I got my first set of “sewing” scissors what I was probably 10. My mom signed my sister and I up for a sewing class at our local fabric store. I grew up in a small town in North Dakota and I think we had to drive to the “city” to take this class. At any rate, I still have that first pair of scissors my mom got me. As my sewing and crafting and quilting evolved I realized, that while a great pair of scissors is great, there are other vital tools of the trade. I would like to present to you
My Perfect Beginning Tool Kit:
#1. A Cutting Mat. A very important aspect in quilting. This is the base that allows you to make all of those teeny tiny squares.
#2. A Nice long ruler. I find it much easier to make the cut in one pass and having a long ruler is important.
#3. A sewing gauge. This tool is awesome. I keep one by my ironing board at all times. This thing is great for everything from hemming curtains to measuring seams.
#4. A great box of pins! There are some mixed feelings in my family about “to pin or not to pin” but whether or not you are a casual pinner every once in a while having a pin handy is a good thing.
#5. Rotary Cutting Tool. This is my favorite tool of all. I love how quickly you can get such a precise cut with one little “zip” and when you are done, you pop the little button and the blade automatically retracts. This is a must have tool!
And there you have it folks! My favorite tools! My must have list for any quilter whether beginner or just needing a tool refresh!