TJ's quilting spoon. I heard some good stories about the TJ's Quilting spoon. My teacher, Ted Storm, works with a normal spoon. For me, that was a bit big. And a teaspoon was too small. I felt like Goldilocks and the three Bears!
So I had to try out this spoon that was discussed in the hand quilting/hand applique Yahoo group. Janet, from Quiltsalott, wrote about it on Celebrate Handquilting. I found it available at Jinny Beyer, and at TJ's own website.
First of all it's bend, which makes it a more comfortable spoon than a regular spoon. Secondly, the top is straight, not pointy, so I didn't have to search for the top, but have a complete ridge to use. For thirds, the grip is a soft plastic in a triangular shape. The spoon does not turn in the plastic because of the hexagonal shape of the handle of the spoon. So no turning in the grip, and the grip is great to fit in my hand. And finally the spoon is short and small enough to offer as much direct influence on my quilting stitch as possible.
Don't think the top end is damaged because it is not flat and neat on the back side. Would it be nice and shiny, your needle would slip off in no time, making unsteady stitches.
I also ordered the DVD with the spoon. Although the DVD is more expensive than the spoon, I thought it would be a smart choice and expected an extensive lesson. Well yes and no. The spoon was well explained, movies and all, but in reality, what's there to tell about a quilting spoon? When the use is explained, and all advantages are mentioned, that's it, more movies are unnecessary. Just exercise with it and the rest will follow. So the DVD helped me, but 20$ was a bit much for what I got.
On the other hand, could I have done without the DVD? I preferred having it. It's good to see how the spoon is held, and how the stitch is made. And without the DVD it might have been another gadget in the drawer.
Then there is the thing that I work with a thumb quilt ring and also work the other way around. The bend in the spoon is for working towards you. However, because of the grip, I could hold the spoon a bit more diagonal way and work with my needle to form an even stitch. I got used to the spoon quickly, although working without a gadget on my underhand still feels best.
Everything taken in account, I am happy with the TJ's quilting spoon, or the TJ's Quick Quilter as it is officially called. I work with it now when I cut the top of my left index finger (fortunately healed now!) and I notice to grab it just because my finger gets sore.
I love to hear what you think of the TJ's quilting spoon!
Have fun quilting!