Recommended Quilting Supplies

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Last Updated February 21, 2018


I started this list of recommended quilting supplies to help quilters make decisions about which products to choose. If a company or product is not listed on this page it doesn’t mean I don’t recommend them, I just am not familiar with it. I only recommend products I know, use and would recommend to a friend or family member.

Any products given to me by a dealer or manufacturer, will be noted in the comments.

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Companies / Places

The Hummingbird Retreat, Huntsville TX – Blog ReviewThe Hummingbird Retreat

Fabric Care

First we start with fabric care products. Over the course of your quilting adventures, fabric is the one thing you will be purchasing most often. It doesn’t matter if you are a fabric collector or you purchase just the amount you need for each project, fabric care is an important topic for every quilter.

ArticleUsing Fabric Starch in Quilting

niagra fabric spray starch  Niagra Spray Starch

Niagra has been around for many years. This is a good product. I have used the medium weight with the pump spray.

best press starch alternative  Mary Ellen’s Best Press Starch Alternative

This is a good product but it is pricey.  You can purchase refills in a gallon jug to save money. Best Press gives the fabric a little body and is easy to work with. Great for everyday piecing and pressing.

faultless maxx fabric starch Faultless Maxx Starch

If you want the maximum stiffness and starchiness, this is the product for you.


Now I list my recommendations for furniture. Just about any table and chair can be used for sewing. However, one important thing to consider is your comfort and health. Most important is your posture and the sewing machine height as you work.

gidget 1 sewing table
Gidget I Sewing Table

gidget 2 sewing table
Gidget II Sewing Table
Arrow Gidget Tables
There are two models of these tables made by Arrow. The Gidget I is for smaller machines and the Gidget II is for larger machines. I have the Gidget II for my Janome 1600
koala sewcomfort chair Koala Sewcomfort Chair

This is a very comfortable, adjustable chair for the sewing room. I have had mine for many years.

tutto machine on wheels rolling case  Tutto Machine on Wheels Sewing Machine Case

I have two of these cases, one for each of my machines. They hold enough supplies to take to class or retreat. There are even straps inside one compartment on each side. These straps let you pile supplies on top. Tighten the straps and go! Comes in many different sizes and colors.

Quilt Design Software

electric quilt software products Electric Quilt Software and Products

I have Electric Quilt 7 and have used nearly every version since EQ2. This is powerful quilt design software. Lots of videos, classes and tutorials are widely available. I use and recommend any product from the Electric Quilt Company.


Another class of recommended quilting supplies is notions. To read more about my recommendations for basic supplies read my article, Basic Quiltmaking Supplies.

Cutting Tools & Accessories

Creative Grids Rulers – I like the white and black markings on these rulers. There is a non-slip surface on the underside to help keep the ruler in place as you cut.

creative grids 6-1/2 x 12-1/2  6-1/2″ x 12-1/2″ – This is my basic ruler I use for almost all the cutting I do. I tried a 6″ x 12″ and it seemed I always needed the 6-1/2″. If the fabric is folded to make 4 layers, this is the perfect size for cutting strips.
creative grids 8-1/2x24-1/2  8-1/2″ x 24-1/2″ – If you prefer a longer, wider ruler this is a good choice. I have one of these because it was given to me by a friend
 I Love My Quilting Friends – this is my favorite ruler. It is 2-1/2″ x 10″ and I use it mostly for sub-cutting strips, trimming paper piecing and marking some things. The 2-1/2″ width makes it perfect for cutting 2-1/2″ squares. Most of the markings I don’t use but the one I use the most is the 1/4″ dashed line. Perfect for trimming paper piecing units.

Fiskars Cutting Mat – I use the 18″ x 24″ mat for daily use. I use the light blue mat from the Donna Dewberry Collection because I wanted a lighter color for recording quilting video tutorials. This mat has a smooth surface which makes it easier to pick up the fabric.

Olfa Rotating Cutting Mat – I use the 12″ x 12″ and it is the perfect size. See it in action in this video, Using Scraps from Pre-Cut Strips.

Marking Tools

Quick Quarter by Quilter’s Rule – Great little tool for marking diagonal lines on fabric. I have the 8″ size but could often use the 12″.

Sew Line Mechanical Pencils – These come in at lease four colors. I have the white (for dark fabrics) and graphite (for light fabrics). I’m a nut for mechanical pencils so I like how the markers are dispensed with a few clicks.


The Sit Upon Chair Pad – A chair pad for more comfortable sewing.  ReviewThe Sit Upon

Pins and Needles

Easy Grasp® Pins by Dritz – The head is shaped like a long teardrop, making it easy to grip. You often see these in my videos.


Bernina Q Series Longarm Quilting System – ReviewBernina Q Series Longarm Quilting System

Janome 1600P-QCReview of the Janome 1600P-DBX Sewing Machine – UPDATE – The review is on an older model (1600P-DBX). The older model has the same features as the new model (1600P-QC). I am told by Janome dealers that this is virtually the same machine.

Janome 3160QDC – Review coming soon

Pressing Tools

sunbeam iron Sunbeam Steam Iron – The iron I use now for every day piecing and pressing is the Sunbeam Vertical Steam Iron. The iron pictured here and linked to on Amazon has similar features of the iron I use now. However, the exact model I have is not available any more. The article below contains pictures of my iron.ArticleSunbeam Steam Iron Product Review
applique pressing sheet a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Applique Pressing Sheet – Love this product. Any time you need to press anything fusible you should use this product. It holds the fabric in place as you press, you can see through it and it keeps the glue “gunk” off your iron and ironing board.
iron caddy

Iron Caddy – This is a great product for transporting and storing your iron. I have one of these and couldn’t do without it. Watch the video review in this article.

ArticleThe Iron Caddy

olisio iron Olisio Iron – I don’t own one of these but I have used them many times at retreat or sew-ins. I like that you can just move the iron over to the side and let go. I haven’t purchased one yet because the Sunbeam I have is just fine. One thing I don’t like about the Olisio is it feels a little heavy to me. Some people prefer the heavier iron but I’m still on the fence about it. I recommend this because the many times I have used an Olisio, I have been pleased.

For places to purchase quilting supplies online, check this article, 10 Places to buy Quilting Supplies Online.

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