Looking for ways to “Make a quilt?”
Chances are, you’re referring to a pieced or patchwork quilt. Whatever it is, we got you!
Quilts were traditionally made by hand, using the traditional quilting foot, sewing five or six layers of fabric together, and then stuffing with batting.
Quilts have taken so many different themes through the years and have been adapted to seem somewhat modern!
Aside from choosing fabrics, creating your quilt is a very personal process. You will love to explore new kinds of piercing (embroidery, marks-to-décor, machine stitchery) or even new kinds of fabric (silk kimono, metallic, gauze).
Quilting could be a way to express and make your quilt unique and pretty.
So, how to make a quilt? We’ve mentioned everything!
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Choosing of Pattern
There are many quilt block designs available. Each has its pattern and features, but they all have something in common: they are made up of smaller blocks.
They could be a square, rectangle, parallelogram, triangle, or diamond-shaped piece sewn together to form the bigger one.
Quilting patterns are most often identified by the type of shapes used in their designs.
You may need to buy some supplies if you’re new to quilting. You may not need fabric if you’ve done it before. So, here are the supplies you’ll need:
The majority of people prefer using 100% cotton. This is because cotton is a firm fabric and is very easy to work with. The selection of the fabric should be based on your color choice. You should also consider the size of the print on the fabric.
You should go with smaller pieces if you are using small pieces of clothes. Always pre-wash the fabric before use. This will help the fabric shrink and the color of the fabric bleed.
If you don’t have it already, consider buying from All About Fabrics. They have a great collection, including outdoor fabric.
If you are going with simple shapes, you will find multiple options of pre-cuts at any quilt shop. They are available in squares (various sizes) and strips (rolls).
You can buy fat blocks if the shape does not match your chosen design.
Other Basic Supplies
Some of the basic supplies you will need to include:
- Sewing machine.
- Marking tools.
- Seam ripper.
- Ironing board and iron.
Make sure that your fabric is squared before you start cutting it. You need not check for squaring if you are going with pre-cut fabric.
On your cutting board, place the selvage edge of the fabric precisely and line up the fold. Following that, place the ruler at 90 degrees of the fold and trim the side of the fabric.
You can use the below cutting tools:
- Rotary cutter: This is an accurate and quick way to cut your desired shapes. To keep your cutting neat, have extra blades available. A self-healing mat is also necessary to cut on. Please do not leave scarred tables in your dining rooms. A long, clear acrylic ruler is also included to ensure that your cuts are perfectly straight.
- Scissors: There are small pairs of quilting scissors ideal for cutting beginning and ending threads.
Now, you should cut the shape of the patchwork pieces. You can cut all the pieces at once or go with one block at one time.
You should include seam allowance without fail. Generally, 6 mm seam allowance is used in most quilting blocks.
Assembling the Quilt Top
You need to start by sewing together the pieces from the unit or block. Do not forget to press a unit when done. After making all the blocks, you should arrange all of them on a flat surface or on a design wall.
Then you should check for the combination of patterns and colors that please you the most.
After deciding the arrangement of your blocks, you should sew them together. This will form the top of the quilt.
Consider sewing the blocks in rows first and then sewing the rows together. This will make your work easy.
A patchwork quilt is a beautiful form of art that has evolved from time to time. The above-stated tips will help you if you are looking for ideas and inspiration about making a quilt.
So, go quilt!