Quilting basics: basic supply list

[Source: Diary of a Quilter]

  • Rotary cutter
    • Larger cuts more layers, smaller cuts more intricate lines
  • Self-healing cutting mat
    • Try starting with 18″ x 24″
  • Scissors for fabric only
  • Seam ripper
  • Pins
    • Straight pins (ideally with nice big visible heads) for piecing
    • Safety pins for quilting
  • Rulers
    • One big one (6″ x 24″) and one small one (6″ x 12″)
  • Flatiron and ironing board
  • Sewing machine that can:
    • Straight stitch (essential)
    • Zigzag/blind hem stitch (if doing applique)
    • Disengage feed dogs via covering or lowering
  • Sewing machine needles
    • Universals are usually fine
    • Get other ones if sewing specialty fabrics
  • Sewing machine feet:
    • Quilting/walking foot for straight lines and even curves
      • ESSENTIAL to avoid puckering
      • Choose open toe when possible to see where you are stitching
      • Channel guide attachment makes life easier
      • These do wear out with use
    • Darning foot for free-motion quilting
      • Prefer open toe and offset shank for easier visibility
      • Turn stitch length to 0 to keep feed dogs from moving
  • Fabric
    • 100% cotton is usual due to availability of patterns
    • Avoid mixing fibre contents since each fibre launders differently
  • Thread
    • Choose fibre content that matches your quilt material
    • Higher quality means less lint and breakage
    • One big spool of a a neutral colour for piecing
    • Smaller spools of the colours you want visible on top and bottom of quilt

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