The Right Cutting Tools.. The first step is to equally cut fabric in order to make symmetrical and leveled quilts. Raw materials, like any manufacturing process is your first priority. That is why, you should have the right cutting tools to have better quality products, more professional looking cuts on your fabric and more ease in speeding up the process of quilt making. The perfect cutting tools are especially useful for beginners. As a tip: you may use regular sewing scissors but in this industry, the most handy and conventional tool for the job are rotary cutters.

The Cutting Mat.The traditional way of doing things maybe: Laying down your fabric on top of the tabletop and doing all the cutting there. But most likely, your furnitures would be scored and you would hardly cut a perfect straight line. The solution? A self-healing cutting mat that you can cut against. The cutting mat comes with a ruler on the top side for ease of getting those edges cut up nicely and lining up your fabric in the process.

Use a Ruler.Your regular ruler won’t suffice! Extra long wide rulers around 5 by 25 inches are needed for quilting. We suggest using that made of transparent plastic material as it will allow you to sandwich the fabric in between the ruler and cutting mat to make quality cuts. However, a 5 by 12 sized ruler will suffice if you are working on a smaller quilt.

Collect various sewing essentials.Not just for making quilts but it’s better that you stock up on all the essentials for whatever sewing project there can be - from pins, seam rippers and the like. You could start stocking up now if you buy from craft stores or sewing supply stores. Make sure that you include in your shopping list safety pins and straight pins, as they are widely used in sewing quilts.

The Right Thread.Threads you ask? There’s a haystack of them available out there from a wide array of materials and colors that you can choose from. However, make sure that you avoid cheap threads. The thread quality may be compromised and usually, threads of this type will most likely break as you sew and lints would protrude when the quilts are washed. That is why, for quilt making, a higher quality cotton thread might just save your quilt from all these unwanted lints brought about by inferior materials. You may also opt to buy a spool of white, tan or gray thread, neutral colors as much as possible if you are working on multiple projects.

(Drum Roll) The Fabric.Though not mentioned FIRST on this list, as I have mentioned, in any crafting process, your raw materials will make or break your project. This task can be daunting and overwhelming but keep these thoughts in mind as you set out with this task: Choose 1-2 primary fabrics for the quilt backing but for the front and border of the quilt, choose several different fabrics for that as well. Basically, your quilt material may be 100% cotton fabric or polyester or a blend of polyester/cotton can be a good option to consider too. Nonetheless research it through before you go on a shopping spree.

Get the Filling. Filling, much commonly known as batting or wadding is the fluffy material that adds warmth to your quilt and backing.Filling materials may come in cotton, cotton blend, polyester, fusible or bamboo. Loft or thicknesses should be considered as well - higher loft is thick, while a smaller loft is thinner.

The Sewing Machine.Hand stitching a quilt is admirable but the process can be quite time-consuming and intensive, especially so for beginners. So a sewing machine can come in handy for an easy-to-do quilt! Make sure nonetheless, that you have plenty of spare needles to keep your machine running seamlessly.

Get an Iron.At several points in the quilt making process, you will have to press your quilt. Preferable, your iron should have steaming abilities. If you’ve got issues that an iron is too fancy or expensive, your local goodwill store might just do the trick.

Work with Patterns.Though it’s not really a necessity that you have a pattern to make a quilt but as beginners, patterns will come in handy. There are free patterns available online that you can use as inspiration for your quilts or you may opt to buy a pattern book from sewing stores. However, some creativity isn’t so bad. You can create your own designs based on your own measurements, preferences - all you need is some pencil and graphing paper to get started with that.

  • Feb 3,2016 / posted by Sarah Monzert reply

    I am really excited to start working on my boy's blanket. It looks like a lot of fun. The staff at Pieced Quilt is really helpful. They were very patient all throughout the quilting class.

  • Feb 4,2016 / posted by Pieced Quilt reply

    Hi Sarah, thank you for being one of our pioneers. We hope you like the free quilts you got from the team. Cheers!

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