Darvanalee Designs Studio – Quilting Basics – Patchwork Quilting Tools Part 1


hi and welcome to Darvanalee Designs Studio my name’s Nicole Reed and welcome to our new series of quilting basics so
today I thought I would go through some of the quilting tools that I have on
hand in my quilting studio so first and foremost we need something to cut our
fabric and while there are you should have some dressmaking scissors and
everything on hand the most used item in my sewing room is our 45 millimeter
rotary cutter and also a 28 millimeter rotary cutter they are what I use all
the time for my cutting I rarely use scissors and if I do use scissors then I
would be using my pinking shears so moving on from that I always have a set
of paper scissors in my room because you need to have them for foundation paper
piecing and you don’t want to wreck your good scissors the next must-have item
are your thread snips now while my sewing machines come with little snips
on the side or a little blade where you can cut your thread thread snips are
invaluable next you would want to have four so you can do your cutting you want
to have a good quality cutting mat cutting mat that you can see under my
tools the Aqua there is a Lori Holt cutting mat and she is from being in my
bonnet so if you want to go and have a look at some of her beautiful things
that you can head over to her website just search Larry Holt and she’ll come
up I’ll also leave a link down below where you can find her website we do
stock these cutting mats in our store so for local pickup only because they are
huge this particular one that you’re looking at in view now is 36 by 22 I
think or 24 24 inches so you can imagine they a little bit big to send in the
post the next thing that I cannot live without are all my rulers now I have a
variety of different rulers and I have everything from 2-inch right
up to 16 and a half inch so that’s an omni grid to two-inch one that’s really
good for I use for a little too when I’ve got to cut two and a half inch
squares I’ll just go around it and it’s perfect and then I go up from there up
to 16 and a half but the ones that I use the most are six and a half to 12 and a
half inches twelve and a half inches square nine and a half inches square and
a six and a half inches Sweatt square and then to cut the width of the fabric
I just have this particular ruler here it is 24 inches long which it doesn’t
fit on camera and it’s only three and a half inches wide
now I’m not very particular on what brand I use if it feels good to use I
always try to test it out in the store or I get a sample in if I’m going to
stock it in my shop because I don’t stock all brands so I do stock these
less sumit ones and I find them to be very easy to read they’ve got good
markings on them good solid lines on them they’re non-slip which is really
good and that’s what I go for for a ruler so that’s the rulers and I’ll just
move them out of the way now and I do have like I said I do have a variety of
different sizes I even have a one inch by six inch little raw that I use for my
foundation paper piecing so that may be another one another size that you want
to get in okay next we move on to pins what we need to pin our work with and I
use a variety of different pins it depends on the application but for most
of my work I use these little glass head pins now I’ve had many different brands
over the years I find these little house ones are really cute they come in a cute
little bottle as you can see to store them and then I just put them in a
little handmade pincushion their glass head so they won’t melt if your iron
hits them and I try to use glass head pins all the time but sometimes I do use
my longer pins which are flat pin that have a plastic flower head so I do use
the glass head pins lot more than the plastic ones then we
move on to your marking devices so I have two sorts of marking devices that I
use I use friction pins for just about everything on a customer’s quilt though
I actually use a choco pen and I try to use I do a test on the choco pens before
I use them to see if they’re going to come off okay but for the most part I
for my own personal work I just use the friction pins they own off and I use
them in my diary as well because I can rub them out if I need to rub them out
the next thing I use a lot of and have always got in my our sewing room is best
press I love the stuff it’s perfect for my application of patchwork and all that
sort of stuff so it gets all the creases out and I very rarely haven’t any issue
gives it a little bit of structure to the fabric as well so it makes it a lot
easier to cut and work with my suggestion with the best press and any
other sizing or starch or anything that you put into your onto your fabrics do
it before you cut because you can change the structure of the fabric if you do it
after you cut just a little tip there okay next we move on to threads now for
my piecing I generally use a 50 weight thread sometimes a 40 weight thread and
I generally use a polyester I just find it to be stronger and depending on the quilt that I’m making
whether I’ll use cotton or not I get less lint from a polyester the thread is
stronger and I just use either aurifil or Goodman and the four colors that I
have in my kit and that I always have on hand is black gray white and cream so if
I can’t match it with a white or a cream and I’ve got a darker fabric and I don’t
actually have any black on hand I will use the light gray because it will blend
with most colors and I use that on navy blue and everything so there the colors
that I use for all my piecing next we’ve got the most
controversial tool I suppose the quick unpick the ever reminding us that it’s
there becomes our best friend for some projects at the quick and peek so my
sewing machines come with a quick unpick and I would recommend that you go and
purchase yourself a really good quality quick unpick because you are going to
use it more often than not so you can see this one here and if you’ve seen
last week’s video you would have seen me do a review on this particular one this
one I spent $24 on it and the ends actually come out so you can put them
away and they’re not going to get anybody and they’ve got a nice blunt end
so that is the quick and pick side of it and on the other side I have our tailors
all on it but I actually use this sometimes to help me get thick seams
through or when I’ve done a lot of points and my machine is just struggling
a little bit to get over all that where the points are all coming into on the
patchwork block that I’m working on I’ll use this just under the edge and just
help help it go through the machine so it is in a valuable tool that one so
that’s the quick unpick the next thing that you would possibly want to have and
not everybody does have in their tools is a hand presser
so if your father if you’ll be following along with our foundation paper piecing
block of the month this year you will actually see me use this a quite a bit I
use this mostly when I’m foundation paper piecing because my iron is not
near my sewing machine and when you’ve got to so lots of little pieces together
this is an invaluable tool for pressing before the final press so I can move on
to each step the next thing that I use a lot of is actually these wonderful
little clips and I use these for binding these are wonder Clips clover I think
we’re the first to bring them out now and many other companies have them and
they’re just wonderful they they clamp a whole multitude of things together I’ve
even used these for bag making and things like that so they’re not just a
quilting tool these ones and next we move on to our needles now I
usually have a variety of different needles in my stash I have sharps so you
everyday sewing needles then I usually have quilters need a quilting needles so
they’re a smaller needle and sometimes for my binding I actually use a beading
needle because it has a little bit of flex in it especially if I’m doing a
large quilt and it’s just a little bit finer and it just flexes a little bit
easier to help me not go through to the front of my quilt when I’m binding so
they and also I have a tape measure because sometimes you think that you’ve
measured something and when I’m sitting at the sewing machine rather than
getting up and grabbing my rulers again I have a little tape measure beside and
I can just double-check those measurements so they are the tools that
I use on a regular basis these are always near my sewing machine they’re
just at hands reach and I hope that this really helps you if you’re just starting
out on your quilting journey or even your sewing journey because you would
use a lot of these in your sewing as well if you like this video today give
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won’t miss out on any future posts my name’s Nicole Reed for Darvanalee Designs studio and these is quilting basics bye for now