This post is about the Creative Grids Round Up Tool. (CGRATK1) This fun tool has numerous uses and I love playing to see what I will do with it next. This past weekend, I used it in a whole new way!
If you are familiar with the following patterns, you know that I used the tool in combination with other great tools in my “Around We Go Again” pattern, Blooming Stars Runner pattern, and Ally Oop pattern.
Petals (my favorite) in 2 sizes.
Cut drunkards path pieces
And- easily round corners on runners, place mats, and pot holders.
This weekend, however, I found a whole new use! It was a snowy weekend here in the mountains of western NC and I decided to make something quick and easy that could be made start to finish in a weekend. I choose the Round About Runner (a Creative Grids CLP pattern) made with the 6″ curvy log cabin tool (CGRJAWMN6)
The pattern calls for (16) 10″ squares and a background, plus binding and backing. I choose to make mine a little smaller (with 3 circles instead of 4) so I only needed (12) 10″ squares. I also changed my pieced border slightly. The top was completed in no time and it was time to quilt. I wanted a simple design that could be stitched with my walking foot and pulled out my templates for marking. I decided to use small petals in the corners and in the areas near the edges between the circles. I used my favorite decorative stitch in the pieced border, and quilted in the ditch between the blocks and around the inner border. But how do I mark the blocks I wondered? I wanted a larger petal design similar to the ones used in the corners. I typically would use my large scallop radial tool but it needs a pretty fine pen or pencil to get into the grooves.
Since I was marking on dark fabric my only options for marking were my chaco liner or ultimate marking pencil, but both were too large to get into the grooves. I needed something that I could mark around so that the width of my marking tool did not matter….but what? That’s when I had my light bulb moment!
Round Up Tool to the rescue !!!! The 90 degree markings on the tool helped line everything up and it was exactly what I wanted for the blocks.
I decided to use the chaco liner because it gave me a finer line as I marked the design. Because the chalk brushes away easily, I marked one black at a time, stitched, and then marked the next. Before long I was ready for binding.
If you have not tried this fun tool I encourage you to do so. It already does a lot of wonderful things and who knows…maybe you’ll come up with yet another use like I did.