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Beginning Quilting......Getting the basic Quilting necessities.

Updated on October 3, 2012

You can quilt!!!!

If you are reading this lens then you have begun the first step towards learning to quilt. This lens is written for anyone just getting into or just becoming interested in quilting.

I have been sewing since I was 5, but it wasnt until I was in my mid teens when I taught myself to really sew. I am competely self taught and with that said, you can learn to sew too.

Quilting will be a great place to start for anyone interested in sewing. All the sewing lines are straight, you are either working with rectangles or squares and all your seams will be 1/4 inch. I have listed for you the essentials needed to begin sewing/quilting.

If you have a moment to watch the baby blanket quilt video, it is an excellent refrence and guide to making a baby blanket.

The Quilting Necessities

You will need these items:

1)Scissors

2)Sewing machine

3)Thread

4)Pencil

5)Quilters Ruler

6)Fabric (prewash it before cutting)

7)Batting

8)Quilting pins

Items not needed but are really useful:

1)Rotary Mat

2) Rotary Cutter

If you are completely just beginning I would recommend beginning with something small like a set of place mats.

I have 3 different sizes for them.

Rectangle: 13x19 or 12x16

Square: 13x13

Once you get into, have the time for or just feel comfortable with larger projects here are the sizes for Bed Quilts:

1)Twin; 80"x106"

2)Full; 100'x106'

3)Queen; 106x106

4)King; 106'x112"

5)Cal King; 106"X114"

Smaller Blanket Projects:

1)Preemie Blanket Size - 24" x 30"

2)Newborn Baby Blanket Size - 36" x 36"

3)Toddler/Child Blanket Size - 36" x 45"

4)Child/Teen Size Blanket - 40" x 60"

1 yard of fabric is always 36 inches long and can vary from 32" wide up to 54" depending on the make of the fabric you are chosing from.

Sewing Machines

SINGER 7258 Stylist Award-Winning 100-Stitch Computerized Free-Arm Sewing Machine with Instructional DVD and More
SINGER 7258 Stylist Award-Winning 100-Stitch Computerized Free-Arm Sewing Machine with Instructional DVD and More

Offering 100 built-in stitches, the Singer 7258 Stylist includes a large variety of stitches for all types of sewing, such as fashion sewing, quilting, heirloom, crafts, home and decorative sewing.

 
SINGER 7256 Fashion Mate 70-Stitch Computerized Free-Arm Sewing Machine with Automatic Needle Threader
SINGER 7256 Fashion Mate 70-Stitch Computerized Free-Arm Sewing Machine with Automatic Needle Threader

Whether you're an experienced sewer or a budding fashionista, the SINGER Fashion Mate 7256 is an easy-to-use and versatile sewing machine featuring a large variety of stitches for all types of projects--such as fashion sewing, quilting, heirloom, crafts, home and decorative sewing.

 
SINGER 160 Anniversary Limited Edition Computerized Sewing Machine
SINGER 160 Anniversary Limited Edition Computerized Sewing Machine

The SINGER 160 Limited Edition anniversary computerized sewing machine features a nostalgic heritage shape and color with updated features and new technology that makes sewing easy, intuitive, and fun.

The OneTouch stitch selector makes selecting a stitch as easy as pushing a button. The stitches are automatically set to the optimal length and width, but can be overridden for personalization. The SwiftSmart threading and Drop & Sew bobbin systems make machine threading and set up easier than ever.

Whether you're new to sewing or an experienced pro, you'll enjoy 24 built-in stitch options, the heritage design, and overall ease of use of this limited time machine.

 
SINGER 2259 Tradition Easy-to-Use Free-Arm 19-Stitch Portable Sewing Machine
SINGER 2259 Tradition Easy-to-Use Free-Arm 19-Stitch Portable Sewing Machine

The SINGER 2259 Tradition has the features to make starting a new hobby easy. This sewing machines features an automatic four-step buttonhole, easy stitch selection, and snap-on presser feet. Thread the machine quickly and easily. Just follow the arrows on the machine, and you are threaded in a snap.

