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Thread: Ideas for making a starter quilt kit for a newbie

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    HI
    A friend of mine is retiring after thirty years of working with special needs children. She told me she wanted to take up quilting. She bought a sewing machine.. I have taken up a collection at work and thought I would make her a starter kit (i.e. mat, rotary cutter, ruler...etc). My question... What is the one thing you think absolutely needs to go in the kit... And do you have a favorite brand?
    Thank you. Any other suggestions would be fun as well.

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    thread snippers! What a great idea for a retirement gift!

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    Definetly a stitch ripper, i am just learning and find i "unsew quite a bit" i would be lost without mine.

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    CHOCOLATE :lol:

    rotary cutter Olfa, extra blades either 45 or 60
    Mat
    Fabric scissors
    snips
    rulers 6 x 24 at least, also 6.5 square
    basic quilting book ?
    good thread in a neutral color
    extra bobbins if she doesn't have a good stash
    1/4 " foot if her machine doesn't have one
    thin quilters straight pins

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    wonderful idea - magnetic pin holder and extra sewing machine needles

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    an I.O.U for lessons?

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    Cute handmade pincushion, safety pins for basting, quilting gloves, fat quarters or some other fun fabric collection. What a fun idea!

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    a gift certificate to a LQS...

    and i luv kat sews idea of the iou for lessons

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    1/4" foot for her sewing machine. It really helps keep the seams even.
    What a great friend you are to do this for her.

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    fabric sissors, tape measure

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    Walking foot (if it didn't come with her machine), sense of humor, IOU for help, nice (nice I mean big) wine glass and a bottle of wine (for those nights that she'll be FMQ)! Oh yeah, I forgot, chocolate.

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    A few fat quarters or charms you think she will love!

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    Good Luck to your Friend.... IOU for the lessons and easy ways to get them finished !!

    Could also make up a 2 color kit w/strips and first block made for a how to example.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greenini
    CHOCOLATE :lol:

    rotary cutter Olfa, extra blades either 45 or 60
    Mat
    Fabric scissors
    snips
    rulers 6 x 24 at least, also 6.5 square
    basic quilting book ?
    good thread in a neutral color
    extra bobbins if she doesn't have a good stash
    1/4 " foot if her machine doesn't have one
    thin quilters straight pins

    I would include a gift certificate to a LQS.
    A can of spray starch or sizing
    A thimble for her hand sewing the bindings
    Quilting pins (I have the yellow flower pins)
    A pin cushion
    Scissors

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    A pattern book with simple quilts and LOVE LOVE LOVE the IOU Lessons idea

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewmorethings
    Definetly a stitch ripper, i am just learning and find i "unsew quite a bit" i would be lost without mine.
    Me, too! Sometimes I think I make a quilt twice - once the wrong way and once the right way! At least I get twice as much experience that way!

    :thumbup:

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    A quilt book or magazines with beginner level patterns.

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    I would include the web-address of this board so she can join us!

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    Quote Originally Posted by suzee
    I would include the web-address of this board so she can join us!
    Best advice :thumbup:

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