101 Things About Quilting

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Quilting is my interest and I want to encourage others to quilt to. You don’t have to be an expert, so relax and enjoy. Interesting facts and little tips will make this article fun to read and very helpful.

1. Quilting is the sewing together of three layers.

2. Quilting is fun and can become seriously addictive

3. Many ways to create a block no one way is the only way

4. There is no such thing as the quilt police

5. Hand quilting means you make it by hand

6. Machine pieced means you used your sewing machine

7. There is no age limit to start

8. Yes you can make a quilt even if you are colour blind

9. You can make a project of many sizes

10. It can be a expensive hobby when you start to store fabric

11. You can take some projects with you when you travel

12. Putting colours together is as easy as looking at nature

13. Fat quarters can be cut into different size squares

14. A fat quarter is a piece of fabric cut 18×21″

15. America is the largest quilting nation

16. Men & women quilt

17. Use a cotton thread when using cotton fabric

18. Always make sure you have enough fabric to complete the project

19. Using dark colour wash them first to make sure the colours do not run.

20. Decided if you quilt will be washed or dry cleaned

21. Use one pair of scissor for paper and another for fabric do no mix them up

22. When paper piecing use a small stitch it helps when you tear out the paper.

23. Paper in USA is smaller than UK

24. Disappearing marking tool are good but check them on a sample of you fabric before using.

25. When cutting with your rotary cutter use a new sharp blade for a new project.

26. Exercise caution when using rotary cutter and always retract blade when no in use

27. Cutting mat should always be stored flat

28. Rulers come in many sizes use one that you can easily see with your cutting mat.

29. Always place your hand on the ruler when cutting and move up to follow the rotary cutter.

30. Rotary cutting is fast

31. Appliqué is cutting out shapes and attaching them to fabric

32. You can use turned edge appliqué if you like to hand sew

33. Raw edge appliqué uses a product containing glue ironed on the back of fabric

34. Raw edge appliqué is machine onto the fabric

35. Basting glue is another way of doing turned edge appliqué.

36. Small pieces of fabric can be saved for appliqué projects.

37. Paper piecing uses paper to sew on lines to create blocks.

38. Paper piecing can be used to make sharp points

39. Quilt shops are colourful places to be and inspire many projects

40. Let you quilt shop help you choose your fabric if you are nervous to do it.

41. Opposite colours are attractive on quilts

42. Wide backing fabric means you do not have to join the backing fabric.

43. Cotton batting often has a scrim attached put this side to quilt top to stop bearding.

44. Bearding is when the fibres of the batting fabric come through to the quilt top.

45. Square up you quilt blocks before joining them up.

46. Quilt blocks of the same size are easier to put together.

47. The red square in the centre of a log cabin quilt is the symbol of home

48. Log cabin is strips of fabric joined together to make a block usually using light and dark fabrics on opposite side.

49. Quilt making was first used when garments wore out and there were good patches left these were cut out and sewed along with other patches and then used as bedding maybe with an old blanket in between

50. Quilts were used in the Slave trade in USA to let escaping slave know it was safe to go that way. Quilts would be hung out on the porch and removed if there was danger.

51. In USA fabric is sold in yards in European countries it is sold by metres

52. A Jellyroll will have 2.5″ strips of the whole range of a particular range of fabrics.

53. Jellyrolls can be used to make quilt blocks and are good if you don’t want to cut strips of fabrics yourself.

54. Charm squares are cut into 5″ squares and can contain all the same fabric or the range of a particular design.

55. Always measure twice cut once

56. Use a new sewing machine needle for each new project

57. Seams should be ¼” make sure they are straight or else your blocks will not all measure the same.

58. When you need to undo a seam use a seam ripper and cut every 5 stitch and them pull apart

59. If using spray starch wash you project when complete so it does not attract bugs.

60. Trouble threading your needle use a piece of white paper behind the needle eye helps you to see it more clearly

61. Use rubberized matting found in the kitchen store under your sewing machine to stop it moving.

62. If you sew in an area where you don’t want to have to pick up the thread off the floor. Put a tablecloth or large sheet down first when you are finished you can collect up and empty outside.

63. Never use nylon thread for baby quilts they could come undone and wrap around the baby’s finger.

64. Don’t use polyester batting in baby quilts it is a fire hazard.

65. Stitch in the ditch means sew on the seam line do this by pulling the seam apart slightly then you will not notice the stitching

66. You can tie a quilt instead of sewing it, by using thread or wool and just tying it together to secure it.

67. Long arm means your quilt is sewn on a sewing machine that has large throat space on the sewing machine

68. Feathers are not only on birds they are used as designs on quilts.

69. Tone on tone means the two shades of the same colour on the fabric.

70. You can make your quilt out of any fabric but some fabrics are easier to work with.

71. Quilts can be embellished with many things

72. Quilts can be used as a wall hanging.

73. Quilts are considered as works of art.

74. Colour in the quilt plays an import part different colours can change the way quilts look.

75. Freezer paper can be used for quilting projects and not just in the kitchen

76. Sand paper can be used to sharpen your pencils

77. You can used empty plastic drink containers to make appliqué templates

78. To clean your soleplate on your iron, put some salt on a washcloth and iron over the cloth removes all the dirt.

79. Use a bamboo stick when pressing seams open to avoid burning your fingers

80. To make several pages for paper piecing put block on top of several sheet of freezer paper and sew on the lines with no thread in your needle. Marked with out tracing.

81. To make it easier to remove paper from paper piecing, place the block on a damp washcloth for a few minutes, then the paper comes away no problem

82. If you prick you finger and mark you quilt with your blood roll up a small amount of thread and wet with your spit and then rub the spot it will then be removed.

83. Tape a brown paper bag to the edge of the table next to your sewing machine put all your scrapes and threads in when you finish sewing just throw

84. When you have old needles don’t put them into the rubbish on there own, use a empty film container or tic tac container and then dispose of them into the rubbish

85. When you purchase fabric write on the selvage edge the amount and where you purchase helpful later on.

86. Use flower head pins when quilting they are sharp and longer than dressmaker pins

87. Snips are handy for cutting threads beside the sewing machine.

88. Use your ironing board for extra room beside you sewing machine

89. A magnet can help you pick up dropped pins quickly

90. Use a bread slicing rack to hold all your rulers

91. Remember to sign your quilt it is a work of art.

92. Use a bread slicing rack to hold all your rulers

Clean pizza boxes are handy for storing quilt blocks in.

93. Be relaxed when machine quilting your work will look much better.

94. Use a laundry rack to hang strips of fabric over will make it easy to pick up

95. If you don’t have enough blocks to make the right size quilt consider putting sashing between the blocks.

96. Use a mug tree in your sewing room for hanging scissors on.

97. It is completely ok to be working several projects at the same time after all we cannot contain our creativity

98. Store your fabric in the same colour families that way you will not over buy one colour

99. If you have made your top and cannot face quilting it send it out to a long arm quilter they will make it easy for you.

100. Use glass jar to put you bits and pieces in that way you can always find them

101. Use the Internet as a source of information and a learning tool there is a lot of stuff out there also to buy your online fabric you might find a bargain.



Source by Sue Kershaw

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