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November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?

We want to know: What quilting notion are you most thankful for and why?

To participate in this month's survey, simply scroll down and post your answer in the "Add a Comment" box below. If your comment is chosen for our Easy Quilts Quilters Club of America Notes you will receive a $10 gift certificate to ShopFonsandPorter.com.


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Barbara wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Thursday, 1 November 2012, 8:18 AM

I am most admit I am most thankful for my supreme sliders I use on my machine when I quilt . I have tried quilting without them and I have a terrible time moving my quilt around . I love my supreme sliders .

Barbara

Dawn wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Thursday, 1 November 2012, 9:18 AM

Rotary cutter.  I just can't imagine cutting up all those pieces w/scissors!  

gini wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Thursday, 1 November 2012, 10:28 AM

rotary cutter,  matt and plastic rulers.  in the dark ages i had a wooden yard stick and scissors to cut up my fabric.

cdhallett@bell.net wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Thursday, 1 November 2012, 10:31 AM

I love the larger print because I can read it and I love my baby go.  Carol

frannie wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Thursday, 1 November 2012, 11:22 AM

Thats Easy!! THE SEAM RIPPER.  I am thank'ful for that sewing item.(:

Karla wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Thursday, 1 November 2012, 12:14 PM

Definitely the rotary cutter...my hands would never let me cut all of those pieces with scissors.

hpetrik@yahoo.com wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Thursday, 1 November 2012, 12:36 PM

Absolutely - rotary cutter, ruler & mat. I wouldn't quilt without them!

Maggie wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Thursday, 1 November 2012, 12:49 PM

I agree, the rotary cutter, ruler and mat.   The idea of trying to cut pieces the same size by hand usng pencil and scissors gives me nightmares.

Vivian wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Thursday, 1 November 2012, 6:02 PM

I'm loving that Purple Thang these days.  I just need to keep things straight going under the needle and that seems to help a lot.

Denise Smart wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Thursday, 1 November 2012, 6:16 PM

I agree, the rotary cutter, ruler and mat. It has greatly increased my speed and accuracy. I feel that I am wasting less fabric, and it is easier on my hand and on my eyesight. I can't imagine quilting without them.

kaylfordsollimo wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Thursday, 1 November 2012, 6:27 PM

I am grateful for the June Tailor slotted ruler - and, of course, the mat and rotary cutter are "go withs". A goldmine when it comes  to getting accurately cut strips which can then be subcut into other shapes. So there is both accuracy and versatility. Viola!

Judy Wright wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Thursday, 1 November 2012, 7:28 PM

I am most thankful for my rotary cutter.  I started quilting before rotary cutters were invented-boy, that makes me sound old.  I'm certain that I have made many more quilts than I would have if I was still cutting out individual pieces.  

Patricia Faye wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Thursday, 1 November 2012, 7:29 PM

My favorite notion is the rotary cutter...I have 4 (different sizes) & use them all of the time!  So much easier than cutting with scissors!  

earthmama wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Thursday, 1 November 2012, 7:30 PM

I love paper foundation piecing (my teacher is a designer) so I am grateful for the add-a-quarter ruler.  It makes the job go much faster than just using a quilter's ruler.  

Kathy wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Thursday, 1 November 2012, 7:30 PM

Love my rotary cutter, ruler and mat.  I remember those days of tracing squares and triangle onto fabric and then cutting them all out with a scissors.  

MomNanaWolf wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Thursday, 1 November 2012, 7:31 PM

I am most greatful for my fisker rotery cutter, with good old arther in my hands it makes my life so much easyer.

DB wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Thursday, 1 November 2012, 7:33 PM

The rotary cutters and rulers!! Hands down - no contest. I cannot imagine cutting all those pieces with a pair of scissors like my grandmother.

Gail71 wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Thursday, 1 November 2012, 7:42 PM

I am most grateful for a rotary cutter.

Nancy wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Thursday, 1 November 2012, 7:44 PM

The rotary cutter, hands down.

tch4grd@hotmail.com wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Thursday, 1 November 2012, 7:50 PM

I am most grateful for my rotary cutters, rulers, and cutting mats. They are a blessing to the art of quilting!

MelodyP MO/KS wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Thursday, 1 November 2012, 7:51 PM

I have a very close relationship with my seam ripper!  Just could not sew without it!  I recently bought a seam ripper and needle threader and it is really COOL.  I definitely can't hand sew without it!  LOL

Twsnikki wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Thursday, 1 November 2012, 7:55 PM

My rotary cutter. It makes cutting so much easier.

IDShorti wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Thursday, 1 November 2012, 7:58 PM

My rotating cutting mat

Ev wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Thursday, 1 November 2012, 8:00 PM

I agree, the rotary cutter is at the top of my list, and next would be my 8.5 by 24 inch ruler.

Glenna wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Thursday, 1 November 2012, 8:01 PM

All my different scissors are immportant to me - one for paper, one for large cuts of fabric, another for embroidery, one for "unsewing" - and on it goes!  

gloryb@primus.ca wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Thursday, 1 November 2012, 8:05 PM

The most handy and well used ruler I have is the "Triangle Square Up" ruler from Eleanor Burns.  The half-square triangle is used frequently in block patterns and this makes them fool proof.

rita goshorn wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Thursday, 1 November 2012, 8:05 PM

sigh ... my seam ripper and i are joined at the hip!  we're best friends ... i have several of them and use them often.

bec02 wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Thursday, 1 November 2012, 8:07 PM

The rotary cutter.  I can't imagine cutting out lots of little pieces for a very detailed quilt.  The rotary cutter makes life so much easier.

sue.bialorucki wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Thursday, 1 November 2012, 8:09 PM

The notion I am most thankful would be my 6 1/2 in square ruler and the rotary cutter.  But i also have to give credit to the straight pins.  Isn't it great that after all these years the simple things remain what we are most grateful.

