March 14, 2011 § 13 Comments
A while ago at work someone asked me what I thought of the Clover Seam Ripper. My answer was that I have heard it is good and that everyone I knew that owned it, loved it. A little bit later the same person asked me again. And this time I said that I thought it was a good seam ripper but that I had never used it because I don’t use a seam ripper. After I saw the look on her face, I knew that I had given the wrong answer. The expression on her face was saying, “Well, aren’t you special. You never use a seam ripper. You must be perfect.” Which is NOT what I meant at all. I literally meant that I never use a seam ripper to rip out my sewing. Sometimes the words just come out all wrong. Lest you also think I might be perfect, these are my ripping tools of choice.
I recently had to rip out a few of my tile blocks because it took me awhile to figure out how to cut the partial filler blocks with my ruler rather than using the book’s template.
What I used almost exclusively for years was my small Gingher embroidery scissors. Then my mom became a longarm quilter and she introduced me to the Porcupine Quill. That is now my favorite ripping tool of choice. And more recently I picked up a Hera Marker/Quilter’s Awl and the pointy end of it works well too. What I really dislike about seam rippers are the tiny little bits of thread that are left everywhere. So I pick out the stitches by sticking the pointy end under every 2 or 3 stitches and pulling the thread out in one long piece. I know other people who rip with their rotary cutter. That just scares me! What do you use to rip?
On another note, I put together a series of photos in movie format to show how I laid out all of the blocks of the Hexagon Tile Quilt. I can’t seem to post it here, but it’s over on my Flickr stream if you care to take a look. It is also a perfect example why a larger design wall is better. I had to start pinning blocks to the drywall.
And if you are wondering what this horrid thing below is… My niece was in town last night with her college choir doing a Spring Break Tour. We just had to drive her by the Fremont Troll after dinner. Seattle sure has a few must-see weird places of interest. Her and her travel buddy were hoping to have a few minutes to see the gum wall this morning before their bus left for Oregon.