by Jenny Grant
Whether you are a new to quilting, or are an advanced quilter, you will need to have a quilting supply in order to be able to make your quilts. What types of materials will you need in your supply? That will depend on exactly what you are doing and how you are doing it, but here are some recommended tools that every quilter should have in their quilting supply.
A sewing machine is one of the greatest time savers in quilting. It will make your quilt come together so much faster than if you want to do it by hand. Of course, the next thing you will need to make your quilt is fabric. Using 100% cotton fabric is recommended, but if you know what you are doing, you can try other fabrics as well. While most quilters love having a bunch of fabrics in your supply, usually it is helpful to have decided what quilt you are going to make before going out to buy the fabric. Otherwise you might have a room full of fabrics but not be able to make a quilt out of it if they don't go together.
An iron and ironing board is very important also! If your fabrics are wrinkled, it could end up making your pieces the wrong size and the whole quilt could be off. Plus, you will need an iron to iron the pieces open after you sew them together. Believe me, an iron will make the difference between having an ok quilt and an amazing quilt.
Other things you will need are a rotary cutter or scissors so that you can cut your fabrics, and pins to keep fabric together. You will need thread for your sewing machine as well, plus a good ruler so you can make sure that your fabrics are all cut at the right size!
These are the major items you should have in your quilting supply. It might sound like a lot, but most of them can be used over and over again, so you will not need to spend a lot of money each time you quilt. Plus, you can get many of the above items without spending a lot of money, so you won't have to spend a fortune in order to quilt.
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