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When you take up quilting, there are a few basic supplies you'll need to get started. Below is a summary of recommended elements, including materials to form the structure and decoration of your quilt, and accessories to help throughout the process.
Required to form the backing and the quilt top, fabric is a key element in the construction of your quilt. Available in a variety of materials (i.e. cotton), specialty precuts (i.e. fat quarters), colours and prints, the fabric you choose will set the theme of your quilt.
Whether you hand stitch your quilt or use a sewing machine, using the correct needles is a necessity. Special quilting needles are available for sewing machines or if you're hand quilting, it's recommended to use Betweens – short needles with a small, rounded eye.
Primarily used to snip threads, patchwork scissors are an essential item in quilting and always a necessity for quilters. With special serrated blades to cut multiple layers of fabric without them fraying, it's so easy to cut out intricate patchwork pieces, blocks or motifs.
The quarter inch foot allows you to achieve a precise quarter inch seam allowance on your fabric, without having to draw it on manually. It even has red markers on it to indicate which point you need to stop sewing when approaching a corner!
Similar to those you iron your clothes with, quilting irons ensure that your fabric has no creases or wrinkles, ultimately providing more accuracy in stitching pieces together. Small, lightweight and easy to control, these specially-shaped, handheld irons smooth out even the tightest corners.
It's important to mark your template lines and trace patterns whilst quilting to ensure the utmost accuracy and precision in your designs. Quilting pencils are specially designed to draw on fabric and are available in a range of colours to stand out on textiles, easily washing off when required.
Quilting pins are designed to easily glide through fabric, used to temporarily hold quilt layers together. Usually 2" in length, these sharp pins often have brightly coloured heads to stand out on your quilt and are extremely useful for precise pinning in delicate patchwork.
Quilting rulers are used for accurate measurements when cutting strips, designed to work with rotary cutters. Ensuring consistently sized fabric pieces, this tool is generally constructed from clear acrylic and features grid lines with dimensions printed in inches.
There is a huge variety of quilting templates available, for a whole host of different purposes! Whether you want to cut various-sized triangles, half circles, squares, or any other shape you desire, these acrylic templates allow you to precisely trace shapes to create blocks and appliqué designs.
Used to precisely and cleanly cut through fabric, rotary cutters have a circular rotating blade that cuts curves and straight lines. With a handle for ease of use, rotary cutters can cut several fabric layers simultaneously, making it incredibly easy to cut out identical patchwork pieces.
Perfect for protecting your work surface whilst cutting with blades, self-healing mats are large, durable and resistant against score marks that could impact your next project. Featuring a handy grid printed with measurements, they aid in precisely cutting fabric pieces quickly and easily.
Used to join pieces of fabric together, thread is a predominant part of the quilting process. Available in a variety of weights and colours, it's important to choose a thread that suits your project. For example, light threads are suited for appliqué, while regular weight threads are more suited for quilting.
A quilt is divided into three layers – the wadding (or 'batting') is the middle layer, used to provide warmth and padding. This layer is often constructed from cotton, polyester, silk, wool or a combination of these materials.