You know they try to sell you all kinds of fancy expensive gadgets and many of them are helpful, but when you first start out I wouldn't invest in too much. Especially until you see if it's something you enjoy doing.

I do have a lot of paraphernalia I've accumulated. Years ago though, I just had the basic sewing tools; sewing machine, scissors, thread, thimble, needles, etc. I'd say the most useful of my tools is my rotary cutter and mat. If you have a Hancock's fabrics store they run half off sales on tools every so often.

They will tell you the smaller the needle the smaller the stitch (hand quilting) but I make the same size stitch no matter what size needle I use. I've started buying larger needles because my eyes don't see as well as they used to and their easier to thread.