The FabGrab Board Giveaway

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

IMG_0196When 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

IMG_0203The 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.

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35 thoughts on “The FabGrab Board Giveaway

  1. I haven’t heard about this board before but would love to hear more about it Jen! It sounds interesting, I’m always having trouble keeping my lines straight and have the same trouble with flying geese, and hst’s also.

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  2. I used to have several sandpaper boards of varying sizes. They were the tops of boxes that held appliqué materials, and the board slid into a slot to become the top of the box. I found it very useful when I was appliquéing many small pieces. Thanks for the review of this one. It does look versatile, and not terribly expensive. Thanks, also, for the chance to win one!

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  3. I used (and still have) a small sandpaper board purchased at a quilt show over 35 years ago. This was when I was still drawing my pieces on fabric and cutting with scissors before piecing. It was too small to use for anything large and thankfully rotary cutting came along soon thereafter.

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  4. This is very cool–and useful! I assume it’s very fine sandpaper? If I’m not lucky enough to win, I might try to make one!

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  5. I made a sandpaper board out of a file folder and it works but the 3- in-1 sounds great! I’d love to give this a try. Thanks. Beth

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  6. How clever! You’re right, you could make one but it’s a lot more convenient to have all ready to use. I’d love to give it a try. sjvonfumetti at yahoo dot com

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  7. I love sandpaper boards! There have been many versions over the year and this one has a multitude of things I like – the sandpaper, the smooth surface (for doodling so cool) and the felt to cover and/or use as a felt board. Hooray and good luck to her with her product!

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  8. Haven’t used one. The Felt looks extremely useful. I love the sandpaper board idea, when I try to draw on fabric it almost always shifts. Funny how the fabric you selected didn’t move on the cutting board in the video, but I know the feeling.

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  9. I’ve not had the opportunity to try the sandpaper or this board. Looks cool though! Have a great day! angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

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  10. I have used one of these! It surprised me how useful it really is. I haven’t used the smooth side yet, but the sandpaper does help keep fabric from sliding while marking, and I liked using the felt to move pieces from the cutting table to my sewing machine to the ironing table.

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