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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.

Do Spotlight have quilting patterns and books?

Absolutely! Pop into your local Spotlight store, take a seat and browse our huge supply of books, magazines and paper patterns featuring many different quilting items you can have endless fun making. 

Brand favourites Simplicity have gorgeous paper patterns for quilted bags in three sizes and varied styles.

For a simply adorable children’s pillow pattern try the Quilted Animal Pillows, and make a beautiful, soft, cotton butterfly, frog, penguin or bird your little ones will love to cuddle and sleep with.

To make a simple quilt try McCall’s Dimensional Quilt pattern which has contrast backing, binding, borders and appliqued blocks. As a special keepsake gift for a new baby consider making the super-cute play mat featured in McCalls Play Quilt and Mats pattern, with contrasting coloured blocks and sweet little appliques. A special feature of these quilt patterns is the sewn ribbon loops for attaching toys.

If you don’t have a specific quilting item in mind, scroll through our online store to find lots of ideas from experts like Kathy Doughty. Her book ‘Making Quilts’ has twenty-one quilting projects to inspire and excite you.

‘Brave New Quilts’ is a book by author and blogger Kathreen Ricketson and provides twelve quilting projects inspired by 20th century art movements. Expert tips, designs, illustrations and information will help you create these amazing quilt designs.

‘Quilts Made Modern’ has patterns, design tips, step-by-step instructions and lots of useful information for all your contemporary quilt making projects. With patterns ranging from very simple to more involved, this is a book you can refer to as your quilting skills progress. It will help you with both machine and hand quilting techniques along with tips on paper piercing.

What does the quilting term ‘paper piercing’ mean?

The quilting term ‘paper piercing’ generally refers to the use of a paper template used to sew a foundation pieced quilt. Broadly speaking it involves sewing your fabric pieces directly onto the paper template to ensure the blocks are perfect every time.

Fabric is pinned to the unprinted side of a foundation paper while the edges overlap the drawn lines. Seams are sewn on the front of the foundation paper template along on the printed lines. The overlapped edges then become seam allowances on the back. Sewing along the lines ensures your blocks are perfect so that there is no misalignment as your quilt grows.

Using proper quilting paper enables the paper to be cleanly and easily torn away once the quilt is finished, without tearing your stitches.

Do Spotlight sell paper pieces?

Yes, along with all your other quilting essentials, Spotlight sell a variety of paper pieces for quilting. One option is the Paper Pieces Pre-Cut Diamonds, conveniently pre-cut to specific measurements of either 1, 1.5, 2 or 2.5 inches, also available in pre-cut hexagon shapes in a variety of measurements.

Another handy item for your quilting craft supply kit is a pack of the Sew Easy Imperial Quilting Graph Paper, which contains full 12 inch, 8 inch and 4 inch square paper sheets for drawing quilt blocks.

Visit your nearest Spotlight store or browse Spotlight’s extensive online shopping options for all your quilting needs at the lowest price guaranteed.

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