Cindy Comeyne wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Thursday, 1 November 2012, 8:09 PM

I'm with the majority:  Rotary cutter, cutting mat and plastic rulers.

greenmonstr wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Thursday, 1 November 2012, 8:24 PM

The rotary cutter goes without saying...I would also add my 6.5 x 24 inch ruler and my large cutting mat.

Jill Force wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Thursday, 1 November 2012, 8:36 PM

For me, the most valuable quilter's tools are the specialty acrylic rulers/templates available. If not for these wonderful and clever rulers, half of us would not be quilting!! They help you achieve a higher level of precision and accuracy in your cutting and piecing. Thanks to those who have taken the mystery out of quilting.

cntryways wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Thursday, 1 November 2012, 8:38 PM

I think it would have to be the rotary cutter.

Jill Force wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Thursday, 1 November 2012, 8:39 PM

For me, the most valuable quilter's tools are the specialty acrylic rulers/templates available. If not for these wonderful and clever rulers, half of us would not be quilting!! They help you achieve a higher level of precision and accuracy in your cutting and piecing. Thanks to those who have taken the mystery out of quilting.

Bonita wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Thursday, 1 November 2012, 8:41 PM

No question about it, the rotary cutter, mat and rulers. I also love the Purple Thang it helps keep the ends straight, holds down the seams.

karrollann wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Thursday, 1 November 2012, 8:42 PM

Rotary cutters are a must but I love my computer the best .It is how I learned to sew from sites like this one. Karroll

hdhaemers48 wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Thursday, 1 November 2012, 8:55 PM

I'am most thankful for the ' how to video's '. With age comes forget fullness and it's so nice to look at the how to video's.  

Calicobear wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Thursday, 1 November 2012, 8:57 PM

Ohhhhh for sure...it's my Rotary Cutter (& mat) ... and Rulers & Templates to use with it! Awesome! Makes it sooooo much easier to cut my fabrics out!  :)

Thanks for chance to win your drawing!! (KNOW which Template I will get already too! LOL)

SummerBreeze wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Thursday, 1 November 2012, 9:01 PM

Rotary cutter! I started quilting 7 years ago and had no clue it existed.  Took me a week to cut all my pieces (by scissors of course) for my first quilt.  

Justine wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Thursday, 1 November 2012, 9:14 PM

It has to be my rotary cutter. Of course I need my big ruler and cutting mat too, so that's three. Since one is of little use without the other, ill count them as one. I guess that's cheating.

mjrm2516@charter.net wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Thursday, 1 November 2012, 9:24 PM

I love my big board for ironing yards of fabric, quilt tops and quilt backs used in my quilt projects.  The extra space is fantastic and makes the process quicker with excellent results.  My sister-in-law gave it to me for my birthday a few years back.  What a sweety she is.

Eileen Keane wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Thursday, 1 November 2012, 9:27 PM

I am very grateful for my Clover needle threader. It threads most needles and thread thicknesses, and it sits on my side table at all times.

Nonie Abdul Salam wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Thursday, 1 November 2012, 9:29 PM

My most used and wonderful notions are my rotary cutters and seam ripper. For rotary cutters which I have four types, one for cutting many layers of fabrics, one for just a single or two layers, one for small angle cutting and one for paper piecing.

And seam ripper is always near me whenever I am sewing.

Purdue Fan wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Thursday, 1 November 2012, 10:42 PM

Oh, no question: rotary cutter!! There is no way I would have continued to learn to quilt without them! I am amazed at the patience our mothers and grandmothers had to have using cardboard templates and scissors.

Joan wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Thursday, 1 November 2012, 10:56 PM

ROTARY CUTTER, HANDS DOWN (PUN INTENDED!)

Lung wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Thursday, 1 November 2012, 10:58 PM

I remember my Grandmother cutting fabric with small scissors and a cardboard pattern then sewing the cut pieces together on her treadle sewing machine.  How could I possibly be ungrateful for my powerful sewing machine, my cutting mat and my super sharp rotary cutter.  Yes, I have many things to be so thankful for!!!  We have so many modern conveniences.

Quilt Addict wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Thursday, 1 November 2012, 11:08 PM

I am thankful for my Simplicity Bias Tape Maker. I'm new to quilting and thus I am very slow so this wonderful machine helps me at least be a little quicker!

simiquilt wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Thursday, 1 November 2012, 11:51 PM

Oh my goodness, I think it is just about everything.  If I have to name just one thing, it would be the cutting mat for the rotary cutter.  I have been quilting long enough to remember when I got my first rotary cutter.  Liked the idea until I used it on my cardboard cutting mat.  (Yes, I did garment sewing before I started quilting).  I don't remember how long it was until I saw the rotary mats come out, but I know I said something like: It's about darned time.

Sabel420 wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Thursday, 1 November 2012, 11:56 PM

Rotary cutter.  I just can't imagine cutting up all those pieces w/scissors!  

maedens wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Friday, 2 November 2012, 2:57 AM

Rotary Cutter.  Every time I have to cut out appliqué, I am reminded how lucky I am that I don't have to cut out all my pieces that way!

