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How to Buy Quilting Supplies

If you’re a beginning quilter, you need to learn the basics on buying supplies; particularly fabrics, thread, and batting.


  • Step 1: Decide on a type of quilt Decide on a type of quilt. Common quilts include a traditional quilt made of similar fabric materials and weight; a scrap quilt with various materials; and a quilt with a predesigned print pattern.
  • TIP: Use photos of completed quilts to give you ideas.
  • Step 2: Decide on types of quilting fabrics Decide on types of quilting fabrics. Pure cotton is recommended for durability, moisture absorption, and manageability; and scrap quilts can have a variety of materials, such as silk and wool.
  • TIP: Fabrics with similar fiber contents are recommended because some fabrics can be more fragile than others.
  • Step 3: Decide on the amount of fabric Decide on the amount of fabric that you’ll need for your quilt. Quilt fabrics are commonly sold in fat quarters, or ¼ of a square yard.
  • Step 4: Buy quality quilting thread Buy quality quilting thread, preferably cotton or cotton-covered polyester. Cheap thread can cut fabric and produce lint. If you’re using a sewing machine, buy machine-quilting thread.
  • Step 5: Buy batting for your quilt Buy batting for your quilt. Wool, silk, cotton, and polyester are common batting materials. Polyester is inexpensive and non-allergenic.
  • FACT: The Kent State University Museum displays a quilt by former slave Elizabeth Keckley, believed to be made from Mary Todd Lincoln’s dress scraps.

You Will Need

  • Quilt fabric
  • Quilting thread
  • Quilt batting
  • Photos of completed quilts (optional)

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