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-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 rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on August 3, 2012 at 12:10am
how much was it where you bought it? ten euros on about 12 dollars us...don't have myconverter link here on my ipad. but that seems kinda steep for such a little thing. :))..would be nice tho, i don't use pliers ...but have thought about a little round rubber circle i saw in catalog recently. i think it's rubber...but you pinch the needles as normal but using the little circle. thought about giving thAt a try. thanks lana, if i can't find one stateside, maybe my fr in nl can send one in nxt care pkg swap we do. she can try it out, she is arthritic too. the site is nl...netherlands, tho her address is france. anneke dutch name too..know another person w same name. but..anyway..thanks, good tip!
Comment by Lana Laqua on August 2, 2012 at 11:52pm

Two of my favorite tools are the clover desk needle threader, this little gadget threads your needles for you, it is so slick!  and a needle puller, I picked up the puller form a local shop but it can be found here:  and works great for pulling the needle through when doing any kind of hand work esp hand qulting. It sits in your quilting hand so you don't have to reach for scissors or pliers to help pull your needle.  Saves, time and avoids nicking scissors, or having scissors nick your quilt in the wrong place.

Comment by Sue Clark Koenig on January 14, 2012 at 7:34pm

I read about this camera on another quilt list and I think it looks like a great idea for those of us with a longarm.  It will allow you to examine the underside of the quilt without crawling under the frame or depending on the 'fingernail test'. 

Comment by Judy in lower Eastern Michigan on January 13, 2012 at 7:54pm

I just discovered this portion of the site and think it is terrific. I love hearing about all the tools available to us quilters and weather they are worth purchasing or are they just all hype. There are just so many out there it is hard to choose and I for one can't afford all of them.

Comment by Sue Clark Koenig on September 10, 2011 at 9:01pm

Lana reminded me I haven't uploaded pictures of my latest 4 quilts.  I'll do that now.  all of the quilts except the one called Laurie's Quilt were designed using EQ7.  For most of them I have the picture from EQ along with the finished quilts.

Comment by Marcia Fowler on September 10, 2011 at 6:58pm

Ellen, I got my Martelli rotary cutter in the mail and I do like it very much...I had trouble at first following the ruler all the way to the end without veering too the right s is so comfortable and my wrist doesn't hurt after using's a keeper! Anything to help the old arthritis!! Now if I could just get a new spine!!!

Comment by Lana Laqua on September 9, 2011 at 11:42pm
if you can go through my photos you will see the camping quilt I was designing with EQ, the picture is just an upload from EQ I haven't even started sewing it yet.  and I have a quilt Steps to the Altar, that is a quilt I made for my neice but I put the pattern on EQ, recolored it and made it.  I will try to upload the EQ version so you can see the difference .
Comment by Lana Laqua on September 9, 2011 at 11:37pm
It's where you can add pictures adjust size of blocks, angle of blocks, you can leave large empty spaces to fill later.  Once you get the program take the recommended classes at Quilter's University, it's online and will teach you the ins and outs of the program.  EQ lets you pick blocks and color, you can download fabric swatches from designers, usually free.  You can plan applique quilts. you can even upload copies of the quilt to share,  I recently was asked to rewrite directions of a quilt pattern.  I uploaded the pattern to Word and proceeded to cut and paste and write out step by step directions.  You can even use EQ to plan your quilting design, something I still need to work on, but you can upload to paint to draw your own design if EQ doesn't have anything you like, or print it and draw by hand.  There are so many possiblities with quilt design.  I am not someone that makes money at quilting yet, it's just a hobby but I find this program fun, and when you know what you're doing it's so much fun seeing a quilt go from the EQ design board to reality.
Comment by Ellen Cormier on September 9, 2011 at 10:51pm
Hi Sue and Lana- thanks for your replies. My husband asked again today if I'd made up my mind! Question: what is the "custom set" Lana mentioned?
Comment by Sue Clark Koenig on September 9, 2011 at 8:19pm
I use EQ7 and it is one of my favorite tools.  I had been away from quilting for many years so all the computerized stuff is new.  I have found EQ7 to be very easy to use and have designed and made many quilts with it.

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