent in my stash....the strips would help me keep an even seam allowance on the machine...thank you for this amazing month of giveaways!

a.niza said...

i have never tried this cool tool. it sounds pretty handy. I'd love to win them.

Bailey said...

I have never used these, but would love to test them out. They seem like a great product that would save time!

Melinda in Tulsa said...

I have never seen the Qtools but they look like they would really come in handy.

Lynn said...

No I have not used them before but it really looks like a good tool to have in my sewing arsenal. Would help with cutting and sewing it seems.

Valentina said...

I Haven't had the pleasure of using either the sewing strips or the cutting strips by Q-tools and truly love to give them a try. Even if I were not to win I wil be placing an order, because they sound awesome!

9patchnurse said...

I have not seen these strips before. They look great and since I like to sew fast and cut fast, they would be a big help.

Robyn said...

I have not used these yet...I have so much to learn about all the cool notions! I'm a terrible cutter so these would help me so much!

Lu said...

I have not used the Qtools cutting or sewing edge strips. I have seen other quilters using them in various videos I have watched and it would be a great addition to help me in my limited quilting abilities.

Elizabeth said...

I haven't tried them yet, but would love to win them so I can have greater 1/4 inch accuracy when sewing.

trudys_person said...

I heard Marci speak a couple of years ago, and she has some great products and patterns. I've been using the cutting strips and her 1/4" ruler, and I would love to try the sewing strips - there would be no excuse for imperfect piecing then! Thank you for the giveaways!

Diane said...

Something new to me, I'm not familiar with these tools at all. But sure look like they would be very useful.

dj said...

I have not used either product but the cutting strips would definitely make things more accurate for me. What a great idea.

Rafael's Mum said...

This is such a lovely product! I have been using masking tape but it would be great to try this!

grendelskin said...

I've not used either product, but the recently-acquired 1/4-inch foot for my machine is NOT 1/4 inch! It's about 5/16, which adds up fast! I could really use that guide for my seams. I also love the ruler guide idea, would save loads of time.

SewLindAnn said...

I've never heard of, so have not tried the strips. I would love to win, but hate to admit how much trouble I have moving the needle to get the perfect seam size. This sounds like it would be the solution to that and my fabric movement issues.

sewmeow said...

Thank you Alicia's Attic for donating this item to the Giveaway. I have not used these items, but think the 1/4" edge one would work beautiful on my sewing machine! The ruler one looks fascinating too and I cut a lot of strips and squares.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

The fact that these vinyl strips could help me cut straight AND they are reusable simpy knocked my socks off. I bet my art quilts would look a lot straighter if I used these.

dicienan said...

There are some ladies in my group who would surely buy some if I win. hope so, anyway!

Pam said...

I have never used them, but anything that will help me with my 1/4" seam would be wonderful!

Micki said...

What a great tutorial! I would love to win this...It would be so helpful!
Micki

arlette said...

I haven't tried it yet, I'd love to give it a try, seems it's really easy to use

bingo~bonnie said...

I bought a packet about 4 years ago and la,la,love it! Especially on my ruler to mark the measurement I'm cutting often for a project.

anyone who wins them will love them! the best part is they are reusable - over and over. ;)

Love from Texas! ~bonnie

Butterfly said...

I have not tired these products but anything to help me be more accurate would be great.

judycinnc said...

I have never used the Qtools Cutting or Sewing Edge Strips and based on all the replys and your review, I do plan on trying them. It would be really nice to win them, but if not, I will have to go out and buy them because I am going to try them.

Nancy said...

I've never used these, never even heard of them, but I sure would like to win them - my seams wander a lot. LOL!

EdithPurl said...

Thanks Alicia's Attic!

The Qtools Cutting Edge Strips are great - no more masking tape on my rulers! (BTW - I purchased some from my one of my favorite IHAN worker bees.) If I had the Qtools Sewing Edge Strips I could remove the moleskin from 1999!

Oh Happy Day 16!

Wendy said...

Where have you been all my life? This is great, I think this would make quilting so much more enjoyable.

Thank you for not only giving away these great tools, but introducing us to new tools to help us work faster and easier.

Wendy

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