As I mentioned in an earlier post, one of my summer goals is to inventory and clean out my ruler, template and tools drawer.
Well the first step is complete. Here's everything that was in my drawer. Tools I've been collecting ever since I started quilting seven years ago.
I sorted the contents of the drawer into three groups, things I know I like and know how to use, things I may like but have never used, and things I don't like, use or will ever use!
My "Fit to be . . " whatever rulers are rulers I use on almost every project. I've tried several different ways to make flying geese, Monique's rulers are my preferred method. These I'll keep.
Here are my Marti Michell templates and rulers. The templates I bought for different projects or patterns, I like them, use them and loan them out. They're staying.
The log cabin rulers have never been used. After doing some research on their use I decided that I would not use that method to piece log cabin blocks, not keeping those.
I used these perfect circle templates for my Summer Fun dots.
If you need to make circles for a project, I recommend using these templates by Karen Kay Buckley.
So this is where I stand right now. The tools I know I'll use and like are back in the drawer, on the left. The tools I may like if I knew what the heck they were used for, I put in that project box on the right.
I've created a list of what is in the cleaned out tools drawer and put it on my phone so that I'll always know what I have at home when I'm out shopping. This is because I have a couple rulers or tools that I've bought two of. I have two easy angles, I have four 4 1/2 inch rulers! No more of that!
The things I know I don't want are that stack on the floor. Most of these I bought to use in a class and didn't use them or have found a method that works better for me and won't use them. I'm passing them along to a sewing group, for someone else to put in there tools drawer!
My next step is to take something out of the project box and figure out how to use it, by next Tuesday. If I think I'll use it at some point I'll keep it, if not, out the door it goes. So be sure to stop back by next Tuesday for another edition of Tools Tuesday!