I started this list of recommendations to help quilters make decisions about which products to choose. If a company or product is not listed on this page it doesn't mean I don't recommend them, I just am not familiar with it. I only recommend products I know, use and would recommend to a friend or family member.
Any products given to me by a dealer or manufacturer, will be noted in the comments.
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Companies / Places
Niagra Spray Starch
Fautless Maxx Starch
Article – Using Fabric Starch in Quilting
Arrow Gidget Tables – There are two models of these tables made by Arrow. The Gidget I is for smaller machines and the Gidget II is for larger machines. I have the Gidget II for my Janome 1600.
|Koala Chair – a very comfortable, adjustable chair for the sewing room. I have had mime for many years.|
To read more about my recommendations for basic supplies read my article, Basic Quiltmaking Supplies.
Cutting Tools & Accessories
Creative Grids Rulers – I like the white and black markings on these rulers. There is a non-slip surface on the underside to help keep the ruler in place as you cut.
- 6-1/2″ x 12-1/2″ – This is my basic ruler I use for almost all the cutting I do. I tried a 6″ x 12″ and it seemed I always needed the 6-1/2″. If the fabric is folded to make 4 layers, this is the perfect size for cutting strips.
- 8-1/2″ x 24-1/2″ – If you prefer a longer, wider ruler this is a good choice. I have one of these because it was given to me by a friend
- I Love My Quilting Friends – this is my favorite ruler. It is 2-1/2″ x 10″ and I use it mostly for sub-cutting strips, trimming paper piecing and marking some things. The 2-1/2″ width makes it perfect for cutting 2-1/2″ squares. Most of the markings I don't use but the one I use the most is the 1/4″ dashed line. Perfect for trimming paper piecing units.
Fiskars Cutting Mat – I use the 18″ x 24″ mat for daily use. I use the light blue mat from the Donna Dewberry Collection because I wanted a lighter color for recording quilting video tutorials. This mat has a smooth surface which makes it easier to pick up the fabric.
Quick Quarter by Quilter's Rule – Great little tool for marking diagonal lines on fabric. I have the 8″ size but could often use the 12″.
Sew Line Mechanical Pencils – These come in at lease four colors. I have the white (for dark fabrics) and graphite (for light fabrics). I'm a nut for mechanical pencils so I like how the markers are dispensed with a few clicks.
Pins and Needles
Easy Grasp® Pins by Dritz – The head is shaped like a long teardrop, making it easy to grip. You often see these in my videos.
Applique Pressing Sheet – Love this product. Any time you need to press anything fusible you should use this product. It holds the fabric in place as you press, you can see through it and it keeps the glue “gunk” off your iron and ironing board.
Olisio Iron – I don't own one of these but I have used them many times at retreat or sew-ins. I like that you can just move the iron over to the side and let go. I haven't purchased one yet because the Sunbeam I have is just fine. One thing I don't like about the Olisio is it feels a little heavy to me. Some people prefer the heavier iron but I'm still on the fence about it. I recommend this because the many times I have used an Olisio, I have been pleased.
Bernina Q Series Longarm Quilting System – Review – Bernina Q Series Longarm Quilting System
Janome 1600P-QC – Review of the Janome 1600P-DBX Sewing Machine – UPDATE – The review is on an older model (1600P-DBX). The older model has the same features as the new model (1600P-QC). I am told by Janome dealers that this is virtually the same machine.
Janome 3160QDC – Review coming soon