Quilts are wonderful works of art ranging from colorful patterns to one-of-a-kind motifs. They’re perfect as gifts for your loved ones or as something to keep you warm during those chilly winter nights.
Although quilts may seem like complex projects that require expensive machinery and advanced skills, they’re actually quite simple. In fact, anyone can start quilting at the comfort of their own home with just a domestic sewing machine.
If you’ve been wanting to try quilting or you’re keen on starting a major project, here are some tips to help you get started.
Choosing a Pattern
Decide on a pattern you like so you can prepare the fabrics and equipment beforehand. There are a variety of patterns to choose from and some may require more time than others. Choose a pattern that suits your taste and skill.
Getting Your Equipment Ready
Before you start quilting, gather all the equipment you need according to the instructions of the pattern. When searching for fabrics, opt for colorfast fabrics that don’t run when washed. Also, measure each block to figure out how much fabric you will need.
Find a comfy and spacious place to quilt and make sure all your equipment is ready. Start by cutting up your patchwork pieces carefully with a rotary cutter before sewing them. When you’ve got all the patchwork ready, start quilting the top first as it can take a lot of time and precision. Make sure to iron the patchwork in order to set it.
Next, baste the quilt by making a sandwich with the top and bottom layer and placing batting in between. Secure with pins or temporary adhesive to hold the layers while you sew them. After sewing the layers, add a final touch with some decorative binding to the edges of your quilt to seal the layers.
For more details, check out this infographic about quilting below!