Tools for the Aging Quilter – Part Two

Threading needles becomes a problem but there are several solutions. For those who love handwork, try the Tulip self-threading needles. They come in a package of assorted sizes.

 

 

 

 

Or invest in a quality needle threader such as my favorite – this Clover version.  The mechanism is enclosed so breakage is not a problem.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consider the scissors as well. Some of them look cute but do they really meet your needs? Larger handholds and cushioned grip make everyone’s life easier.  Throw in serrated edges that stop the fabric from slipping and you have a winner.  Karen Kay Buckley’s scissors are the most popular.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many of us prefer to hand stitch our bindings. But using your thumb to hold that fabric in place to create a nice, full binding edge can cause aches and pains. Clover Wonder Clips are the perfect solution. Move them as you sew or buy a large package that will hold the edges of an entire quilt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have trouble threading your sewing machine? Try Jeans needles. They have a larger eye because jeans threads are thicker and the points are very sharp to penetrate the thicker fabric. These same characteristics are great for all quilters as well.

 

 

 

 

 

What is causing you frustration when quilting?  Why not ask your shop owner on possible solutions?

A New Technique and a Great Demo

Missie Carpenter of Traditional Primitives has taken a starch technique to a whole new level with amazing results!  Let’s check out some of her patterns – and once I have your attention, THEN we’ll talk about her method.

Look at these hexies – and as a border treatment?  Awesome!

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You can use the same technique to make circles and diamonds – and the accuracy is stunning.

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Or simply commit and make an heirloom quality quilt!

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Missie also has several patterns that showcase wool and needle punching.  You can see that touches of those could add texture to any of these projects.

Watch the video listed with these patterns at www.checkerdist.com to see how simple it is to get these stunning results!  All you need is a starch pen; an iron; a pressing pad and some freezer paper.

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And then check out all of her patterns….you’ll be glad you did!

 

Trade Out your Register Display

All of these notions are less than $10 so they are perfect for a register display.  And that gives you the opportunity to tell your customers about them when they are checking out.

These Mini Wonder Clips from Clover are available in a 10 pack for just $6.95.  They are also available in bigger packs – but this is a great intro to the line.

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Genius idea!  This seam ripper comes in a base which serves two purposes!  It is easy to find and can be used to cut threads when chain piecing.  If you want to use it as a traditional seam ripper, simply take it out of the stand!  this chain ripper retails for just $5.00, who wouldn’t want one???

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This simple product cleans the fuzz created by cutting fleece, Cuddle, and flannel from your cutting mats.  And for just $6.00 for each cutting mat cleaner – why not???

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These Needle Beetle Threaders are not only cute – they come with a light for those of us who are experiencing changes in eye sight as we age….

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If you put these over on your notions wall, many of your customers will never even see them!  They will literally be hidden in plain site!  Give these gadgets their day in the sun. Your customers will thank you for it!