Quilter’s Question: Tools of the Trade

Every quilter will tell you that there are certain tools that everyone who has ever made a quilt uses. These are the tools of the trade.

These tools cut and stitch and put together fabric to make memories and dreams in the comfort of a warm, snuggly blanket.

Whether the quilt goes on the wall for decoration or it’s used by the children to make forts, quilts are made and slowly become apart of the family.

With every stitch, another piece of the quilter’s heart goes into their project. Well…at least that how I feel 🙂

The basic tools are fabric, thread, pins, needles, measuring tape and scissors. Those are the basic must haves to make a quilt. Then things can step up a notch and you can add a sewing machine.

This is where some people will side one way or the other (which is just silly) saying quilting is done by hand while others will say machining is best. Personally, I’m a machiner only because I don’t know how to hand quilt but I’m fascinated by it and want to learn someday. I honestly think one is no better than the others and that it’s up to personal preference.

After that, you can add bits and babbles all over the place from rotary cutters to cutting boards and plastic rulers that are wide and see-through.

Kenmore-Sears 6 stitch.

Now if you are a machine quilting fan, you’ll laugh when you read this: I don’t own a walking foot. Yep…my 20 year old Kenmore is a simple 6 stitch and did not come with a walking foot. Thank goodness Sears puts out quality items along with excellent customer service so that with my serial number I can purchase one that fits my machine.

And, always, you need a simple iron and ironing board. Nothing fancy for the basics. I think I got my iron at Target for $9 and my ironing board at Goodwill for about $2.

Nothing special here.

I don’t know, readers, have I missed any important tools of the trade? I have lots of little gizmos at home that really aren’t necessary but are fun to have ( love a wrist pin-cushion and my huge cardboard floor mat with measurements on it). If you have anything that you couldn’t live without when quilting, I’d love to hear about it.

4 thoughts on “Quilter’s Question: Tools of the Trade

  1. Hi! Thank you so much for your comment today on my blog! As far as struggles go, along with the pressing of the seams, I also am having a little difficulty in the binding area. If you have any tips, or even an explanation of personal nature, of course if you have the time, in my direction would be appreciated beyond my ability to express. I have two quilts (almost finished on the second one) that I have failed to complete just based on my binding fear 🙂 it is all that I have left to do.

    Also, I really enjoyed reading through your blog. I love the fact that you still have your mother’s quilt and that your son uses it now. Honestly, it almost brought a tear to my eye. I am so excited at the possibility that my future with my fiancé may hold children and I can only hope they derive such joyful use from something I make.

    Thanks again for bringing great words to the page for me to read.
    A new loyal reader,

  2. You are missing the most important and most used tool! The seam ripper! I can’t live without mine. I like to say: “As you shall sew, so shall ye rip.”

    • Oh my, you are RIGHT! And having more than one is a good thing too. That way you can have one near the machine and one that travels with you!

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