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Thread: Your favorite "can't do without" tools?

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    Junior Member JMCDA's Avatar
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    Your favorite "can't do without" tools?

    Hi all!

    I am new to the board, just introduced myself over in the other section and now I have a question for you all :-)

    I did basic quilting years ago before all the fun tools were available and now that I am jumping back in I would like to upgrade to some handy accessories that will make the basics easier and faster. I am going on a shopping trip tomorrow (for my BD) and have a list of shops that will sell all the "stuff" I have been looking at and wondering if I "need" it.

    I have the basics which I consider to be a large cutting mat, plus a couple smaller one, 2 rotary cutters, good shears, pins, chalk, iron, cat to hold down the fabric....etc

    I would like to know, if you don't mind taking the time to answer, what all of you consider to be your "can't quilt without it" tools and why you love it.

    Templates and guides, are there some that are more useful than others?
    Fav brand of thread?
    a quilting book that you go back to again and again?

    Thanks so much everyone!

    Joann

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    olfa roatery cutter I tried fiskers scissors good...rotey bad!! Olfa cutting mat deff. essenitional
    *Rachel*

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    Not my fav but need a good seam ripper! Also can do without June Taylor cutting system! Cuts strips and squares more accurately!! Don't forget the thingy that u use to scrape on the cutting Matt to clean it up of fibers and threads! Helps prolong life of cutting Matt! Good luck!

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    Super Member Lori S's Avatar
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    Essentials
    1. magnet for pins ( I have two , for the different types of pins)
    2. STARCH - This is a absolute for me . I have found that everything gets more accurate with fabric that has been starched.
    3. Thread holder for the cones of thread ( some use a coffee mug)
    4. A good iron , I like steam
    5. Good lighting

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    i use my quilt around the block book alot and the web site quilterscache?
    Nancy

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    #1-My treadle

    #2- Rotary cutter

    #3- QB

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    I like my Little steamfast Iron for piecing and a good seam ripper. LOL

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    My iron. Definitely my iron.

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    June Tailor shape cut
    5x18 ruler with lip
    Add a 1/4 ruler for PP
    Rotary cutter
    Rowenta iron
    Gingher scissors of all kinds
    Sewing machines(love my 2 baby's)

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    My rotary cutter and my green mat. My 'purple thang' and little button pins I found at JoAnns. I got the pins because they were cute, but they are the sharpest pins I have!
    Beth in AZ
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    6x24 ruler (all rulers same brand- no variance in measurements)
    glass head pins (slide into fabric like a knife into butter)
    quilter711
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    I find that I love love love my 6x12 ruler for smaller projects
    Myrna

    They say money does not buy happiness, but it buys fabric & fabric makes me happy!!

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    June Tailor Shape Cut ruler
    Olfa 60mm safety rotary cutter
    Spray adhesive for basting (once I discovered the joys of this, I haven't pin-basted since!)
    Big Board ironing board

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    My rotary cutter and rulers.

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    baby go,I have the studio and love it.
    As long as i am ventilated and vertical I will quilt

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    Imagination and patience!
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    Quote Originally Posted by quilter711 View Post
    6x24 ruler (all rulers same brand- no variance in measurements)
    glass head pins (slide into fabric like a knife into butter)
    I bought a shield for mine that I love. I sliced 1/3 of my finger off and this protects my fingers.

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    I love the various "get squared" templates as I square my blocks up as I finish them.
    Fabric is like money, no matter how much you have it's never enough.

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    Smile

    I agree with cajunquilter2 about the 6 x 12 inch ruler. I use it more than any of the others. If I am doing pinwheels, I like my little 5.5 x 5.5 square up template. I think if you get what you mentioned you will be off to a good start. Look forward to seeing your creations. Don't forget to ask about anything and welcome to the board! Oh...you might have to go to a different shop to get a cat to hold down your fabric. :-)
    She who dies with the most fabric, didn't sew fast enough!

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    Good lighting is a must. I have ott lights and love them but there are other brands out there.
    Good scissors
    Good sharp pins
    Fabric, fabric, fabric
    Have fun on your shopping spree, oh I mean shopping trip!
    Sewbeadit
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    The book Quilts, Quilts, Quilts

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    Omnigrip Rulers
    WonderCut Rulers(regular and triangle)
    Olfa Rotary Cutters
    1/4" foot with guide
    Extra lighting
    Sadiemae

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    A 12x12 square up ruler.

    Quilt in a Day triangle square up ruler and Eleanor Burns quilting books a must for beginners.

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    I seem to use my stitch ripper the most, can't do a project without ripping something out.......broke one the other day and sent hubby to walmart to get another one and he came home with 2 of them, what is he trying to tell me?????
    Doreen

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    Would not quilt without 505 Basting Spray.

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