It’s time again for our list of gifts and/or gadgets to make our sewing lives easier or more enjoyable. You can see our posts from previous years by clicking on these links: 2018, 2019 (Part 1), 2019 (Part 2), 2020 (Part 1), 2020 (Part 2). All the links in the articles still seem to work, which is saying something!
Submitted by Liz M.
Hello all! I am sharing some items I have in my quilting space that I find very useful! I have learned I am not a “gadget” person and that I prefer tools that produce good results when I use them.
This strip stick is used to iron strip sets after stitching. They are wonderful for long sets (get the 18” stick) or smaller blocks when ironing seams open. First, press seams as sewn to set the seam and then place on the stick to iron open or to one side. Ironing on the stick avoids the “shine” that can accompany pressing seams and also assists in keeping the seams straight.Link to Fat Quarter Shop
Small Steam Iron
I use this small iron with the strip stick. I do not use steam in the iron, I use the mist bottles below to add steam as I iron. The iron is hot! Watch your fingers!Link to More Info
Using these mist bottles for water and Best Press is amazing! They produce a fine mist instead of big drops like regular spray bottles. I dilute my Best Press 3:1 and it works well!Link to Amazon
Organizers suggest storing “like with like”. It works! I use this box to hold rotary cutters, small rulers and marking tools. I try to always return these items to the red box so I can find them when I need them again. The box comes without the insert but I prefer adding the insert for certain areas of storage. I do use the boxes in other areas of my quilt space and they do come in larger sizes. Link for Meori Box and Insert
Who needs more pincushions? I actually didn’t use them for a long time, just stuck my needle in what I was working on or kept my pins in the box they came in. Now, I have quite a few pincushions! I love this one! It is small and I love the quality of the wood and fabric. Just the right size to use while I am hand stitching-the needle I am using doesn’t get lost among all the other pins!Link to Fat Quarter Shop
Magazines are great inspiration! I have stopped most of my subscriptions because many ideas are available on blogs, Instagram and Pinterest. I have kept this subscription because it is different from many magazines in that it blends quilt news with patterns that are more contemporary. It is available in digital or printed form. Link to Magazine
As you shop this season and the coming months, please consider the supply chain is slow–be patient! Honor our local quilt shops and small businesses with your purchases.
Please add your ideas for gift items or quilt tools in the comments below!