Basic Techniques Every Quilter Should Know (VIDEO)
Posted by Aug 13, 2022on
A beginning quilter can be overwhelmed by the shorthand, jargon and exacting instructions that come along with quilting. There are tips every new quilter should know. Pre-wash your fabrics before sewing with them. Not every quilting gadget is useful. Always use a seem allowance of at least a quarter-inch to be safe.
Before you start quilting, understand the common types and sizes of material used in quilts. They will have a big impact on the look as well as the feel of any quilt you make. Of course the thickness and material may change how you sew the quilt and which stitch you use.
When you’re staring out quilting, patchworks with evenly sized shapes can be easier to attempt. You can also look for stash-buster patterns that are designed to combine a lot of different materials into one beautiful blanket.
Learning how to piece accurately and matching seems is essential at first. Leah Day likes to start with a scrap charger to ensure that if there are any problems with the threading they happen on the scrap and not a piece you want to appear on the final quilt. She also sets her machine for a tight stitch (the settings will vary from machine to machine, but you can try to start with Leah’s.)
Every quilter should master pressing. You need to press your blocks to improve piecing accuracy. Some quilters like using a dry iron; others use steam. Pressing also helps set your seams, thereby improving the appearance of your patchwork. While pressing can take time, you can easily fit the quilt blocks together.
Adding borders to the edges of your quilt not only creates an attractive frame, it also allows you to correct any skewed edges that can affect the appearance of your quilt. Mastering the edge also helps you improve the structure of your quilt.
Creating the Quilt Sandwich
Before sewing your pieces, create a sandwich. This sandwich consists of three parts: the quilt top, the quilt backing, and the batting. You can secure these layers with basting.
Learn from Your Mistakes
If you are a beginner, you should know that mistakes are common and these can range from fabric choices to technical issues. However, the good thing is that mistakes present an opportunity to help you master different techniques and improve your skills.
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