Quilting Tools ~ What I use…What do You use?

My friend Donna has been shying away from quilt making because she is terrified of using the rotary cutter…see her post HERE. She also has pictures of everything she’s collected to make quilts, wanting to know what else she may need.

So I decided to list my favorite tools, books, and sites. For all you quilters out there…what are your favorites?

We’ll start with the mats, rulers, and cutters.

~ I’ve always had the OLFA 18×24 Self-Healing Rotary Mat, but Hancock Fabrics had the 24×36 size 40% off a couple of weeks ago…so guess what I bought?! 🙂

~ My favorite cutter? The ergonomic 45mm Olfa Deluxe Rotary Cutter with the safety lock.

~ I have lots of different rulers but these are my favorites:
O’Lipfa Lip Edge 5×24
O’Lipfa 12.5″ Square
Omnigrid 9.5″ Square
O’Lipfa 6.5″ Square
O’Lipfa 60° Angle
EZ Quilting 6.5″ Easy Angle
EZ Quilting Companion Angle
Dear Jane 4.5″ Square


Didn’t think I’d use this bobbin winder, but I just love it to death. I always buy two of the same thread, one is for winding bobbins. I wind up at least 3-4 bobbins before starting a project. Was $15 at my local Hancock Fabric store in Sparks.

Speaking of thread…I love the satin or silk-finished mercerized 100% cotton thread. I like Connecting Threads’ thread, Sulky Cotton Thread, and Mettler Silk-Finished Cotton Thread.


Thimbles…LOVE LOVE LOVE a simple Sterling Silver Tailor’s thimble for hand quilting. I don’t like regular thimbles. I use either this tailor or a Fons & Porter ring thimble.


Books…I’ve lots of books, here are some of them.

BUT…I really only use these six!

The Art of Classic Quiltmaking
Stars by Magic
The Crazy Quilt Handbook
Friendship Triangles (I’m a triangle and pinwheel fiend…great book for me, maybe not for you)
Scrap Quilts ~ The Art of Making Do
Basic Applique


For inspiration, ideas, supplies and patterns ~ I love these online sites:

Supplies & Fabric ~

Hancock’s of Paducah
Connecting Threads
Wish Upon A Quilt
Fat Quarter Shop

For Patterns and Ideas ~

Moda Bake Shop
Quilters’ Cache

My Favorite Quilting Blogs for inspiration and tutorials ~

p.s. I Quilt
Tula Pink
Quilt Obsession
Sew Katie Did
Red Pepper Quilts
Oh, Fransson!
Quilts Your Way

My friend April and I bounce lots of ideas off each other throughout the day…we are each other’s enabler! 🙂 Ohhh! Did you see this? This fabric is sooooo cute! Blah Blah Blah. BUY THIS! LOL!

There are a lot MORE…but me thinks I’m running out of room. 🙂 All you’d have to do is click on the above and check out their favorite blogs!


Sewing Machines…well, that’s a personal preference and mine is JANOME! I had a Janome 6500P, but it was destroyed last year. Yes…I still tear up. Until I can afford to buy myself another, I am sewing on a Janome Threadbanger and a Singer 301.

So…Ummmm…there I was at Windy Moon Quilts

And…ahhh…I was in the back of the shop trying to find the Janome 1600P machine so I could ask a question on how to thread it (it was a Christmas gift that my in-laws picked out for me…bless my BIL’s heart, he tried his best!) and, well…instead, I saw my dearly beloved MC6500P, RIP, while petting and tearing up over it…a very coooool looking Janome, called the Threadbanger TB30, a flashy piece of machinery with a big ole star slapped onto it was trying to get my attention.

I found out that Windy Moon Quilts did not carry the 1600P so I couldn’t ask to test drive it and figure out how it worked. While being comforted by two of the ladies about my MC6500P, the Threadbanger kept jumping up at me like Horseshack on Welcome Back, Kotter. I snuck a peek at the price tag….$629….and told it to “stop flagging me down, you’re too expensive for me right now.”

“Ooh-ooh-ooooh! Buuut wait! See my star?! I’m on SALE! 40% OFF!”

Goodness gracious! You should have seen my VISA card, the one that I have way back behind other cards so I don’t use it very often, fly out of it’s hiding place and swish itself through the quilt shop’s credit card swiping machine! I’ve never seen it fly so fast before! The next thing I saw was that flashy Threadbanger running out the door with my car keys and had itself inside and safely buckled in before I knew what was happening.

So…does anyone want to buy a brand new Janome 1600P for $500????

Still have the Creeping Crud….

Still loaded with snot and have a bronchial cough, but I dragged myself to work today. My office doesn’t have a high traffic flow, so I won’t pass it onto anyone…Drats!

Monday and Tuesday have been dreary days here in Northern Nevada. Drizzling rain, snow, sleet, ice, more rain, more snow…grey. I’m tired of the grey. Guess it was good days to be sick.

I did get something accomplished though…I cleaned up my sewing room! Unpacked most of the boxes and made room to get out my ironing board and cutting table. I even unpacked my new Janome 1600P sewing machine that my inlaws gave me for Christmas…but it baffled the hell out of me trying to thread the bugger. I still can’t get the bobbin to work. Waaaaay different than what my Janome 6500P was! I miss that machine sooooooo much. So I took out my little Janome half-pint and sewed on it yesterday.

I made a baby quilt top…I used a cheater panel…it’s just so cute, had to use it. I think the baby will be able to use it into his toddler days. LOL!

Here are the fabrics I used…the panel is from RJR Fabrics ~ Everything but the Kitchen Sink (1930’s prints featuring Overall Bill).

Here is the top…I will bind the quilt with the dark blue material.