It's hard to believe it's already been 18 months since I last wrote a blog post, last year life got really busy with my son starting school and then our renovations over the Summer. 2016 was really a rough year in many ways. This year has been going much better and I've had time to sew and paint again.
In this post I wanted to share a few of the tools and products I find the most useful to create my art quilts.
1. Template plastic –frosted template plastic and a fine black permanent marker to draw on it. I buy it from spotlight, never buy the brand that’s rolled up though, it will not lie flat no matter how many heavy books you sit on it.
2. Steam-a-seam Lite – I use more of this than any other quilter I know. I’ve tried alternatives but none are as good.
3. Sewline Glue Pen – I don’t think I would’ve made a hexie quilt without this thing. I know it’s not the traditional way to do it but it’s so much faster. I’ve used it to stick fabric down when appliquéing as well, on the odd occasion I don’t want to or can’t use steam-a-seam.
4. Clover Wonder Clips – the rainbow ones of course, they’re pretty and convenient. I only use them for binding but love them.
5. 505 Basting Spray – I don’t use safety pins or fusible batting, 505 spray is fast, easy and repositionable. In Christchurch it varies in price by up to $10 so shop around for it.
6. Bohin Mechanical Chalk Pencil Set with 8 Multi Coloured & 8 White Chalks - (The thick pencil, I don’t use my fine one much) I like matching the colours to the fabric, sometimes it shakes off as I quilt over it, other times it can get a bit stuck in the fabric though so I’m careful where I use it. Despite that it’s still a great product.
7. Clover coin thimble - I’ve recently discovered why people like thimbles. I’ve never been able to get used to them but apparently that’s because I hadn’t done enough hand-stitching before.
8. Karen Kay Buckley Scissors – I have the little ones for fine work and the big ones for everything else. I thought my spring loaded fiskars were the best until I tried these.
9. A Needlebook – I used to keep needles all over the place and frequently got stabbed while searching for the right one, my needlebook is not only pretty, it’s big and has every needle I own in it.
10. Black Frixion pens – I know there’s a lot of talk about how the ink reappears on quilts in extreme temperatures like in planes travelling to exhibitions, it also leaves a faint white line when ironed over. I still love this product, I’m just careful, I only use it where I’ll be stitching over the top and it won’t matter if the lines reappear.