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This website assumes that you already have some basic sewing skills, and therefore sewing tools like seam rippers.

The following are additional items you will need for quilting...

Pictured above you see Rotary Cutters, Rotary Cutting Mats,  Quilting Rulers, Scissors, and Marking Pencils. Here are the essential things to know about each:

Rotary Cutters - I prefer to use the ergonomic, medium size rotary cutter, pictured above for every day use.  You can buy Rotary Cutters in several sizes.  The large cutters will cut through more layers of fabric.  Many people prefer to buy just one cutter, so they choose the large one.  Your blades will eventually get dull and you will have to replace them.  It is more economical to just deal with one size blade.

If you are planning on learning Paper Piecing, you will need an extra Rotary Cutter.  Never cut paper with your regular Rotary Cutter.  Mark the one you use for paper, so you don't mix them up.

Cutting Mat- A medium size mat (18x24 inches) is good size for beginners.  However, if you afford it, but the biggest mat available. The mat will be reversible.  The front will have grid marks, while the back is a plain gray color.  While it might be tempting to align your fabric and cut on the grid marks, you will not get as accurate a cut, and you will wear out your board by cutting on the same lines all the time.  Cut on the plain, reverse side.  It is also  easier to read your ruler on the  reverse side.

A smaller,  square rotating cutting mat is convenient, and essential for  cutting safety.  You will make many pieces that you need to cut in different directions.  If you put these pieces on the rotating mat, you can just turn the mat to cut the piece without disturbing the piece or hurting yourself by trying to cut sideways.

Rulers -  You will need several sizes of rulers.  One of the most versatile rulers is the 12x6-inch rectangle.  Make sure that it has the 45 degree angle line marked on it, as well as markings for 1/8 -inch cuts.

You will also want a smaller square Ruler and a larger 12-inch square Ruler, with all the markings.

The smaller, triangular shaped ruler is called the "Easy Angle".  This is the ruler I reach for most of the time to make small cuts.  It is also called "The Right Triangle". You will also use it to cut triangles.

Marking Implements -  You need light and dark chalk pencils to mark your fabrics.

You can also use a pencil on many fabrics.  If you use a fine point, you can also use a black permanent pen (felt tip marker) at times.  However, you have to be careful because when you mark a permanent line with the black marker, and cut on it, if the line is too thick, you will not cut away all of the fabric.  You may be able to see the marking from the front of your quilt, and worse yet, it may bleed when washed.

Scissors -  You will be using your scissors a lot, so buy quality scissors and don't use them for anything but fabric. 

Cutting Tables - If you do not have a high enough table to work on, you will hurt your back.  You can use a regular table, and lift it up, or you can buy a hobby table.

The hobby tables are great, because they fold down on both sides, so you can put them away if you aren't using them.   Some people find these tables flimsy, but I like them.

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