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Old 11-26-2015, 12:19 PM
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I was just trying to think what I want for Christmas. Can you all tell me tools you can't live without and where they can be found. Maybe what there for. Thank you. I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season!
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Old 11-26-2015, 12:40 PM
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Big Look http://www.thebiglook.co/
Accuquilt Go https://www.accuquilt.com/

The other tools are basic notions like rulers, seam rippers, scissors, etc. You can find those at any quilt shop or fabric/craft store.
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Old 11-26-2015, 12:57 PM
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Try using the search function with various combinations of words for your question because we have talked about
favorite notions and thing we didn't think we're worth the money. I'm using an iphone but if I were on the computer I would do it for you.
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Old 11-26-2015, 01:03 PM
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Rotary cutter and mat, any fabric store or big box store w/ a sewing section.

12.5 inch and 6.5 inch square up ruler (used to true your blocks to size and square)

and these kind of scissors, I switched to them over 20 years ago and won't use any other kind now, they are soooo comfortable!!! http://www.walmart.com/ip/12335950?w...157033&veh=sem
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Old 11-26-2015, 01:59 PM
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I just have the basics. I remember the time before rotary cutters and mats so I am grateful to have them. How about asking for a quilting shopping day where whoever give you the gift will help you with selecting fabrics and treat you to lunch. That sounds so much fun.
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Old 11-26-2015, 02:05 PM
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I like ManiacQuilter's idea. Or a ShapeCut. I cannot cut the right size to save my life & the ShapeCut ruler has really helped to get even cuts that are on-grain every time. The other thing I have that everyone always asks about when I go to classes/workshops is my IdeaWorks travel light. It is battery powered & comes with a charging cord to connect to a computer, but I just grab the wall plug for my iPhone & it connects to the wall and gets even brighter. Here's a link: http://www.amazon.com/Super-Bright-P...deaworks+light

As far as anything else, it really depends what kind of quilts you like to make. I could suggest some other gadgets, but they mostly focus around my love of applique.
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Old 11-26-2015, 02:09 PM
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You need a good light source. I have an Ott Light lamp that I can move to have over my sewing machine and if I am doing any hand work. My bff gave me a little bendable lamp to put on the left side of my sewing machine so I can really see what I am doing. This is so important to make sure you are feeding the fabric under the presser foot correctly. Joann's often has the Ott lights on sale or use a coupon.
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Old 11-26-2015, 02:34 PM
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I just recently bought myself a Bendable Bright Light (found best price on Amazon) and now I can't imagine sewing without it! My eyes seem to need more light as I get older and this is perfect since you mount it on the machine and aim it where you need it. My other recently acquired item that I now can't live without is a Purple Thang.
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Old 11-26-2015, 02:43 PM
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A lot depends on what you already have and what your budget is. If you already have a good machine, rotary cutter, mat, and some good rulers then I would suggest considering an Accuquilt Go! Big . This is an electric die cutting machine that accurately cuts many different shapes for you. Check Youtube for video demo's of what the Accuquilt Go! machines can do for you.
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Old 11-26-2015, 06:41 PM
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I'm finding that I want a larger cutting mat than the basic 18x24 that I've had forever.
I'm also wanting a larger/better design wall than the flannel side of a flannel-backed tablecloth that I'm currently using. Thinking of getting 2 yards of a neutral color fleece.
Other than those two items, I prefer to keep my tools fairly basic and not burden myself with tons of "gadgets". Note - I do find certain templates very helpful (square, hex and diamond come to mind).
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