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Patrick Posted: Sat, May 7 2011 10:33 AM

I'd like to hear your thoughts on your favorite tool(s) that make your quilting more enjoyable and easy. Rotary cutters are a "given" but what are some of your go-to notions or tools?

My personal favorite, lately, is my Ultra-Pro Seam Ripper. When I need to remove a line of satin-stitching, it does it in no time flat without causing a bunch of fraying of applique edges. You can see it in my blog post, here.

Tell us about your favorite(s) and why you love them.

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QCA Peg replied on Mon, May 9 2011 7:55 PM

I am a newer quilter, and I just completed my second quilt (with binding, too!) I had read about this little gizmo - the Kwik Klip - that helps close the pins. Well, I purchased one, and it was definitely worth the investment.

I have to say, that I certainly used my trusty little seam ripper quite a bit as well, but it is not a turbo-charged model - like the Ultra-Pro Seam Ripper seems to be. I may have to invest in one of those next. : ) For some reason, I think most of my seam ripping days are in front of me!

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Patrick replied on Mon, May 9 2011 8:03 PM

LOL...seam ripping (unsewing) is way better than being unhappy with what you've done and it gives you the chance to try and try again until you've become a pro! :)

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Leslie replied on Tue, May 10 2011 6:03 PM

Yes I would be lost without my ripper also lol

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gini replied on Thu, May 12 2011 11:40 PM

lately it has been my computer.    if i need a pattern, help with a math problem,  video of a technique, search for the perfect fabric or tool.  the list goes on and on. 

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Patrick replied on Fri, May 13 2011 10:27 AM

I agree, Gini! That's a really great tool :)

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My steam iron is my best tool of all.  It can make or break your work. 

I've been watching re-runs of America Sews with Sue Hausman and have seen your segment a couple of times now, I love your work. 

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Patrick replied on Tue, May 17 2011 4:45 PM

I can't do without a great steam iron, either!

Thanks, Barbara. I love working with Sue any chance I get. I hope you're watching Quilting Celebrations with Patrick Lose on QNNtv.com too! :)

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Laura replied on Sat, May 21 2011 10:39 PM

My must have tool is one my husband got me, a pair of long needle nose pliers. I use them for everything from pulling the loose thread pieces out when I've ripped something out, to tying knots in the threads when quilting, to grabbing the thread when I thread the needle and picking out fuzz bunnies from inside my machines. I'm lost without them. I wish I could find another pair like them, the gripping surface is not ridged but is more like a fine file. I find that there are times that I can't get my fingers to work and these pliers take their place.

Asking a quilter to mend something is like asking Picasso to paint your garage.

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