Tim Holtz Scissors – Cutting Made Easy

These scissors by Tim Holtz are due to hit the door any day!

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They were definitely designed by a man – the grips are bigger and they are a little heavier than my other go-to scissors.  But the bigger grips are a selling point for me.  I am left-handed so I can literally put my thumb through one handle and three fingers through the other.  Not only is this really comfortable, I also feel like I have more control.  With so many quilters dealing with hand issues – carpal tunnel and arthritis to name a few – these scissors are a Godsend!  A friend with arthritis gave them her seal of approval.  Keep them away from the man in your life, however, or you may never get them back!

The blades are coated so there was no “gunk” after I cut out a multitude of wool pieces – and the serrated edges stopped the fabric from slipping when I was cutting.  They come in three different sizes:  five, seven, and nine and a half inches.  This is a misnomer however because the blades on the seven inch size are only two inches long – the handles are almost half of the height.

I use the five-inch size to trim threads and trim appliques.  The seven-inch size is my go-to for cutting appliques, templates, etc.  The nine and a half inch size are appropriate for dressmaking – I will give them a try when the time is right!

Why not give them a try?

For the Book Nerd in Your Life

There are several pics of “book” quilts showing up on Facebook.  And when I say books – take that literally!  For that book lover in your life, why not make them a throw to cuddle under while they read?

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This quilt is a simple paper-pieced pattern so everyone will be successful.  Make a nice sized throw or add “books” to create a bed-sized quilt.  Wouldn’t this be great in Tim Holtz fabric?  It is designed to be fat quarter friendly.

I love this quilt because it gives you the perfect opportunity to personalize it.  Write the titles of their favorite books on the binding. Or, write a favorite quote on the cover.  What a great gift for a favorite teacher.  Change up the fabrics to make a perfect masculine version!