If I had to grab supplies to take on a retreat or trip, it was this one five popular quilting tools would be at the top of my list! I don’t limit myself to just five, mind you, but those are my ideas. Besides, I don’t want to overwhelm you or anything!
Note: I will describe each term and give (affiliate) links for each one, but I hope you buy these from your favorite local quilt shop.
Creative grid ruler
8 1/2 “x 12 1/2” Creative Grids ruler. I’m a big fan of Creative Grids. I like the frosted 1/4 “and 1/2” edges and the numeric markings. All of these numbers can be confusing at first, but once you get the hang of it you will appreciate the versatility of this ruler. I also like that it doesn’t slip while cutting because the handle points on the back are frosted. And it doesn’t grip so much that I have to lift it to put it in place.
I use the 8 1/2 “x 12 1/2” Creative Grids ruler the most, and if I could only have one size (Heaven forbids) I would pick that size. It’s perfect for cutting strips from a bold quarter and I can line up blocks or squares easily. It’s not too big and not too small.
The other size I use a lot is the larger 6 1/2 “x 24 1/2” ruler. When I need to cut a lot of long strips or clean the edge of a quilt top this size is perfect. And then there are the many seats Creative grid Rulers that I use and own along with some of their specialty technique rulers (which require a separate blog post).
Olfa rotary cutter
I have several rotary cutters, but those Olfa Splash 45mm rotary cutter is the one I use the most. Olfa invented the rotary cutter in 1979 and they are a great product. The Splash series introduced their quick change blade system and it’s really easy to change the blade on these. I like the 45mm size for its versatility, but I use the 60mm and 28mm when needed.
Clover Fine Patchwork Pins
I rely on pins to hold my fabric in place for sewing and to line up my seams. I’ve tried many and fell in love with them Clover Fine Patchwork Pins. They are thin, sharp and glide effortlessly through quilted cotton. The length is also just right so they don’t get caught or snagged on anything. They make sewing easier for me!
I’m also a huge fan of Clover Wonder Clips, but they serve a different purpose. I’ll save these for my next list of favorite tools.
Magnetic pin cushion
I don’t know how I got along without a magnetic pincushion. This is the reliable companion of my favorite needles (above) and they are always close to my sewing machine. I like Clover Magnetic Pin Caddy because it has a cover so I can easily pack it in my travel bag. I can throw a needle towards the magnetic pincushion and it will catch it, and if I drop a needle on the floor it will find it.
I still love making and collecting cute pin pillows. They will never be out of date, I just don’t really use them. However, they are wonderful for decorating!
Havel’s Snip-Eze embroidery Snips
The last item on my top 5 list is a good pair of thread snips. (I bet you thought I would say seam ripper.) Every time I sew something on my sewing machine, I use it Havel’s Snip-Eze embroidery Snips cut my threads. These scissors are long and thin enough to grab the back of my presser foot and pinch my thread protector (leader / ender). They have a curved tip that fits under my presser foot if necessary.
They have a pinch grip that never misses and that is easy on my hands. I also love how light and sharp they are.
This is my go-to list of Top 5 Most Popular Quilting Tools that I can’t live without Do you have a favorite brand or type of tool that you use in the sewing room? I will continue this series with the most popular quilting tools because we quilters love our ideas!
Are you looking for more favorites? Check out my 7 favorite hand embroidery tools and my favorite machine application tools.
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