I've been asked a few questions over the last few weeks and here are a few of my essentials.
Neutrogenia anti ageing hand cream. Their normal one is good but this one is a little less thick. This gives me a nice grip on the fabric.
Friskars scissor sharpener. This one sharpens all but the smallest scissors really well, so much so I don't have to worry about using my best scissors to cut paper.
The red ergonomic rotary cutter (Martelli?). Fantastic much much easier on my poor hands, the next best one is this Olfa one.
On this quilt I'm using Masterpiece thread. Not good if you quilt with wide open spaces but lovely for any machine quilting ½" or less apart.
This Clover unpicker is worth the extra price. The end is fine, it's nice to hold and it makes life easier for that dreaded task.
A pair of curved tipped small scissors is for clipping threads exactly on the fabric without risking cutting the top. I've used them on this quilt as it stands no chance of winning a machine quilting award. I've just used tiny stitches to end off rather than burying the threads.
Machine needles by the hundred. I change mine often.
And the pen I use for drawing on the fabric. It's a Berol Handwriting roller ball, Find out what you can use in your country here
It doesn't rinse out but it does wash out in the machine.
And my cat. This is how I found him this morning, he knows a good thing. He was on it yesterday morning when I woke up as well. I had to vacuum the quilt heavily to remove all the hairs and dust and then again this morning.
I do love him, I really do but sometimes he tries my patience.......
Just a little.....