Have you ever thought about quilting, but you are not sure that you could actually finish a quilt? Worse, you do not know anyone who quilts in your area? Well, you can quilt. This article will take you step-by-step through the quilting process.
1. Decide on the "Why"
This is the most important part of quilting. Decide why you want to quilt. The "why" will propel you through the rough spots when you're not going as fast as you would like. Your "why" will also keep you going when you have to use the seam ripper for the tenth time because you misread the pattern. If you have a good "why" you will definitely finish your quilt.
2. Pick a Pattern
Pick a pattern that is on your skill level. A good rule is to pick a pattern that you feel you could finish easily because it will probably take you twice as long to finish the quilt that you think it will take. This may at first seem to be an obvious step. Think about it, though. How often have you been stuck on making the decision on exactly what quilt pattern to use? Choose a pattern. Get started.
3. Check Your Resources
Do you have a functioning sewing machine? Do you have any thread that you could use? Check your basic resources before you head to the quilt shop. There is no use in buying notions if you do not need to.
4. Buy Fabric
Take your beginner quilting book or pattern and head to the quilt shop. As a beginner, a quilt shop is a wonderful resource. All the employees have been quilting for years. Their advice when it comes to fabric choices are wonderful. Make sure that you buy enough fabric for the backing and for the binding.
5. Piece your Quilt Top
Now you have to get down to work and actually piece your quilt top together. Remember to wash and iron your fabric before cutting it.
You'll need to decide the method to baste the quilt. You could either hold your quilt sandwich of quilt top, batting and backing together by safety pins. You could also use quilt basting spray or fusible batting. As a beginner on your own, I would not recommend basting with needle and thread. You may get discouraged and quit.
Quilting is actually stitching your quilt sandwich together. The design makes it fun. As a beginner quilter, your best bet is to stitch in the ditch. Stitching in the ditch is stitching so close to the seam that the stitches almost disappear.
8. Bind Your Quilt
Binding holds the quilt together and is the most used part of the quilt. It will be grabbed for a long time. You can choose to either attach the binding by hand or machine.
Label your quilt with at least your name and the date it was completed.
Enjoy your piece of art!
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