Dawn wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Friday, 2 November 2012, 4:58 AM

My most treasured item are my rulers.  Without the different ones it would be impossible to get the accuracy that is required in quilting.  

almadsmith@verizon.net wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Friday, 2 November 2012, 5:52 AM

I love my Clover fork pins!  My seams line up effortlessly and come out perfect every time.

toniaward wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Friday, 2 November 2012, 7:10 AM

I am most thankful for my rotary cutter and mat.  I can remember my grandmother using templates to trace around and then cutting the pieces by hand.  The rotary cutter has certainly sped up quilt making tremendously.

rshatto wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Friday, 2 November 2012, 7:38 AM

I would not be quilting if it was not for my rotary cutter and mat. What a time saver, if I had to cut everything by hand, piece by piece, one by one. I would not be quilting. I dont have the time or patience for that.

Hcim55 wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Friday, 2 November 2012, 7:45 AM

Bloc_Loc!!!!!!!!!!!!!!    Square up rulers for half square triangles. Perfect half square triangles every time!  Check it out www.blocloc.com

Fletcher wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Friday, 2 November 2012, 8:36 AM

Has to be rotary cutter, mats, and plastic rulers. I have made quilts using templates and marking and cutting each piece. Very time consuming. This is so much more fun because you can see your results quicker. I'm a cut a few blocks and sew a few blocks. I have to change back and forth, it is more pleasure to me this way, and quilting is my therapy.

Susan wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Friday, 2 November 2012, 8:38 AM

#1--Needle Threaders

#2--Seam Ripper

#3--Rotary cutter, Mats and rulers

susankayk wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Friday, 2 November 2012, 8:59 AM

Guess I have to go with the flow.  Rotary cutters and cutting mats have changed all long time quilters' lives. Makes the process much easier and lots neater!

Nancy wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Friday, 2 November 2012, 9:06 AM

Rotary cutter.  I just can't imagine cutting up all those pieces w/scissors!  Next favorite would be my seam ripper.

PennyWyo wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Friday, 2 November 2012, 9:27 AM

I LOVE my June Tailor Shape Cutter.  I can cut 2 1/2" strips in moments. Just fold the fabric in half so I can get two strips in one cut and with four slices of my handy dandy rotary cutter, my second favorite tool, I can have eight 2 1/2" strips.  You can cut any 1/2 or whole size you want, that's just my favorite.  Awesome tool!  Hope to get the large size with 1/4" cuts one day.

D L Woodbury wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Friday, 2 November 2012, 9:39 AM

My vote would have to be the rotary cutter and mat combination.  The rotary cutter makes cutting fabrics quick and accurate without drawing any lines on your fabric while the mat saves your work space.  You can't very well have one without the other.

Molly wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Friday, 2 November 2012, 9:47 AM

Hands down, it's the rotary cutter.  I can't cut a straight line with scissors, so I can't imagine cutting all those patches with scissors.

SHARONF-6 wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Friday, 2 November 2012, 10:09 AM

My rotary cutters.  I don't know how I would have managed to cut 290 six-inch squares in less then two days if I had had to use a pair of scissors!

Mil-du wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Friday, 2 November 2012, 10:23 AM

I am most thankful for the rotary cutter. I started with scissors and cardboard templates what an improvement the rotary cutter is over using scissors.  I would never to make the quantity of quilts I do in a year for fund raisers and family without my rotary cutter of which I have 8 different ones.

mtnvalley wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Friday, 2 November 2012, 11:20 AM

I probably wouldn't be quilting as much with out my Jernome 7700 Sewing machine. I love my machine. Then I would say the rotary cutter, cutting mat and rulers.

mtnvalley wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Friday, 2 November 2012, 11:23 AM

rotary cutter, mat and rulers

AKnox wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Friday, 2 November 2012, 11:26 AM

I am most thankful for sharp sewing needles.  Without them, life would be not so sharp!

strawberry mountain wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Friday, 2 November 2012, 11:35 AM

I am most thankful for large-eyed hand quilting needles, rotary cutters and mats, and rulers.

grami50 wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Friday, 2 November 2012, 12:12 PM

Oh my, just ONE.  It would have to be the rotary cutter.  But there are several others, rulers, mats, pins, paper piecing, and I love Thangles.  I know to some Thangles aren't a tool, but to me they are!

momofmag wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Friday, 2 November 2012, 1:09 PM

squaure up rulers  to keep me straight....

momofmag wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Friday, 2 November 2012, 1:11 PM

square up ruler--keeps my straight and accurate

Jennifer wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Friday, 2 November 2012, 1:43 PM

Definitely the rotary cutter for cutting all the pieces and the seam ripper for un-sewing all of the same pieces :)

barbjahay wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Friday, 2 November 2012, 1:47 PM

I would not be the quilter I am today without my ever handy rotory cutter.

barbjahay wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Friday, 2 November 2012, 1:50 PM

I would not be the quilter I am today without my ever handy rotory cutter.

Karen wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Friday, 2 November 2012, 2:09 PM

My rulers, mat and rotary cutter.  I can't cut a straight line without them! :)

Jessica wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Friday, 2 November 2012, 2:46 PM

The rotary cutter. I actually cut out the pieces for a Virginia Reel quilt with scissors back in the 1970's. What a mess that turned out to be! I am in awe of our ancestors who did all their cutting with scissors.

leebabyok wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Friday, 2 November 2012, 2:59 PM

It would have to be my seam ripper. lol I think I use it multiple times each time I sit down to sew. I couldn't have finished my grandsons halloween costume without it.

EDEC wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Friday, 2 November 2012, 3:07 PM

After buying and discarding at least a dozen  fabric markers I discovered one that is a keeper.

