This week we're talking equipment.
In the top left corner, you'll see a little tin of pins. I like long pins with a flat head, but any sewing pin will do, especially if it's a quilting pin. You should be able to pick these up for under $5.
You will need a small pair of scissors for snipping threads, also around $5. And a pair of sewing shears, which are only used to cut fabric. Again, please borrow someone's if you're not yet sure this is for you. And when you're ready, buy the best you can afford. A good pair will cost $50 or a little less.
Every sewer needs a ripper because mistakes do happen. This is another item which will cost under $5. Extra needles are also a must have, because they break from time to time and also need frequently replaced. A package of 5 needles costs about $5.
The next tin is from Gutermann and contains thread. You don't have to buy this brand, but do buy a good quality thread. I normally piece with a polyester thread although cotton is also acceptable.
The final little silver thing on the right is a quarter inch foot. It shows you how to guide your fabric perfectly so that you always get a quarter-inch seam. This is the standard sized seam used in quilting. This foot cost about $15. Most machines have a similar foot available. You can also place a brightly colored taped at the quarter inch mark on your machine to accurately mark your seam allowance. An accurate seam allowance is possibly the most essential secret to good quilt piecing!
A good ruler follows the mat, and I recommend one that is 24" x 6" or a little bit bigger. Mine is 8 1/2" wide. Rulers can also get pretty pricey, but a decent one can be purchased for under $20 although you may have to shop around.
You will also need a rotary cutter. Scissors will work, but a rotary cutter is SO accurate. And accuracy makes beautiful quilts. I love the clover brand rotary cutter. You can buy one for around $20.
And finally, make sure you have a measuring tape as this will be essential when you apply the borders of your quilt. These cost around $5.
Hope this helps you get a good start! Next Friday, on to fabrics.