Are you a traveling quilter? Do you often go to quilt shows, quilt groups, or just like to take your small projects with you to a friends house? Although I love doing crafting/quilting/sewing with a group of friends, if you’re anything like me, I carry way too many quilting tools–it looks like I’m almost moving in! The long rulers for cutting full-length fabrics and the cutting mat are of course necessary, but large to carry.
My Favorite Quilting Item:
When I needed something smaller, this FoldAway turned out to be an awesome tool to purchase. It includes a 9″ x 12″ gridded mat with angle markings and a 9″ x 12″ non-stick pressing surface on the other side. It is perfect for cutting and pressing pieces. I love how it can easily fold up and grip my fabric pieces. The handles are super convenient too. Another thing we did was try to share some of the bigger tools: one friend brought a large ironing board, while another brought the large cutting mats. It all worked out perfectly so we didn’t all bring the same items. Coordination!
I was also tired of lugging around my regular iron, so I tried out this Dritz Mighty Travel Iron— it features a non-stick sole plate that heats quickly and has steam and no-steam settings (rare for smaller-sized irons!) It pressed my fabrics nicely and I loved the steam option.
Karen Kay Buckley
Have you seen these snap-together rulers? Karen Kay Buckley’s Perfect Adjustable Rulers easily snap together to form a 6″, 12″, 18″, or 24″ length. It comes with a sturdy felt carrying bag and each set contains five pieces. Connecting Threads carries both the 3″ and a 6″-wide sets. They don’t fall apart until you want to un-snap them! Perfect tools for traveling.
One of Connecting Threads’ top selling items is the Creative Options Project Box, 12″ x 12″. These boxes are perfect for holding just about any tools including rotary cutters, blocks, thread, fabric, etc. I used one box for my finished blocks, and one for my in-progress cut pieces. They stack up nicely, are sturdy, and easy-to-access!
A Traveling Experience
There are many more items that might make your traveling experience more handy, such as these fun-colored rubber Tulips Bobbin Clamps and Bobbini Bobbin Holders. They are for keeping your matching thread and bobbin colors together. If you’re looking for an all-in-one quilters tool kit, this Exclusive On the Go Hand Sewing Bag is really a great value! It includes one FREE durable clear vinyl bag, one LED Needle Threader, one package of Needle Grip-Its (super great thimble by the way), super-sharp Black Gold Needles (also a favorite needle among staff quilters here at Connecting Threads!) Wonder Clips, Appliqué Scissors, and a Wooden Needle Case.
If you keep it all together, it will be easy to grab and go when you’re packing up for your next quilt retreat, guild meeting, craft group, or quilting class. This quilting travel tool kit is what I brought with me on our last family road trip. I was able to work on my English Paper Piecing project, plus hand-sew binding on one of my smaller quilts.
I hope you find some of these quilting tools helpful next time you’re traveling! Do you have any favorite tips or tricks that you use to organize your tools while you’re on-the-go?
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