How to make quilts?
When making a quilt, there are many designs to choose from. If you are a beginner, consider selecting easy quilt patterns. There are many free quilt patterns for beginners that can assist those just starting in learning how to make a quilt. Here we will teach you how to quilt using a step approach.
The time to complete a quit will take on average about a week. This is a beginner level quilt, so simple quilt patterns should be used. Basic materials are used, such as fabric, thread, a rotary cutter, and a cutting mat. Keep in mind that the easier the project, the less time it will take.
The first step to making a quilt is to select your pattern. Simple quilt patterns are perfect for beginners, as are simple patchwork quilts. Simple patchwork quilts can have a lot of variation to them. Some of them can feature triangle patterns while others have square patterns. In fact, baby quilts are also great for first learning how to quilt. Keep in mind that just because a quilt has a simple pattern and is easy to sew does not mean that the pattern once completed will look simple. In fact, sometimes these quilting patterns look like they took forever to complete!
Gather all of the materials that you will need to quilt. This way you can make sure you have all materials before getting started. There is nothing worse than starting and realizing always into your project that you do not have something you need for your quilt.
First, be sure you have all the tools you need to quilt. These tools include the following:
- Rotary cutter and scissors
- Cutting mat
- Quilting ruler
- Seam ripper
- Pins and clips
- Sewing machine
- Marking tools
- Basting spray or pins
- Quilting gloves
When purchasing items for your first quilt be sure to look at the simple quilt pattern. Listed here should be how much material you will need, along with how much batting should be used. It should also list how much baking material and binding fabric you will need.
Perhaps there is not a list of how much of each material you will need. If you are quilting a patchwork quilt, you can try to figure this out yourself. In order to do this, gather the dimensions of each block on the patchwork quilt. Then think how many of these you would like to sew together to make a quilt. This is not a difficult task once you have been quilting for a while. If you are uncertain, there are some online fabric calculators that can help you determine how much fabric you need. You could also ask someone that quilts or have the person who works at the craft shop or material store to estimate how much you will need.
Here you will be cutting the patchwork for your simple quilt. You must cut properly in order to be able to have the quilt go together nicely. Rotary cutters can be your best friend here. They come in many different sizes and make cutting fabrics a breeze. The rotary cutters also have replacement blades so if one is not sharp enough, you can easily switch it out for a new one.
In step four, you will be sewing straight stitch seams. Your number one goal here is to make sure they are as perfect as you can get them. If you do, it will avoid any puckers, unmatched seams, or waves.
Here we will be basting the quilt. You can think of this as you work in a sub sandwich shop. All of the pieces go together and then will be basted together to make them all stick together. You should always plan on basting your quilts as this will reduce the chances of it puckering, bunching up, or becoming distorted.
To baste your quilt, you will need to following materials:
- Quilt backing fabric which is at least 5 inches wider on all sides than your quilt top
- Quilt batting that is at least a few inches wider on all sides than your quilt top
- A large area to work on basting that is flat
When basting your quilt, you can use a temporary glue that will assist in the basting process. Many prefer this method to the pinning basting method. If the pinning basting method is used, there are various methods that you can use. Some people like to place their materials on the carpeted floor and pin the quilt material to this when basting. Quilters may tell you to start at the center edge, while others may feel it is easier to start in another spot. It is a personal preference on this. If you ask twenty quilters about basting, chances are they will also answer differently.
There are various ways to quilt the layers together at this point. You can straight ling quilt, free-motion quilt, follow a patchwork design, use an overall pattern to quilt with or make up a design as you go.
If you like to be creative, you might consider free-motion quilting. In this method, you move the quilt under the needle to create patterns and designs. If you do opt to do this method, it is best to practice first on a piece of scrap fabric.
Here we will be binding the quilt together. This process will make the edges of your quilt look nicer and bring the entire quilt together. There are various methods of binding that you can pick from:
- Double Fold Binding
- Mitred Quilt Binding Corner
- Sewing Machine Binding
- Quilt facing
- Quilt binding with words
Finally, your quilt is done. All the hard work you have put into this beauty will show. Enjoy it for yourself or give it as a gift. Remember to add a label so you and others know who it was made by and in what year.