There are the basics for getting started, such as rotary cutter, mat, seam ripper, pins, and scissors. I did several YouTube videos that you can review here:
There are a TON of tools and gadgets out there, and I know I’m guilty of picking up a few here and there. But what I find is that often they will be left unused and I’ll fall back to the ones I’ve used for ages. For example, I’ve tried a variety of rotary cutters, but I always go back to my Olfa cutter w/ the ergonomic handle.
As I’ve been quilting and picking up quilting supplies for the past 30 years, I now have quite a collection. But what I’m going to show you here are the ones that I use ALL THE TIME. These are the basics that will get you started on your way to quilting.
Two must haves – a rotary cutter and mat. I love my Olfa Ergonomic rotary cutter, I’ve tried a variety of others, but continue to go back to this one. My current rotary cutter mat is an Olfa 24” x 36” mat, which I’ve been using for years. But a new one has piqued my interest, the Martelli 30” x 60”, and I’ll be getting one in the near future. Check out my YouTube video playlist on Rotary Cutter Mats.
Other odds and ends:
- Wonder Clips, a must have for doing binding work. You can get these in a variety of different quantities, be sure to get ones that come in their own container.
- Clover Patchwork Pins-Fine
- Best Press spray starch (scent free)
- Seam Ripper – can’t say I really have a favorite. The one that came with my sewing machine works great, and I have another one that is super sharp.