Jun 15, 2012 Tools For Hand Quilting Pictured above are the tools that I use for hand quilting: japanese sashiko thread, sashiko needles, water soluble graphite pencil, a "nimble" leather thimble (with a reinforced metal tip), glass head long pins. I talk more about my love for sashiko thread in an earlier blog post, you can link to it here. Speaking about my tools, I was recently featured on Design Spong in the "what's in your tool box" column! I feel very honored to be mentioned on such a big blog. I went to college with Ginny Branch Stelling, the lady who manages the column (and wonderful stylist), so it was also nice to connect with her again. If you haven't already read the article you can check it out here.