A stiletto is the tool pictured here in the picture. It is great for doing a variety of tasks. I use a stiletto for piecing and appliqué.
Some of the flying geese in the block we are working on are 1 1/2 x 3 inches. Sewing these are tough especially when you have big fingers. The smaller the piecing the less room for error and the stiletto helps you keep control of your fabric as it moves under the needle, in other words it fits where your finger doesn't.
In other news, we had a fantastic day on Sunday with 8 very eager and enthusiastic beginners. Patchwork and quilting is really on the up and up.