101 Things About Quilting
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.