My quilting tools

You’ve asked me many times before what rulers I use, what mat appears on my videos, what sewing machine I use.

I don’t have lots of special quilting tools and I like to use fewer of them even. I believe you don’t need to have lots of tools to be able to quilt.

I have compiled a list of my quilting “toys” in case you’re interested.

I’ve also included the thread I use. I find it to be very good and really well priced.

Sewing machine and accessories

Janome Memory Craft 8200

I still own my old Janome that I bought in 2009. I keep it in case I need to take my current machine to be serviced.


Add a quarter ruler

Add a quarter ruler. This is a perfect ruler for foundation paper piecing. It’s a time saver!

AccuQuilt GO! with 8″ Qube with Eleanor Burns Quilt in a Day book.

I’ve fallen in love with my AccuQuilt GO! It really makes cutting faster and more accurate.

Rotary cutter

I only own one rotary cutter, a 45 mm Olfa rotary cutter. I bought it in 2009 and it’s still going.

Self healing cutting mat

Calibre Art cutting mat, 24″ x 36″. This is my current mat. I needed to replace my old Olfa and I wanted one that didn’t emit any strong plastic odours. This mat is odourless plus it can be bent and won’t lose its shape.

Olfa cutting mat, 18″ x 24″. I still use the old one from time to time.

Ironing mat

Wool ironing mat.

My mat is 13 1/2″ x 13 1/2″, perfect for most block sizes.

I find ironing mats most convenient. You can just place it on top of your cutting mat as needed. The mat is very thick and won’t ruin your cutting mat.


I almost exclusively use Connecting threads cotton thread now. I used Gutermann for many years but I found Connecting threads to be quite good and a lot cheaper.


Travel iron


Head pins

Glass-head pins Akari

These pins are beautifully made and you will see them on my videos.

Warm crochet scissors.

Quilter’s pencil.

Elmer glue

This glue dries clear and it’s perfect for gluing fabric.

Fabric glue pen

This is perfect for applique and for English Paper Piecing (EPP).

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