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Hoops & Hangers

Hoops & Hangers

Fans of hand quilting will be familiar with quilting hoops. They ensure that you can free up both hands and do fine and detailed work on any size of quilted objects. Here at Spotlight, you can choose from quilting hoops in three different sizes.

Also included in the range are quilt hangers. Available in various widths, these decorative hangers will allow you to display a homemade quilted object in style. Available with a circle design and a star design.

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Can I purchase quilting tools at Spotlight?

Yes, you can. Spotlight has everything you need for quilting everything from a simple block design quilt to an intricate pattern of shapes and embellishments. When first starting out on quilting projects, the choice of quilting tools can seem quite bewildering, but you will soon learn what the basic tools are that can help you to achieve great results, and which tools are suited for special projects.

What are the basic tools I will need for quilting?

Here is our guide to some of the basic tools you will find useful when quilting:

Rotary Cutter: Learning to sue a rotary cutter is essential if you want to speed up your cutting, as it allows you to cut through various layers at once and get accurate results. When choosing a rotary cutter, think about what you will be cutting. A 60-mm blade is great for thick fabric, while a slender 28-mm blade makes cutting intricate patterns easy. A 45-mm blade is good for all-round versatility. Always buy a rotary cutter from a well-known manufacturer and make sure you keep the blade as sharp as possible. At Spotlight, you can also find replacement blades for many rotary cutters. Always keep cutters away from kids.

Cutting mat: Cutting mats protect the surface you cut on and the material they're made of keeps the cutter blade sharp. For home sewing, buy a 24" x 36" mat if possible, and if you have space remember that larger mats are a great choice. If you are travelling to quilting classes, you may want to choose a smaller mat.

Ruler: A transparent rule provides continuous accuracy that is necessary for measuring and cutting perfect squares, strips, triangles, or any shape for your quilt. Some rulers have highlighted seam allowances, which can be useful, as well as clearly defined angle lines marked at30°, 45° and 60°, ideal for triangles, stars and other intricate shapes.

Sewing machine: Unless you plan to hand sew your quilt, you will need a sewing machine. It does not have to be an expensive machine with many unusual stitches as most of your sewing will be a straight stitch. A machine that helps you easily sew a 1/4" seam allowance, the quilting standard, and that accepts a walking foot -- for straight machine quilting -- is an advantage.

What else is included in the range of Quilting Tools?

As well as the items mentioned above, the range of quilting tools at Spotlight also includes many other useful tools and accessories, such as dies and templates in intricate shapes, as well as many useful basic items including extra-long pins (ideal for pinning several layers of fabric together), seam rippers, holding clips and even a tagger gun for gluing fabrics together.

As you progress in your quilting, you can add all these items and more to your collection. An iron and ironing board will also be essential, to make sure you achieve professional looking results. Check out the whole range of quilting products and fabrics at Spotlight or be inspired by our gorgeous collection of patterns and projects in our quilting books.

Hand quilting

Quilting is something many cultures around the world have been doing for centuries.

These days we have a selection of tools to help us create stunning, unique quilts. We can use normal sewing machines if we want especially for smaller, lightweight quilts, or special quilting machines such as the Singer 7469Q Confidence Quilter Machine help particularly to sew larger, bulkier quilts.

At Spotlight we have all the equipment needed for you to make beautiful, quilted creations, each and every one unique in its own way. We also stock a range of accessories to make the job easier, such as cutting tools, mats, rulers and more.

While sewing or quilting machines can make the sewing process quicker and easier, some quilters prefer hand quilting - the traditional method used by our ancestors. If you want to quilt by hand, you will need a quilting hoop.

What is a quilting hoop?

A quilting hoop is an essential tool for hand quilters. It is designed to hold the fabric in place while you hand stitch your fabric.

Our Arbee Arb Quilting Hoop is made of natural wood and comes in three different sizes. A wood hoop has more strength and less flexibility than a plastic hoop which is ideal for thicker quilts. The tension-adjusting screw is simple to use and allows you to pull your quilt fabric as tight or as relaxed as you prefer when hand stitching your fabric pieces. 

Do Spotlight sell needles suitable for hand quilting?

Yes, at Spotlight we have a range of top quality brands supplying quilting needles. German-made Schmetz specialised quilting needles come in a pack of five needles in different sizes. Popular quilting brand Birch have packs of twelve quilting needles and we also stock John James Quilting needles which come in a handy pouch.

Hanging your quilts

Gorgeous hand-made quilts are not just something to keep you warm but unique, handcrafted works of art. Quilts are a popular form of wall art and are an on-trend accessory in many homes often replacing traditional artworks.

The variety of colours, textures and themes integrated into quilts means they make fabulous, versatile wall hangings able to brighten up a wall in any home or business. They are the perfect form of decoration for a bedroom wall, and look equally amazing displayed in living rooms or offices.

As wall art, a light wooden frame affixed to the back of the quilt may help to hang it evenly, or for small quilts a special quilt hanger does the job with ease.

Does Spotlight sell hangers for quilts?

Yes, Spotlight sell the Circle Quilt Hanger featuring a beautiful circular design to display your handicraft with flair. Made of wood and black-painted metal, the Circle Quilt Hanger comes in three different sizes, 12, 18 and 24 inches, to hang quilts of varying sizes and thicknesses.

Also available in three sizes and made of wood and black-painted metal is the Star Quilt Hanger – ready to display your quilted masterpiece with the star quality it deserves!

When you’ve decided to give your quilted work of art pride of place hanging on a wall in your home or office, make the job easier with one of Spotlight’s decorative quilt hangers.

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