Specialty circle, tumbler, and hexie rulers!

Not long ago I was contacted by the amazing Lori Holt to see if I would like to play with her new acrylic rulers/templates she designed for Riley Blake. Of course I said yes! The rulers come in multiple sizes in three different shapes:

All of the rulers are sized perfectly to go with pre-cut fabric, whether it’s 10″ squares, 5″ charm squares or 2 1/2″ strips. I’m so excited to try lots of ideas with these. You can get Lori’s rulers in her Etsy Shop or from the Fat Quarter Shop.
Today I’ve been asked to be a part of Project Polkadot at Melissa Mortenson’s blog, The Polkadot Chair. So I put those circle rulers to use for this project!
Inspired by Riley Blake’s new tone on tone polkadots (which you can find at the Fat Quarter Shop) I decided to make some tone on tone circles.
To get the variety of colored fabrics I used a Riley Blake Stacker – a collection of their light solids
The colors are so perfect for Spring! I’m excited to turn this into a pillow. You can read more about how I created my little circle mini quilt by visiting Project Polkadot at the Polkadot Chair.
(And lest anyone out there is under the misconception that I totally have my act together, here is proof that I often do not. I had hoped to have this pillow done for Project Polkadot, but this is as far as I got. Life comes at you and it’s all about just doing what we can right?)
Happy Weekend!
PS For any interested locals: I’m teaching a Use-Your-Scraps class this coming Monday, March 18 at American Quilting in Orem, Utah at noon along with the very wonderful and delightful Marilyn Yerkes. It’s not too late, if you want to come. You can contact American Quilting at 801-802-7841.

What’s your favorite Notion?

Notions. Those handy doohickey’s that save time, make things easier, and make quilting fun.
Moda... the Cutting Table
In honor of National Craft Month (one more good excuse to get your craft on!) the Moda Cuting Table blog is sharing favorite notions from various quilters and designers. Today I’m sharing a couple of my must-haves from the Notions department.

But do you want to know what my very favorite sewing accessory is? My donut pillow I got from the medical supply store when I had my third baby. It doesn’t look pretty but I love to sit on that thing while I sew. Someday I want to try one of those Balance Ball Chairs. Has anyone tried those? Do they work?

Do you have any favorite notions you want to share? Especially any of those really unconventional ones that make sewing better for you?