Indispensible for Applique and Making HSTs: Quilter's Sandboard

It’s Tuesday and it’s time to talk about one of my favorite tools…a quilter’s sandboard. A quilter’s sandboard is exactly what you might think---a board covered in sandpaper. Although you can make your own, I prefer to leave it to the professionals.

I got my quilter’s sandboard from Piece O Cake Designs, and I love it! It’s the perfect tool for marking applique pieces because it holds your fabric nice and firm while you trace around your pattern.

In a recent post, I showed you some fabric flowers I’m making for my Guild’s birthday party next month. The sandboard came in real handy let me tell you, when tracing the fabric circles I needed for some of the flowers.

I also use my sandboard when making HSTs. I typically use the “Two at a Time” method, and that method requires you to mark sewing lines on the wrong side of a fabric square. I use my sandboard to keep my fabric square from wiggling so I can mark my sewing lines nice and straight.

After marking, I place the marked square on top of another fabric square right sides together, sew and cut. Voila! Two HSTs!

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Do you own a sandboard? What do you use it for?

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