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.
Here are the basics that have helped me along the way:
A good sewing machine with interchangeable foot capability.
¼ inch sewing machine foot
Hand sewing and machine quilting needles (change needles for every new project or after 10-12 hours of use)
This is a pretty quick and easy project. You’d be able to get this done in an hour or two, which makes it so gratifying and fun! It’s also a great platform to start and see if patchwork is for you. Let’s begin!
For material, you will need 5 fat quarters (18″ x 22″) and 18″ square batting:
2 fat quarters for patchwork (front and background)
1 fat quarter for the backing for the quilt sandwich (this will be inside of the cover, so you wouldn’t need anything fancy)
2 fat quarter for the cushion envelope
1 square of batting measuring 18″ x 18″
Cutting for patchwork:
Square 1 (cut into squares and then cut diagonally in half to form triangles):
2 square cuts of front fabric
2 square cuts of background fabric
4 square cuts of front fabric
1 square cut of background fabric
Cushion envelope (these are to overlap for the back of the cushion to form an envelope):
1 cut of 11″x 18″
1 cut of 13.5″ x 18″
Batting (my preference is always either cotton or bamboo):
1 square cut of 18″ x 18″
I would love to hear from you and see the projects that you have done. I hope you’ve found this tutorial helpful and perhaps found a new love in quilting!