Favorite Tools – Cut ‘n Press II Iron Mat and Cutting Surface

It’s been a few months since I’ve reviewed any of my favorite tools, so this week I wanted to share with you a fabulous tool that I’ve been using a lot lately. It’s the Quilters’ Cut ‘n Press II which has a pad for ironing on one side and a cutting surface on the other.

Cut 'n PressThese are too big and bulky for me to stock and ship from my store. However, you can find them for sale (usually with free shipping) on Amazon.

When I have a ton of small pieces to press, it’s much easier to whip this puppy out rather than having to set up my large ironing board. Plus I always take it with me to classes since it has a cutting surface on the other side.

Block PressingI’ve been using it while pressing all of the pieces for my String of Pearls Quilt Along. (Incidentally, my iron of choice is a Rowenta, but I’ll save that for another blog post!)

There is a smaller version available, but I prefer the nice 12″ x 18″ size.

Just like a regular ironing board, it can get dirty over time and eventually wear out. However, in 18 years of quilting, I’ve only had to buy 2, so that’s not too shabby!

Favorite Tools #3 – Design Wall

I love my design wall! I use it all the time when working on quilt blocks and my daughter is even using it this week while she works on her jelly roll quilt. (More about that later!)

Flannel Design WallI got it from a wonderful vendor, Cheryl Ann’s, 2 years ago when I went to the Road to California quilter’s conference.

The design wall is totally portable and comes in a bag, like a tent. In fact, it’s made from tent poles and flannel fabric. (I sound like a commercial, don’t I?)

Portable Design Wall BagDesign Wall Pieces

It’s very lightweight and only takes a few minutes to assemble. You can see the back below.

Back of Design WallI was very impressed with this company. About a year after I got it, I lost one of the small pieces. When I went back to Road to California the next year and told the guys at Cheryl Ann’s how much I used it, they gave me the replacement part for free!

They come in 3 sizes and I bought the medium sized one that measures about 4 1/2 feet square. I think I need to go back and get the large sized one now!

Favorite Tools #1 – Seam Roller

Wooden Seam RollerI’m going to start a new series each week exploring some of my favorite tools, tips, and techniques for quilting.

As I’ve been sewing a lot more recently, I’ve realized it’s a much more enjoyable experience when I have the right tools.

I pressed all of the seams open in the latest quilting project I’m working on, my Bungle Jungle modern quilt.

Wooden Tool SetIt was “sew” much easier to press the seams open with an iron when I had first “finger-pressed” them with a wooden seam roller.

I got this fantastic tool at a quilt show I attended a few years ago.

The sad thing is that I asked the vendor if I could get them wholesale to carry in my shop and he said no, he just made them himself and sold them individually at shows. 😦

The next year I went back to the same show and bought a 3 piece set for myself which included a matching seam ripper, seam roller and sewing stiletto.

So if you are ever out and about and run into one of these gadgets, pick it up in a hurry! And if anyone out there has a source for these, please let me know!