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Thread: Must haves???

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    Must haves???

    I am going out today to get fabric and supplies to start my very first quilt!! YAY!!! (yes I am excited) ... I am wondering what are some of you "must haves" for quilting? Want to make sure to get the right things. I know I need a cutting mat and rotary cutter (which I already have) ... fabric, scissors, thread, fabric, my pattern.. what else am I missing? I am going to be doing the "quilt as you go method" for my first one since it's going to be a large quilt!

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    I think with all your posts you are certainly headed toward a beautiful creation! (Starting with that wonderful sewing space you have, with all those windows and everything on hand. Only a little envious.) I wouldn't go to the fabric store without having a specific pattern and budget in mind. Read the pattern and check the supplies needed. Then check off what you already have. Don't forget the batting and the backing fabric. Go shopping with a plan, and check the list twice.
    My personal experience on my first quilts was to get only what I needed in order to be less frustrated and overwhelmed by the process. Everything fell into place after that. I was fortunate I inherited and given many sewing things, and found incredible boxes of sewing stuff at garage sales over the years. The LQS fabric and thread 'stashes' came later.
    Keep us posted!

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    seam ripper
    pointer such as an awl/bamboo skewer/chopstik
    rulers - a 6" x 24" and a 12.5' square, to start
    a good steam iron
    batting
    a small full pad of sticky notes for you 1/4" seam allowance....as below

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    Fabric pencils or pens to draw with. A beginner's quilting book is good to have - Quilts, Quilts, Quilts. And starch!
    "Be yourself...everyone else is taken."
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    I don't have much as I figure my mom and my grandmother did quilt with not much either and they succeeded very well in my own opinion. For a start, all I got was a 24"x6" ruler and some pins http://store.quilting-warehouse.com/...pins-pins.html
    you will see all kind of notions and as you make more quilts you will want more and it is perfect. Also, the main thing that helped me a lot, was a book that I read and keep going back to every now and then, teaching me some hint for different pieces. Mine is http://www.amazon.com/The-Classic-Qu.../dp/1571200703
    but there are many good books out there.

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    Patience!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by grammy Dwynn View Post
    Patience!!!!
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    Do you have pins?!?!?
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    Some needles, silk pins or other choice, and some type of pin cushion~
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    What type of batting are you planning to use?

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