Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Thinking Outside the Box

Where old skool architectural tools meet the process of completing a quilt....

Went to the studio space at the School of Architecture yesterday. I needed a table large enough to use for squaring up my latest quilt.

Had a eureka moment.........one of the arcjotecture students from the Spring semester had left behind a drafting table. I was able to use it to square up the quilt, it was narrow enough to fit on the table.

How convenient it was to be able to use the table and the parallel bar to draw parallel and perpendicular lines along each side of the quilt!

Awesome moment!


  1. wow! now my eyse will be peeled for one of these on Craigslist :)

  2. I have an idea for squaring up large quilts after I used (squared) stretcher bars for a 5' one. I think someone needs to invent a long sliding square that we could use -- at least 72 inches per side. But even a smaller one (the quilt I squared up was 66" on the longest side) can be supplemented and can be cobbled to work. Far better than other methods I've tried -- and I think I've tried all of them.

  3. I love old drafting tools and tables. What a great use for one!

  4. Valerie, what a great idea. I will move my DH over when I have to square up my next piece. Great idea. Nancy