For starters, how is your 1/4″ seam looking? Is it straight? I hope so! Today’s post is all about essential quilting tools for beginners. Technically, you can start quilting with just a few basic supplies, but if you want to get excellent results, there are plenty of tools that can help with that.
Let me just say, that if you thought having a baby brought lots of paraphernalia into your world, just wait until you see all the stuff Quilting can bring into your life! I’ve owned almost all of it. I’ve sold almost all of it while working at a quilt shop. AND, I’m a sucker for any new tool that promises to make quilting quicker, easier, more accurate, etc. (Any of the usual marketing tactics work on me where quilting is concerned.) I’m pretty well versed in the in’s-and-out’s of what is out there in the way of quilting tools and equipment. So, I’m going to link you up with the stuff I recommend.
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Let’s dig in!
The Essential Quilting Tools::
I recently purchased a pair of Kai scissors to replace my 25 year old Mundials and am loving them. There are several good brands, all of which will do the job. But buy the best you can afford.
Later you’re going to need the following, so be saving your pennies:
There are lots of other specialty rulers out there, and they are fun to play with. But here is a tip: Join a quilt guild. Some of them have quilting ruler libraries so that you can try before you buy!
If I had money to form a start up company, I would invent the perfect iron for quilters. Believe me, the pricey Oliso out there has plenty of the same issues. If you’re lucky enough to have a vintage iron from the era when they made stuff right, then hold on to it!)
I wish I felt confident enough about a brand of iron to recommend it, but I just don’t at this point. I am currently using a Shark Professional Iron. It’s good and heavy, but it leaks and doesn’t get as hot as I would like.
My Shark Iron – 3rd Iron I’ve had in 5 years
1.) Make sure you gather the essential quilting tools mentioned in this post. Most of it can be found online or in a local quilt shop. If you have a quilting friend, perhaps they have some extra supplies you can borrow.
2.) Find some quilt shops in your area. Pay the owners a visit. They are usually very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. Notice what kind of fabrics they sell, what types of designs do they favor (modern, traditional), what kinds of notions and patterns are on the wall. Take note of the prices. Here in the US, quilting cotton is going to cost you between $11 and $14 a yard. Do they have a “sale” section? Can you sign up for a mailing list? Do they teach technique classes?
3.) While you are out and about, purchase 1/2 yard each of 3 different solid fabrics. (Solids aren’t nearly as expensive as prints.) They can be whatever color you want, just as long as they differ in “value” meaning one of them should be light, one of them should be medium, and one of them should be fairly dark. We will use these in our next lesson. I realize I haven’t “taught” you anything about color values, but if you need help with that, I’m sure the people at the quilt store will be able to help.
Until next time, keep practicing your 1/4″ seam!