PosyP wrote:On the scissors front, I would recommend that you have a pair of snips/small scissors to keep next to the sewing machine, and another small pair to keep at your hand sewing place, also a large pair of shears (fabric only), and a pair for paper (that the family can use )
As for technique books, sorry I cannot help, I tend to wing it, using information I have learnt from elsewhere or from the TQS shows.
PS don't forget Margo's recommendations of crayola washable felt tips & elmers glue - not that I use glue much myself, got scared off using it by my first embroidery teacher at the RSN, and have trouble breaking out of the training
Renata wrote:I'm pretty new to quilting and among the books I've purchased that I keep going back to for fundamentals on a great number of topics is Better Homes and Gardens Complete Guide to Quilting. It claims to have "more than 750 step-by-step color photographs" and "includes every basic method and technique." So far, I've found practically everything I've needed there and when in doubt, a posting to the Forum!
Sewdreamy wrote:I would also suggest:
A Fons and Porter Klutz glove to protect your fingers when you use the rotary cutter.
A pair of quilting gloves really helps
A roll of blue painter's tape
A Fons and Porter white mechanical marking pencil -- for marking things not washed or quick marks along the way
A package or two of Crayola washable markers -- for marking everything that needs marking that can be washed.
A nice selection of good sewing machine needles
Washable glue sticks -- lots of uses for these
Additional feet for your sewing machine: 1/4 inch foot (it's #37 for Bernina), open toed embroidery foot (it's #20 for Bernina)
A Super Slider mat for free motion quilting
ritzy wrote:Well, I would suggest freezer paper but I don't think it will fit in your suitcase. Also, I would suggest tracing paper. If you decide to do paper piecing, tracing paper is great to print on and use for that. Freezer paper has many uses in design and applique. I use a lot of Elmer Washable school glue but I don't think that would travel well on the plane.
So, I guess I didn't help at all, lol.
Lorchen wrote:Forget about the standard seam rippers. Get one of those wonderful Alex Anderson multi tools!
Sewdreamy wrote:As for books if you are going to quilt your own quilts:
Guide to Machine Quilting by Diane Gaudynski
Machine Quilting: A Primer of Techniques by Sue Nickels