Rotary cutter! I can't imagine having to scissors-cut pieces as quilters did in the good old days.
On the banks of the Mississippi River in north central Minnesota (Brainerd lakes area)
I'm with you, Nancy. I quit making clothes because I hated cutting out the patterns with scissors. Scissor cutting for quilts like the MQ9 would be enough to give me carpal and make me quit quilting altogether.
I was working on a quilt top when this question popped in my head. I was thinking of my great-grandma and her sitting there quilting for not only her family but others as well without our little helpers of today. I was thankful for my mat and rotary cutter, the wonderful stiletto, and my light with magnifying glass. But if the one thing it would be mat and rotary cutter.......can you imagine cutting all those pieces by hand? Oh yes I did that my first quilt a tumbling block for queen bed.......I hand cut those 5 million pieces and even hand sewed them. Yes we can all see I'm crazy and need committed but only if they don't take my scissors and needles.
I'm a material girl....Want to see my fabric collection?
I have 2 sewing machines and I couldn't live without either one of them. I'm frequently going from one machine to the other. I have a 35+ year old Pfaff and a Elna Dream Pro Quilter. Love them both.
The latest thing from Viking is the Diamond Royale. It almost does everything but cut out the fabric for you. Only $11,000! Not on my list of things to buy. But it is super nice. We had a Viking educator at the shop yesterday that demo'd that one to us. They also have a new Platinum 16, a sitdown quilting machine that doesn't take up much room. We didn't get that one in time for our open house. But I am seriously thinking about that one. It retails for ONLY $6000. I'm going to have to start saving my small change for that one. It has a 16" throat, and comes with a 42x36" table. I am drooling.
There are lots but top on my list would be the rotary cutter and mat. The first quilt I made back in the 80s was a log cabin and I "ripped" all those pieces to avoid using the scissors on all those strips.
A quilt will warm the heart.
Elaine Phillips:They also have a new Platinum 16, a sitdown quilting machine that doesn't take up much room. We didn't get that one in time for our open house. But I am seriously thinking about that one. It retails for ONLY $6000.
I've been drooling over this one, too! DH says "no way do you need another sewing machine", but we'll see.
After some due consideration (and reading all your posts), I have to add my vote for the rotary cutter and mat. I had "considered" quilting years ago, but rejected the idea with the template and scissors methods available at that time. Instead I dabbled in ceramics, tole-painting, etc. I doubt I would be quilting today if it weren't for the rotary cutter and mat!
I can't quilt without my television, cold drink, non-sticky but yummy snack a.k.a. M & M's and two closed doors.
Donna--My sentiments precicely except there is no way I would be a quilter if not for the rotary cutter.
Agnes in NW Ontario
For me, hand down, rotary cutter and mat. But, the MOST important thingthat is necessary to me about quilting is my quilty friends.
Sukochi:But, the MOST important thingthat is necessary to me about quilting is my quilty friends.
I agree, quilty friends add alot to our lives.
Lately I can't hardly live without Google Images and all the wonderful quilting blogs, they inspire me and give me such wonderful ideas.
Jacy:and all the wonderful quilting blogs, they inspire me and give me such wonderful ideas
Isn't that the truth! I'm not even missing all the magazine subscriptions that I let expire.
Hmmm...I guess since rotary cutter and mat are already taken I'll have to say.... my Imagination.
Quilters are people who strip so they won't go topless.