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Another survey question - What is your most important quilting tool?

Old 10-11-2008, 06:17 AM
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For me, it's the walking foot on my sewing machine. I don't think I do all the stitch in the ditch without one. I love it.

I do have another one, I also love embroidery machine. Besides the embroidery quilts that I do, I love how I'm able to do machine applique wiht it. I have always love applique quilt but can't seem to get it done right. With the embroidery machine, I can make it look so professional.

So, tell me what is your most important quilting tool.
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Old 10-11-2008, 07:04 AM
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Tough to pick just one. My sewing machine, obviously, but I have kind of a love/hate relationship with it. But the one I really love is a big plastic square with slots cut in it every half inch. It's used to cut strips, and it makes it SO easy! Sorry, I don't know what it's called, but I just love this thing!
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Old 10-11-2008, 07:08 AM
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I have one of those and love it, my problem is to remember to use it. My favorite? hmmmm, I too have a love hate relationship with my sewing machine, but anytime anyone asks, thats usually the first thing I tell them. So guess it has to be my machine since I know the hate part isn't the machine at all but the sewer.

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Old 10-11-2008, 07:25 AM
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The Bohin Mechanical Pencil with ceramic leads. In fact, I have 2 of them. I keep one with just white leads in it for marking dark quilts and fabrics and the other is for the colored leads.

When using this pencil, marking is as easy as using an ink pen on paper. And the markings come out completely with just a spritz of water or washing in the machine. You can also use the eraser with the pencil or get a "CLICK" eraser (the ones with the white eraser). When marking or erasing it does not distort the fabric one bit.

The marking is bright enough to see very well but thin enough that when you quilt over it, your thread will cover the line! Also, after you mark the quilt, the lines do not "disappear" as you are working. They don't come off until you remove the lines. HOW GREAT IS THAT!

This pencil is replacing ALL of my marking tools. And trust me, I am the QUEEN OF THE MARKING TOOLS. Wanna see my collection?
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Old 10-11-2008, 07:47 AM
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I'd have to say 'all of it'...for all of it makes quilting more precise and easier and just plain fun. If I had to take only 1 thing...I'd take my needle:))The rest would come:))I just love my whole sewing space...I can go into that room and all is gone out of my head while I create, etc. Skeat...who is always on the lookout for a new notion to continue that cycle;))
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Old 10-11-2008, 07:53 AM
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Electric Quilt 5. It has saved me so much money by telling me how much fabric to buy and has helped me see my quilt before I make it.

Also, gridded template plastic...I don't like the plain stuff.
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Old 10-11-2008, 09:47 AM
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Beside my machine the most used are the cutting mat, rotary cutter, 12 x6 and 6 x 24 rulers. But I have many items that I use and love.
Bent pins with covers for basting. A 16 in square ruler for squaring up quilts.
Wooden skewers for holding pieces when sewing. Small scissors for cutting threads.
A sewing cabinet where my machine sits even with the top, makes quilting so much easier.
Travel iron for piecing and big iron for large fabrics. Eleanor Burns flying geese rulers and many of her books.
ect. ect. ect.
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Old 10-11-2008, 10:05 AM
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As of a couple of weeks ago, my most important quilting tool is
quiltingboard.com. I've learned more here and seen more here than any book or class!
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Old 10-11-2008, 10:09 AM
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Originally Posted by Mplsgirl
As of a couple of weeks ago, my most important quilting tool is
quiltingboard.com. I've learned more here and seen more here than any book or class!
How true is that? I've been attached to my computer justing surfing on this site.
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Old 10-11-2008, 10:13 AM
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Forgot that one. Also videos on Quilterstv and Qnntv.
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