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Thread: Shopping list for a new quilter

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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!!
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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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    How about one of those tiny rulers that have the little arrow at the end to measure small pcs? I'm pretty new, and my aunt got me one of these. I never thought I would need it, but use it all the time. And - one of those little plastic seam allowance measurers . . boy I should learn my notions!
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    small tote with a handle to keep basics in when traveling
    bobbin holder
    chocolate for inspiration
    labels for fabric and for small items
    journal for what you want to do and what you have done
    this isn't a necessity, but I love my shape cutter for cutting strips

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    Quote Originally Posted by Honey
    small tote with a handle to keep basics in when traveling
    bobbin holder
    chocolate for inspiration
    labels for fabric and for small items
    journal for what you want to do and what you have done
    this isn't a necessity, but I love my shape cutter for cutting strips
    Chocolate ! I never thought of that! Great to have in a starter kit and a spare bar here and there (just for those times when you get stuck and need inspiration) These chocolates have no fat, no calories and are just wonderful....
    I need to get some.

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    STARCH!!

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    A koozie to keep your little mini-wine bottles cool. I find these are more stable than a wine glass - which can get knocked over pretty easily.
    Project totes and a scrap tote. I have a couple with handles but a couple that are clear and more flat to put completed blocks in. Looks like you have most everything - I agree with a good basic book that has techniques and a good index/glossary. Actually a Joanns coupon - there are some great starter kits out there but they're pricey but a very good value with a coupon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cminor
    How about one of those tiny rulers that have the little arrow at the end to measure small pcs? I'm pretty new, and my aunt got me one of these. I never thought I would need it, but use it all the time. And - one of those little plastic seam allowance measurers . . boy I should learn my notions!
    I think the tiny ruler is called a seam guide. Wanted to find the proper name for it the other day.. I use mine all the time, too....

    You might want to add to the list:
    - slef healing cutting mat, minimum 18" x 24", preferable 24" x 36"
    - self closing rotary cutter (Olfa makes one?) for safety's sake
    - 6" x 24" ruler (to cut strip in one move), 5" x 12" ruler, and 12.5" square ruler
    - walking foot for her machine
    - beige or light grey 50 wt thread for piecing
    - wooden chop stick to guide fabric under the needle or, better yet, the purple thingy tool
    - box of Jumbo size zip bags to keep all the fabric for a project together in one place
    - blue painter's tape (handy when layering layers on the floor; and, 3-4 layers cut an inch long makes a nice 1/4" fence on your machine)

    That's all I can think of for now. I'm tying to put together a list to start an informal group here in work. Best of luck!

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    When she or anyone is ready to layer for quilting get a Micro Stitch tacking gun!!! I've used this for all my quilts and never "get stuck" or have to fiddle with safety pins (not fun for arthritic hands). Get this brand as the other one I saw had longer tacks and a fatter piercing needle. This was an "as seen on TV" at one time but now available at fabric and quilting stores.

    Instead of the kitchen floor, see if your local library has a meeting room with those beautiful long tables! Put a few together, take a friend and done! I just phone ahead for a time.
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    Wow, Patience

    Also a good light by sewing machine!

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    Something to mark her quilts with-purple or blue erasable pens, pounce, ceramic pencils or whatever she prefers

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    Quote Originally Posted by RatherB Quilting
    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!! :) :)
    Or maybe even a flash drive. I have pictures of every quilt I have ever made, along with descriptions of them and the dates made etc. It goes with me EVERYWHERE.

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    How about some basting spray to make basting easier than pinning.

    tell her about ConnectingThreads.com to get some great threads for piecing at economical prices. They have wonderful fabrics too.

    she'll be quilting to her hearts content with you!

    warm quilt hugs, sue in CA

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    An Ott light for matching colors, and a wool pincushion. A self threading needle (I think they're called that-they have a slit at the top or side of the eye so you can just pop your thread(s) into it) for burying thread ends into the batting or binding. A good quilting reference book to keep on hand.

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    I have a thin square board that I lay the cut pieces on by the machine. that way I can pick up the right piece and keep everything in order

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kitsie
    When she or anyone is ready to layer for quilting get a Micro Stitch tacking gun!!! I've used this for all my quilts and never "get stuck" or have to fiddle with safety pins (not fun for arthritic hands). Get this brand as the other one I saw had longer tacks and a fatter piercing needle. This was an "as seen on TV" at one time but now available at fabric and quilting stores.
    Good info on the tack gun! I must have bought that "other" brand because I hate it. The tacks are so big, it feels like I'm putting a broom handle thru the fabric. Will have to try and find the one you've suggested. Thanks.

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