Thanks for all the great comments concerning the wool pressing mats. The general consensus seems to be: put it on your Christmas list if you don’t already own one.
Another popular item in the vendor booths at quilt shows recently is light boxes. Do I really need a thin LED light box? After all, I’m very good at taping projects up to the window and straining my neck and arm muscles to get things traced “just right”.
These new age light boxes can be purchased with a clear cutting mat ~ and this is intriguing; but they are pricey ~ so I’ve passed them by.
While walking through Walmart the other day I spotted a small “Tracing Pad” made by Crayola™ for $19.99. The box said it was “bright LED power in an ultra thin tablet”! What a great Christmas gift for my granddaughter Sommer! We can keep it at grandma’s house and share!
That same afternoon I was doing some product testing for June Tailor™, and I needed a light box ~ how convenient! I was pattern proofing while making samples for one of their new “Quilting By Number” pre-printed batting projects, and I wanted to copy the butterfly from one of the fabrics to use as a quilting design on a pillow (butterfly fabric in the upper right, my free-motion quilting on the left).
I pulled out the light box and traced five butterflies onto freezer paper in record time!
I cut them out and ironed them onto the quilt. I then free-motion stitched around the butterfly pattern, peeled it away, and filled in the details.
It worked great! So I decided to go on-line and check out the actual light boxes made for quilters.
Nancy’s Notions has the quilters LED lightboxes along with the clear cutting mats to use atop them. These are quite a bit more expensive than the one I “bought for Sommer”. But the larger size is tempting, as is the cutting mat. You can check them out at: https://www.nancysnotions.com/supplies-and-notions/light-boxes.html
Next I did a search for light boxes in general. On Amazon there were many options. They were LED and just as thin. The one with a 9″ x 12″ work area is $23.99. Only $4 more than my Walmart bargain ~ hmm. The one with a 13″ x 20″ work area is $65.99. Still quite a bit less than the ones at Nancy’s Notions. Now I’m not sure what to do. I do find the need to trace in my quilting life, but not that often. I’m also not sure if I need a mat to use the light box for rotary cutting.
So I’m looking for feedback once again.
Do you need to trace in your quilt making? How do you do it?
Have you purchased an LED Light Box? Which one? What do you think?
As always, I value your opinions and look forward to reading them. Until then, I’m pretty content sharing my tracing pad with Sommer :-).