Nineteen basic, stretch, and decorative built-in stitches provide options for everything from the most basic garment alterations to more elaborate home décor designs.

 

Making a Baby Quilt from start to finish

Quilting Refrence Books

Sewing Essentials

Singer Sew Essentials Storage System, 166 Pieces
Singer Sew Essentials Storage System, 166 Pieces

This revolutionary sewing storage system features a hard plastic outer shell making the contents safe for storage and travel. This 10 by 8-1/2 by 6-inch storage also features a molded plastic handle the folds for easy storage; two outer pockets for holding patterns or small books; inside this case features forty spokes for storing forty large spools of thread; eight outer small compartments for storing small essentials and a larger compartment for scissor and other larger items with a built-in pin cushion. This storage system contains twenty large spools of bright and dark threads, twenty medium spools of pastel and bright threads, seventy-five 1-1/2-inch pearl head pins, seam ripper, 60-inch vinyl measuring tape, three metal thimbles, 8-1/2-inch bent scissors, three needle threaders, ten plastic bobbins, a tomato/strawberry pin cushion, and a needle compact with thirty hand needles.

 
Singer 8-1/2-Inch Fabric Scissors with Comfort Grip
Singer 8-1/2-Inch Fabric Scissors with Comfort Grip

The Singer 8-1/2-inch Fabric Scissor with Comfort Grip Handles are guaranteed for LIFE. The comfort grip handles are rubberized to make cutting easier on your fingers. The 8-1/2-inch blades are made of stainless steel.

 
Dritz Quilting Template Marking Pencil, Black
Dritz Quilting Template Marking Pencil, Black

Black Template Marking Pencil. This template marking pencil is ideal to draw on plastic when designing your own plastic templates. The special lead markings can be removed easily with a damp cloth.

 

Quilting Rulers

Omnigrid Ruler Value Pack 1, Package of Four
Omnigrid Ruler Value Pack 1, Package of Four

Omnigrid Value Pack 1 includes 1 each of 4.5, 6.5, 9.5, and 12.5 inch square rulers

Each has an extra .5 inch for seam allowances

Features a diagonal angle line

Use to cut square and trim blocks

Marks are yellow

 
Wrights 6-1/2-Inch-by-24-Inch Easy Rule II
Wrights 6-1/2-Inch-by-24-Inch Easy Rule II

A clear acrylic ruler made for precise measuring

Can reach across the entire width of folded fabric

Features 1/4 inch seam allowance marked on all 4 sides at 3/8, 5/8, and 7/8 inch intervals in large easy to read numbers and letters

Measures 6.5 by 24 inches

 

Rotary Mat

Olfa Rotary Essentials Kit
Olfa Rotary Essentials Kit

Rotary Essentials Kit. Olfa rotary cutters cut cloth; leather; paper; vinyl; film; wallpaper; photographs and more in straight or curved lines. Each cutter has a blade cover for safety and is designed for right or left handed users. Premium quality blades provide superior sharpness and edge retention. The Olfa self-healing mat is three layers thick for superior durability. This kit contains one 45mm large rotary cutter; one 18mm small rotary cutter; and one 12x18in self-healing rotary mat.

 
OLFA 9881 RM-SG 18-Inch x 24-Inch Self-Healing Double-Sided Rotary Mat
OLFA 9881 RM-SG 18-Inch x 24-Inch Self-Healing Double-Sided Rotary Mat

Self-healing Rotary Mats Are Double-sided, Triple Layer With A Dark Green Base Color And Yellow Grid Lines On One Side For Detailed Cutting And Solid Green On The Reverse For General Cutting

 

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      Bellezza-Decor 5 years ago from Canada

      You know the only bedspread I'll put on my bed is a Cotton Quilt. Though I don't know how to quilt I highly recommend them for comfortable sleeping.