Quilt shows are a great place to find new tools. Across all the vendors at a large quilt show, you tend to see a lot more goods than your local quilt shop can stock. Additionally, there may be a tool maker or originator on hand giving demonstrations. That's how I found some of my favorite quilting specialty rulers, like Bloc Loc (great for accurately trimming half square triangles and flying geese). In fact, I usually come home from a quilt show with at least one new specialty ruler or tool. But not this time.
When I went to the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza XIX this past weekend, I was looking for a specific tool, the Quilt Ruler Connector. I had heard about this gizmo from Thelma on her blog, and it sounded like something that would come in handy for cutting borders. Though I searched the tool and ruler racks of the various vendors, I did not see it. I'll have to order it from an online source.
But I did see the Kaleidoscope Smart Plate ruler...again.
As soon as I saw it, I remembered buying it last year. It was a great reminder that I want to make a kaleidoscope quilt and use this ruler in the process. It looks like it makes the construction of the block much easier. Squash House Quilts has a demo.
Maybe it is just as well that I was not seduced by any new tools. I have plenty of old tools I haven't even tried out yet.