Look for these practical and innovate tools and products at your local quilt shop.
Rowan’s new 100% premium cotton thread collections are exceptionally beautiful with colors carefully chosen by Amy Butler™ and Kaffe Fassett. Four distinct collections, featuring colors in the artists’ favorite palettes, give your projects the perfect touch, and come in a sophisticated reusable box for buttons or other small notions. Nine 200-yard spools per collection. Retail price: $36.00.
Square Up Ruler
Trim triangle-squares easier than ever with the Bloc_Loc Ruler. A recessed groove on the bottom of the ruler locks into place over the seam allowance, allowing you to trim all four sides without turning the ruler. You’ll achieve accurate triangle-squares every time. Ruler sizes from 1½"–6½" square. Retail prices: $9.98–$21.98.
AccuQuilt GO!® Baby™ Fabric Cutter
AccuQuilt, a leader in fabric cutting solutions, has introduced their newest cutter—GO! Baby. It’s compact, portable, and affordable for quilting and paper crafts. Save time and cut fabric pieces with the same precision as with the original GO! cutter. Forty-four dies that fit the GO! Baby are currently available including the often-requested cat, dog, and 2½" strip cutter. Retail price: $139.00
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Longarm quilters of all skill levels can learn new tricks and techniques. Handi Quilter’s DVD Series for the machine quilter, covers everything from Pantographs to Trapunto and much, much more. Series 1 consists of seven DVDs to help you perfect your skills and become a confident quilter. Retail prices: $16.95 each or $99.95 for set of seven.
Havel’s Cutting Tools
Havel’s Sewing scissors and snips have high-quality steel blades that give these cutters long-lasting sharp edges. Quilters love Dura-Snips for convenience and reliability—for clean cuts to the tip every time. Lightweight rotary cutters with safety guard and cushion grip are available in 45mm and 60mm. Also available is a 28mm chenille cutter that serves as a rotary cutter when cutting guide is removed. Scissors available in sizes from 3½" to 9", and styles for embroidery, appliqué, dressmaking, and quilting.
Cosmo Embroidery Floss
Cosmo embroidery floss by Lecien is made from the finest grade of Egyptian cotton available, with a texture and sheen like silk to glide smoothly through fabric. Special dyeing techniques ensure it’s colorfast. Floss is available in Cosmo skein (6-strand thread, 443 solid colors), Seasons skein (6-strand thread, 80 variegated colors), and Multi-Work spool (2-strand thread, 95 colors). Retail prices: $1.00 solid, $1.50 variegated, and $4.50 spool.
The Slice Fabriqué
Cut fusible appliqué pieces in no time using the portable, lightweight Slice Fabriqué. It’s easy to use—just insert a design card, select a shape, and press a button! Design cards include more than one hundred designs that can be adjusted to four sizes. Each design card includes the alphabet and numbers, and assorted theme shapes such as music and dance, farm life, holiday, jungle, and more. Retail price: $149.99. Square-Up Template
Square up blocks in five different sizes with one acrylic template, using distinct marking lines that are etched into each template for easy alignment. Fussy cutting squares is also easy—simply place the marked X in the center of the design, and cut two sides. Turn template, align edges, and cut. Seam allowances are included in sizes given, allowing you to cut the most commonly used sizes. Retail prices: 12½" Template, $26.99. 8½" Template, $19.99.
Roll the Gold! Rotary Blades
Roll the Gold titanium-coated rotary blades retain a sharp edge longer than other blades. Extended life means less of your quilting budget is spent on blades and more for fabric! These 45mm replacement blades can be used with most popular rotary cutters. Retail prices: 2 blade package $11.95, 10 blade package $49.95.
Designer Karen Kay Buckley worked for three years designing, testing, and producing high-quality scissors that meet all of her expectations. As an accomplished appliqué artist, she wants comfort and sharpness in lightweight scissors. The cushioned handles provide comfort for both left- and right-handed users, and micro-serrated blades cut the fabric with little or no fraying. Each pair comes with a protective cover to protect the tips. Retail prices: Large (7½") $25.95, Small (4") $19.95.
Heat Press Batting Together
Use this 1½"-wide cloth tape to join leftover pieces of batting or to add pieces to batting that’s not quite big enough. The tape is soft and thin and can be stitched easily by hand or machine. Join any type of batting—cotton, wool, polyester, or blends—following manufacturer’s instructions. 10 yards per roll. Retail price: $7.99.
