Favorite Quilting Notions of 2017 [friday favorites]

Friday, January 5, 2018

Happy Friday friends!  I hope you all had a happy holiday season!  I know I did.  I'm still trying to put my house back together since the Christmas decor came down but it's just about there and I'm feeling excited and hopeful about this new year.

I've been wanting to share some of my favorite notions as of late, so this Friday Favorites is straight from the heart!  I absolutely LOVE these products and I think you will too!

Before we get started, I have to let you know that I am not normally a big "gadgets and gizmos" kind-of-girl.  But all of these items completely knocked my socks off after the first use.  I've been using all of them for a while now and can testify to their effectiveness.  And, they're super cute!  What more could a guy/girl want?  

First up are String Blades by Quilt Story.  

They're handy little thread cutters that you can stick anywhere!  I stuck one on my sewing machine and have been using it like crazy the last few days as I've been doing a lot of chain piecing.

Here's a little clip of mine in action!

They're sold individually for $4.99 each or in packs of 3 for $9.99.  Click HERE to purchase.

Next up is the Binding Baby.  

It’s a cute way to store your bindings, trims, ribbons, and ricrac.  
There are standard colors or you can order a customized one!  This one was customized just for me (I love the brown hair and top knot!)  They come in 3 sizes - mini, medium and large.  Mine is the medium.

They're not only cute but they're super handy too!  You can store your binding on them while your quilt is being quilted and when you're ready to bind your quilt, just stick your Binding Baby on the extra spool holder on your machine and begin sewing the binding to one side of your quilt.  The binding will let down at whatever speed you sew your binding on and won't be a tangled mess in your lap or on the floor.  I won't bind a quilt anymore unless it's first been wound on my binding baby.  It makes it so much easier! 

Binding Babies range in price from $12.95 for the mini to $23.95 for the large customized one.   Click HERE to purchase. 

Third up is the best pair of small scissors I have ever used (and I have owned many pairs in my day!)

Not only are they gorgeous, they are lightweight (but sturdy) and super sharp.  Do you see that point? Be careful!

Warm Crochet scissors come in 4 colors (I believe mine are the red bronze) and are on sale for $13.95.  Click HERE to purchase.

Last up are these darling pins.  The maker, Susan (@quiltypie) only sells them through her Instagram account so follow her if you want sale notifications.  

Susan creates all sorts of different pin shapes including peas and carrots, macaroons, cupcakes, and hearts (just to name a few)!  I couldn't help but fall in love with her itty-bitty, mouth-watering, sweet treat straight pins because (I will admit) I do have quite a bit of a sweet tooth.  Donuts are my weakness. 

The thing that blew me away with these pins is not only the fine workmanship, but how sharp and skinny the pin itself was!  I know that might sound crazy that I would care about something like that when these are just so darn cute...but it was like a double-win when I realized what great quality they were too.

Well, those are my favorite quilty notions from 2017.  Aren't they great?  All of them would make great gifts for quilty friends or family members, great stocking-stuffers or a fun, unexpected surprise in a quilty exchange.  I think I may need to stock up on some of these because you never know when you'll need a little gift.  

Do you own any of these items?  If so, do you love them as much as I do?  Or are there any of these items that are just calling your name?  Leave a comment below, I'd love to know.

Have a great weekend friends!