Slow Stitching Sunday ~ Essential Tools

I’m still working on this bit. Today I thought I’d share what I consider to be my essential tools for hand piecing.

I just started using this. I know it’s for hand quilting, but I love it for piecing. It doesn’t tangle or shred.

I bought this thimble years ago. I love the brass lip on it. I have no idea of the brand. I did buy it at a quilt shop, but that’s all I remember.

Dear friend Ila sent me these scissors. I LOVE these!

When I hand piece, I always mark seam lines. I’m kind of OCD about it. Wait, can you be kind of OCD about anything? Never mind. I use a small piece of sandpaper, a ruler with a quarter inch seam line, and a mechanical pencil. I have a small 6 x 6 stiff cutting mat with a piece of sandpaper glued to the back, but apparently it is vacationing in AZ at the moment.

Such a sad pin! I just use one pin at the first intersection that I sew to. When I get there, I move it to the next intersection. And yes, I use the same pin until it’s dead.

Needles…..everyone has their favorite. When I see older packs of needles like this at a garage sale or thrift store, I grab them. They are inexpensive and it seems they last longer. They are also easy to thread. I do like betweens for piecing.

There you go! Anything you think I missed? I’d love to know what you feel is essential.

Have a great day!


About katyquilts

I am a wife, mom of four amazing adult kids, and a former librarian. I love making everything from traditional quilts to art quilts. I am thankful to God my Father and Creator for the gift of creativity!
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5 Responses to Slow Stitching Sunday ~ Essential Tools

  1. sewmadd says:

    I have a spool of that thread and I’m going to try it for my hand piecing.

  2. Katy! I found 2 of the above thimbles that are too large for my finger. I always buy a size small, but often find they’re either too big or too small. If you’d like to give them a try, let me know and I’ll send them to you.

  3. I used to have that thimble and loved it! Unfortunately, it’s disappeared, along with all my other favorites. I also mark seam lines for hand sewing; otherwise my seams would be all over the place. I find any block that might be difficult to piece on a machine is very doable by hand.

  4. Lisa says:

    I had to giggle about the “space age needles” which werevmade in England by a Chicago company!

  5. Therese says:

    I too love handquilting…. I use that thread for it, and the same thimble.

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