Terrific Tool Thursday: Mini Ruler

I am an owner of many rulers, mostly Creative Grids. My “go-to” is the 6 1/2 x 12 1/2″, but today I’m sharing its little baby. It’s 6 1/2 x 2 1/2″. You’ve probably seen it in shops with a custom logo.

I use it when I’m working on binding, to cut HSTs apart or for a quickmeasurement. I have one stashed on every sewing pouch! I love that Creative Grids don’t slip and have both 1/2″ and full inch marked prominently.

xx LC 

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


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: 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

Terrific Tool Thursday: Soft & Stable

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Do you like to make bags? Or really any 3D sewing object. Then Soft & Stable from Annies should be your go to interfacing. I often substitute it even when it is not the called for interfacing. It is…wait for it…both soft and stable.


As you can see, it is about 1/8″ thick, but it can easily squish. You DO NOT need to cut it away from the seams which is both time saving and leads to stronger bags. I’ve heard some folks complain about the price, but it’s worth every penny! By the time you’ve purchased the multiple other types of interfacing that would be needed to equal the stability of this, you’d have spent more and created an inferior product. I use it in my All Sewn Up Sewing Kit! Try some out; you’ll never look back.

xo LC

Terrific Tool Thursday: Olfa Folding Mat


This tool is from Olfa! Olfa is the maker of quality cutting tools for quilting. It’s a folding cutting mat. When it’s open, it looks like a normal mat. (I actually worked really hard to get an angle so that you could see where the folds are because it is really flat.)


Then you fold it up! This mat is 17×12″. It’s also available in 24×17″.


It’s perfectly flat! The thickness is very similar to a regular cutting mat, but perfect for travel! I have a few travel cutting mats, but generally they are not the best mats. This one is just like my usual mat, but portable.


These are readily available, so ask your local quilt store to order you one. There also at Joann, so it’s a great coupon opportunity.

xo LC

Full disclosure: I was given this mat for free from Olfa with no obligation to say anything about it. I regularly buy and use their products. I’ve included it as a Terrific Tool because I genuinely think it’s awesome.

Terrific Tool Thursday: Fray Check


It’s time for another terrific tool! Fray Check (from Dritz) is a must for every sewing room. It’s a product that you put on ribbons, fabrics and threads to prevent fraying. It dries clear so there’s no ugly spot (although I do test it on unique ribbons before I go to town). This image was taken right after application so you could see how much I used.


Here’s a picture of the same ribbon. On the right is the dry fray check and on the left is the piece that I didn’t fray check. I opened and closed the drawstring bag five times and this is how much it frayed. I’ll be trimming it and applying fray check later:)


You can also use it for making perfect buttonholes!

xo LC


Terrific Tool Thursday: Frixion Pens


It’s time for another Terrific Tool! Have you tried Frixion pens? They come in a rainbow of colors, widths and even highlighters. Basically, heat erases the markings and cold brings them back (which is important to remember if you’re shipping a quilt as it will likely get chilly). When you wash the quilt, the Frixion markings are gone completely. I always test the markings on each fabric because there can be a “halo” left on some fabrics. I’ve found lighter fabrics work best with these pens.


I found this great one on Amazon that offers four color options!

xo LC

Terrific Tool Thursday: Steady Betty


Tool time! (Feel free to channel Tim Allen’s voice.) Today’s tool is the Steady Betty. I discovered this while I was at Bernina University. It’s a foamy surface to iron on, but your fabric does not move. 

When I say does not move, I mean it’s stuck on there. We wish design walls had this sort of clinging power. (Hmmm) So brilliant. It’s great for tiny piecing and saves the fingers! Since Betty is holding on for you, there’s no need to clutch your fabric by the iron! 

They’re available from your local quilt shop, so shop local:)

xo LC