My quilt shop , Sew Good Quilting, carries  PILOT FRIXION   pens and the marks,

which come in 3 colors,  are removed by heat!!

quiltycat wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Friday, 2 November 2012, 3:30 PM

Thank you, thank you, thank you to whomever came up with the ideas for the rotary cutter, self healing mat and rulers with grids. If it hadn't been for those inventions I don't think we would have seen the resurgence and continued interest in quilting.

bjkaup@huntel.net wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Friday, 2 November 2012, 3:34 PM

I am so happy the rotary cutter, mat, and rulers were developed--cannot imagine the time saved using them versus scissors and templates.

ltrow36 wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Friday, 2 November 2012, 3:53 PM

I agree with a lot that it would be the rotary cutter/mat combo WITH the 20x23 June Taylor (?) ruler/template. It cuts in increments of 2 1/2" up to 20". Great for 2 1/2" binding, borders, cutting 10" squares and even 5" squares. Love them all together!

Pat Frontuto wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Friday, 2 November 2012, 5:11 PM

Hi Everyone - I have to say as well as my rotary cutter, and my 1/4 inch rulers for sewing triangles, because without those I would be lost.  I didn't like the Accuquilt system because of waste 1) and 2) after a while the blades wear out.  I love my triangle 1/4 rulers because they safe so many steps.  I am just from the old school Thanks Everyone:)

Kathleen Gabhart wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Friday, 2 November 2012, 5:11 PM

I am really happy using my Shape Cut.  Strip cutting was never this easy before I had this tool (and learned how to use it).

koquilter1943 wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Friday, 2 November 2012, 6:57 PM

I love Golden Threads tracing paper!  Why?  Because I can draw quilting motifs on the paper, position it on the quilt (therefore, no marking necessary) and then do my own quilting on my domestic machine!  When I create a quilt, I like to do the whole thing  - design, cut, stitch, sandwich and quilt!

memajudithlynn wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Friday, 2 November 2012, 8:33 PM

I am most thankful for 2 notions: ginger's 4 inch wide hole sisscors as I have a "trigger finger", and also my seam ripper (any kind).  For the seam ripper: "as ye sew, also ye will rip! (or ribbit)".

Sewlove2create wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Friday, 2 November 2012, 8:41 PM

I think I am most thankful for my "Wonder Clips" by Clover. I not only use them for quilting but also for anything that is bulking or pins can't hold. I just made a poodle skit for each of my granddaughters and there was a petticoat. The clips worked wonderfully for holding the can can netting while I sewed the pieces together. My quilted purse went together in a breeze with the clips able to hold all the layers of fabric without bending pins.

ls2116 wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Friday, 2 November 2012, 9:07 PM

I'm most grateful for my Olfa Mats .

petlover wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Friday, 2 November 2012, 9:39 PM

I am most grateful for the rotery cutter and mat.  It is so much more accurate that using scissors.  

Diana wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Saturday, 3 November 2012, 3:52 AM

Absolutely the rotary cutter, mat and rulers.  Cutting everything with scissors would be horrendous and there would be a lot less quilts around.  

LOUISER wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Saturday, 3 November 2012, 3:53 AM

I love my rotary cutter and mat could noit even think of having to cut by hand but the hing like is the quater in foot on my machine i had trouble  making quarter inch seams but not its a breeze

Kathy R wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Saturday, 3 November 2012, 8:56 AM

All the wonderful Rulers to use with the rotary cutters.  Since measuring and cutting are one of the two most important things we have available to help us be accurate, learning the markings on the rulers is of the utmost important.  

jan m wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Saturday, 3 November 2012, 9:51 AM

What would we do without a rotary cutter and mat?  I would not have the patience to cut out piesces with the scissors.

wildhorses99 wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Saturday, 3 November 2012, 10:34 AM

I am most thankful for the rotary cutter. I'm lucky on my best day's to get a straight cut with the rotary cutter & ruler. If I had to use a scissors to cut long strips, they would be more crooked then most politicians. I also have sever pain going from my right elbow to my wrist. If I had to cut all my fabric with a scissors, I would need to find a new hobby. Quilting has been a godsend for me and I can't ever imagine giving it up.

Scop wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Saturday, 3 November 2012, 10:48 AM

Curved embroidery scissors (snips).

Spudgrandma wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Saturday, 3 November 2012, 12:37 PM

Rotary cutter, plastic rulers, mat  etc.  I started using them when I made my children's clothes, what a blessing they were and I could not work without them now.

LauraLea wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Saturday, 3 November 2012, 1:38 PM

I love my Clearly Perfect Angles that stays put under the needle and lets me not mark any angles, just line them up and sew along!  

Qwlt Ldy wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Saturday, 3 November 2012, 4:07 PM

I can't pick just one since they all have to work together...rotary cutter, mat, and rulers.

katiedidit wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Saturday, 3 November 2012, 4:31 PM

I'll have to say ROTARY CUTTER. These didn't exist when I started quilting. All my pieces were traced around cardboard templates and cut out with scissors. The rotary cutter is magic!

Yorkiefan wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Saturday, 3 November 2012, 5:45 PM

My Rotary Cutters. I have several, and could not imagine going back to cutting with scissors. It would take forever compared to the roatary cutter, especially the pinking cutter. Then, must include the mats.  Thank you

jmrb wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Saturday, 3 November 2012, 6:15 PM

Not exactly a sewing notion, but I couldn't do without my kebab skewers.  I use them as a stiletto, but they are safer because if I hit them with a needle, theey don's cause a ricochet.

Lyn wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Saturday, 3 November 2012, 7:15 PM

Yes, rotary cutters and rulers are the best necessities in quilting, but I love my scalpel type seam ripper!  It is so fast that fixing a mistake is an easy task now.

MåMå wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Saturday, 3 November 2012, 8:45 PM

Rotary cutter and a great assortment of rulers to do the measuring for me.

Dawn Paoletti wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Sunday, 4 November 2012, 7:10 AM

For me, the rotary cutter is my most valuable quilting notion.

beverley.evans@comcast.net wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Sunday, 4 November 2012, 10:35 AM

The rotary cutter is the most valuable tool in my sewing/quilting room!

