Sunday, January 9, 2011

Hopefully you've started to gather your fabric for our quilt along! Here is a list of supplies that you will need.

  • A quilting ruler and rotary cutter will be extremely helpful when you're trimming up your blocks.
  • Paper or muslin for piecing. You would need one square for each square of your fabric. The thinner the paper, the easier it will be to rip off. I suggest using an old phone book.
  • glue stick
  • Thread- for piecing I generally just use white. You'll want a coordinating color for your quilting.
  • Batting- I prefer Warm & White or Warm & Natural for cotton batting. You may also use bamboo or a polyester if you choose.
  • Basting pins (safety pins will work!) or an adhesive spray.
  • Either a walking foot or free motion quilting foot is highly recommended. If you would like to do simple straight line stitching you can make it through without a walking foot if you don't want to make the investment. A walking foot just makes things easier.


  1. FYI: Joann Fabric has a 50% off sale on all packaged batting until Jan. 29th. Quick Question, what size will each square be? Other than batting, I think I have everything and am ready to get started!

  2. The square size is completely up to you! I'll be doing 8" because thats the size of my paper but you could absolutely do bigger or smaller.

  3. So excited to get started...! Have a couple of questions:

    1. How often do you change your needles (in general), and do you have to change it more often when paper piecing?

    2. I have a package of polyester batting, but it's a craft size roll -- do you think it matters if I end up piecing it? Or should I get one full piece?

  4. Hi Karissa!

    1. You SHOULD change your needle after every project. (Yeah right!) I never change mine unless it breaks EXCEPT when I quilt. I always use a fresh needle when I start free motion quilting.

    2. I piece batting all the time! You places the edges next to each other not on top of one another and then sew it with a large zig zag stitch.