Quilting is a great hobby and it acts as a mean to unleash your creative side. You feel so happy after each quilt. The new machine quilting technique helps in quilting more designs with less mess. Here are some tips for a mess free and happy quilting experience.
Choose a good backing fabric that can cover the top of the quilt. Before
choosing the backing fabric, think about the color of the fabric you are using for quilting. Choose same color of thread on the quilting machine so that the pattern looks neat. Once you have chosen the backing fabric, press it to your quilting top. In case you are using cotton or wool, it might need some effort of pressing as well.
Take time to prepare your quilt. Decide how you want to make your quilts. Plan how each layer should blend. If you are using machine quilting, you can use pins for securing your quilling. There will be a requirement for lots of pins so keep them ready. Most machines do not require the quilling to be marked on top. You can easily do it using a quilting design guide.
After you have your quilting plan, think about which thread you must use. There are specific threads available in the market for machine quilling. Choose colors that can blend easily with the fabric you have chosen for you quilling project.
Adjust the stitching length so that it is slightly bigger and use the walking foot for making your quilt stitching. This attachment helps in feeding the layers into the machine easily into your sewing machine. If the quilt is large, roll them up on the edges and then secure it with clips. After you get comfortable with machine quilting, you can try hand quilting to see how it comes out.
We hope these tips help you master the art of machine quilting.
Improving the quilting technique is a part of the life of quilters. There are so many classes and workshops both online and direct that can help you equip your skills in quilting. The basic requirements for quilting are very simple. Threads, scissors and a thimble is what you will need to do quilting. Quilters lover sharing and most of the tips gets passed on to others. Here are some tips that can help you with quilting.
Most of the times, fabric manufacturers use codes for indicating pattern match. These codes have all the colors that are used in the fabric. By checking these codes, you can easily match fabrics. You can take the codes that are present at the selvage end of the fabric for matching.
It can be very difficult to manage three or four hundred inches if bias binding. You can use an empty paper towel tube to get this fixed. Secure one end of the piece with a masking tape and roll the other ones over. This should help you to keep them untangled.
Do not throw-off any left-over bias strips. They will come in handy when you do a small project. Any pieces that are 12-inches or longer can be used for making small patterns such as stems on flowers etc.
Quilting process is a fun experience during the start of winter. Creating different quilting patterns is a great way to enjoy this winter season. As good as it is, there are also some challenges in the quilting process. One of the important parts of quilting is batting. Batting provides the dimension that is required for quilting.
It can be quite tiresome and this is often one area where everyone requires help. There are so many new materials that are coming and even experienced quilters face difficulties. Reading the label and understanding the process is also very confusing and it might take a while to figure out what is right and what is not.
Here are some questions that will help you to overcome your batting battles
Before starting, think about what you are making. Making different quilts require different abilities. A table runner making is much more different than a baby quilt. Once this is finalized, plan how you are going to finish the quilt such as tied or machine quilled etc.
The most important factor while making quilts is what level of warmth is required. This plays a major role in selecting what type of fiber or material you need to select for the batting process. Some quilters plan and choose the batting first and then they begin quilting. Think about the washing requirements too. For example, a baby quilt needs washing whereas a quilted handbag does not need to be washed that often.
If you are planning to make different types of projects, you must consider few samples before trying them out. This helps you to compare and understand what works best and what does not. You can compare different fabric batting such as cotton batt and polyester batt also. You can also try washing them to see how they behave when washed. Use labels if required for understanding what is inside.
Hope these tips help you with you batting problems. Let us know if you have any more tips in the comments section.