We get into a regular routine, or habit, and automaticaly reach for whatever is close at hand. We could pretty much do it with our eyes closed, because we know that thing is right where it’s always been. Such creatures of habit, even with quiting!
With that in mind, I want to talk about the essential tools that I have learned that I can’t live without – little things that make my life easier and provide convenience for me.
Bless the heart of my Dad’s mother, who was a quilter. She recycled newspapers, cardboard and then plastic to make her quilting templates. She sharpened her pencil with a pocket-knife and used a pair of scissors that were probably not sharpened on a regular basis. She either recycled worn clothing, used leftover scraps of clothing that she made, or relied on others to give her their scraps. My younger sister and I did that for her when we were in high school and were the make-it-yourself fashion queens at Buchser High School. We always had something new and cool because we were constantly sewing. What a great skill to have!
When I began quilting, back in 1980, which seems ancient now, I began using cardboard templates and cutting each piece by hand with scissors. I hand-pieced my very first quilt, because I didn’t have a sewing machine and the book that my husband bought me taught only hand-piecing. I will be forever grateful for the gift that my husband gave me; first, of the book, “Let’s Make a Patchwork Quilt”, for the sewing machine that he bought me shortly thereafter on his meager salary, and for my first rotary cutter, ruler and mat as a Christmas gift.
Each of those items contributed in making me the quilter I am today – as trite as that sounds. If it weren’t for his encouragement, I would probably be writing something much different in here.
As I have said previously, thank goodness for technology! It brought us the rotary cutter, computerized sewing machines, long-arm quilting machines, computer software that allows us to design a quilt on the computer, and so many other innovative gadgets.
I like the gadgets. I’m a notions junkie. I’m also an office supply junkie. But this blog isn’t about office supplies, it’s about quilting, and, well, notions. The ones that make my life so much easier. Perhaps you are well acquainted with some of the ones I mention below. Maybe you aren’t, or somewhere in between. Why don’t you compare your list to mine – and let me know what your’s are…? I bet we agree on some of them!
My favorite notions, in no specific order, are: