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Thread: Shopping list for a new quilter

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    Super Member LucyInTheSky's Avatar
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    My friend is starting to get into quilting (she finished the quilt top of a 9 year old BOM from Joanns. It's staying at my house until she's ready to pin and quilt :D ). Anyway, so she's ready to start shopping for basic supplies and wants me to put a list together. Please add your thoughts on what she needs

    Rotary cutter & blades
    Cutting mat
    Ruler
    IBC silk pins
    Lots of fabric (she carried her stash over in one box)
    Diff colored threads
    More bobbins
    Seam ripper

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    sharp small tipped scissors if she plans any applique.
    A nice tin to hold the jabillion safety pins she will have for quilting.
    That's what I can think for now....

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    Oh, and a looseleaf binder with page protectors for her to chronicle her creations! Start her on that now before she gets too many projects into it!! :) :)

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    Probably 3 rulers - 3x18, 6x24, and an 8" or 12" square. A marking tool (disappearing ink?), pin cushion, scissors. That's the rest of basics, I think.

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    It's a little out there, but I keep a number of plastic bags to put my cut pieces in til I make the block. I put all the pieces for a block in one bag and that way I can find them and they don't get lost in the shuffle.

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    How about a walking foot and a 1/4 inch foot for her sewing machine and if traveling an extension cord so no matter where she sews she can reach the plug. That seems to be one of the forgotten things by quilters on a retreat. Marge

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    magnet to pick up loose/dropped pins

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    A book of basic quilt blocks. Curved safety pins.

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    The one thing I did without for a long time is a design wall. I don't know how I ever did without it!! It doesn't have to be elaborate, there have been many posts here about making one!!
    The other...a can of 505 basting spray!!
    Ditter

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    That sounds like a great starter kit. More can be added as she expands her quilting. She probably already has a lint roller. Great for cleaning up the little threads that appear on the ironing board. Don't forget spray starch! I'm constantly using my small tape measure, especially when doing borders. Also my seam gauge, especially for bindings. I'm continually searching out my calculator to see if I have enough fabric for whatever pieces I need to cut or to figure out how much fabric I'll need, so I really should get one just for my Studio.

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