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Mama Lisa’s Favorite Quilting Tools

Mama Lisa’s Favorite Quilting Tools

Thank you so much for sharing!

Hi Everyone!  Welcome to the first Mama Lisa Monday!  Every other Monday my Mom, now lovingly referred to as Mama Lisa will be here on the blog sharing some of her tips and insights on quilting.  I thought it would be great to have her perspective shared on this site.  While we agree on lots of things quilting related, everyone has a different take on things at times so I want to bring you trusted opinions in the quilting space!  Today, she is going to share her favorite quilting tools!  Here she is showing off a quilt she helped put together for Thomas Fire victims.  We dropped it off at Superbuzzy when she was here visiting!  Take it away Mama Lisa!

favorite quilting tools

Mama Lisa’s Favorite Quilting Tools

Welcome to the first of what I hope to be many blog posts here on Melanie’s Blog!  I have lots of ideas to share with all of you and my hope is that you all will share and comment on these blogs adding your own insights.  We all have perspectives and can learn from each other.

Top 5 Favorite Quilting Tools

  1. My sewing machine has to be my number one favorite quilting tool.  It is a workhorse of a machine, fast, has lots of features and is easy to use.  Mine is a Janome Memory Craft 7700QCP and was an investment but has been a gamechanger for me.  My advice is to find the key features you really must have and go for the best machine you can possibly afford. janome memory craft
  2. Creative Grids 6 ½ x 12 ½ ruler is my go to for so many tasks. I like all of the Creative Grids rulers but this one is a very useable size, has the non-slip etching, easy to take with you and has a variety of markings.  Find one here!creativegridsruler
  3. Dritz Blue Seam Ripper is the one I reach for even though I have many different types and brands.  The tip of this ripper IS NOT super sharp which I like so it glides under the stitch without catching the fabric.  You can find one here.momseamripper
  4. Splash Rotary Cutter is by far my favorite type of cutting tool.  The handle fits really well in my hand, has a ridged grip and the easy change blade encourages me to change my blade more often because it’s super quick and easy. I have a few purple ones in my shopOlfa Rotary Cutter Mama Lisa
  5. My design board is my partner in creating quilts.  I tend to design my own or I’ll modify a pattern or block layout so that what I create is unique and the only way I could do that is with a design board.  The ability to move fabric around on a vertical surface, stand back, take pictures and then shuffle them some more is also super fun! This is what is actually on my board right now!  Melanie has a YouTube video on how to make your own design board, I highly recommend it! mama lisa design board

What do YOU think?

There are many more items I could name but these really are my top 5 favorite quilting tools!  What are your absolute must have tools?  Comment and let me know.  Maybe there’s one I need to check out.   Oh, and if there is a topic you want to hear about or more information on, leave a comment and let me know.  Just might be the next topic of discussion!

From my quilting heart to you,

Mama Lisa 

Thanks Mom!  That was so great!  Looking for some more quilting inspiration?  Check out my favorite quilting books!

Eithne Curbishley

Friday 18th of May 2018

I never post or tweet etc but decided to be daring and go for it; I discovered Lisa and now Mama Lisa after looking for an apron pattern on You Tube. I not only got what I was looking for but discovered a very talented crafter with a lovely site. As for tools you use for quilting, I have recently been introduced to Creative Grids Rulers/trim tool etc; they are amazing, non-slip and full of so many different ideas. I will never use anything else from now on. If you buy one whatever you do, DO NOT THROW AWAY THE BLACK AND RED LABEL , that's attached to your ruler. It contains so many ideas and instructions about the ruler, regret at your peril. These are rulers created by quilters for quilters. Cheers from Eithne

Nancy Bates

Monday 14th of May 2018

I am looking for a new sewing machine, I will look into yours, also, Melanie, what type of machine do you have? I love the thread cutter option. I love my rotating cutting board, I ordered that after I watched Melanie's video on half square triangles. I have learned so much from watching your videos, thank you both for sharing. I love the two quilts that you have behind you Melanie in some of your videos. The star quilt and the one with different squares, like two diagonal lines, etc., I also starting purchasing fabric from Shabby fabrics from watching your videos and absolutely have loved all the fabrics I have bought. Please don't stop sharing it has taught me so much!

Eileen Thomas

Monday 14th of May 2018

Way to go Mama Lisa, great info.


Saturday 12th of May 2018

Thanks for sharing this, Mama Lisa! I may have to try that seam ripper. :) One of my new favorite tools is my rotating cutting mat. Can't wait for your next blog post!

Kathleen Rackow

Wednesday 9th of May 2018

I love the blues and yellows in your quilt. I have the Creative Grids 6 1/2" X 24 1/2" ruler and I love it for cutting borders for my quilts. What is the best marking tool you use for half square triangles? Could you please tell us some information on half square triangles?

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