10 Quilting Supplies to Keep You in Stitches


We’re living through extraordinary times and all being called on to look out for one another by staying home. Staying active, creative and engaged through this time at home is so important, and quilting is a great way to do all three. To keep everyone stitching, we’ve put together a list of 10 quilting supplies you’ll want to have on hand. AQS members always get a 20% discount at ShopAQS. Not a member? Join today!

Staying engaged socially is more important than ever. Join our quilting community over on Facebook, AQS Quilting Project Parade, and tell us about what you’re making while staying home.

Creative Projects

Starting new projects and learning new skills are great ways to stay creative, and it is easier than ever to do it from home.


Digital pattern and books put quilt project instructions and inspiration at your fingertips.


Taking a class on iquilt is easy and fun to do!



EQ8 is a software quilters can use to design their own quilts. With an easy-to-use interface and wide array of design tools, creating quilt designs has never been more fun.


Piecing Station

Setting up your quilting space is one of the best ways to ensure hours of fun in front of the sewing machine.


Nothing beats Microtex Sharp needles for perfectly straight, precise stitches for quilt piecing. If your sewing includes knit fabrics, Universal Needles are wonderful for piecing knit and woven fabrics.



Using a wool pressing mat set up near your machine makes pressing and piecing faster. We love the precise press we get using a wool mat. And there is even an 8.5″ Wool Pressing Mat if you are squeezed for space.



We love the Steamfast Travel Iron for a miniature option. It’s the perfect size for a little pressing station near the sewing machine, and powerful enough to tackle everything.


We could go on and on about notions, but these essentials are the easiest to overlook in the sewing studio.


Markers, pens, pencils and more. Different projects call for different marking tools. The Sewline Trio Colors Fabric Pencil is a particular favorite for piecing because every value and color of fabric is easy to mark.



Roxanne Glue-Baste-It can be used anywhere you use pins. Appliqué, quilt binding, chenille strips, mitering corners, precision piecing. It does most everything. And when we’re paper piecing, a Glue Pen does the rest.


Big Finishes

Whether you are starting new projects or working through your UFOs, being prepared for finishing a quilt project is the surest way to see it to the finish line!


Batting (or wadding) gives quilts their cuddle quality.



Finishing quilt tops calls for cute backing to match! Using wide backing fabric takes the hassle out of preparing backing fabric for quilting.


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