Ann Roadarmel wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Sunday, 4 November 2012, 2:32 PM

It has to be the rotary cutter and mat. I remember using cardboard squares and scissors and when I think of the best invention, that is the one that comes to mind first, although there are so many now that I would not want to be without. I wish my mother were here to see what we now have available.

Judy wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Sunday, 4 November 2012, 5:20 PM

It has to be the rotary cutter. It is a team though. It would be much good without the mat and a ruler.

bixler wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Sunday, 4 November 2012, 5:25 PM

Since I am a new quilter, I am most thankful for my quarter inch foot on my sewing machine!  Of course the rotary cutter and the seam ripper are quite useful to a newbie!

Judy wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Sunday, 4 November 2012, 5:27 PM

It has to be the rotary cutter. I tried quilting many years ago (many) and there was all that cutting and it was way too hard to get all of the lines straight. Always thought that I would never take up quilting. After retirement, when I finally bought a sewing machine and was planning to do regular sewing, I discovered quilting again. This time, the first thing I bought was a rotary cutter and mat and a ruler. I have never looked back.

mcfay wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Sunday, 4 November 2012, 6:19 PM

I have two thing I'm most thankful for one is the rotary cutters mats and rulers, but another thing is my fiskers spring loaded scissors. After using them several years I just can't use regular scissors anymore with "author" in my hands.

Kelly Love-Schwarz wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Monday, 5 November 2012, 4:03 AM

I'm most greatful for my spare time that I have found since my Accuquilt Go cutter and dies. Dont use the rotary cutter much anymore. Thanks!

quilting nana 63 wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Monday, 5 November 2012, 2:20 PM

Rulers and a sewing machine  are my favorites

Gina C wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Monday, 5 November 2012, 4:06 PM

Really, it's all the new things that are on the market today.  I just love the rotary cutter, mat and all the new rulers.  And when I found out about the quarter inch foot, I was thrilled.  There's so many things now that make quilt-making so much faster, easier, and "more squared-up."  My first quilt was made by cutting cardboard squares and drawing around them and cutting with scissors.  Oh, my! How things have changed in just a few years.

lindawwww wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Monday, 5 November 2012, 4:11 PM

I would be totally lost without my seam ripper.  It's used probably more often than any other notion.

Bianca wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Monday, 5 November 2012, 5:15 PM

I love my stiletto. It helps me to keep the seams from sliding apart while sewing, and the seam allowances to flip on me. I can get really close to the presser foot without worrying to hurt my hand. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my stiletto.

JoyceLM wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Tuesday, 6 November 2012, 10:33 AM

My rotary cutter.  I took a quilting class back in the early 80s and had to cut everything with scissors & cardboard templates.  After the blisters on my hand healed, I didn't try quilting again until 2007 when my youngest sister challenged us (4 sisters) to do a round robin.  Been quilting ever since.

beebee11 wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Tuesday, 6 November 2012, 12:30 PM

My small humble quilting machine.  If I had to quilt by hand I would not have nearly as many quilts finished.

Sage wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Tuesday, 6 November 2012, 3:08 PM

The rotary cutter and mat.  I still remember cutting out the squares or triangles yet and tracing them onto the fabric, then cutting with a scissors.  You had to be so careful to make sure they were all the right size so your blocks would come out the right size.  What a time saver the cutter and mat are.

Sharon Hayes wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Tuesday, 6 November 2012, 7:56 PM

I would say Flat head pins it's easier when pinning your fabric. And 505 basting spray, eliminates alot of pinning.

reindeer wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Wednesday, 7 November 2012, 9:03 AM

I am most thankful for my various width rulers  and rotary cutter for cutting strips. It makes the cutting go so much quicker, so I can get on with the stitching

LouiseMD wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Wednesday, 7 November 2012, 11:26 AM

I am most thankful for the CutRite Bind Up tool.  It is an acrylic triangle with "L" and "R" edge markings and cross bar markings at the center and produces the most perfect finished bindings.  The instructions are explicit and the results fantastic!  Thank you.

chocake2 wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Wednesday, 7 November 2012, 12:10 PM

Like so many others, I gotta say my rotory cutter, mat and rulers. I'd be lost without them. Second runner up is my Bernina. I love my old Singer, but the 'nina is nicer to use.

Marcia W. wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Wednesday, 7 November 2012, 5:41 PM

Besides rotary cutter, mat, ruler, and sewing machine .... my seam ripper with the perfect lathe turned wooden handle given to me by my late father.

Sharon L Roberts wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Wednesday, 7 November 2012, 6:04 PM

Although I'm extremely grateful for the basics, rotary cutter,mats, sewing machine, seam ripper, etc. the most valuable tool to me is the Internet. There are so many quilt-related sites and so many places to get answers to your questions and help when you need it that I just can't imagine being without it.

Lana wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Thursday, 8 November 2012, 10:19 AM

I love my plastic templates and rulers.  Growing up I helped my grandmothers cut out quilt pieces using scissors and a template made of sandpaper.  The plastic templates and rulers are much more accurate.  The fabric can be cut so quickly using the plastic templates and rotary cutter.  

pattcan1 wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Thursday, 8 November 2012, 9:59 PM

My goodness !!!! It looks like everyone loves their rotary cutter ! It was always my favorite until I lost use of my both shoulders and then I discovered the Go Baby. I could not quilt without it.

Evelyn wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Friday, 9 November 2012, 6:14 AM

My rotary cutter.  I could never get as much done if I had to cut the old fashion way, with a pair of shears.

