I had an Eureka moment this weekend. Probably because I was home alone, didn't have to cook, and wasn't distracted by the obsessive channel changing of the t.v. by someone. Sometimes it must look like we have a strobe light in the house with all the constant flickering of light. Kidding.
Anyway, I was working on my project for Primitve Quilts and Projects magazine. My project involved wool stitchery, much like a penny rug - but not quite a penny rug. I've struggled with techniques to adhere the wool pieces onto the background for appliqué. I've used several techniques: pins (unsatisfactory), glue interfacings (yuck, they change the entire texture of the wool) and stapling. Stapling was by far the superior technique, but it had it's limitations and problems. A typical desk stapler has a very short neck and unless you were working on a tiny project - not good. If you opened up the stapler, I had problems with that too. Then I remembered this!
It's a stapler I picked up at an office supply store this summer to do my Hawaiian Quilt. It has a throat of about 18". Honestly, once I remembered I had it - it took less than a minute to adhere all my wool pieces onto my background. Pretty neat.
When you do a Hawaiian Quilt, you fold the top appliqué piece into 8 layers, draw your design on the top layer and cut through all. If you staple these layers together with this nifty stapler (which can reach to the center of the quilt piece easily) the cutting is fast and accurate.
If there is ONE penny rug or ONE Hawaiian quilt in your future - this purchase will be well worth it. It was around $20.00.
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