Saturday, November 13, 2010

My Favourite Things

Bernina 440QE
In The Sound of Music, Julie Andrews might have had "Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens", but with the all the wonderful things in the store, my favourite things are somewhat different!  To go with my Bernina, which I love, there isn't a foot I don't like.  Collecting Bernina feet is like my shoe collection... always growing and useful!  From the Overlock foot to the Invisible Zipper foot and everything in between because I could not do without my Walking foot, there's a Bernina foot for every application I could ever want. 

Olfa Frosted Square Ruler
Together with my Bernina feet collection, I have a lot of rulers, but not just any rulers.  I discovered the Olfa Frosted rulers about 5 years ago.  What a revelation!  I could cut without the ruler slipping!  Needless to say, I have all the sizes imaginable.  The ones that I really like are the 6" x 12" and the 4.5" square.  
Add-a-Quarter Ruler

While I'm on the topic of rulers, the June Taylor Shape ruler is easy to use and fantastic since it helps you cut multiple quilting shapes in perfect 1/2" increments quickly and accurately.  There is also one that will cut in 1/4" increments.  Fantastic!  The Add-a-Quarter Ruler is also great... I use it mainly for paper piecing; it really makes paper piecing that much easier.  Who knew rulers could be so much fun?  

Gypsy Gripper
(small, medium and large)
The Gypsy Gripper Handle is the icing on the cake, when it comes to safety.  You just place the gripper on the ruler, and there is no more danger for your fingers.  How great is that!!!

Clover Seam Ripper
When I'm quilting, I'll admit that things don't always go my way.  For that reason, I have to say the Clover Seam Ripper has come to my aid.  It's easy to use, ergonomic, and oh so sharp!  Does the job with minimum fuss every time.  

Digital Velocity Iron
I also really like my Velocity Iron.  Coming from someone who really doesn't like the word "iron" at all, that's saying quite something.  The iron is heavy; it steams when I want it to steam, and it just makes ironing easier and faster, which are two words that I do appreciate when talking about ironing.

Martelli Zip Clip
Miriam introduced me to the the Martelli Zip Clip.  WOW!!!  How come I didn't have that tool before?!?  The Zip Clip allows me to do binding without pinning or using anything else.  It's the ultimate binding tool; all you have to do is push the lever and the clip does the rest.

I love gadgets.  For me, they beat "Brown paper packages tied up with string" any day of the week!
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