Chris wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Friday, 9 November 2012, 7:09 PM

I just love my Prep-Tool by Guidelines 4 Quilting. It has made my quilting better and more accurate. I design a lot of quilts using Y seams and this tool makes marking them quick and easy. It has changed my life. It also makes trimming off corners of triangles easier because I'm not guessing of where to cut off the corner to make sure it fits with a square.

Dawn Thompson wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Saturday, 10 November 2012, 12:35 PM

Olfa rotary cutter. The others do not fit my hand. I cannot imagine using anything else.

Annette wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Saturday, 10 November 2012, 6:02 PM

The seam ripper is my choice.   I can't imagine doing a project without having it right by the machine.   Not only does it help correct those little (or big) sewing 'boo-boos', I also use it as a steleto (spelling?).

Carol wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Saturday, 10 November 2012, 6:53 PM

Surely the rotary cutter would have to be the choice for most of us, especially those of us who started out using scissors and cardboard!  My 6 1/2 X 24 Omnigrid ruler is used every day, too.  And there are so many others, it's wonderful to have so much to help us with our favorite hobby!

Marion Cardenas wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Saturday, 10 November 2012, 11:15 PM

Hands down - rotary cutter changed the whole quilting world and my mat (which is 27 years old) and my assorted rulers to use with the rotary cutter are absolutely required tools.  My computer and EQ software makes designing so much fun.

brat8690@yahoo.com wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Sunday, 11 November 2012, 5:19 PM

My seam ripper with lite and magnifier, has kept me from giving up.

Candis wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Monday, 12 November 2012, 9:34 AM

The go cutter for me, second the Internet, and my Viking sewing machines!

weezee56 wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Monday, 12 November 2012, 10:24 PM

The rotary cutting system,(cutter, mat,and all the nice rulers). Can't use one without the other.

basketbear wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Tuesday, 13 November 2012, 1:15 PM

My all time favorite and most used quilting notion is the Nifty Notions "Cut for the Cure" 7"x24" ruler.  thank you Kaye England!!

JoAnn wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Wednesday, 14 November 2012, 7:45 PM

I love rotary cutters which are so much more accurate than scissors and templates like my mother and grandmother used.  They also are so much easier on the hards and get so much more cutting done!

DaisyM35@sbcglobal.net wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Wednesday, 14 November 2012, 10:45 PM

The Seam ripper!! There would be holes and tears in my fabric without one.

Angele wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Thursday, 15 November 2012, 5:06 PM

I think that without my trusty seam ripper to undo or I prove a seam, I might have had more frustration than joys. So I'm thankful someone made one.  I  can't I agine no rotary cutter, mat and rulers in my life, but we could find ways...I think lol.

Violet wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Thursday, 15 November 2012, 5:07 PM

No contest for me - rotary cutters and mats.  Can't imagine creating a quilt with scissors.

JOANW-4 wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Thursday, 15 November 2012, 5:21 PM

Martelli rotary cutter--the curved handle lets me cut all day without pain in my wrist.   I've used one since they first came out and think the blades last longer than others.  

LinRupp wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Thursday, 15 November 2012, 5:30 PM

Hands down! My rotary cutter. Could never be so precise without it! Rulers & templates are a close second.

LinRupp wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Thursday, 15 November 2012, 5:30 PM

Hands down! My rotary cutter. Could never be so precise without it! Rulers & templates are a close second.

Ruthie Coppersmith-Hodgson wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Thursday, 15 November 2012, 5:38 PM

my thimble. i hand quilt and it saves my fingers from harm.

quiltladyjb wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Thursday, 15 November 2012, 5:40 PM

It has to be my rotary cutter - although, I'm developing arthritis in my hands, so I may have to switch to the AccuQuilt system...

susan4cats wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Thursday, 15 November 2012, 6:01 PM

I think it has to be my rotary cutter, but the self healing mat comes in a close second, as does my 10" square ruler.  I remember the dark old days, using scissors & a cardboard pattern.

Marilyn wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Thursday, 15 November 2012, 6:06 PM

I am the most grateful for the rotary cutter and all the other tools that helps those of us with arthritis and such disabilities be able to continue to enjoy quilting both for fun and for gifts. I have had to give up most of my other crafts such as crocheting and knitting. At least, so far, I  have  been able to continue to quilt which allows me to give many quilts to organizations that serve children in crisis situations. I supply quilts to our local Project Linus group but I also provide quilts to oher organizations such as fire, police, CAPA, MOSCA, and many more. In addition I send quite a few quilts to the reservations in South Dakota and Montana for the children there. I am so grateful to those who come up with the idea for ergonomic tools. I am always looking for things that will allow me to work longer and harder on the things that I love most in life, QUILTS.

Marilyn wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Thursday, 15 November 2012, 6:09 PM

I am most grateful for the rotary cutter and other ergnomic tools. They have allowed me to continue to do one of the things that I love most in life, QUILT.  These tools allow me to function with my arthritis and other limiting disability.

Marsha Kay wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Thursday, 15 November 2012, 6:40 PM

I am most thankful for my rotary cutters, in two different sizes for staight and curved cuts. ... and next I love the easy threading needles to hide knots/ends when I quilt. These two notions and more make it possible to create and finish better quilts faster and then start on another project.

tvl3828 wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Thursday, 15 November 2012, 7:40 PM

Oh my, I love the Accuquilt Go cutter and the strip/square dies....It makes the cutting so much faster and it is so accurate.  You don't have to worry about your ruler slipping when rotary cutting a piece of fabric.

RebeccaRomano wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Thursday, 15 November 2012, 8:13 PM

For my son and his wife, I am making them the 'Civil War Love Letter Quilt' which has 121 6" paper pieced blocks.  I had to teach myself paper-piecing and when I learned about the 'Add a Quarter' ruler, I immediately purchased two sizes.  I absolutely love them!  They make paper piecing much simpler.

