Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Sew You've Always Wanted to Quilt!

Happy New Year!

In the spirit of the new year, have you always wanted to learn to quilt and not been certain what you might need or where to begin?  Last week Megan and I were on Pinterest (that is so addicting!) and we noticed how many people were pinning quilts with the captions "Things we wish our mom had taught us" and "Things we'll have our moms make."  That got us to thinking that there are a lot of aspiring quilters out there. In that vain we thought the first day of the new year would be the perfect time to introduce our new series "Life's A Charm" and share the absolute necessary tools of the trade.  No fears, this year, 2013,  can be the beginning of your exciting adventure into the wonderful world of quilting!  If you are new to sewing, we will walk you through as much as possible so by the end of 2013, you will be well versed in not only sewing but also quilting!

On the 5th of every month we will be unveiling a new project in our "Life's A Charm" series.  We will be offering you a free project along with tips and tricks to make it easy for you to complete each project.  Each project can be using either a mini charm pack (which is 42-2 1/2 inch squares) or a charm pack (which is 42-5 inch squares) - always choose 100% cotton fabric.  In addition, should you have any questions along the way, please feel free to leave a comment with your question and we will gladly answer each and every one!

Today, we are listing the basic necessities you will need to begin quilting - while it is a bit of an investment initially, after rounding these items up - you should be good to go for quilting.  The basic things that you will need to get started include:

  1. Basic sewing machine
  2. Straight pins with heads
  3. Good pair of 8" or 9" scissors for cutting fabric*
  4. 4" or 5" pair of  sharp tipped scissors for cutting threads, etc.*
  5. Seam ripper
  6. 45 mm Olfa rotary cutter*
  7. Resealable cutting mat*
  8. 24" ruler (and 6" square ruler, if you want)*
  9. An iron that can be both a dry iron and a steam iron
  10. An ironing board
  11. Starch
  12. Spool of cotton thread in a neutral color (like tan or cream)
* You can find our picks for these items in our Amazon shop!

You see, so far, not too scary!  Again, if you should have any questions, do not hesitate to get in touch with us ... we will be glad to help!!

We hope that you will join us on the 5th of each month for a fun filled journey into the wonderful world of quilting!

Until the 5th ~


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