My favorite dirty quilting secret..

IMG_1193 Is literally these dirty, holey, smelly garden gloves I found in the garage.  The kind with the rubber grip & that are way too big for me so they’re easy to slip on and off.    They make a world of difference when I’m quilting, especially when stippling.   They’re perfect….except for the dirty rubber smell.  What’s your favorite quilting gadget? PS. Thanks for all the fall pillow love. And if you make one I’d LOVE to see what you came up with!!!

24 Responses to My favorite dirty quilting secret..

  1. Spendlove October 23, 2009 at 10:15 pm #

    Love your dirty little secrets – haa, haa, love the pillow love your bog. You are very talented, and creativity. Thanks for sharing so many great ideas, and for spreading a wealth of inspiration.

  2. WestSacHoney October 23, 2009 at 10:20 pm #

    yaa I have the same pair! So no secret is alone because that was mine! I am making a quilt for the fall I just got my walking foot and it looks just like yours!

  3. Tegan and Tage October 23, 2009 at 10:26 pm #

    Oh my goodness, forget the gloves, I might actually start quilting just to make a gorgeous quilt like that one in the picture!!!

  4. Blue Is Bleu October 23, 2009 at 10:54 pm #

    I really need to get me a pair of gloves for stippling!

  5. czereyna October 23, 2009 at 10:57 pm #

    One of my favorites is shoe boxes–I usually have multiple projects going at once (confession time) and I keep all the pieces for one project in a box. Easy to carry. Easy to store. As I get ideas for projects I put the pattern/sketch and the planned fabric into a box. Makes trips for the finishing touch fabric easy, too.

  6. Phyllis October 23, 2009 at 11:27 pm #

    I made myself a pretty stiletto and like using that.

    I'm not good at free motion quilting, but keep trying. I actually bought a pair of yellow dishwashing gloves and cut a big hole in the top of them to keep my hands from sweating. They work really well.

  7. Leslie October 23, 2009 at 11:41 pm #

    my favorite is my walking foot, but i also love my binding tool.

  8. Andrea October 24, 2009 at 1:38 am #

    I love my gloves too.. I bought a cute pair from the garden shop just for quilting. they are very girlie.

    I really really like the colour way you're using on this quilt (in the photo)… you will share more right?

  9. Natalia October 24, 2009 at 1:38 am #

    That's awesome! I use tools on my machine that I swear are more manly than my husbands tools! :) AND I know how to use them!

  10. Jennifer Baker October 24, 2009 at 2:16 am #

    I have the same dirty secret…but mine havent been used for gardening. They are great and way cheaper than the ones you find in the quilty stores.

  11. LyndaG October 24, 2009 at 2:33 am #

    I fought getting gloves — but couldn't do without now – and they are dirty… My favorite gadget – Uncle Bill's tweezers – the best for gently removing threads. They were part of a tick removal kit for the dogs!

  12. Jennifer October 24, 2009 at 4:04 am #

    My Fons & Porter Easy Binding Tool. It's this great little ruler that makes PERFECT finished continuous binding.

    you won't regret it.

  13. upstateLisa October 24, 2009 at 10:25 am #

    Oooo what a dirty secret! I use gardening gloves too but mine were clean when i started!

  14. Tasha October 24, 2009 at 2:01 pm #

    You are so smart! And I made one of your fall pillows. I am in love. Mine isn't quite as fabulous as yours, but I do love it. I posted pictures on my creative blog here: Thank you for sharing!!!!

  15. beautifulladybird October 24, 2009 at 3:15 pm #


    Tell us new to quilting people …. why the gloves????/

  16. erica October 24, 2009 at 3:43 pm #

    Its funny the things we do to make our projects work! I have used a clean pair of rubber kitchen gloves before but it got a little sweaty after an hour of quilting. Great tip!

  17. jaybird October 25, 2009 at 1:28 am #

    one of my favs… is my cupcake like plastic storage containers from the container store.. great for being scrap holders while i sew.. keeps the rest of my area neat & clean!

  18. Debbie in Chico/Sacto October 25, 2009 at 6:07 am #

    I no longer use the gloves. Instead, I put a bit of Clover Fabric Adhesive on my fingertips (it's a fabric glue stick). Wow! It really gives you a nice sticky grip on the fabric. Give it a try – you will feel so liberated without the gloves! My favorite gadget? The supreme Slider.

  19. amandajean October 26, 2009 at 5:08 pm #

    i tried quilting with gloves just this weekend. they are NOT for me. but at least now i know. :)

  20. Cheryl Arkison October 26, 2009 at 10:35 pm #

    I totally use those gloves too. I steal them from Hubby who keeps them around in bulk because he uses them for work. These kind are good became they aren't just the rubber pads on knit gloves.

  21. janmade October 27, 2009 at 11:42 am #

    I use those rubber fingertips that office workers use for sorting through large stacks of paperwork or counting money and stuff like that. I don't like the gloves because my hands get too hot. You should try it! You can find them at staples or other office supply stores.

  22. Alicia October 27, 2009 at 4:31 pm #

    I like to use the command removable wall stickies (for hanging pictures/hooks) on my sewing machine to be my 1/4 inch guide. I like them because they are easily removable, and they don't leave a sticky residue.

  23. AlessandraLace October 31, 2009 at 4:38 pm #

    amazing. hugs

  24. Kristen November 2, 2009 at 5:39 am #

    shoot! I'm a quilter and I don't know what stippling is. going to google now….

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