It is amazing how many products there are for quilters and other textile workers. Sometimes it is a little difficult to keep track of the new developments in the tools and notions area. And sometimes we are tempted to buy gadgets that turn out to be rather a waste of time and money because they can't hold what the product leaflet or the presenter at the stall promised.
We are continually on the lookout for new products and will test them for you. If necessary, we will include short instructions on how to use the product in the languages not covered by the product leaflet.
We invite you to join us in the product testing and leave your comments in the comment area at the end of each product review.
Marking Tools are important for us quilters at many stages of our favourite craft: We need them for marking around templates for piecing and appliqué and to transfer quilting patterns to our un-quilted quilt tops.
But which tool to use for what purpose? There are scores and scores of marking tools on the market and it can be a little daunting to work through all the options on offer....
Blades for rotary cutters are expensive. Never the less we want to work with a well-sharpened blade without chips and other defects. So, instead of throwing out blades at regular intervals, why not use a special sharpener, to lengthen their useful lives... (30 August 2011)
The “Binding Thingy” is a small ruler which is used for making mitred bindings when finishing a quilt. The Binding Thingy slightly resembles a very simple arrow with one pointed and one straight end... (7 July 2011)
The Accuquilt GO! fabric cutter has been on the market for several years and is a smaller version of the Studio fabric cutter created for professional users, such as shop owners or people who make a large number of quilts to sell or give away. A more recent addition to the family of Accuquilt fabric cutters is the BABY cutter, the smallest available version... (31 May 2011)
Wholecloth quilts are the epitome of elegance and sophistication. There are very few people who can disengage from the splendour of a king size quilt whose only ornament is an intricate quilting pattern with swirling feathers, stylized lilies, pineapples or artichokes and dense crosshatch background. Not surprisingly, there are quite a few quilters who would love to call one of these beauties their own... (08 April 2011)
Finding your ideal brand of any quilting tool can be quite a challenge. So diverse has the market for quilting tools become that it is very difficult, if not impossible, to weigh all the advantages and disadvantages of a particular brand.
This is especially true for betweens, the short, sturdy needles used for hand quilting. It is one of the reasons why we selected this tool for our first comparative product review here at Quilt around the World.
In this and the future comparative reviews, different brands of the same tool will be compared and contrasted. The brands are compared to each other in the same “test environment”. As always, we will state the facts and our findings as objectively as possible and give our opinion at the end of each review.... (18 February 2011; updated: 27 February 2011; updated: 6 March 2011)
The needle-puller is a Dutch product (called „Naaldtrekker“ in Dutch) that has been around since at least 1998... (15 January 2011)
The Scrapmaster was conceived by Judy Hopkins and is meant to make the cutting of odd-shaped fabric remnants or scraps into the equivalent of half-square triangles easier...