Favorite Tools

Share your favorite tools used in quiltmaking, and add any tips you have for using them. With all of the new tools being developed, it is hard to keep up. We can learn from each other in this group.

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For those that use Elmer's Glue

Started by Marcia. Last reply by Deanna Davis Oct 31, 2013. 1 Reply

Hi all - just thought I would pass along that at Walmart, in the craft section, I found a package of tops that fit decorative paint - and they also fit the glue bottle - they come in three different…Continue

Need help with sewing space design - Paint and Lighting

Started by Susan Simmons Beck. Last reply by Wanda Mar 24, 2013. 20 Replies

QUILTERS: I'm turning a room with NO natural light into a sewing space - I need the perfect paint color (a true White?) and a recommendation for some sort of "true color" lighting - this is a…Continue


Started by Nancy Anne Ritchotte. Last reply by Deanna Davis Dec 29, 2012. 3 Replies

 IM A newbie and have been asked to make 3 king size quilts! i would like to use jelly rolls probably fence rail or something with a star! I have a now the sizwproblem! I dont know how many jelly…Continue

New to My Quilt Place

Started by BA Wayrick-Walker. Last reply by Cheri Foster Aug 24, 2012. 16 Replies

I just joined MQP a few moments ago & then went to Favorite Tools & was captivated by the previous discussions re: wall color, lighting etc. for a new sewing/quilting space. I live 30 + miles…Continue

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Comment by Pat Vezino on August 27, 2012 at 7:51am
I am new to quilting and I just went to my first large quilting show and I picked up two tools I just love and one idea I would like to share. The two tools I love are the prairie quick point ruler no more buying Rick rack for me and what cute trim you can make from bags to bedspreads. The other tool I got was the Brillant bindings a tool for making bindings with perfect mitered corners and no fuss end seams..boy do I need this!...then I saw a device at the show that looked like a mems razor that they were using as a seam ripper...I was thinking I had a very small hair or pet trimmer we used on the rabbits to get mats out. I went home and it works great. You may have to cut the first sticth but then wow it takes out the rest in flying time and doesn't catch the cloth at all. Mine is a wahl model 5540 comes with brush to clean it with and much easier to hold than the one the show was I had it so I didn't have to buy it I see on line mine sells for like 15.00
Comment by Deanna Davis on August 16, 2012 at 11:30am

Hi -- just joined the group -- I LOVE tools .. so many things to help make our quilting more enjoyable, make our quilts more accurate, etc.

I know there are more tools that I need !

Comment by Karen S Pollard on August 4, 2012 at 5:24pm

Thank you Marcia.  I'm pleased with it too. I was lucky to get the charm packs on a clearance sale for $5 apiece.

Comment by Marcia Fowler on August 4, 2012 at 4:58pm

Karen, your quilt is gorgeous~~~

Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on August 4, 2012 at 3:26pm
great! idea..i have thought of trying those dots. nearly everything i use has to pretty much be mail/net ordered, even the threads i like. so, had thought about ordering the dots. you saved me the trouble of maybe having to return them if they don't work. got lots of the self stick velcro i will try that. my fingers are so knobby w arthritic growths that no thimble style i have ever tried really works for me. thanks judy..
Comment by Judy in lower Eastern Michigan on August 3, 2012 at 11:49pm

One of my favorite tools is a small piece of the fuzzy side of a velcro dot. I like the tiny green dots that can be used in place of a thimble and was running low on them and decided to try the velcro. I use the small velcro dots and cut one of the fuzzy sides in half and put it on my finger in place of a thimble. It is cheaper than the green dots and with the heat we have been having wearing a thimble has been uncomfortable for me.

Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on August 3, 2012 at 12:02pm
i forgot you are in canada, yeah so prob about 12$ here, but after just doing some cutting & pinning..working on a doll costume, this am & the sore hands & fingers after working inside on it and outside hauling water hoses yesterday..yah, your little helper is lookin' real good, at any price! will ck w lqs & see if they an order or...?? take a pic w me w info.

that is really pretty, karen..will look on your photo page for more on it. tried to look at the quilting ..hard to see, but what i can see looks sooooo nice!
Comment by Lana Laqua on August 3, 2012 at 9:14am
I spent $15 CDN for it keep an eye out at your LQS. But I like that I don't have to put things down to grab a tool to pull the needle. The convienience of using it is worth it. There are some gadgets I've bought for the same price or more and not been happy with.
Comment by Karen S Pollard on August 3, 2012 at 3:33am

I should have written my comments before attaching the photo.  This is the mot recent quilt I finished.  It's Hugo's Cabin from Minnesota Charms 2 book.  I used Portobella Market charm packs and yardage to make it.  I'm really pleased with how it turned out.

Comment by Karen S Pollard on August 3, 2012 at 3:32am


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