General quilting supplies: whatever you normally use to piece quilt blocks.
No special thread, no special scissors, no special anything! Use quilting supplies that work best for you. All we’re doing here is making a quilt top! The special thing about this quilt top is that it is going to have a lot of history sewn into it instead of all new quilting fabrics!
If you have the option of sewing with a machine that has built in decorative stitches you might find a use for several of these stitch patterns. Perks that are not necessary but made my process a little easier:(see pictures below)
12 1/2” Omni grid square ruler
6 1/2” Omni grid square ruler
Slotted Trimmer by New Leaf, seriously one of the most useful things I have purchased this year.
June Taylor Shape Cutter, a wonderful device
Ultimate Flying Geese Tool by Creative Grids
Perfect patchwork templates, the Dresden plate set by Marti MichellIf you are wondering about these items, just google them for more information.
I use marking pens, both the blue water erasable and Pilot Frixion Pens. If you are not a fan of Frixion Pens, keep this to yourself. This is no place to start up and/or fuel a war of words. If you do not favor them then exercise your freedom to make other choices. Yes, I feel that strongly about no negative comments!
Muslin, white or natural if you plan to use vintage handkerchiefs. You will want a layer of solid white fabric behind the hankie. Launder your muslin in HOT water and send it through the dryer! Muslin shrinks even if you purchase the brand that indicates “pre-shrunk” on the bolt label…launder it anyway! It will still shrink!I do not ever ever use iron-on fusibles with vintage linens with one exception: vintage damask tablecloths/napkins. Damask is a strange weave, it will ravel if you so much as look at it the wrong way … If you want to use fusibles in your blocks it is totally up to you.
Here is an unusual item for a supply list: A sense of adventure! You are going to be making a lot of decisions while constructing your quilt top. I can and will give you direction about construction techniques but I can offer no advice at all about your preferences.
You must choose your own fabrics and your own vintage linens. Choose things that make you smile and you will love your quilt!
Do not let yourself overthink what we are going to make! It is what we are going to use in our project that will make our quilting hearts sing!
Are you excited? I know I am! Blessings for a great day and Happy Quilting!