Quilting Tips & Tools

Quilting Tips

Quilting Tipwill provide you with a selection of helpful tips that will enable you to make quilts easier, quicker and will enable you to produce a better quality finished quilt.

The quilting tips and techniques have been shared by many of our community of both novice quilters and experienced quilters. So here are our top tips:

 

  •  Large selection of fabric and threads. By having a large amount of different materials you will always be able to find a material for your patchwork quilt project.
  • Take your time, rushing your sewing or quilting will result in a poorer quality of finished quilt. Take your time and you will see better results.
  •   Remove iron, when ironing your quilting blocks, lift the iron off the block and place down on a new block, this will stop you from ripping or stretching the fabric.
  • Pre wash if you pre wash your material, only use pure water, Do not add detergent or bleach as this often results in damaged fabric or colour running.
  • Label your quilts By labelling the quilt you are making, with your name and date, You create a record of the patchwork quilts that you have made.
  • Masking tape widths, use different widths of tape on top of your fabric to create different widths of seams. This stops you having to mark your quilt.
  • Cotton thread, by using only cotton thread you will never damage your material, some threads can damage older types of material.
  • Use a rotary cutter, this handy quilting tool, will enable you to cut your fabric quickly but most importantly straightly.
  • More fabric than you need, Purchase more fabric than you think you require, for your project. This way you have spare for other projects, any mistakes and you can always make a sample quilt block.
  • Sew from the bottom of the material, this simple tip will help you to not tangle your thread whilst quilting.
  • Flatten you batting, lay your batting out a couple of days before you design your quilt. This should ensure that your project is free from creases and wrinkles, which will make you project easier to complete.
  • Cutting mat, use the largest cutting mat that you can. This will enable you to make larger quilts with out needing to buy a new cutting mat.
  • Smooth binding, smother bindings around the edge of the material will result in a better finish.
  • Practice, by practising your sewing and stitching regularly, your skills will improve and you will make much better quality quilts.
  • Patients with machine quilting, when machine quilting stop with the needle down in the material, before changing direction. This will help you have even well spaced stitches.

 

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