Everything You Need to Start Quilting

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If you’ve always wanted to try your hand at quilting, now is the time! Gather up the following supplies and you’ll be ready to start creating beautiful quilts in no time.

Equipment

Below is the equipment that you will need to get started quilting. If you already have some of these items, great! If not, don’t worry, they are easily accessible and relatively inexpensive.

Rotary Cutter:

This tool is used to cut fabric into precise shapes and sizes. It is a must-have for any quilter!

Sewing Machine:

You will need a sewing machine that is capable of sewing a straight stitch. Many machines have a zigzag stitch as well, which can be used for decorative purposes or to reinforce seams. When choosing a sewing machine for quilting, below are common features you will want:

– A throat plate with a slot for the presser foot: This will enable you to sew over thick layers of fabric without problems.

– An even feed foot or walking foot: This will help to prevent fabric from shifting as you sew, which is essential when piecing quilt blocks together.

– A quarter inch (6mm) foot: This is the standard foot used for quilting and is used to sew seams that are a quarter of an inch apart.

– Easy to use controls: Look for a machine that is easy to thread and has straightforward controls. If you are new to sewing, it may be helpful to purchase a machine that comes with an instructional DVD.

Sewing Machine Table:

A sewing machine table is not strictly necessary, but it can make quilting easier by giving you more workspace. If you purchase one, make sure to choose one where the sewing machine can be placed flush against the table. This will make it easier to sew straight seams. You can find more features to look for in sewing machine tables here.

Ruler:

A ruler is used to measure fabric and to ensure that cuts are straight.

Scissors and Pinking Shears:

Scissors are used to cut fabric, thread, and batting. They come in a variety of sizes and blade types, so choose the ones that feel most comfortable to you.

Pinking Shears are used to finish raw fabric edges and prevent them from fraying.

Iron and Ironing Board:

An iron is used to press seams and remove wrinkles from fabric. An ironing board is not strictly necessary, but it will make the job easier.

Rotary Cutting Mat:

This is a special mat that is used in conjunction with a rotary cutter. It provides a safe, stable surface to cut fabric on.

Now that you have all of your equipment, it is time to look at what supplies are needed to get started quilting.

Supplies

Once you have your equipment, there are some common supplies that you will need in order to start quilting.

Fabric:

Of course, you need fabric to quilt! Quilting cotton is a good choice for beginners. It’s easy to work with and comes in a variety of colors and patterns. You’ll need about 1/4 yard of fabric for each block you want to make.

There are several different types of patterns and fabric types you may want to experiment with as you become more experienced.

Thread:

You will need thread that matches the color of your fabric. You may also want to invest in a thread catcher, which attaches to your sewing machine and helps to keep the thread from getting tangled.

You will need thread to sew your quilt top together. All-purpose thread is a good choice for beginners. It comes in a variety of colors and is relatively inexpensive.

Backing:

The backing is the fabric that you will use on the back of your quilt. It should be a solid color or a simple print. You will need about 1 yard of backing fabric.

Batting:

Batting is the material that goes between the quilt top and the backing. It adds warmth and insulation to your quilt. You will need about 1/2 yard of batting.

Quilting pins:

These special pins are used to hold the layers of your quilt together while you sew. They are longer and thinner than regular sewing pins.

Tips for Your First Quilting Project

Now that you have all of the supplies and equipment you need, it’s time to start your first quilting project! Quilting is a great low cost DIY way to decorate your home.

Here are a few tips to help you get started on your first quilting project.

  1. Choose a simple pattern. There are many beautiful and intricate quilt patterns out there, but as a beginner, it’s best to choose something simple. A basic 9-patch or 4-patch quilt is a good place to start.
  2. Pre-wash your fabric. This will help to prevent shrinkage and color bleeding when you wash the finished quilt.
  3. Cut your fabric accurately. Use a rotary cutter and ruler to ensure that your fabric is cut accurately. This will make piecing your quilt top together much easier.
  4. Press your seams open. This will help to prevent bulkiness in your quilt.
  5. Take your time. Quilting is a relaxing and enjoyable hobby, so take your time and enjoy the process!

Final Notes

Now that you have all the supplies you need, you’re ready to start quilting! Check out our beginner’s guide to quilting for more tips and instructions. Or browse our selection of quilt patterns to find the perfect one for your first project.

Have fun and happy quilting!