Quiltmaker and author Judy Hopkins also designs jewelry! Her fine sterling silver pieces featuring quilt designs are available in bracelets, earrings, and pendants. Judy chooses quilt block designs, such as the Eskimo Mask and Cabin Lights designs shown, that remind her of her home state of Alaska. Many other designs available. Prices for pieces shown: $157.00 bracelet, $73.00 earrings, $49.00 necklace.
Simplicity Deluxe SideWinder
Wind bobbins without unthreading your sewing machine with this compact, easy-to-use bobbin winder. The Deluxe SideWinder can be used with many different sizes of thread spools, and has interchangeable spindles for use with bobbins for all makes and models of sewing machines. Tension is controlled to accommodate a variety of thread weights. Retail price: $99.99.
Need a way to reduce your stash? Make rugs! Using Aunt Philly’s plastic tool, you can “weave” a rug using a simple stitch that resembles a blanket stitch. Tear fabric into 2"-wide strips, and follow the instructions to make rugs, hot pads, chair pads, and coasters. Retail prices: Toothbrush Tool $3.00, Patterns including complete technique instructions $9.00 each.
Quilter’s Quarter Marker
Use the Quilter’s Quarter Marker to mark match points for both hand and machine piecing. Quickly and accurately mark 45°, 60°, and 90° corners on triangles, hexagons, and squares to ensure a perfect match every time. This tool saves time spent marking ¼" seam allowances on fabric pieces and ripping out seams that don’t match. Add this to your must-have list!
Retail price: $6.99.
Beam & Read Light
This personal, portable, hands-free light is perfect for hand stitching, reading, and knitting. It has six LEDs that illuminate your work without disturbing others, making it perfect for traveling. Included with the light are a clip-on orange filter for softer light and an adjustable magnifier for detail work.
Retail price: $26.95.
Fons & Porter’s Master Class Series
Take classes with experts at your convenience, even in your pajamas, with this Master Class DVD series by Fons & Porter. You can make Flying Geese with Liz Porter, enjoy paper piecing with Jodie Davis, learn longarm basics with Heidi Kaisand, or stitch along with eight others while learning new techniques.
Retail prices: $10.00 each,
$99.00 for complete set of eleven. Ackfeld Quilt Stands
Ackfeld has hundreds of fun options for displaying your small quilts and cross-stitch projects. The 12" x 14" stand shown holds different toppers that you can change to complement seasonal quilts or to match your decor. Quilt is by Kelly Mueller of The Wooden Bear, and is one of twelve in Fons & Porter’s Mini Treats 2011 series.
Retail prices: Stand $20.00,
toppers $10.00 each.
Sulky PolyLite™ Thread
Sulky’s new PolyLite™ is fine, yet strong thread for machine and hand embroidery, quilting, and appliqué. It’s available in 36 solid colors and 24 multicolors.
PolyLight is 60 wt. polyester, lint free, and colorfast — a dream for machine quilters and hand stitchers alike.
Retail prices: 1,650-yard cone solid $7.49, multicolor $11.99; 440-yard spool solid $4.99, multicolor $11.99. Label Design Software
by Designer’s Gallery
Add your style and a touch of love to every quilt with Quilt LabelWorks design software, the only software dedicated to embroidered labels. You can personalize multi-line labels with hundreds of font and frame combinations to make your labels unique and special.
Retail price: $99.99.
Heat 'n' Bond Lite
Use this fusible tape to position appliqué strips, ribbons, and other embellishments before stitching. Lightly press tape to adhere it to the wrong side of fabric or ribbon, then fuse it in place for a temporary hold. After stitching, projects are machine washable. Heat'nBond Lite tape is available in ¼"-wide, 20 yard spool for $2.29 and 3⁄8", 5⁄8", and 7⁄8" widths, 15 yard spool for $2.49. Heat’nBond Lite is also available in 17” x 1¼-yard and 5¼-yard packages.
The stainless steel Ultra-Pro Seam Ripper by Havel’s Sewing is light-weight, razor sharp, and accurate. Its curved blade allows you to cut stitches one stitch at a time, without poking through or cutting the fabric. This is the perfect seam ripper for machine quilters. Seam ripper
comes with safety cap and four replacement blades.
Retail price: $9.95.