How to quilt shopping list part II

 Shopping List Of Required Materials for Quilting

How to quilt shopping list part II  We will start with rotary cutter mat and rotary cutter.

-Rotary cutter mat and rotary cutter: Rotary cutting methods simplify the process of quilt making. Rotary self-healing mats with printed measurement lines are available in several sizes. Twenty four by thirty six inches is appropriate for most cutting needs. A rotary cutter is an indispensable tool for a quilt maker. The larger cutters slice through several layers of fabric at once, smaller ones are best for precision cutting. A medium (45 mm.) cutter is sufficient for most jobs. Replacement blades are available. Replace the blade when it no longer cuts cleanly without skipping.

-Acrylic rulers: You will need to buy two or three to get you started. A long narrow 6” x 24” for cutting strips, a 12” x 12” for squaring your blocks and a 6 “x 6” to do precision cuts and sub-cutting pieces. These rulers are clearly marked with lines (up to 1/8”) and angle lines.

-Marking materials: A sharp mechanical pencil, a chalk pencil, a silver or yellow quilters’ pencil or a washable ink pen are needed to mark quilting lines and sewing lines if you hand piece. Whichever one you use, make sure the lines can be removed when washing the quilt.

A permanent pigment pen is needed to sign and date your quilt.

-Sewing machine: This is the most expensive tool you will have to buy. Research before settling on buying one, and ask the salesperson to show you all the features and accessories included with the sewing machine you are considering. Ask to test it if possible. Shop around and compare prices and features.

-Iron: An iron and ironing board are needed to press your seams and blocks flat. There are many available models with different features (vertical steam, non-stick soleplate, auto shut off and many more). Whichever one you buy, test to see if it gets hot enough to get wrinkles out of cotton fabric without using steam, as steam ironing can somewhat distort blocks.

-Thimble: If you hand quilt you will need to use a thimble to be able to push the needle loaded with stitches through the three layers of the quilt. Thimbles can feel awkward at first. Get used to them by wearing them when you aren’t quilting. Buy a thimble that fits the middle finger of your dominant hand snuggly.

Thimbles are made from a variety of materials (metal, plastic or leather, precious metals) and prices vary a great deal. You might have to buy two or three to find the one you feel most comfortable using.

-Quilting hoop or frame: Decide which one you want to use if you plan on hand quilting and see if there is a way you can try them both before making a purchase. Space will be a consideration when setting up a quilting frame. Hoops are portable, but require repositioning the quilt constantly while you hand quilt it.

-Small odds and ends: Materials such as pincushions, seam ripper, a long measuring tape, thread conditioner or beeswax, needle threader, finger protectors, extra bobbins for the machine, machine oil or masking tape might already be in your sewing box or drawer. As you continue in your quilt-making journey, you will find some of these to be useful tools.

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