by Haley Ping
I'm a beginning self-taught quilter (three finished quilts to my name -- two of them tiny, none larger than lap sized!) and don't have many quilting tools. Up until last Christmas I had the two larger scissors and a metal thimble (not pictured) I never use! The green handled scissor was a gift and is a Gingher, the medium sized is unlabeled but made in Pakistan (maybe a Singer?), and the large dress shears are Clauss made in the USA. I like them all and I've never had any trouble with any.
The newest item is the black leather thimble. I've only used it a few times when I couldn't get my needle through extra thick areas in my latest quilt. Before I just did without and used my harp callous on my middle finger (I play harp for fun) or something laying around like a book to push the needle through. I don't use the rocking method most quilters describe so maybe that's why I don't feel a thimble is necessary for me?