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Vendor Spotlight & GIVEAWAY: Quick Snippers™

Reported by Lisa Fulmer

If you’re a traveling crafter with a penchant for pinked and scalloped edges, this handy gadget is for you.
Quick Snippers™ is a 6-in-1 set of little scissors – one with a straight edge, plus 5 different border trims (from bottom up): corkscrew, lightening bolt, zig zag, victorian, and scallop.
You just lift up on the snipper you want, like a pocket knife. You rest your thumb on the purple knob of the top blade and press the bottom blade up with your fingers. The actual snipping action is light and smooth – no tension or sticking. The tool is fairly heavy though, weighing in at about a pound, which could be painful for your wrist if you have any carpal tunnel tendencies. I found it was easiest to use with the bottom of the casing resting on the table.

The blades are sharp enough for light- to medium-weight card stock, but they only cut about an inch at a time. It’s pretty easy to line up where you left off and continue cutting though, and you can easily flip the scissors over to cut the border going the opposite direction (rather than having to flip your paper over).
The variety of border designs is very nice. Personally, I still prefer the ergonomics of using my rotary trimmer and swapping out the fancy blades as needed. But if space was an issue, either in my tote or at my workspace, I can see the value of bringing along this tool instead. It works well for cropping small pictures and adding decorative edges to tags and ATCs.

Pros:
  • Small size – only 1.5” x 5”
  • Nice variety of border designs
  • Sharp blades
  • Convenient for traveling
  • Fair price of $19.95
Cons:
  • Heavy and a bit awkward to hold
  • Only cuts one inch at a time…definitely a “snipper”

Have you used the Quick Snippers yet? What do you think? Leave us a comment and let us know!

Quick Snippersare available from Amazon.com.

GIVEAWAY!
Want to win this great product? Our friends at Limiri, LLC. are giving away a pair of Quick Snippers to one lucky reader. To win, just leave a comment on this blog answering any or all of these questions, we love to hear your opinions!

What scissors to you travel with now? What project would you use these Quick Snippers on?

You have until Monday, February 21st at 6pm CST to comment.

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Event Review: Quilting in the Garden

Here’s a little something to whet your appetite for the International Quilt Market coming up this weekend…


Reported by Lisa Fulmer


Is this not THE most beautiful setting for a quilt show?

When a quilt shop and a plant nursery get together to put on a show, the quilts fly in the trees!
Each fall I attend Quilting in the Garden, a lovely quilt show in Livermore, California. This nursery is such an amazing venue – they hang the show from their beautiful old oak trees. They assemble quite the set-up crew to clip all the quilts with clothespins on to lines without letting them touch the ground, then they hoist them up into the air.
Standing in the shade of a giant historic oak tree on a hot day, admiring the workmanship and design of colorful quilts while they are gently swaying in a fragrant floral breeze…well, there’s just nothing quite like it…it’s just wonderful.

Another thing that is nice about retailers hosting a show like this, rather than a guild or an expo organizer, is that admission and parking are free. This means I can spend more money shopping!! In addition to all the plants for sale, plus the nursery’s huge gift shop, several local quilt shops have booths set up to sell fabric and notions. All the local quilt guilds have their annual opportunity quilts displayed too (a large quilt jointly made by guild members), and you can buy raffle tickets to try to win one. There are classes to take, demos to try, plus a lovely outdoor café for a relaxing lunch.

Fabric, flowers, fundraisers and food…I’m in shopping heaven! I was inspired by all the autumn florals, so I bought a few mouthwatering colors of dupioni silks. Do I have any idea what I will make with them yet? Of course not!
Popular quilters like Alex Anderson and Sue Nickels were there to chat about their work and sell their patterns and books. Here I am, on the right, joking around with my friend and colleague, Alex.
The nursery does a great job with their plant displays too, so much color and crafty inspiration!

Click here to see more photos of this year’s event, and last year’s event photos are posted here.
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