My Favorite Quilting Tools

I thought I'd share with you some of my favorite tools for quilting (and general sewing, although I quilt a lot more than just sew).

My #1 tool is my sewing machine. In May 2007, my mother gave me the best Mother's Day gift - a Pfaff Quilt Expression 2046. One of the fantastic things about this machine is the IDT - Integrated Dual Feed. It sews like a dream, and eliminates the need for a walking foot for quilting. I'm looking forward to trying out the different stitches and features of it!

Pfaff Quilt Expression 2046

Extra Feet for my Pfaff: left to right, knit-edge (aka pearls and piping), open-toe (appliqué), narrow-edge (esp. good for attaching lace), stitch-in-the-ditch (quilting), and quarter-inch-with-guide
Sewing machine feet

My #2 tool would probably be my ergonomic rotary cutter, the Ergo 2000 Rotary Cutter. I saw it demonstrated at one of the AQS Quilts Shows. I love mine. I wouldn't want to have to go back to the older styles now. For people who have repetitive stress injuries (and even those who don't), this can really alleviate a lot of the stress on your hand, wrist, and shoulder when cutting.

Ergo 2000 rotary cutter

My #3 tool would have to be my Thimblelady thimble. I actually own two of these - one for my middle finger, and one for my thumb. Yes, it was a splurge, but I've never hand-quilted with a better thimble. The thimbles came with an instruction video, and of course, I had taped Simply Quilts from HGTV (the episode featuring Thimblelady was how I discovered them), and I've watched both multiple times for inspiration and instruction. I'm all about the idea of NO pain!

Thimblelady's sterling silver thimble

Block storage containers
Block storage container
Block storage container

Sizzix die cutter
Sizzix die cutter!
First strips cut with my Big Shot Pro :)
Sizzix-cut strips