Want to learn to quilt? When you say quilting it can mean many different things. Here is where I will start:
- Piecing a traditional quilt top and putting 3 layers together to finish the project is what comes to mind for most. The three layers are the top, batting and backing. Most quilts are bound on the edge for a finish.
- Quilting is the act of putting the three layers together.
- I like to use my sewing machine to quilt. Some like the craft of hand sewing the 3 layers. Some use a frame to hold the quilt layers as the quilting is done. I use safety pins to hold the 3 layers even before I use my machine to quilt.
- You can use stipple or outline quilting or you can use a stencil to mark a design on the quilt top.
- I use the free motion foot and move my fabric under the machine by drawing my quilt design with the machine straight stitch.
- You can also use a walking foot for even feed on the top and bottom layers as you machine quilt.
- Quilting can be done to finish clothing, purses, pillows, wall hangings, bedspreads and more.
- I like to start learning on something small so I can finish and see the result of my time investment. The more I practice the skill of quilting, the better I become and the bigger the project I will try.
Consider these easy projects as you develop your quilting skills.
- Learn to strip piece and quilt place mats. Place mats and pillow tops are nice small projects and usually the finish projects will give you a great sense of accomplishment. I will show you a few ideas you can try.
- Learn to free motion quilt pre-printed fabrics.
- Try an Eleanor Burns “quilt in a day”. Do the wall quilt or baby quilt to learn the easy strip piece technique.
- Learn to use the rotary cutter.
- Use your serger for accurate strip piecing.
- Learn to do applique
- Add machine embroidery
- Learn to do crazy quilting with scraps.