I need a lot of small tools and gadgets when I sit down to my sewing machine. I need threads, needles, tweezers, scissors, stilettos, and much more. The Sassy Tote allows me to keep all of these odds and ends in one place right next to my sewing machine. I simply grab the tool I want from the tote, and drop it back in when I’m done.
Accuracy is so important when quilting. If your pieces and units are not exactly the same size, it will be difficult to put your blocks together and match those points and seams. Luckily, there are some tools that can help you achieve a higher level of accuracy. Here are the tools I use. I have set up a piecing station next to my sewing machine. And you can too!
My List of Best Tools for Piecing Accuracy
You can purchase these items from The Quilted Turtle by clicking the links below:
A good pair of scissors is one of the must-have tools for any quilter. I have been using the Karen Kay Buckley scissors over the past year and am LOVING them! And I’m not the only one. I talk to thousands of quilters at the quilt shows as a vendor with the Quilted Turtle Online Quilt Shop. I meet many quilters who tell me they already have these scissors. I always ask, “Do you like them?” The response is overwhelmingly “YES!”
My eyes are just not what they used to be. I used to laugh when my mother would hand me needles to thread for her because she couldn’t see things up close. I’m not laughing anymore. I have a terrible time threading small needles now. Here are the tools mentioned in the video. You can order them in my online shop The Quilted Turtle.
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The table where my sewing machine sits is a small space. That means I don’t have much room around it for the tools I use. This handy tool, the Gypsy Quilter Sip and Snip Clamp, allows me to keep a drink right next to me without taking up valuable table space. Not only do I have a drink next to me, but it also has a reservoir that can be used for trash. I use it to catch threads and small scraps of fabric. I use mine every day. I always have a bottle of water sitting in my Sip and Snip.
This Omnigrid folding mat and pressing surface is great for traveling, but I really started to see it’s true value when I began using it every day for my piecing. I sit it next to my sewing machine with a travel iron. Now when I piece, I can press every seam, and trim every unit. My piecing is better when I use it this way.
I recently took a Craftsy class entitled “Simple to Stunning – Disappearing Blocks from PreCuts.” I am a big fan of Craftsy video classes. They have done a nice job with the viewing environment, not to mention fantastic teachers. Instructor Angela Pingel does a great job of breaking down the steps to using disappearing blocks so that anybody can make them.
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If you are looking for a really good pair of scissors to cover all of your quilting needs, large and small, this pair of scissors, the Karen Kay Buckley Perfect Scissors are for you. I love my pair and keep them very close to my cutting table always!
I fell in love with hand quilting years ago when I was a much younger quilter. In those days, most people finished their quilts by hand quilting. The machine quilting craze had not yet begun. That made no difference to me because I took to hand quilting right away. My mom taught me when I was in high school. I remember getting up early before school so I could get ready and still have a few minutes left to quilt. Even today, I feel the NEED to get my hands on a quilt and put some stitches in. If I go a few days without the opportunity to quilt, I start to get wrestless.
If you’ve been thinking of learning how to hand quilt your first quilt, or if you’re pretty new to hand quilting, this video is for you. You will learn:
- How to mark a quilt
- How to choose a quilt pattern
- How to use a rocking motion to add several stitches at a time
- What thread to use
- Which needs to use
Here are where you can get the tools I mention in the video:
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