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El uses 2 1/2 strips in many of her quilts. There are lots of free videos here on the site to watch and learn from.
As time and money comes, add a new ruler to your collection.
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Welcome to QIAD. This is a wonderful group of Quilt people. Jana has made good suggestions. With a limited amount to spend, I suggest a neutral thread color. I use a light gray or a beige for piecing blocks together. If you have a JoAnn's Fabrics near you, you can sign up for their advertisements which have several coupons. If you have a cell phone that you can put Apps on, JoAnn's has an App that offers coupons, too. I have purchased many of my rulers, cutting mat, rotary cutter and of course lots of fabric this way. Local Quilt Shops have special sales, too, that Quilters take advantage of. As for patterns, there are lots of free ones here and on the fabric manufacturer sites, too.
Hope you enjoy Quilting again. Will be excited to see pictures. There's another thread on here just for that.
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Living on a limited income is a challenge in itself. Lots of great finds come from a garage sale or thrift shop. There are ladies on this group that also live on a strict budget. These quilting pals have given you lots of great ideas.
This summer I had only one day to introduce quilting to my granddaughter as we visited on vacation. I bought her a rotary cutter, a small mat, a small ruler and a nice inexpensive pair of scissors. Neutral thread and shop the sale rack for fabrics.
You will find lots of great free patterns here on QIAD's site. Start simple and small, like a lap quilt or a table runner until you build your skill and confidence.
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I have a Singer sewing machine, not fancy but I love it. My sister has an expensive machine and has more trouble with it than I do my Singer. Look at Walmart for inexpensive material. I use Coats & Clark thread because that is what is available locally, I live out in the country. Just make sure you clean your bobbin area often, every couple of weeks. This will help preserve the life of your machine.
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Also, when purchasing ruler, always buy the same brand, even tho you may find a cheaper size. You would be surprised at the difference. It may not be much, but enough to to not make you very happy.
Happy Quilting .