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                                 Rosebud Quilt Block

Quilters use tools, supplies and gadgets to create their quilts. Quilters also have some extra tools that aren't essential, and I would call them "toys".  

These are the most important tools, IMHO. As a novice quilter; I would be lost without these valuable tools.


Rotary Cutter:  
               Basic Cutter:                              Ergonomic Rotary Cutter:
 Rotary Cutter   Ergonomatic Rotary Cutter  

I prefer the ergonomic rotary cutter for two reasons; less hand strain and the blade closes automatically. The medium-sized cutter (45mm) is recommended by experienced quilters.
Rotary Mat:

Rotary Mat

This is a self-healing cutting mat. Use a medium or large mat. Always store it flat and out of direct sunlight. Extreme heat will warp the mat.
Rotary Ruler:

This ruler is especially designed for the rotary cutter and mat. A 6"x12" ruler with increments in both directions; to help with precise cutting.
       Pins                                   Pin Cushion:
Pins  Pin Cushion with Emery Strawberry
Pins should be extra-long with glass heads. The pin cushion holds sharp pins safely.  The emery strawberry sharpens your pins.

Thread:                                   Collins Quilter's Marking Pencil

ThreadCollins Quilter's Marking Pencil~Silver  

100% cotton thread; no blends work the best for cotton piecing. This pencil is designed for fabric. You don't want to see pencil lines after quilting.

Scissors:                                 Seam Ripper:    
Sewing Scissors  Seam Ripper
Fabric long shears used only for your sewing projects.  My best friend is the seam ripper. You'll want it sharp; dull seam rippers can stretch the fabric.

Sewing Machine:                        Sewing Machine Needles:

Berninia Sewing Machine       Machine Needles

Sewing machines are like cars. There are very expensive models and less expensive models. As long as your machine is in good working order; and you can use a sharp needle (size 80) you're good. Make sure you have 1/4" foot or guide. I prefer Schmetz machine needles; size 80/12 for piecing and size  75/11 for quilting. Questions regarding the type of needle to use; ask where they sell or repair sewing machines.

                Fabric, Batting & Iron:                                

Amy Butler~ Soul Blossoms FabricQuilters Dream BattingIron & Ironing Board

A good quality cotton fabric is preferred. Depending on the type of quilt; a different type of batting is used. ie: A wall hanging quilt wouldn't need a warm batting compared to a comforter quilt. A good iron that is very hot for pressing to ensure good seams and good finished quilt.

"Toys" are tools and supplies that aren't necessary but can make quilting easier.

Long-Arm Quilting Machine:
Gammill Vision 26-10 Long-Arm Quilting Machine
I don't own a Long-Arm Quilting Machine. This machine quilts very elaborate designs in a short time.

OttLite Folding Task Lamp:
OttLite Folding Task Lamp
I love this lamp; it's portable and gives off the best light.

Embroidery Scissors & Curved Safety Pins:
Embroidery ScissorsCurved Safety Pins
I use embroidery scisssors quite a lot. For very fine cutting. Curved safety pins are easier than straight to penetrate the quilt layers for sewing.

Ruby Beholder:
Ruby Beholder
I love this tool. This is an awesome tool that determines color value. Hold it up to your eye and you'll be able to see the lights vs darks in fabric. It's very helpful tool to purchase fabric. The empty small square is used as a template for marking & cutting.

Color Wheel:
Color Wheel
Another awesome tool that helps you design your quilt based on color theory.

Embroidery Thread, Buttons, Rhinestones, Thimbles & Embroidery Needles:
Embroidery Thread Buttons Thimbles Embroidery NeedlesRhinestones
These are great if you wish to embellish the quilt with decorative stitches & some bling.

Blue Painter's Tape & Measuring Tape:
65231894573048557_0kPEQVvZ_b Measuring Tape
I use Blue Painter's Tape instead of masking tape; it doesn't leave any sticky residue. I use the Blue tape to mark 1/4" on my machine to ensure accurate sewing. Sometimes I use an old school measuring tape instead of the ruler.

Quilting Books, Magazines & Websites

Quilting BooksQuilt Magazine
A Few Quilt Websites:
  See How We Sew                                      Alethea Ballard Quilts  
  Alex Anderson & Ricky Tims                        Sara R & Winglion Community Quilts                          

Some quilters are talented and can create their own designs. Most use many resources; books, magazines, website and other quilters. Great quilting ideas can be found in many places.

What tools & "toys" have you used to complete your quilts?  Please share any tool that you prefer.

Originally posted to DK Quilt Guild on Sun May 06, 2012 at 03:00 PM PDT.

Also republished by DKOMA.

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