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These are a few of the quilting essentials I can't live without. Check out the links to purchase your own!

I've used many rotary cutters in my day and I honestly feel like the basic yellow Olfa rotary cutter is the best one out there. It's small, inexpensive, and reliable. The replacement blades are very affordable, as well. When I'm sewing on a daily basis, I like to replace my blade every other month.

A self-healing mat is also must. Once again, my favorite one is made by Olfa. The grid lines are great for lining up your fabric and ruler. Remember to store your mat laying flat! They can easily be distorted if they are rolled up or propped against something else. I like to store mine under my bed.

Have you ever used the O'Lipfa lip edge rulers? These things are a game changer. I will never cut fabric without one. The lip presses snuggly against the bottom of the cutting mat, so your ruler won't shift while you're cutting. O'Lipfa makes several different widths, but I prefer the 5-inch wide one.

Every craft store out there sells scissors, but these little spring-action Fiskars scissors are my favorite. They are perfect for snipping off little threads or for cutting bulky seams out your blocks. I love keeping them right next to my machine.

Last, you've got to have a square ruler to trim your finished blocks. My favorite is the 12.5 by 12.5 ruler from Omnigrid. They make smaller sizes, but you can use this large square to trim smaller blocks as well if you use your grid lines properly.

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We also did a pink and brown version, without the ducks, here.
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{Credit} Pattern: Just Ducky by Bonnie Sullivan. Fabric: Assorted prints including Fresh Palette by Carrie Nelson for Henry Glass and Pixie Dot by Holly Holderman for Lake House Dry Goods.

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{Credit} Pattern: Adapted from "Just Ducky" by Bonnie Sullivan. Fabric: Assorted prints including Fresh Palette by Carrie Nelson for Henry Glass and Pixie Dot by Holly Holderman for Lake House Dry Goods.

Toaster Cover Tutorial

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Once upon a time, I shared this tutorial on Riley Blake's Cutting Corners blog.

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½ yd. for face of toaster cover
½ yd. for lining the inside of toaster cover
½ yd. heavy weight fabric for interlining (you won’t be able to see this fabric)
Fat quarter for piping and about 56” of 6/32” wide cotton piping cord (or 56” of pre-made 6/32” wide piping)

Note: My toaster is 7” high x 10” long x 6” wide. This toaster cover fits generously over it.
Note: Use ¼” seams for basting and ½” seams for everything else.

1. Cut two A rectangles 12” by 8 ¼ " out of each of the face, lining, and interlining fabrics. Using a 6-inch diameter bowl, round the top two corners of each of the six A pieces. Make two notches 5” up on either side from the bottom and one notch in the middle on the top, as shown by the arrows in the diagram.

2. Start with one face A and one interlining A. Baste wrong sides together using a ¼ inch seam along the thr…