Quilting has been a social, creative and therapeutic activity for hundreds of years. The earliest surviving quilt is dated about 1395. Before this historians report quilting was used in clothing and was brought to Europe Today women and men of all ages quilt. They create amazing works of art and beautiful useful everyday articles. What they all have in common is the love of fabric, color and design. And they all started with the basics: fabric, thread, scissors and an idea.
Today the tools for quilting have made the process easier and more accurate. Here is what you'll need to get started: • Scissors: good fabric scissors and small scissors or snippets for cutting threads. • Rotary Cutter: a medium size cutter 45 mm to start with. • Cutting mat: an 18 x 24 size matt is a good useful size, 12 x 18 is a good size also but don’t go smaller. • Acrylic quilting rulers: 12 x 6 or 24 x 6 are good sizes to start with. • Needles for your brand of sewing machine. Schmetz Microtex sharp needle 70 and 80 are what I use. • Hand Needles: I prefer appliqué but you can use whatever you are comfortable with. • Thread: good quality thread that produces little lint. I prefer quality 100% cotton. • Straight stitch sewing machine: if your machine comes with a straight stitch plate as an add on use it. The small hole will help stitching small pieces, but remember to switch back to the zig zag plate if you are going to adjust the width of your stitches like with the satin stitch. • For hand piecing: template plastic or heavy cardboard to make your own templates or templates designed for hand piecing. • Marking pencils:
Lead: black and colors. There are all kinds of marking pencils, pick one that draws a fine line. Different colors will be more visible on different color fabric. It’s good to have a variety.
Blue felt tip that is removed with water
Purple felt disappears after a period of time exposed to the air
White pen is removed by the heat of you iron.
This is just the beginning of your new adventure. Next we will talk about color, value and picking fabric that will show off our piecing skill. If you have any questions regarding this basic supply list e-mail me at: Joanne@homeschoolquilting.com