Quilting Basics

The method of creating a quilt consists of various fundamental steps: measuring, cutting, marking and stitching. Every stage consists of specific tools along with methods which can save some time and make the activity you want much easier to accomplish.

The starting point will be to choose a quilt design or style, along with your fabric. For anyone who is a novice, select a basic design to get started with. Try to visualize you completed quilt. Exactly what color would you like it to be? Would you like to combine unique prints with solids? Prints can vary from plaids to florals or even stripes. Solid fabrics are available in pretty much every color conceivable. Cotton fabric tends to be the simplest fabric to work with. You should not be scared to play around. All of the fabrics must be pre-washed in mild detergent and warm water, dried and pressed.

sewing scissorsStep two consists of measuring and cutting. If you purchase quality-cutting equipment, use them solely for sewing. This tends to keep them razor-sharp thereby making the cuts accurate at the same time saving time. Rotary cutters can be purchased in several sizes. They let you cut smooth edges on several layers of fabric quickly and easily. Tiny cutters work nicely on curves: large cutters are excellent for long straight lines along with several layers of fabric. Cutting mats need to be employed with rotary cutters. An excellent transparent ruler is additionally a helpful piece of equipment. Sewing scissors and shears will also be necessary. Precision is essential in quilting. Making the effort to cut accurately will guarantee the quilt pieces fit together beautifully.

quiltingMarking tools need to be tested before you utilize them. You need the marks to come out simply without damaging the material. Special quilter’s pencils can be obtained with white or gray lead, and an eraser on the end. Other styles include soapstone, that is made from pressed talc, and is water-soluble, which is really ideal for darker fabrics. Marks from each kind can be taken off with a damp cloth.

Step three consists of stitching. Each quilt piece has to be layered and basted before the actual quilting is involved. Quilting pins must be used to hold pieces together. Should you be hand basting there exist specific needles, with small round eyes, which are loved by quilter’s. Employ a single strand of white 100 % cotton thread to baste. You might however, opt to work with curved, rustproof safety pins to make the basting process quicker and easier.

Pressing at every phase of the fabrication is essential. Apply the tip of the iron and move in the direction of the grain lines. The general guideline of quilting is always to press every stitched seam before crossing it with another.

Quilting is the fourth step. Quilting keeps the quilt top, batting, and backing together. Moreover, it provides texture and greatly enhances the design. You can quilt by hand as well as by machine. Hand quilting is the classic technique; machine quilting requires significantly less time as well as being sturdier.

quiltingBinding is the last step in producing a quilt. Binding fabrics can either match or complement the other fabrics in the quilt. Binding will also help to square up the finished quilt.





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For more help, check out this video “Quilting for Beginners” by Create & Craft TV


6 comments to Quilting Basics

  • Carlo  says:

    I love the pictures of the quilts, reminds me of my grandma’s quilts

  • Abigail  says:

    My grandma used to always have the most beautiful quilts around her house, I am inspired by how easy it appears to make a basic quilt. THANKS!

    • DowntownKevin  says:

      Glad we could help. Quilting is easy to start, but you have been warned here, it is also addictive! Have fun and stay warm!

  • Rosa  says:

    I have been making quilts for years, and have always worried that the art was fading away, but god bless to see a site still promoting how to make quilts.

    • DowntownKevin  says:

      Yes, I am a HUGE fan of making quilts and will continue to share the knowledge so others can learn. I invite you to write a guest post about quilting, to share your knowledge with others.

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