Bare Minimum Quilt Tools-Open Line Friday
It’s been a busy week as we kick off the beautiful summer months here in Minnesota! Because our season is so short, I try to take full advantage of every nice day to be outside and active. (You may notice an irregular posting schedule all summer long.) As I was sipping my wine on my porch, I enjoyed this very creative video–A Not so Still Life.
MEMORIAL DAY WEEK
Thank you to all who commented this week about the Land that I Love Quilt HERE and especially those who shared their stories of service! Again, a big Thank YOU to all our veterans and their families for their service and their sacrifice!
And thank you, Claire who suggested we check out The Quilting Marine–a twenty year veteran who found quilting. He’s a new voice and fresh perspective in the quilting world. He has several YouTube videos HERE. Thanks, Claire for sharing this link!
Faye and I have a weekend date to see if we can get my serger threaded–it’s been a long time since I serged anything–mostly because I’ve been too lazy to find my manual and figure it out again! Instead, like many of you suggested, I use an overlock or zigzag on my regular machine. However, Faye has so much indigo to prepare, I think it will be much faster to set up the serger– (wish us luck!)
My five daughters all want to begin quilting.
If YOUR daughter or grand-daughter or friend was starting from scratch, what would YOU include in their “essential” quilting basket?
Let’s all harken back to those early days and, at the same time, apply all of our experience with unused notions and quilting tools to make a list of the ABSOLUTE ESSENTIAL TOOLS for quilters. (Assuming they will be machine quilting–and we won’t include the machine accessories for now.)
Here’s the list so far–please agree or disagree and add or subtract!
- Rotary Cutter
- Self Healing Cutting Mat
- Marking tool (blue pen? chalk?)
It’s been so long since I had to think about this…
(Instead I have to think about where all of these tools are! LOL)
What do YOU think?
Is there anything else you consider an absolute essential tool?
Is there anything in the list above you don’t view as essential?
We’d LOVE to hear!
(We will make our “wish list” next week)
I’m off to set up my serger—perhaps I should take it out onto the porch with a
glass bottle of wine Irish whiskey!
(I didn’t say that out loud, did I?)
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79 responses to “Bare Minimum Quilt Tools-Open Line Friday”
package of “new” machine needles and pipe cleaner to clean the machine. (bobbin case). Also I have a 6″ x 2.5″ ruler that I use a lot.
1/4″ machine foot
I loved the reference to the Quilting Marine. I must share this with my son…..a disabled veteran and former Army Ranger.
A seam ripper is a must have!
I agree with Dona. My “un-sewing” tool is essential!
I have a little wooden seam pressing tool that was hand made and I aquired a long time ago at a log cabin class. It’s been very useful for “finger pressing” instead of hopping up to the iron every minute for some piecing projects. I think you can get a similar tool in shops.
Don’t forget the seam ripper. As much as I do not like to use it, it does come in handy.
Oh Lori, I love the Iris flowers! My go to seam ripper is n electric trimmer. So quick and easy, but be careful and watch closely so you don’t clip the fabric!
Oh, Baileys or Irish Mist? No matter, porch sewing sounds divine!
A seam ripper?
Iron, pencil and paper, good music
A good steam iron. I have found that pressing seams as sewn and then pressing the pieces open (either seam to one side or open, depending on the application) has been a huge help! And a good square ruler that you can use to square up blocks.
Best Press….stabilizes your fabric and gives seams a nice flat finish
If you can’t get Best Press…1 oz of vodka to 8 oz of water, in a spray bottle works just as well. There is also a recipe for “Quilter’s Moonshine” somewhere online that is vodka and Sta Flow liquid starch in water. Haven’t tried it yet.
Vodka! H-h-m-m; think I’ll have to test that out. Then again, I can just hear my husband…”You did WHAT with the vodka???” (giggle!)