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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.
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.
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 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
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.
Sewing Machine: Sewing 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:
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""Toys" are tools and supplies that aren't necessary but can make quilting easier.
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.
Blue Painter's Tape & 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
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.