Janice Carole wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Thursday, 15 November 2012, 8:16 PM

I am most thankful for my Fons and Porter pressure rotary cutter.  I don't ever have to remember to put the blade guard down after cutting.   I haven't cut myself or unwanted cuts on my fabric since I bought one.  Okay I own two of them.  You can't have too much of a good thing.

Mau527 wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Thursday, 15 November 2012, 8:46 PM

I am thankful for my mother who taught me to sew.  The item I am most thankful for is the rotary cutters. Much better than the old way of pinking and careful measuring. Also for computerized sewing machines. Things are so much easier than the old stuff, but it was fun than too. Just didn't know any thing better.

Anne Wright wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Thursday, 15 November 2012, 9:36 PM

I have been very thankful for my seam ripper for many years and I still am. It has made less work for me quite a few times.

Cheryl wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Thursday, 15 November 2012, 9:41 PM

I think we all seem to agree on our rotary cutters and mats. But I also love my 1/4 inch foot for my machine. It makes getting those seam allowances perfect so much easier.

BonnieBJ wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Thursday, 15 November 2012, 9:57 PM

While the rotary cutter, mat and ruler are certainly amongst my favourite quilting notions, my walking foot on my sewing machine is something I couldn't quilt without!

PATRICIAS-40 wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Thursday, 15 November 2012, 9:58 PM

I'm most thankful for the rotary cutter.  

SITTI wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Thursday, 15 November 2012, 9:59 PM

There's a tie.  I am most thankful for my rotary cutter and 1/4" sewing foot with guide. Without the rotary cutter, there is no way I could or would have made the 20 plus quilts.  I love quilting.  Without my 1/4" sewing foot with guide, there would be a great deal of frustration and again, I don't believe I would have made 20 plus quilts.  I also use these two notions in my regular sewing, more and more.  

wagon32 wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Thursday, 15 November 2012, 10:00 PM

Seam Ripper!!!!  I'm still learning the basics, so I use it more than i'd like to admit.

Lucysweetlips wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Thursday, 15 November 2012, 10:45 PM

That would be my rotory cutters. I have severe rhuematoid arthritis (and have had for 38 of my 65 years!) and can no longer be proficient with my scissors, so having the cutters aren't perfect, but alot better than never playing with fabric again. Now that would be awful! There are other things, but, the cutters would be at the top!

Sew Fancy wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Friday, 16 November 2012, 5:01 AM

Any ruler(s)I done have instructions for their use.  I get to use my crativity to see if I can make them work!  Not so easy but it's fun.

Jereena wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Friday, 16 November 2012, 6:12 AM

Rotary Cutter definitely. Rotary Cutting is not possible without the mat. They are inseparable. Should be considered as one unit. Rotary cutter and Mat are match made in heaven.

Eileen Keane wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Friday, 16 November 2012, 6:38 AM

My rotary cutter has to be my favorite notion. In fact, I have several-different sizes, different brands. I love my rotary cutters!

bbcattlekate wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Friday, 16 November 2012, 7:19 AM

That's easy - my SEAM RIPPER. Couldn't do without it.

charlotte jones wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Friday, 16 November 2012, 9:06 AM

I like another member are thankful my Mama was a quilter, out of necesssity. She taught me basics and the love of quilts. I also love my arthritis friendly tools, and wish there were more,

justjo wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Friday, 16 November 2012, 9:18 AM

The rotary cutter and mat.  I bought both of these before I even thought of making my first quilt.  Now I cannot even image making even a small quilt without either of these.

PATF-6 wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Friday, 16 November 2012, 9:41 AM

I thoroughly like my rotary cutter and mat.  They have really saved time in cutting rather than cutting with my scissors.  Thanks.

Dona4ky wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Friday, 16 November 2012, 10:38 AM

I am very new to quilting. I am just now getting to purchase my quilting supplies. My favorite notion would have to be the cutting mat. And then the material.

Peggy wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Friday, 16 November 2012, 10:59 AM

I love my rotary cutter, rulers, mat.  Since I now have arthritis this saves my hands alot.

anything to make quilting easier and more inventive.  Happy Thanks giving to every one.

nantenn wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Friday, 16 November 2012, 2:17 PM

I am most thankful for my accuquilt Go die cutter. I have had LASIK surgery and have one eye for reading and one for distance and this makes it hard for me to actually see to cut a straight line. Plus it is safe and easy for my 8 yo grand daughter to use to cut out her quilts she makes for needy kids!

valerie wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Friday, 16 November 2012, 3:45 PM

my rotary cutter--use it all the time & love it

Merry wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Friday, 16 November 2012, 3:59 PM

My favorite quilting notion is definetly my Olfa cutter. I went without for a while, and it was H___! My all time favorite notion for sewing in general is my thread pick, because no one is perfect, especially me.

lakehurongal wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Friday, 16 November 2012, 4:21 PM

I have invested in a lot of quilting gadgets and gizzmos over the years and probably wasted a lot of money.  It's likely that "she who has the most toys" thing.  But I have to say, I made one wise investment when I purchased the Fiskars acrylic ruler with the cutting track and rotary cutter all in one.  What an amazing strip cutter this is - worth every penny as I no longer struggle to keep rulers from slipping as I cut  width of fabric strips.I've even used it to cut wool strips for traditional rug hooking.  My local quilt store began using this, and once I saw it in action, knew I had to have one too.

quilter0514 wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Friday, 16 November 2012, 5:39 PM

The rotary cutter is the notion/tool that I use most often.  It makes cutting so easy.  Thank you to the person or company who invented it.

