Our readers regularly comment positively on the absence of advertising within our pages. When we set out to createCurated Quilts, we knew that we wanted the journal to be different from traditional quilting magazines. We wanted it to be something substantial and more like a book. Each page would contain meaningful content that would not get lost amidst a distracting slew of ads for products and fabrics that, frankly, we knew we wouldn’t always love.
We did, however, want to share with you some of our favorite quilting tools, books, and patterns, as well as current fabric lines. That’s why we included ‘Curated Studio’ in the journal. The items found in Curated Studio are not sponsored but are products we use and love and recommend.
Here is a snippet of some of the items we have shared in previous issues:
LED Sewing Machine Light
This LED light strip sticks to your sewing machine using a double-sided adhesive strip. The adhesive strip can be cut to perfectly fit the throat space of your sewing machine. We think you’ll love the extra light it provides so much, you’ll wonder how you ever sewed without it.
Bloc Loc Rulers
Bloc Loc half-square triangle rulers are a game-changer when making a quilt that requires lots of half-square triangle blocks. The rulers come in multiple sizes. When using a Bloc Loc ruler to trim edges, your seam conveniently fits into a special groove in the ruler so that you can quickly get a perfectly trimmed block when using it.
There are Bloc Loc rulers available for other popular quilt block patterns like flying geese, log cabins, and more. Bloc Loc rulers are on the pricier side of rulers, but if you are doing a project with lots of little blocks, they can really make a big difference in the amount of time you’ll take to measure carefully and trim. They will also help with getting your points to match up perfectly because of their reliable precision.
Oliso Mini Iron
Mini irons often equal miniaturized amounts of heat output. Not so with Oliso’s Mini Iron. You’ll be very pleased with this little iron’s ability to press in a big way and it comes in some super cute colors.
SewTites magnets are perfect for using while English Paper Piecing. They make working around tight corners easy and sit flat against your project, minimizing thread from getting caught and hindering stitching. They can also be used for projects that have tricky corners or added bulk, like when bag making.
SewTites come in various sizes. We prefer the rectangular shaped ones that have two magnets as we find they have a snugger clasp.
8-inch Serrated Patchwork Scissors
Kai scissors are some of the best sewing scissors on the market. Their price point is reasonable and they offer free shipping in the USA. We love the 8-inch Serrated Patchwork Scissors because they easily cut through multiple layers of fabric.
5½ Embroidery Scissors in Very Berry
Despite their smaller size, the 5½ Embroidery Scissors are a substantial, strong pair of scissors. They are the perfect size for clipping threads, hand sewing, and embroidery. These scissors meet TSA approved guidelines for carry-on travel.
Almost all Kai Scissors come with a hard plastic blade cover that clips onto the scissors to protect the blades and you from hazardous incidents.
To see more of our favorite sewing tools, check out Curated Studio in the latest issue ofCurated Quilts.
By Brittany Bowen Burton