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Quilting Basics 101

When it comes to the basics of quilting, you need to first consider the right guide and tools in order to ensure that you get exactly what you need. In fact, whatever kind of quilt you decide to create, it will still need these basic things to start the process right: The proper skills, tools and inclination – these will significantly help you get the desire results in no time! Through certain methods associated to quilting, you’re ready to create the best quilt that you can be proud of.

It doesn’t matter if you are a seasoned or amateur quilter, all you need to do is choose the best items and start right way. As a matter of fact, with time, you will be able to make (at least) 20 quilts, once you gain mastery these techniques. Now, go get your shears and chosen fabric to begin. Whether you plan to make use of a sewing machine or your bare hands (to sew your pattern) you can still benefit from the basics of quilting.

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Here are some of the few things that you need to consider when choosing your quilt projects:

  • Choose larger quilt patterns – quilt patterns that are made in larger pieces can easily be combined, in order to make your preferred design. Unlike the smaller ones, you don’t have to go through the difficult part of quilting if you choose larger pieces. There will be fewer seams to be sewn while accurately making the pattern you desire.

  • Pick square and rectangle shaped quilt patterns – by choosing quilt patterns in a rectangular or squared shape, you can more easily put them into an excellent design, without the hassles of sewing in smaller ones. Also, you can explore quilting with triangular shape patterns to help you discover more impressive designs and styles. No matter how comfortable you are in one design, always choose the best shapes that will make your quilting project easier.

  • Pre-cut quilt patterns – these pieces will give you ready-made packaged fabrics to help you start quilting as soon as you receive them. This will significantly save time and effort in preparing the tools you need to start sewing your quilt. Through pre-cut fabrics, your project can be done in a simpler and hassle-free manner!

  • Beginner class – if you don’t have any experience in quilting, you can always enroll in a beginner’s class. In this class, you will quickly learn how to perform the basics of quilting while advancing your skills as an enjoyable hobby. Beginners are given pre-cut fabrics and lessons to help them start a simple quilting project, to develop their potential.

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Whichever you choose, most quilt patterns available today are adaptable for either sewing machines or handwork. The best way is to be creative in connecting pieces, in order to find what you really want in terms of style. Always remember to use inventory tips before buying fabrics or tools. You can find portable storage containers intended for your items, such as jewelry bags, zippered bank bag and many more to choose from.

Other Tips to Consider

Another tip to perfectly understand the basics of quilting is to ask for professional advice (or a friend’s recommendation) on what the best tools or fabrics for quilting. When it comes to fabrics, cotton is best recommended for those who want to ensure that their quilts will produce better texture and style. Cotton is obviously durable, while the creases easily absorbs moisture. This type of fabric generally offers ultimate comfort for users. Cotton blends are easily pressed and the they don’t fade quite easily; but if you use them in patchwork, it is actually harder to integrate, since they require complex application. Scrap quilts merge fabrics of various types, although it will depend on the kind of quilt you opt to use. Traditional crazy quilts joined with silk, cotton and wool are also ideal to use when quilting.

However, such combinations will need special care & use, since these fabrics are delicate. It’s better to blend similar fibers and content textiles, when creating scrap quilts. Choose premium fabrics, because it will give you colorfast and easy treatment for wrinkling, while resisting soil. Quilters understand that print fabrics’ scale if essential. If prints are too large (which should be cut in tinier pieces), the design will get affected. So, when buying fabrics, consider the prints and know how the design will look on your quilts.

Prepare your needles, shears, bias bars, pins, safety pins thimbles, marking tools, rotary-cutting supplies, rulers, templates and other quilting extras (such as frames, hoops, sewing machine, pressing equipment and the work space). Now you are equipped with the right tools and tips to help you begin your quilting project!

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Quilting Tips and Patterns

It is true that starting a quilting project is not an easy task, since there are a number of decisions thatScrappyBlueStackedBricksBabyQuilt have to be made, and the most essential factor to consider, is the design you have chosen to use. When it comes to traditional quilting, the block design outline is usually followed. In addition to this, you will have to stitch about a quarter of an inch from each seam line that is in your piece or appliqued patch. Here, you will learn some effective tips and patterns on quilting. See tips below:

  • Another quilting process is stitching in the ditch. This method involves stitching into the seam directly. The design shape comes out and the stitches become almost invisible when the fabric on the sides of the seam puffs up around it.

  • In terms of design quilting, your quilt block will be embellished with a particular design. All you need to do is trace your design on your patch.

  • When the stitching lines follow the block’s outline, it is called ‘echo quilting’. Here, the stitching lines are repeated every quarter inch. Beginners don’t usually practice this, as very heavy quilting is involved.

  • When it comes to overall design quilting, the blocks pattern is ignored, and an overall design is used. Clamshells, grids of squares and diamonds are three designs that are commonly used in overall design quilting.

  • When you choose your fabric, design and pattern, you can start to piece your quilt top. You start by creating a template, then cutting the pieces followed by sewing together the blocks.

  • On completing the blocks, they must be connected to make the quilt top.

  • When you finished your quilt top, you should start layering it together with backing fabric on the back and batting in the middle.

The quilting tips and patterns mentioned above, will serve as your guide to come up with beautiful quilting designs you can be proud of!






History of Quilts and Quilting

It is usually agreed upon that traditional Europeans & Americans had their launch in patchwork quilts in the year 1780. Patchwork quilts were quilting for beginners and were sewn jointly to provide blankets and clothing, as this was a necessity born out of scarcity. The earliest patchwork quilts that were utilized for blankets were sheets of cloth that were sewn simultaneously with a small amount of running stitches. According to some researchers, these primitive patchwork quilts were similar to the cumbersome and thick pallet quilts.

Due to the complexity of edging (that is, the finishing of edges of the quilt), layers of quilting frames were invented to facilitate the process of edging. In addition to this, the advancement in technology intensely affected the styles and number of patchwork quilts that were made during the 1800’s. When it comes to the industrial revolution, the turning point in the quilting history, it brought the most spectacular change, as fabrics and cloths have been manufactured on a wider scale. In the year 1840, the industry of textile had grown, and, as a result, commercial textiles were reasonably priced for consumers. Consequently, quilting for novices became widespread.

Another main shift in quilting history was in the mode of finished patchwork quilts. While a few quilts were made in block style, block quilts were very uncommon until the year 1840. With many textiles being manufactured, quilting novices formed their blocks with an amusing selection of fabrics. The availability and invention of the sewing machine greatly contributed to quilting history.

One of the best things about quilting is that you will be able to slash your preparation time in half, so you can have more time and greater satisfaction to create more stunning quilts. If you wish to gather a wealth of valuable information about quilting history, you will find countless forums by just browsing the web. Or you can find numerous ebooks, if you wish to conduct some historical research of your own.