Bobbie Blake wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Friday, 16 November 2012, 5:43 PM

I am thankful for the rotary cutter and cutting pad.  They are together as one.  I have always used the scissors for cutting when sewing, but the rotary cutter is much easier for people with arthritis.  

Rev. Diane Mettam wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Friday, 16 November 2012, 7:04 PM

I am most thankful for a rotary cutter I inherited from my dear mother-in-law.  It is a Dritz and what is special about it is that you do not have to extent or retract the cutting edge.  It simply cuts when you press it down on the cutting surface and retracts on its own when you lift it up.  I've never seen one like it.  I don't know how long she had it before she passed away, or where she got it, but I wouldn't trade it for anything.  It's the only one with which I've never cut myself.  And it cuts everything else just great!

Virginia C wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Saturday, 17 November 2012, 9:14 AM

After reading most of the previous comments, I have to agree that the rotary cutter is my favorite.  But with out the rulers and mat, it would be almost useless, so I have to group the items together to make my favorite set. I cannot imagine cuttng out an entire quilt (and I do large quilts most of the time) and having the consistance and accuracy that the rotary cutter, rullers and mats make possible.

goodkitty wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Saturday, 17 November 2012, 9:48 AM

Rotary cutters, mats, and rulers would be the best! How things have progressed from so long ago. Of course without the beautiful fabrics made today so much more couldn't be done either!

prisms3160 wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Saturday, 17 November 2012, 10:02 AM

No question the rotary cutter accompanied by the ruler and  rotary mat!!!  Before they came out I used scissors and homemade templates...having the rotary cutter has made my sewing more accurate and definately faster.

barbiedoll101 wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Saturday, 17 November 2012, 11:12 AM

Rotary Cutter.  I cut all mine with scissors before and it was very time consuming, I am so glad the rotary cutter came into my life, it saves so much time cutting fabric pieces for my quilts.

barbiedoll101 wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Saturday, 17 November 2012, 11:12 AM

Rotary Cutter.  I cut all mine with scissors before and it was very time consuming, I am so glad the rotary cutter came into my life, it saves so much time cutting fabric pieces for my quilts.

Margie wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Saturday, 17 November 2012, 12:46 PM

Without a doubt, the rotary cutter.  It has shaved time off cutting quilt pieces.  It has also made preparing accurate cuts much easier.  No more jagged edges like you got with scissors.

northernquilter wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Saturday, 17 November 2012, 5:11 PM

I am most thankful for my thimble.  Without my thimble I would probably not hand finish binding or do any hand applique.  I am sure I would miss my rotary cutter and many of the other modern conveniences but I would find another way to make quilts like I did when I started but I can't hand sew without my thimble.

therays5877 wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Saturday, 17 November 2012, 7:29 PM

Rotary cutter, cutting mat and ruler, and the 1/4" foot .  It makes it all come together

pfaffer wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Saturday, 17 November 2012, 9:53 PM

I love my Accuquilt and dies. With arthritis my go keeps me quilting when I probably couldnt do it because of the pain with using scissors or a rotary cutter. Thank You Acccuquilt!

Just J wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Monday, 19 November 2012, 2:15 AM

I am most thankful for my metal stilletto.  It is good for everything: guiding my block pieces, unsewing seams, and even fits in the slot on my computer to get my camera memory card out when I put it in the wrong slot.

jcomingore wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Monday, 19 November 2012, 9:23 AM

my add a quarter ruler -  just love to paper piece and the add a quarter ruler is an absolutely needed

RITAR-5 wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Tuesday, 20 November 2012, 6:09 PM

The seam ripper and rotary cutter.   I cannot imagine my quilting life without them.

annimay1954 wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Friday, 23 November 2012, 10:44 AM

Rotary cutters and rulers are a great boon to sewing.  Invisi-Grip helps make them more accurate. It's a clear plastic sheet that can be cut to any size to fit on the back of rulers. It keeps the ruler in place while you make you cuts. It has saved my fabric by cutting down on re-cuts due to off measurements.

Kay wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Sunday, 25 November 2012, 9:01 AM

I am thankful for my TrueCut Comfort Rotary cutter and the TrueCut Ruler Guide. (4 different sizes) The rotary cutter lets you effortlessly move along the ruler's track, letting you make straight, precise cuts every time. The ruler's track keeps my fingers safer and I have no more slip ups, which saves me lots of time.

SkeeterQuilts wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Wednesday, 28 November 2012, 3:13 PM

Fons and Porter's book - Quilter's Complete Guide. I purchased this book when I first started quilting and it has never been far from my side. There are no quilt guilds in my small community so I am almost entirely a self-taught quilter and this book has been a life saver over and over again. In fact, I need to take it to an office supply store and have them put a new binding on it. The pages I refer to most often are seperating from the binding.

Jennifer Schifano Thomas wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Friday, 30 November 2012, 9:43 AM

My current favorite notion is open ended needles.  They are so helpful and a great time saver when I'm machine quilting.  I use them to quickly bury my thread ends into my quilt.  I don't know how I ever quilted without them!  Have a super day!

Susan T wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Friday, 30 November 2012, 8:18 PM

got to go with the rotary cutter, 8.5x24 ruler, and cutting matt.........and the trusty seam ripper! ;-)

sewquilts03@aol.com wrote re: November Member Survey: What Quilting Notion are You Most Thankful For and Why?
on Friday, 30 November 2012, 9:40 PM

It would be very hard to pick a single tool to be thankful for, but I would have to say my eyes.  I am 77 and still quilting.  Because my eyes are still pretty good I can use the rotary cutter, my sewing machine, and every new tool that comes along.

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