How To Quilt

 

How To Quilt is your step by step guide to making a beautiful quilt.

Whether you are a quilting beginner or a seasoned veteran, this simple guide will help you have more fun and enjoyment from  making quilts. There are 10 simple steps to follow to learn how to quilt.

Step one: Decide quilt fabric and design The first step is dedicated to designing your lovely quilt. You have to choose a nice patchwork quilt pattern, choose suitable quilting blocks and decide which materials you want to make your quilt from. All of these factors should help you decide a pattern.

Step Two: Pre-wash quilting fabric Many of our quilting community recommend that that you pre-wash the fabric. This will help the finished quilt, to not run when washed. This is personal preference, washing the fabric will take more time, not washing allows you to start quilting sooner.

Step Three: Cutting The next step requires accuracy and precision. Cutting the fabric to shape. If you rush this step the quilting blocks will not line up and this will spoil the quilt that your are making. Some simple and handy quilting tools make this job much easier. A good quilting ruler, a heat mat and a rotary cutter will make this step easy and more enjoyable.

Step Four: Quilting block sewing You can either hand sew or use a sewing machine for this stage. When sewing each quilting block try to leave a little bit of space for the seam (about ¼ inch). For beginners try to sew in straight lines as this helps make the quilt much simpler. For more advanced quilters you can use appliqué, and sew round corners.

Step Five: Add border edges to you quilt Lots of quilters in our community enjoy adding a border to the quilting blocks. If you decide to add a border, simply cut strips of fabric to length and sew onto your quilting blocks. Make sure again that you sew in straight lines.

Step Six:  Choose batting material There are many types of batting you can choose, The two most popular are Low loft batting and high loft batting. The first is much easier to quilt with, but is thinner so is considerably less warm. The latter is perfect for very warm comfy quilts but is harder to make your quilt from.

Step Seven: Choose backing fabric. Most backing fabric come as a large sheet. However there is a huge selection of backing materials and this choice will establish how the finished quilt feels.

Step Eight. Baste or pin all layers together Baste or pin all layers together in the correct position, This will make the next step easier. For pinning I recommend spacing the pins about ½ to ¾ inch apart. Start in the middle and work outwards .

Step Nine:  Sew all Layers together Ensure all layers are in the correct position (top, batting and backing layers) then sew together. The easiest way to do this stage of quilting is again by starting in the middle and working to the edges of your patchwork quilt. Follow the seams and try to keep you stitches small and neat. (don’t worry your stitching will improve and look less messy with practice)

Step Ten: Remove basting or pins The quilt you have made is nearly finished. You only have to remove the basting/ pins and trim all edges so that they are neat and tidy.

Congratulations! You now know the simple steps and know  how to quilt. Check out our step by step video course  today at ”Quilting Made Simple

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