As the editor of FaveQuilts.com, I’m becoming more and more partial to my quilters every day. So when I saw this week’s collection of new products on CutRateCrafts, all I could think of was all the awesome quilting goodies we’ve added to our collection recently! If you’re quilting has been down in the doldrums lately, check out some of these fun new quilting products to get your creative juices flowing!
Start off by browsing a few quilting books. The beautiful pictures and patterns will fill your head with ideas for new quilts! Lately I’m especially fond of art quilts, and we have a gorgeous new book called The Art Quilt Collection. This gallery of quilts will make you itch to branch out and be creative in your own quilting! If you tend toward more traditional quilts, however, you might enjoy the time-honored patterns in Colorful Stash Busters, All-Time Favorite Scrap Quilts, and Quilting Those Flirty ’30s.
Once you’ve perused the quilting books for some fresh ideas, treat yourself to a new sewing stash. A pretty printed sewing basket will dress up your sewing table and motivate you to keep your supplies organized. Try one of these beauties below:
After you pick out a sewing basket that suits you, fill it with brand new tools that will make even seam ripping a joy. My best recommendation is a SideWinder, a portable bobbin winder that allows you to wind new bobbins without unthreading your machine. This little sewing companion is perfect for the quilter who has an entire list of works in progress at once. An extra set of bobbins and a bobbin storage case make it easy to keep your sewing basket organized.
An Olfa rotary cutting blade is the next tool to treat yourself to. A sharp rotary blade will make cutting quick and easy. To eliminate fussy measuring, try using some Trace ‘n Create quilt templates from Nancy Zieman.
If you have trouble keeping pins collected while sewing, a magnetic pin caddy will easily corral pins, and you’ll never have to worry about losing them inside a stuffy pincushion. The pin caddy even has a drawer for extra pins, so you’ll have enough pins on hand to match up an entire row of corners at once. In case you find out they still don’t match up exactly, have a seam ripper on hand. The Mighty Bright Lighted Seam Ripper & Magnifier makes it easy to rip tiny seams on dark fabrics. When you have your seams perfectly matched up, press them with a Petite Press Portable Mini Iron. My least favorite thing to do while quilting is turn my big clunky iron on and off every time I need to press. I’ve also had the misfortune to drop it on my wood floors while quilting. A mini iron is the perfect size for pressing quilting seams, and you can easily take it to a quilting bee or guild meeting!
What would you fill a brand new sewing basket with? Tell us your most coveted quilting supplies!
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