Terrific Tool Thursday: Kwik Klip


It’s time for one of my favorite tools! I baste with safety pins and that can kill your fingers. The Kwik Klip not only saves your fingers, it also makes you go faster.


You just slide the clip underneath the pin and then press the safety pen down to close. It makes basting (slightly) less annoying! Here’s a video of the Kwik Klip in action.

xx LC

Terrific Tool Thursday: Mastering the 1/4″ Seam

Today’s tool is one if my favorite for teaching. One of the most frequent questions I get is how to sew a accurate 1/4″ seam. The first step to this is seeing what the 1/4″ seam on YOUR machine looks like. This is my go to tool!

This is my quarter inch foot and you can see how for an accurate 1/4″, I want my fabric just barely in from the foot. It’s called the Perfect Piecing Seam Guide. You can ask for it from your local quilt shop too! It’s the best tool under $10 that you’ll find.

xx LC

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Terrific Tool Thursday: Above the Curve

I love the look of curved corners on projects. However I hate searching my cupboard for the perfect curve. Plus, using a plate can make using a rotary quite difficult. Then I found this corner tool from Creative Grids

Plus the markings help you out if you’re  making darts. There’s a center mark and inch markings. And since it’s a nice Creative Grids acrylic ruler, you get a clean rotary cut. I cut through three layers with Thermalon and three layers of lining with no trouble in one cut.

xx LC

PS: So it’s Tuesday, not Thursday. Oops! I guess you’ll get a tip this Thursday;)

Terrific Tool Thursday: Bobbin Buddies

Today’s tool is so simple that it’s genius! It’s a Bobbin Buddy! It’s a little notion to keep your bobbin and thread paired up.

I use a lot of Aurifil 40 wt and Aurifil 50 wt in my favorite soft white, 2021. This means no more guess the weight of the bobbin.

Thanks to my friend Stephanie who introduced me to these!

xo LC

Terrific Tool Thursday: Cut ‘n Press

Today’s tool is pretty basic, but I use it every single day! It’s the Cut ‘n Press from June Tailor. It’s perfect for taking to class and on retreat. It’s a cutting board on one side and a pressing board on the other.

I use the pressing side at home because it’s such a great surface. It’s a bit harder than my regular ironing board. 


I have both the 10″ square and the 12 x 18″. Well, technically I have three of the 12 x 18″ size. Seriously, I use them all the time.

Tonight is my Market Preview Party at Village Fabric Shop! If you’re local, come by 5-7 pm!

xo LC

Terrific Tool Thursday: Misty Fuse

Today’s Terrific Tool is Misty Fuse. Last week, Shannon Brinkley came to North Carolina to teach a Scrappy Bits Appliqué workshop. She’s an avid Misty Fuse user. It’s a thin fine interfacing that’s double sided and can be used in similar instances to Wonder Under and Steam A Seam Lite, but it’s MUCH thinner. So thin, in fact, that I struggled to get a photo.

 

It leaves the fabric much more pliable! I’m sold:)

xo LC

Terrific Tool Thursday: Ironing Mat

 
This week’s Terrific Tool is one that I use almost every day. It’s also something that I didn’t even know I needed until I had it! It’s an Ironing Mat made by Bo Nach. It’s a bit thicker than most mats with the added benefit of being perforated, but still see-thru.

 
The mat works great for appliqué. I use it to protect my iron from interfacing. It allows steam to penetrate because of the holes. I use steam with this mat on interfacing that calls for a damp pressing cloth.

 
If you’re local, I’ve spied these at both Village Fabric Shop and Sew Original.

xo LC

Terrific Tool Thursday: Sewline Glue

  

I’m always on the hunt for tools to make appliqué easier. I came across this glue by Sewline which works well for appliqué AND a whole bunch of other things! I’ve started using it on English Paper Piecing and even the corners of my binding.

  

It’s the consistency of a glue stick. And the best part…water soluble so it easily washes out. The glue is blue as you apply it so you can see how much you’ve used. 

 

xo LC

Terrific Tool Thursday: The Mini Iron

 
If you’re like me, you wish you could transport your entire sewing room when you take a class or go on retreat! One thing that makes me particularly crazy is using a not so strong mini iron or having to lug my regular big iron with me. Then I got this!

It’s the perfect size for travel! And the cord wraps up very neatly. The best part…it’s very hot! I don’t tend to use steam, but it does steam. I picked mine up locally Sew Original.

xo LC

Terrific Tool Thursday: Moda Match Maker

  
Before I even had this in my hot little hands, I knew it would be a Terrific Tool! It’s just such a genius idea…giant swatches of solids that easily separate so you can pull palettes. Thank you Moda

 
It’s called the Match Maker. I’m already plotting for next year’s Color Stories!! There’s even a little spot for notes on the back which would keep you organized during a big project. 
   

I scored this from Moda at Quilt Market, but they’re hitting stores now and are already available at Sew Lux.

xo LC