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Thread: Looking for ideas for my Christmas wish list

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    Senior Member newestnana's Avatar
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    My family always asks me for some ideas of what I'd like for Christmas, and this year I'd like some tools, etc., related to quilting. I have the bare basics (cutting board, rotary cutter, various rulers) but would like your suggestions for your favorite tools.

    Also, can anyone give me a little tutorial on scissors? I have sewing shears and one pair of little scissors, but what is the difference between embroidery scissors and thread cutters?

    If you could, also suggest where is the best place to buy this stuff.

    Thanks so much in advance!

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    I think that I'd say fabric, fabric and more fabric! But if it's tools you want I'd say a good iron.

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    Oh list could be so long:

    Small iron to use on small side table with omni folding cutting matt/ironing matt.

    505 spray basting. It's costly but the best.

    High table for cutting.

    Magnetic pin holding.

    Gift cards to your favorite fabric shop to use towards fabric or classes.

    Additional feet for your machine.

    Let me know if you need more!

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    Here is a link to the thread I started referingto scissors hope it helps!!http://www.quiltingboard.com/posts/list/9188.page

    Do you have Ot lite that is a nice pressie also the bendable light that attaches to your machine .



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    Ginger sewing scissors, not cheap but oh so worth it, and if you only use them on your fabric its a long time before you need to sharpen them again (a whopping $5). My most treasured item. How about a certificate to your favorite quilt shop? omnigrid tools? Those are great for getting your angles, inches everything perfect. OH OH and one of those handles you can suction cup to the top so when you lay it down it stays put (if not then some little stickems for the four corners so it sticks more to your fabric when your using it as a tool to template your fabric? think they are sandpaper like)

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    What kind of quilts do you like to make ? Do you need any extra rulers for them ? Patterns, books. Extra blades for the rotary cutter. EQ software . Storage containers for fabric. Good pins, safety pins for basting , extra needles.

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    I'm glad you mentioned EQ software, as I've just barely heard about it but it sounds interesting...tell me more!

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    Here is there website...many of us enjoy designing our own blocks and quilts using this software. a couple of mouse clicks and you can take a block out of their library and make it any size you like... customize it first... You can do so many things with this software, the only limit is your imagination. The best feature for me is being able to design my own blocks... but many love it for being able to see the quilt before you make the first cut...and make any alterations to it even before you buy the first piece of fabric. Many fabric manufacturer's are making their lines available to download into EQ's fabric library.

    http://www.electricquilt.com/Shop/EQ6/EQ6.asp

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    In terms of scissors, I have found the small Fiskars scissors to be my favorites. These are about 6 inches long with straight points, have a lock to keep them closed, and no thumb holes. These are the kind you squeeze to use. The six-inch ones are the ones I look to grab all the time. They vary in price, so shop around. I have gotten them at Walmart and Target for less than they sell for at JoAnn's. I've started buying them whenever I see them on sale for a good price -- under $10 or so.

    Thread cutters are usually squeeze-type cutters. You don't have to put your fingers into any holes. I prefer these to embroidery scissors -- less fussy, quicker to grab and use. Scissors designed specifically for embroider often have bent tips so you can get close to the design with the cutting edge without having your hand horizontal to the surface.

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    I would ask for gift cards so you can get what you need.

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    My favored scissors are Professing Kia. Very expenses, but worth it. I like them better than Ginger and I have the whole set of Ginger. The differences between embroidery scissors and thread cutters are: Thread cutters are like one handed snipers and embroidery scissors are small scissors unless you are talking about sewing machine embroidery scissors. Those may have a bend in the hand to get into the hoop. One pair of scissors that I like is duck bills for cutting close to seams. A lot depends on what kind of sewing/quilting you plan on doing.

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    Extra rotary blades in the size you use most often, magnetic pin holder, long quilting pins or flower pins (very thin so go thru many layers of fabric easily), but probably the easiest for your shoppers is to get you a gift card for the stores you like to go to most often. Then you can get what you want most, whether it's fabric or notions.

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    The one tool I would love to add to a wish list is the large cutting ruler (don't know what it's called) with slots in it at different measurements to put your rotary cutter through.

    You can slice several strips of fabric without even moving the ruler.

    Other than that... lots of fabric.

    Joanne

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    a rotating mat. i never let anyone buy my fabric for me, but a gc would be great. a pair of bent shears for cutting very close to the fabric. if you've never used high quality thread, this is a chance for a gc at an online thread supply site. if you have a computer in your space, how about some tutorial dvd's? method books, like quilt in a day, or fun and done, or jodie barrows or the cotton method. not patterns, but methods of quilting. a subscription to your fave mag.

    some good, but basic rulers. squares and straight rulers.

    make a list and put it on your fridge. it should have tools in every price range. your family will know at a glance what you want and they can spend accordingly. you still won't know what you're getting, so it will still be a surprise. gift certificates for fabric but no fabric. you'll get some baaad surprises.


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    How about an enrollment in a class at a quilt show or a local shop? We are having a quilt show here in January and I am giving the suggestion that I would like to be enrolled in some of them. A person can do this on line. I also use my fine-line chalk marker quite a bit. The chalk brushes off so no marks are left on the fabric. I also use 123 Quilt Pro. It is an abbreviated version so you cannot draw your own blocks, but you can design a quilt using the designs provided, fill in with fabrics of your choice and audition the look before you buy fabric. You can scan in your own fabric and use it to fill in the design. It also tells you how much of each fabric is needed on the print preview screen. I used it to show our group how a cooperative quilt would look(by printing out the design) before we started. I spend a lot of time designing quilts that I never make.

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    I second the gift card idea, from either Joann's so I could use my coupon and get double my money or from the local quilt shop. To that I would add CHOCOLATE. Marge

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    I'd ask for gift certificates so you could choose your own taste in fabrics or your own tools.
    Speaking of tools -- you know those suction handles that look like a telephone receiver that are so nice for use on rulers? They sell for $19.99 in fabric shops. Get this: I found the EXACT same thing in a catalog "Dr. Leonard's" or "Harriet ..." for $9.99!!
    ALSO the smaller suction handle that sell for $16.99 in the fabric shops? I found the EXACT same thing at Harbor Freight for $3.99!! No kidding.
    (wish I could find our coveted rulers & rotary blades...)

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    I just got a 17-inch Olfa revolving mat and I can recommend that for a Christmas wish goodie. For me, it's not just the fact that it can revolve (and there's no tipping), but the fact that you can put it anywhere for a portable cutting surface. This is the kind of thing you would want to buy with a 50% off coupon, though, as it is on the expensive side at full price. I love, love, love this mat!

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    One thing that I have that I love (bought it myself) is a plastic box with a handle built into the top, with smaller boxes inside. I take it to quilting at church on Tuesdays. All my little things are packed in it. Comes in handy when others need to borrow something as well.

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    A post-Christmas update:
    Thank you so much for all of your ideas!

    I received a slotted ruler, a ruler handle (with the suction thingies), the EQ6 software (yay), and a gift certificate. Perfect!

    BTW I had bought myself a pair of the thread snippers (using a coupon at Joann's)...pretty nifty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newestnana
    A post-Christmas update:
    Thank you so much for all of your ideas!

    I received a slotted ruler, a ruler handle (with the suction thingies), the EQ6 software (yay), and a gift certificate. Perfect!

    BTW I had bought myself a pair of the thread snippers (using a coupon at Joann's)...pretty nifty.
    And, oh yeah, chocolate!

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