It is important to have the basic tools to ease you into your project. There is nothing more exasperating than having your momentum stopped because you’re missing a thing or two.
When I started my first quilt, the only tools I had were a tiny cutting mat, 8.5” quilt ruler, rotary cutter, scissors, pins, thread and sewing needles. I began by hand sewing because I wasn’t sure if this was for me and I wasn’t going to invest on something that I wasn’t sure about. Ridiculous, right? A few years on and I have a room stocked up with quite a bit of gear. And as much fun as hand sewing was, I was pretty lucky to receive a sewing machine that Christmas. It was definitely quicker with a sewing machine!
I guess what I’m trying to say is, you can always start small, get some fat quarters and test the waters to see if this is for you.
- A good sewing machine with interchangeable foot capability.
- ¼ inch sewing machine foot
- Walking foot
- Hand sewing and machine quilting needles (change needles for every new project or after 10-12 hours of use)
- Tape measurer
- Quilting ruler
- Seam ripper
- Cotton thread
- Basting spray
- Masking tape
- Self-healing cutting mat
- Steam iron and ironing board