There is nothing more comforting than an old fashioned quilt to snuggle up under. This is one of the fundamental things that people grow up with and it never seems to change. A quilt is a symbol of comfort and many times they are things that are passed down through the generations and it only serves to offer a level of comfort that we have all come to rely on. There is no reason why everyone should not have the same level of comfort. There are many places out there that are making quilts using a machine, called a quilting machine and these are not what you want! These are actually nothing more than comforters that can be found in any store for amazingly high prices. The quilts that you actually want are the one you have made yourself!
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.
4 Steps to Quilting
Marking 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.
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.
Binding 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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Important when starting out is to learn the main quilting terms:
1. Applique – Appliques are pieces of fabric applied to other pieces of fabric, using fusible webbing or stitching. The stitching can be done by hand or with a machine. Buttonhole, satin or blind stitches are the usual methods used.
2. Basting – Spray basting, thread basting and pin basting are common methods of basting. This process involves holding the quilt top, batting (the middle layer between quilts – usually cotton, wool or polyester) and backing together to finally sew it all together.
3. Bearding – the process of pulling the batting fibers through the tops and bottoms of the quilt, through the holes created during sewing, to produce a whiskered effect.
4. Cheater’s Panel/Cloth – They are pieces of fabric printed with quilt block designs. They are made to resemble a pieced or appliqued quilt top.
For more help, check out this video “Quilting for Beginners” by Create & Craft TV