One of my paper piecing secrets

At the TMQG sew day over the weekend, I chatted a good bit about paper piecing, and in doing so, I realized that I've never shared here about one of my favorite tools for paper piecing - my telescoping Ott-Lite.

On a whim, I picked it up at Jo-Ann's one week when they weren't on sale and I had a killer coupon, and I haven't regretted it a bit. My sewing room does get a good bit of natural light during the day, but I don't always get to sew during the day, so if I'm working at night, a super bright light is absolutely necessary for helping me see where I'm lining up my fabric.

nighttime paper piecing, thanks to the Ott-Lite

I also really like to use it when I free-motion quilt, because it really does give off a lot of light. I remember when I first saw these things at Jo-Ann's, I positively scoffed at them. I thought they were totally unnecessary and that the light couldn't be that different from a regular old light, but it truly is. If you are a blogger who likes to do tutorials, these lights are great for lighting any step-by-step photos you want to take in your sewing room, because the light doesn't look artificial, it looks very clean.

Do you have any unexpected tools that you swear by in your sewing room? I'd love to hear about them! Have a great day :)