I read some reviews, watched some videos, and knew I had to have it. I called Darlene, who blogs at Quilts by Darlene, at her new quilt shop, A Needle Pulling Thread and sure enough, she had this cutter in stock! Within a few days, my new cutter was delivered to my door. Darlene posted a great pic of the Martelli cutter on her Face book page so I borrowed it to give you a better look. This is the best thing since sliced bread and comes in right and left hand models.
My wrist problems were being aggravated from lifting up the iron and putting it on it's end over and over and over again. This Oliso iron can stay flat the whole time. It has "feet". When I touch the handle, the feet disappear into the base and I press my fabrics accordingly. When I'm finished, I just slide the iron over, remove my hand, the feet extend and the iron pops up. Don't believe me? Check out this video here.
What have I been doing with my new toys? Here is a picture diary of my latest project...
I used a free pattern, "Sophie Car Seat Quilt" designed by that talented mother-daughter team who blog at Clover and Violet. They also have a wonderful selection of patterns in their shop. This particular pattern is featured in the Moda Bake Shop and can be found HERE. The quilt finishes at 25" x 30".
I love the idea that there are ties on the quilt so it can be used for a car seat or a stroller and won't fly away! My nephew and his wife had their first baby just last week and the quilt is on its way to them today. I used fabrics from my stash, including some Lori Holt fabrics by Riley Blake, and chose a soft flannel for the back to make it a little more cozy. I used straight line machine quilting and a decorative stitch for the binding. Hope the new baby likes it!
It's a great day for quilting!