I thought I would share with you a couple new crafting/quilting toys I purchased a few weeks ago that I am really happy with. (Sorry about that preposition placement, grammar teachers.)
On the right is my Steady Betty ironing pad. It's basically a board covered in a special heat resistant foam. Keeps fabric from slipping while pressing. I like it as it helps me press and not "iron". I also like its size -- about 14x14. My iron went on the fritz a couple weeks ago so I was forced to use my little craft iron until I purchased a new regular iron. I've got to admit that once I got used to the seemingly left handed placement of the cord, I do like that little iron for the small quilt pieces blocks.
On the left is a rotating cutting mat. It fits perfectly on my cutting table beside the Steady Betty so it makes a perfect set up for the early stages of the quilt. I must say, though, that unless I have a ruler that is the exact size of the block I am cutting, I don't really use the rotating feature much. But I love the size since it fits so well at my "work station".
Oh, and the block I'm working on in the photo. A red and white churn dash.
My on-line quilting friends and I are doing a churn dash block exchange -- any color of red with white on white background. Mine are finished and all mailed out and I have received about 1/2 of the 36 (9") blocks. These are the first few I received.
I'm undecided quite how I will put it together -- with sashing,without sashing, on point. with star blocks; . I just don't know. Decisions, decisions . . . .