If you're new to quilting, you may be feeling a little overwhelmed and wondering what it is that you need to have in your sewing box to get started.
Below is a list of tools/notions that I use regularly when quilting. Links are underlined. Links will take you to Lindley General Store.
45mm Rotary Cutter and Spare Blade - Probably one of the most essential tools for precision quilting!
18in. x 24in. Cutting Mat - For use with a rotary cutter. Please note, that if you are planning to use a rotary cutter (which I highly recommend), a cutting mat is a necessity. As to the size, there are quite a few sizes on the market today, but I would always recommend this one for the beginner as it's big enough that you can manage most things without too much inconvenience, but not so big that you need a whole room for it!
Small Scissors - Handy to have beside your sewing machine for snipping threads.
Quilting Pins - I have these and I absolutely love them!
Piecing Thread - I alternate between Aurifil 50wt Cotton and Gütermann all-purpose polyester. Aurifil is the industry standard, but I find Gütermann does the job just fine. Which ever thread you go with, I recommend you start with neutral colours like black and white.
An Iron (and ironing board). If you don't have one, I would recommend looking for something a little more expensive as I find the cheaper ones don't get hot enough for quilting cotton.
Quilters Tape Measure - Handy for measuring beds and much needed when adding borders to a quilt top. If you are only doing smaller projects, you can get away with a standard tape measure.
Sheers or Scissors - These would be a suitable pair.
Another thing that is extremely handy (but not essential) is a lint brush or lint roller. Not only do they help keep your clothes free of threads and fluff, they are very effective in keeping your cutting mat and surrounding area clean.
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