I’m often asked about the products I use in my quilt making. This page is a summary of just that. Though things sometimes change and new products come along, I’ll try to keep this page updated.
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Let’s start with the most important piece, shall we? The sewing machine! I do all of my piecing on a Juki 2000 qi. I love the speed of this machine, the fact that it’s made for a quilter, that impressive leg lift and oh, let me not forget the automatic cutter with just the press of my foot on the pedal. It’s a dream and happens to be a very popular machine that many quilters are using.
I quilt most of my own quilts myself on a domestic machine. I use a Bernina 550 QE that I believe has been discontinued (here is a comparable model). What I love about quilting on this machine is the stitch regulator which helps keep stitches nice and even. That is a feature on most Bernina sewing machines. If I have to do any decorative stitching, I also use this machine for that as the Juki is straight stitch only.
Frequently Used Supplies
I am an ambassador for Havel’s Sewing and have been since 2018. I use all of their double cutting mats, and rotary cutters. I written extensively about their supplies here and maintain a close relationship with them. I am gifted all of my products from Havel’s, but if they never gave me another product, it would be their mats and cutters I’d purchase when I needed new ones.
When you shop at Havel’s do use my coupon code SOUTHERNCHARM7 and you’ll receive $7 off any purchase of $25 or more.
I’m a very big fan of their 60 mm rotary cutter and tend to use that one more often than the 45, a big change from what I would have said last year. If I was to recommend one single product of theirs that is noticeably better, it’s the double sided mat. It’s impressive. I have three large ones, and the smaller one. Also, those serrated scissors are a dream.
As far as rulers go, I have quite a bit of them. I’m not a fan of buying a ruler that’s good for one thing only, so I try to be selective. That being said, through the years I’ve created quite a collection. Here’s my list of rulers that I use regularly and I’ll start from most important.
- 6.5×24 Omnigrid” – This is what I use for all of my fabric cutting. Don’t buy the 6″, always the 6.5″. The 6″ will give you lesses uses for this ruler.
- Triangle Square Up Ruler – This is for making half square triangles. I don’t know what I’d do without this baby.
- Fussy Cut Rulers – I use this set for all my fussy cutting.
- Dresden Ruler – I am a big fan of Dresden plates and they are featured in many of my quilt patterns.
- 6.5″ square ruler – I use this ruler quite often for cutting fabric when I don’t need the big rectangle ruler and when I need to square a block up.
- 12.5″ square ruler – I use this ruler for squaring up blocks.
I haven’t always been so thread obsessed, but for the past couple years I’ve really honed my thread knowledge. I wrote this piece on thread a while back. And eventually, got myself to know exactly what I want, why I want it and when I want it. I talk about thread a lot. Here’s is an updated post about what I use. I’m a very big fan of Superior Threads and it’s what I sell mostly over at Meander + Make. I think the one thing that might be missing from that updated post is that I’ve been using Microquilter for all of my free motion quilting.
There’s a few other supplies that I use often. I use Wonder Clips almost daily for a variety of reasons with binding being my biggest reason.
This diagonal seam tape is a dream come true if you hate drawing lines on the backs of squares when making anything with triangles and also helps get your seam allowance better.
I spray baste my quilts and swear by the 505 adhesive spray (I have tried all the sprays!).
I make my own starch which I use in everything I piece, here’s that recipe. Don’t skip on the peppermint oil! It makes pressing a dreamy experience. 🙂
I use the Chi iron, here’s a link to my exact one. Up until recently I’ve always purchased cheap irons and had problems with them. This is the first iron I’ve ever spent significant money on, but I am pleased with it. Speaking of ironing, I recently rid myself of my ironing board. I hate those rickety things. I swapped to wool mats. I have two mats butted up side by side and sitting on a table top. I absolutely love this new set up.
I am always obsessed with keeping a healthy stash of fabric on hand. I do own my own fabric shop called Meander + Make. I specialized in curated bundles for quilts and low volume fabrics, a big love of mine. I write a weekly post on fabrics every Monday.
I do label each and every quilt I make and have for years. I sell these labels in my shop here. There’s a specialty label for almost every one of my quilt patterns and they are completely customizable. You’ll also find plenty of other labels if you are making other quilts.