Quilting Tools and Notions – Favorites from Penny Haren

Penny Haren It is this time of year, when I get home from International Quilt Market and Quilt Festival that I get really excited all over again about making beautiful quilts. And nothing makes quilting faster and more fun than really great quilting tools and notions. Here are a few of my favorite quilting tools on the market right now…and why I love them:

Quilting Tools - Clover Needle Threader This Clover Needle Threader will thread my John James size 9 straw needles.  The threading mechanism is entirely enclosed so I have never broken one!

Quilting Tools - Square It Up Fussy Cut Ruler This Creative Grids Square It Up and Fussy Cut Ruler has holes drilled ¼” away from each square.  Center the fabric design in the size of square that you need and mark through the holes to add the seam allowance.  When you cut out that square, the design will be centered in your finished block.  I use the horizontal, vertical, & diagonal lines to square up blocks; and trim templates using the ¼” seam allowance around the outside edge.

Quilting Tools - KKB Scissors Karen Kay Buckley’s 6” Scissors have a serrated edge that grips the fabric while cutting so it never slips.  The handles are cushioned and over-sized so they are very comfortable.  And, they come with a protective cover – which I actually use!

Quilting Tools - Olfa Rotary Cutter The Olfa Quick Change Rotary Cutter is an indispensable quilting tool that has a cushioned, comfortable handle.  The blade can be exposed on the right or left side.  Since I am left-handed, I love to be able to share with my friends without taking it apart to change the location of the blade!  AND, changing the blade really is a one-step process!

Quilting Tools - CutRite Freezer Paper CutRite Heavy Duty Freezer Paper is my new favorite freezer paper.  It is the weight of cardstock but can be run through a printer.  Now I can print my templates right on the freezer paper instead of using a double layer of paper – love it!

Quilting Tools - No Math Charts A good quilting tool makes your work easier – whether you’re working with your hands, or your head. Landauer’s No Math Quilt Charts & Formulas is a handy, purse-sized reference guide filled with 16 of the handiest charts and formulas. Like how many half-square triangles you can get out of a specific amount of fabric, how to calculate how many binding strips to cut, and how to reduce or enlarge quilt blocks. So easy to take to the quilt shop!

How many of these are in your sewing basket and sewing room?  And, let us know what your favorite tools and notions are in the comments below!


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