I am often asked about my favorite machine quilting resources, the products I use for my machine quilting. Below you will find a list of my favorite things!
Although I use a lot of different kinds of threads, the one that I use the most is So Fine Thread by Superior Threads. (available in cones or spools) I just love how it blends into the quilt top. It is a 50 wt. poly that is strong enough to run in my quilting machine and doesn’t leave a lot of lint behind. The colors that I use the most are light yellow, light grey, pink, and green.
I love everything about Quilter’s Dream Batting, from the people in the company to the products that they sell. I have been using them since I started quilting 10 years ago! Most of the time I use their Poly Select batting, which is a low-loft polyester batting. I love how it resists creasing and has a nice feel to it. Sometimes, I will even use two layers to give my quilts a little more poof. I have also used their wool, cotton and puff batting and have not been disappointed in the least!
I do all on my quilting on my HandiQuilter Avante quilting machine. In this blog post, I tell why I got the machine and what I love about it! You will often see me doing demos for HandiQuilter at various quilt shows, during videos for American Patchwork and Quilting, and even using the Avante during my Craftsy classes.
Other machine quilting notions that I rely on include:
The Supreme Slider
Machingers These grippy gloves allow me to have more control of the quilt sandwich when quilting on my home sewing machine.
Design A Line Stencils: these stencils allow me to quickly mark grids and blocks for easy quilting.
Linda Taylor’s Ruler: I use this on my longarm for all my straight line quilting, I absolutley love it!
Pounce Pad: I love using this for marking my stencils. I have one in white and blue (to use on white fabrics)
When it comes to learning online, my hands-down favorite is Craftsy!Craftsy has several free classes available as well as paid machine quilting classes. What I love most about them is their platform. Instructors (such as myself) log in constantly to answer questions, encourage students, and interact on a personal level. But the biggest perk? The classes are 100% satisfaction guaranteed and you keep them forever.
Books and Websites:
There are so many great machine quilting books available, here are just a few:
Free-Motion Quilting with Angela Walters
In the Studio with Angela Walters
Beginner’s Guide to Free-Motion Quilting: 50+ Visual Tutorials to Get You Started Professional-Quality Results on Your Home Machine
The internet is chock-full of great websites about machine quilting, whether on a sewing machine or longarm. Here are a few of the best, in my opinion:
American Patchwork & Quilting has some great machine quilting videos
SewCalGal: Insights For Quilting Enthusiasts
Leah Day: The Free-motion Quilting Project
I know that there are many, many other resources available to machine quilters. This is not meant to be comprehensive list, it’s just a few of the things that I like. I hope it helps!