As I was quilting away today, I realized how important a few simple tools are to me. Yes, I have many specialty rulers and expensive templates that I pull out every once in a while for a specific quilt. But I thought I would share some items that make my quilting time so much easier.
As a longarm quilter, I really couldn't write a post about the tools I use everyday without talking about Pete. (Yes, my longarm has a name and yes, he is a
Lots of people ask me what machine is best to buy. Short answer is truly, 1) what you can afford and 2) what you feel comfortable running. There are a lot of good makers out there.
Beside Pete, there are three other tools I use every day.
* Gingher snips on a lanyard around my
neck. (Love them!)
* Self threading needles for burying
threads. (Best invention ever!)
* White school chalk for marking.
The chalk works great for auditioning quilt patterns onto a quilt, marking points or even drawing in actual quilting lines. It stays put really well. And once you are done, a slightly damp cloth easily wipes it all away.
Caution: Only use white chalk. Colored chalks may stain your quilt!
...and of course the thread. Oh My The Thread! I love my custom-made thread racks. They (yep, there are more than one) are along the hallway leading to my studio and their brilliant colors make me smile every time I pass them.
So what tools do you love? Is there a certain brand you favor or a specific tool you always reach for? Or better yet, is there something new that you have recently discovered that you want to share? I would love to hear about them. And I am sure so would others!
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