Recommended Quilting Supplies
Look for the recommended quilting supplies available at Alice in Stitches.
ROTARY CUTTER - My favorite is Olfa. Try to change blades regularly - it will make a huge difference!
SELF HEALING CUTTING MAT - Omniqrid is the one I use. The green mat with yellow lines aids in visibility. It's a long lasting mat that doesn't easily wear down.
RULERS - My basic supplies include a 3" x 18" and a 6" x 24". I like the clear Omnigrid rulers with yellow lines. These rulers of a hard plastic that you can't gradually slice away at. The yellow lines show up on all colors of fabric. You can add assorted square and triangular rulers as you progress from project to project.
QUILT WALL - I use a large piece of pellon fleece which is attached to a wall in my home. There are many great, prepared quilt walls on the market, complete with line grids, etc. I find this item essential in my quilt work. The ability to step back from your work and review gives a completely new perspective.
SEWING MACHINE - This one is obvious! Of course, there are still some purists among you that work only by hand. A basic model sewing machine is really all that is required to create lovely quilts. A straight stitch is almost all you use!
SEAM RIPPER - You may use this one alot while getting started!
#2 SAFETY PINS - This is the perfect size for pin-basting your quilts.
LONG QUILTER PINS - These are really nice for holding the layers together and not getting stuck in the machine.
IRON - I recommend one with the best steam feature you can find! I personally use the Rowenta brands.
MASKING TAPE - I use this all the time to hold together my corners when I'm mitering borders. I use a very wide tape for this purpose.
WALKING FOOT - This is an extremely useful sewing machine foot for machine quilting. If you plan to machine quilt, this foot will help keep your backing, batting and front from shifting while moving through the machine. Helps all layers move at the same rate.
FOR HAND QUILTERS
STURDY 12" QUILTING HOOP - This is NOT an embroidery hoop! You will need to invest in a sturdy wood or plastic hoop that will hold your work securely, without loosening.
THIMBLE WITH RAISED EDGE - This is an essential tool for the hand quilting! My favorite has a deep, raised edge that keeps the needle from slipping off. The Raised Edge Quilter Thimbles that I use are carried in my store.
QUILTING THREAD - This thread is thicker than ordinary thread. I recommend matching the color of thread to fabric at first. As your stitches improve, you can choose colors that will show off more.
QUILTING TEMPLATES - Templates are widely available in many patterns. You use these to lay on top of your quilt top to mark your quilting design.
BETWEENS - These are the tiny needles used in the quilting process. The larger the number on the needle pack, the smaller the size needle. As a new quilter, I recommend beginning with a size 9. You can progress to smaller needles as your quilting improves. A smaller size needle will yield a smaller stitch.
MARKING PENS & PENCILS - There are many products on the market for marking your quilt top. My favorite is the blue ink marker that washes out in cold water upon completion. Beware of the disappearing ink markers - your design could be gone before you're done! Pencils work well as long as you mark lightly.
1/4" TAPE - This tape is used to mark 1/4" from your seams. Your quilting is easily marked, just outside of the bulky hem. The tape is reusable. Simply quilt alongside the tape, pull it up and move to next spot.
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