Redneck Tape Measure

October 30, 2009 at 12:16 am 16 comments

Redneck Tape MeasureMy friend and fellow quilting instructor Kathy Kansier showed me her “Redneck Tape Measure” when we recently taught at the same quilting conference this summer.

Apologies to Jeff Foxworthy.

She takes a few inches of 1/4″-wide masking tape and wraps it around the thumb of her dominant hand.  Instant measuring tool and literally stuck to you so you can’t misplace it.

As you pick up a piece of fabric to confirm a 1/4″ seam allowance you no longer have to hunt for a ruler or measuring tape. Just line it up with your thumb!Pinch and measure!

Is this not the slickest trick!? Just pinch and go!

Kathy Kansier is a quilting instructor from Ozark, Missouri.

Thanks, Kathy!

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  • 1. Kathie  |  October 30, 2009 at 12:23 am

    What a clever and wonderful idea. I know I will use it. Just wish I had long, pretty nails as Kathy does. :-)

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  • 2. Connie  |  October 30, 2009 at 9:17 am

    Love the Redneck Quilting Tips idea…….I have a few to add…..my best is: Never steam-iron naked!

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  • 3. Didi Salvatierra  |  October 30, 2009 at 9:17 am

    What a great idea! Gotta love the ingenuity. And Jeff Foxworthy too. :-)

    Thanks, Kathy!

    Didi Salvatierra

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  • 4. Mary Ann  |  October 30, 2009 at 9:19 am

    WOW! This will be a great thing to use when you are doing small stems and needleturn applique to make sure your stems are all the same width. THANK YOU!

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  • 5. Karen  |  October 30, 2009 at 10:08 am

    Hey, funny or not……..this is a terrific idea!

    I’ll give it a try immediately!

    Thanks!
    Karen L. from MI

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  • 6. Cam Wilsie  |  October 30, 2009 at 10:37 am

    This falls into the category of “why didn’t I think of that!” Thanks for sharing with the pix so it’s easy to get (“git”).♠

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  • 7. Mary L.  |  October 30, 2009 at 11:09 am

    I don’t think Jeff would mind – it’s all about the practicality of something and using your creativity. Neat idea, Kathy!

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  • 8. Carol  |  October 30, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    That’s a much better way than the Sharpie pen marks on my fingernail that I used!

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  • 9. Marlene Carlson  |  October 30, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    That is so cool! Something so simple!!!! Thanks!
    Marlene

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  • 10. Anne  |  October 30, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    Brilliant idea………………. now if I can just remember it when I need it !!

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  • 11. Jean Forrester  |  October 30, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    Sign me up with the Redneck Quilters Association. That is too cool!

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  • 12. Brenda  |  October 30, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    what a wonderful idea…why didn’t i think if it before???

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  • 13. martha  |  October 31, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    Now there’s a clever idea!

    Hmm. Looks as if she has two dominant hands. I wonder if they quarrel about who is boss. :)

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  • 14. cheryl petro  |  November 1, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    At least it can’t be misplaced like an index card can. Will have to pass it on to the award winning quilter that lives next to me here in Myrtle Beach, SC

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  • 15. Mary M. Davis  |  December 1, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    I LOVE Kathy’s idea, and it’s CHEAP, too. :) Ami, I was in Des Moines the whole week. My friend won 1st. place in the contest she entered from a magazine., & she asked me to join her. I was really excited to go. I have told my friends at home what a wonderful time we had. I won’t tell you how much I spent, and just HAD to have it. I just put in an order for that special bag, & 2 more. I guess I’m impulsive. Hope to see you again, and I’m really looking forward to getting your newsletters.
    Thank you.

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  • 16. quilter1962  |  January 8, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    Hmmm, I like to play with nail polish strips. Maybe I can run stripes down my nails. Some that just happen to be 1/4″ wide. :D

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