The Beginner’s List: Things You Need to Start Quilting


Are you making your way towards mastering the art of quilting? Learning to quilt is an impressive skill to have; however, it can be intimidating at first. As beginners, one should look for easy and fun projects to work on. The Internet is filled with inspiration and quick examples to put together as well as amazing, less time-consuming patterns. The world of quilting can be fun and exciting once you know all the details that go into it. Read on below for the ultimate beginner’s list to start quilting.

What is quilting?

Before we share all the tips and tricks, it’s vital that new quilters familiarize themselves with the entire process. Quilting is the activity of sewing two or more layers of fabric. It is used to create padded quilts or garments. They are used as bed coverings, wall hangings, clothes, or other textile products.

The procedure combines the top fabric layer with insulating materials. Layers are sewn with thread and needle or with a sewing machine.

There are various types of quilt designs in the world: African-American, Amish, Native American, Hawaiian, South Asian, plus, Modern, and artsy quilting techniques. Each type uses different design references, colors, and fabric materials.

If you’re still grasping the fundamentals of quilting, this beginner’s list will help you get started. We are offering several great tips along with a guide to every quilter’s must-have tools.

 Understanding Patterns

Choosing patterns with large pieces can be a lifesaver for beginners. Quilt patterns made with large pieces are error-free and easier to put together without compromising on the final look of your quilt. They’re a quick cheat to make marvelous pieces with little effort.

Another great advice is to select a pre-cut quilt patterns. Pre-cuts are very time-saving. They also provide you with accurate measurements to perfect your quilt designs.

 Must-Have Quilting Tools

1.     Quilt-quality fabric

Quilt-quality fabric are thicker, tightly-woven materials than regular fabric. They are great options for layering, and they keep their shape and quality for a long time.

2.     A cutting mat

Even if you’ll start off with pre-cut quilts, cutting mats are an essential tool to have. Since there are numerous sizes to pick out from, consult fellow quilters or check out online reviews. Medium- sized mats are the most popular.

3.     A rotary cutter and its complements

Buy a durable, self-closing rotary cutter to keep your hands safe and avoid blade cuts altogether. When you check out the cutters, make sure to get a few replacement blades, marking chalk, and some pins.

4.     A performing sewing machine

Before you make a purchase, check out the most popular models on the market today. Fellow home-quilters at Quilter’s Review believe that it’s important to go for a sewing machine that will accommodate all your needs. They claim that today’s machines have improved drastically, catering for any type of quilter.

Look for one that is eye-catching and suitable for your quilting level. Some machines have got an extended quilting table, and a built-in LED light. Others can go for 850 stitches per minute and 60 built-in stitches.

5.     Threads and needles

Get a brand thread from Gutermann, Mettler, or any other trusted name as well as 80/12 sewing machine needles. Experts recommend that quilters use designated needles for every type of sewing.

6.     Small and medium rulers

Rulers are important for cutting and adjusting fabrics. Among the most popular and loved sizes are the 24 x 8 ½ rule and the  6½ x 6½ or 12½ x 12½ inch rulers.

7.     A set of scissors

Scissors are quilting essentials. Quilters of any level must have at least a couple of full and small-sized scissors in hand.  The former is used to cut large fabric shears and continue to reach places rotary cutters cannot.  As for the latter, they provide better control over the materials. Also, allow better snipping and can cut even smaller sizes at ease.

8.     An iron and an ironing board

In this case, any good quality steam iron would do. If you already have a functional iron you don’t need to get another. The same thing applies to the ironing board.

Another option is to go for small-sized irons specifically made to handle quilt. These tiny tools are very handy for ironing while piecing and are also perfect for quilt blocks.

Quilting is an exhilarating form of art; it has been around for centuries and it’s quite popular among various cultures. Unlike many types of art, which stuck around for civilizations, quilting is improving. It’s integrating techniques from modern design, moda quilts, and paintings, too. With the correct tools in hand, everybody is a skillful quilter in the making.