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27 August 2013

Quilt Sticks. A Happy Tool For Cutting Fabric.

Quilt sticks are two feet long are available in near
endless widths as well as custom made sizes!
I am a gadget girl. I always have been and will probably always be one. I think it comes from my father who had to try each new thing that came along too.  

Quilt Sticks are rotary cutting tools that are designed to provide you with accurately cut strips every time. For me, using a Quilt Stick makes cutting strips faster and more accurate than using a regular ruler for cutting. Sometimes I have issues with regular rulers. My aging eyes can't always be quite certain that I am lined up precisely on the mark, and sometimes the ruler moves off the straight and narrow just a bit as I cut my strips (even when I use one of those suction cup handles). You know how it goes though, when you are 'just a bit' off and then add another strip that is also "just a bit' off, you end up with more than 'just a bit' off by then end of your project! I use many thin strips and being a little bit off on those can really impact the end result!

I was delighted, and grateful when Quilt Sticks offered to send my their Quilt Sticks to try out! Quilt Sticks are very cool tools that work perfectly in the real world of quilting and fabric cutting. They are simple in design, well made, modestly priced and work perfectly!

My favorite thing about these tools, aside from the very accurate cutting through multiple layers of fabric, is that they do not move or shift as you cut. The backing surface is totally non-slip in a secure way that I have not found in a ruler product before. In the past I have tried sand paper pieces, the non-slip clear backing material and anything else that I though might hinder slipping and sliding. Quilt Sticks stay put providing a higher degree of accuracy.
This image shows the right side of the Quilt Stick (on top)
as well as the back , non-slip material (on the bottom).
Quilt Sticks come  24" inch lengths, and they are available in an infinite number of widths from 1 inch to 8 inches. You can also order a custom made size. The average price for Quilt Sticks up to 4 7/8 inches are only $8.00.  Five inch widths are $9.00, and widths from 5 1/8 to 8 inches are a modest $10.00 each. These quality tools will last a lifetime I think, so once you buy one it will last you! 

You can contact Quilt Sticks by clicking on the link in this post or by going to their website at http://quiltsticks.com, emailing them at info@quiltsticks.com or by calling them at 612-916-1171.

As with my book reviews I generally review only those products that I really like so it is unlikely that you will find me reviewing things that are not good buys or that don't do what they are designed to do very well. My reviewing philosophy is that if I don't have something good to say about a product then it is probably better to not say anything at all. 

I think that Quilt Sticks are a simple, well designed solution that provides excellent accuracy for rotary cutting strips. I'll be adding some more to my design table.... or if you hang your rulers Quilt Sticks have a ready made hole for hanging them! These are good tools! 

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