We love to travel with our quilting. Whether it’s sewing with the guild, taking a class or attending a retreat, many of us take our quilting with us. Quilt Product Makers are now designing products that are great tools that are easy to take along. Fiskars Folding Ruler is one of my favorite tools.
One of the most important tools any quilter owns is a rotary cutter. I admit, I have several. This is one of my most favorites. The automatic closing feature is a huge benefit for me. If you’re looking for a good all-purpose rotary cutter, this one is for you!
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.
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!”
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 tried this iron as a travel iron and liked it. But I came to Love it when I started using it for my everyday quilting. I keep it next to my sewing machine. My piecing has gotten much better since I started using the Steamfast Steam Iron.
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.
P.S. If you purchase a class from the links above, I may receive a small commission. Thank you for contributing to my fabric stash fund.
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!
If you’re looking for a better way to take your cutting mat with you when you travel, I have discovered this folding mat by Olfa. I’ve been using it for a few months now and am loving it. It is very compact, easy to pack. and best of all, it is flawless when using it to cut fabric. I can’t even tell where the fold is when I am cutting. They’ve done a great job with this one. If you’re traveling soon to a quilt retreat, class, or vacation, you’ll want to pick up one of these folding cutting mats for convenience and ease of travel!