Sorry I haven’t been around for a bit. This is what happens when I get a chest cold and refuse to go to the doctor. I get bronchitis, and I’m useless for a week or so. I’m on my way back now, though, and to celebrate, I’m giving away a FabGrab Board.
Have you heard of the FabGrab Board yet? It is described as a “3 in 1 Quilter’s Sandboard”. Maureen from FabGrab Board reached out to me about getting information in front of my Jersey Shore Modern Quilt Guild members. I offered to do a review post in return for a sample to give out at a guild meeting. She also sent me one to try out and keep in return for a blog review. Here it is!
I’ve heard of sandpaper boards for tracing appliqué before. Despite the simplicity – glue some sandpaper to a board, I’ve never made one for myself. Probably because I don’t do much appliqué, certainly nothing that requires a lot of precision. I was intrigued by the 3 in 1 description of the FabGrab board. My studio is pretty crowded, and each notion is just more clutter. So, something that is multi-purpose is promising.
The FabGrab board is 9 1/2″ x 12″. It is a nice size for working on individual blocks. They are working on a larger board, but it hasn’t been released yet.
I’ve been doing lots of flying geese lately, and I’ve found the board to be pretty useful.
1. Sandpaper Board
When making my geese, I use the 4 at a time method, which has me cutting 1 large square and 4 small squares. (You can find more information on the Quilter’s Planner* website.) I like to draw a line from corner to corner of the small squares, then stitch 1/4″ from the drawn line. I’ve noticed that my geese get wonky sometimes, because my fabric will scoot around and make my line crooked when I mark on a smooth surface. This isn’t a problem with the sandpaper side of the board. The fabric sticks a little bit, so the lines stay nice and straight, and my geese are never too small.
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2. Felt Board
The felt board is good for stacking up pieces of blocks for transport from my cutting table to my sewing machine, or from my cutting table to the sofa for marking and pinning sessions. I find it a little bit small for laying out blocks larger than 8″, but I don’t think a larger board would be as practical.
I love that the felt sheet covers up the sandpaper when I’m finished, and that the sandpaper secures the felt from sliding around.
3. Smooth Surface
The back of the FabGrab board is a nice smooth surface – perfect for sketching on graph paper, or doodling (which I should be doing more often.) It comes with a cardboard stand that you can stick on to make the felt board into an easel. I haven’t used it on mine – I like the smooth surface instead.
I shot a short video demonstrating the board last month.
If you are interested in purchasing your own board, you can find them here. You can use the code “guild” to get $3 off the regular price of $19.99.
Also, because I really do like mine, I will be giving one away to a lucky reader. Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter the drawing. Winner will be announced on 3/25.