Quilting Supplies: What Is Needed?


If you're a beginning quilter, walking into a fabric or craft store may be an overwhelming experience. Although it's possible to fill a room with handy quilting tools and gadgets, basic quilts require only a few simple tools. You'll have plenty of time for adding more equipment as your quilting skills progress.

Cutting Supplies

  • A sharp pair of scissors is essential for quilting. A rotary cutter, along with gridded rulers, is useful for cutting long, straight edges.

Pins and Notions

  • Quilting pins are longer and sturdier than regular sewing pins, as quilting pins must hold several layers of fabric and batting. A pincushion will keep your pins in one convenient place. Accidents happen, so add a seam ripper to your quilting supplies.

Iron and Ironing Board

  • A fancy iron isn't necessary, but a sturdy iron with a steam setting is an essential piece of quilting equipment. An ironing board is helpful, but quilting stores carry heatproof, padded tabletop surfaces especially for quilting.

Fabric and Batting

  • Most quilts are made from 100 percent cotton fabric, which is easy to sew and best for beginning quilters. Quilts require not only fabric for the top of the quilt, but also for the back and the binding around the edge. Batting, which can be polyester, wool or cotton, is sandwiched between the quilt top and back.


  • Although a variety of colors is useful, many quilters use nothing but neutral colors such as gray or beige. A good quality, 100 percent cotton or polyester thread, or a blend of cotton and polyester, is easy to use and practical for most fabrics.

Sewing Machine

  • A basic sewing machine is adequate for beginning quilters. A walking foot isn't too expensive, and will making quilting easier, as the foot feeds the quilt evenly, preventing puckering and wrinkles. More advanced quilters may opt for a complicated, computerized machine with a variety of quilting and applique stitches.

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