Modern Blocks Quilt-A-Long: Quilting Supplies


Quilting can seem a little daunting at first. But once you get started you wonder why you were put off in the first place.

Yes it can seem complicated, but if you take your time and read through all your instructions first, let me assure you, you will be fine.

I just want to repeat something again, READ THROUGH ALL THE PATTERN AND INSTRUCTIONS FIRST. That is really important! If anything has you puzzled, there is a wonderful community of quilters out there in the interwebs. Hope online and ask, google, seek the knowledge. I gaurantee the answer will be there.

If you do have a question please feel free to jump on our Facebook page and ask. One of us will be able to help you.

Today I want to cover a list of quilting supplies. Please don’t think you need everything on the list to start quilting. I have sectioned the list into essentials and luxuries for you.

quilting supplies


A Sewing Machine: Any sewing machine will do. I use a Janome 19110, but would love to upgrade it in the next year. I love it, but I yearn for something more. If you are really keen, you could always hand stitch 🙂

Iron: This is a must, it is very very important to press your seams. It may seem tedious and boring, but it is IMPORTANT!

Pins: Same goes with the ironing, pinning fabric is a boring and tedious job, but even if you think you can make sure your fabric wont move, pin it! You will thank me later x

Thread: Well duh! I use gutermann thread thread because that was what was always guaranteed to be in stock at my local sewing shop. But have recently been eying of Aurifil thread and have ordered some. I can’t wait to try it out. I’ll let you know how I go.

Scissors: Some good quality fabric scissors are worth their weight in gold.

Water Soluble Fabric Pen or Pencil: For marking your cutting lines on your fabric. If you have a rotary cutter and cutting mat, you don’t need to do that.

Ruler: You don’t need a fancy quilting ruler. Just the cheapest you can afford will be fine.

Fabric: (another well duh! supply) 100% Cotton fabric.


Cutting Mat: I use a 22inch x 16 inch mat but am planning on upgrading to a bigger mat soon.

Rotary Cutter: Olfa are my preferred brand. A rotary cutter is such a good time saver! It is ensure straight cuts every time.

Pressing Boards: I made my own pressing board last year. It saves having to get the ironing board out every time I need to press something.

tabletop pressing board

Design Walls: I don’t have a design wall, but I would love one. Samelia’s Mum smaller version of a design wall recently.

make a design board

Binding Clips: I use clover binding clips when sewing bindings on my quilts. I have only started using them in the last few months and I LOVE THEM.


I know I have missed some supplies in that list. But we will cover them a bit more in depth as we go along in this Quilt A Long. I am getting excited about our kick of on the 1st of May. I hope you join us!

Modern Blocks QAL

Actually Amy (1188 Posts)

When Amy is not blogging here on And Sew We Craft you can find her over at Actually Amy where she blogs about her life and other things.


  1. I love the pressing board!!!!!!! I have to make one for myself. Thank you so much for sharing.
    Nell recently posted..Big Pants to Smaller Pants RefashionMy Profile

  2. Melanie Fowler says:

    I would love to win these charm packs! I need to make some spring quilts 🙂

  3. Julie Thomsen says:

    I would love to do the quilt along, right now just putting in a bid for the charms. I will post here and make sure make this is where I’m to do so.

  4. Elaine Erwin says:

    I really like your way of explaining how to start quilting. I happen to like your candor and the images which you display.

Leave a Comment


CommentLuv badge

Want crafty news in your inbox monthly?     Get it HERE!