Batting – A Start From The Very Beginning!

younisWhen it comes to batting, all you might want to do is stand in a corner and blink! Choosing batting for your quilt involves educating yourself on batting terminologies, knowing which brand to choose, loft, fibre content etc. Feeling lost already? Yes, it is also a great idea to seek references on what works best for you!

Here are a few pointers to make your life easier.

Have You Decided On The Size Of Quilt?
Is it for a king size or queen size bed or for a crib, twin or a full size bed? If custom sized, try buying off the bolt.

What Choices Of Material Are Available For Your Fibre?
Polyester, Cotton or Cotton Blend are broadly the three types for your fibre. You also can choose from polycot ( the choice of specific ratio of cotton to polyester is also available).

Any Tips On The Kind Of Loft?
You either opt for high loft (cotton) or low loft (polyester) battings. Low loft is the right choice for machine quilting and high loft for hand quilting. Another parameter that helps you decide is whether you want a puffy or a flat finish, in other words, would you want the focus to remain with the lines (high loft) or the piecing (low loft).

What Is The Right Brand For Your Quilt?.
There is no single answer to this one! Each has its pros and cons and you need to discover what works for you. If it’s a client, there’s the budget to be considered as well. Do get an opinion of your client on her preference. Keep samples readily available if possible.

If you are a beginner, this bit information is good enough to get you started. However do note that you are under the bottom of the pile (of information!).

Read more:Simple Techniques To Get Started With Your First Quilt

The Art Of Machine Quilting

m_quiltingQuilting 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.

Simple Techniques To Get Started With Your First Quilt

Quilting process is very simple and it is very simple to learn how to do quilting. If you are a first-time quilter looking for some help with your quilting process, here is a simple guide to help you. follow these step-by-step instructions and you are good to go.

quilts-from-all-buttoned-up-2Choosing the right fabric is the first step. You can choose a multicolored print and use colors that go well with your selection.

There are some basic tools that is required for cutting the fabrics clean and for binding them together. A fabric ruler is essential for dividing the fabric and making crease marks.

Cut the fabrics into 5.5 inch squares and arrange them to see if you are happy with the patterns.

After you are happy with the arrangement, use pins to put them together. And then flat iron all the sides with seams in the same direction.

Repeat the process and use borders on all four sides. Using a machine, stitch the seams in the same direction.

Once done, the top layer of your quilt is complete. All you need to do is form another fabric that will form the basting.

Machine stitching can make your life easier rather than using hand stitching process.

I wish you all the very best with your first quilting experience and do not forget to have fun!