Beginner’s Corner: Tools for Beginner Quilters

A group of Keepsake Quilting employees have signed up for a beginner quilting class that will meet once a month. To make sure we are properly armed for class and ready to sew, here’s a list we came up with that many beginner quilters will find helpful!

Tools for Beginner Quilters

45mm Rotary Cutter such as this Olfa Rotary Cutter. This size is best for cutting many layers and general quilting; smaller sizes are best for applique, smaller pieces, or cutting curves.

Cutting Mat an 18″ x 24″ is a good size to start, although many quilters prefer a larger board like our 36″ x 59″ Cutting Mat.

Acrylic Rulers similar to those shown. Especially a 6″ x 24″ or 6″x 12″, or a smaller 6.5″ x 6.5″ for cutting smaller pieces of fabric. Non slip rulers like our Creative Grids Non-Slip Rulers are very helpful!

Dressmaker scissors (7.5″) and small embroidery (4″)  or snipping scissors like our Karen Kay Buckley scissors. The larger scissor is helpful when cutting many layers of fabric, and smaller scissors are great for small, tight areas, applique and snipping threads. It’s best to have scissors that you will use just for fabric and thread, as paper and other materials will dull them faster.

Sewing Machine and Hand-Sewing Needles Our Roxanne needles come in both betweens and sharps. Betweens are usually for hand quilting, while sharps are for piecing or general sewing, although quilters often use one type that they prefer. The larger the number, the smaller the needle. Beginners tend to be more comfortable with a larger needle (smaller number).

Seam Ripper like our lighted, magnifying Mighty Bright Seam Ripper. Remember, even the most experienced quilters have to use the seam ripper!

Sharp, Fine Pins Our Thin Quilting Pins are great for machine and hand piecing. Our Quilters Pins are thick and strong, and great for pinning the top, batting and backing, and pinning binding in place.

A Pincushion or Pin Catcher like the Clover Pin ‘n Stow (shown at left) to store unused or extra pins, and easily pick up strays!

Cotton thread (machine/hand-sewing thread) in neutral colors (tan or light grey) like in our Aurifil Thread Collection.

Sharp pencil or marking tool Our 6 in 1 Marking Pencil has six colors for marking on all different colored fabrics!

Iron and ironing board You’ll want an iron that produces a consistent steam. A slightly heavier one is helpful when pressing fabrics. A smaller pad like our Travel Ironing Pad is very helpful for quilt class.

Masking tape or sticky note pads to mark your machine’s .25″ seam allowance. Our Perfect Piecing Seam Guide is a helpful way to mark a consistent seam.

Last, but not least…Fabric, fabric, fabric! There are so many options for cotton quilting fabric!

We’d love to know if you think our list is missing anything. Which tools did you find the most helpful when you were learning to quilt?

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2 Responses to Beginner’s Corner: Tools for Beginner Quilters

  1. Nancy Bentz says:

    A sewing machine and a quarter inch foot come in handy.

    • Cathy Whitby says:

      OMG!! I finally received a quarter inch foot that it seemed took months to arrive. Supplies here in the “bush” are not easy to come by which is how I find Keepsake Quilting in the first place. Anyone interested in this hobby should definitely invest in the quarter inch foot!!!

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