What is quilting?
The delicate process of sewing two or more layers of cloth together, making it a thicker padded material in order to form a quilt or quilted fabric is known as quilting. A quilted product is basically two or more layers of cloth sewed together to make one dense material. There are four basic types of quilting namely pieced, paper pieced, appliqued and English paper pierced.
The quilt was traditionally formed composing of three layers of fiber specifically a woven cloth top, a layer of wadding or batting and a woven backside altogether formed the technique of quilting as the entire procedure of sewing all three sheets together.
The 10 brilliant ways to master the technique of quilting are the following:
BUY SUFFICIENT FABRIC
“I have all the fabric that I want”, no quilter has said that ever.
And so is going to happen with you. No amount of fabric is going to be enough. So you better make provisions accordingly. It is very annoying to run out of fabric in the middle of quilting and in case, you do not get the same fabric when you go to buy; the entire quilt could be a tragedy. Also, if you get the same fabric and it is not the exact color or has a different wash, then also, your quilt will not be as you wished it to be.
You might think to save money and buying limited amount of the fabric required and estimating to a minimum level. But in the long term, while making your quilt, even if the fabric falls short of a few meters, it might be very time consuming and difficult for you to go and get the same fabric again. It is always better to be safe rather than waste time later on. For example, if you are creating a makeup travel bag essential, you require enough fabric for the bag, the pouches, the zippered pockets, etc.
The best thing that you can do is to keep in mind that you will always, always, need more fabric than you think you do. So better buy at least one yard more than you think you actually require. You can also buy two more yards than your estimated requirement to be on the cautious side.
CULTIVATE ROTARY CUTTING SKILLS
One saves a lot of time when you don’t have to mark individual pieces and then cut the fabric. Because when you cultivate rotary cutting skills, you can easily cut fabric using a rotary cutter tool. The rotary cutter is basically a handle with a circular blade that rotates and thus, the tool’s name rotary cutter. There are several layers of fabrics that can be cut with a fresh sharp blade simultaneously so that the patchwork pieces cut are of the same shape and size. This cannot take place with the help of scissors. This process is very speedy, accurate and time-saving.
One can save money using low costing tools that are economical in nature, but it is impossible to achieve accuracy with dull needles and blades. You can keep your sewing threads as well as the rotary cutter in the Yazzii Petite Organizer XL so that you never have to lose it!
Always, always, start a fresh new quilting project with a fresh new sewing needle and a brand new rotary blade.
UNDERSTAND THE FABRIC QUALITY
Fabric is the primary backbone for every quilt. The way the quilt turns out to be depends majorly on the fabric used. It is very important to keep in mind what kind of fabric you are using for the quilts. So while making costume jewelry and bags, the fabric used must be very durable and washable.
Although it is not important to buy the most expensive fabric available, though time should not be wasted on thinnest fabrics that wouldn’t even hold up after the first wash. The standard suitable quality of quilted fabric must be 100% cotton. It is a high-quality fabric that is considered the best choice for quilting.
Before you start making your quilt, compulsorily learn about the characteristics of the fabrics that you are using. This is mandatory as you have to follow specific care instructions depending on your fabric and also cut the patches depending on particular guidelines.
LEARN QUILTING TERMINOLOGY
You cannot run to get a first-aid kit if your tailor is saying “the fabric is bleeding”. Bleeding refers to transfer of dyes or colors from one fabric to another after washing. Though funny, it is important to know all the important quilting terminologies to be comfortable doing the quilting projects. There should be no misinterpretations while doing the project and if two or more people are involved, everybody should be on the same page so as to what is being spoken and done.
One should make complete in-detailed research and study about these quilting terms such as bearding, batting, bias tape, quilt label, scrim, wadding, binding, blanket stitch, etc. By reading articles on quilting, you can be thorough with the terminologies as if you do not understand a word, you can look it up. In this way, it will not take you long till you’re familiar with all the terms and it will be then easy to follow instructions in quilt-making.
Just read more and more quilting articles and blogs so that you are thorough with the practice as well as when you read a word that you don’t understand, you can look it up and comprehend what it means. In this way, over the time, you will know most of the quilting vocabulary.
STUDY MITERED BINDING
This is an extremely easy technique, though it seems very difficult to the people who are unaware of the technique. When two edges are hemmed together, the various folds along the edges pile up upon each other and there is so much extra fabric on the edges, which needs to be mitered perfectly. Through mitered binding, the edges meet evenly on the corners, the bulginess is removed and it looks amazing tidy and neat.
Borders make the quilt look amazing and add an extraordinary show to your quilted fabric. You can even add two or more borders to the quilt edges so that it actually looks like a frame for you quilt work. Also, if there are any skewed edges, this border frame covers it up so that the shabby edge is not seen, thus it gets a neat and clean look. While making makeup organizer containers, proper mitered binding must be done. YAZZII Petite organizer is very handy to keep all the sewing products in one place and concentrate completely on binding. There are two methods of mitered binding:
Here, first, appropriate folds are made and pressed, so that the lines are seen properly and the corner is trimmed and folded. The edges are pinned and sewed around the inner folds and pivoted directly which gives a neat and clean look to the quilted fabric.
Sewn and topstitched:
Now, this type of mitered corner will stand up more wear and tear than anything and is stronger and sturdier. Here, the crease is stitched along and at the beginning and end, there is backstitching. The excess is cut off and pivoting is done.
Always try to use the sewn and topstitched method preferably, as it is more durable. The method gives a cleaner look and it is comparatively easy to get a flawless corner through this procedure.
PRESS FABRIC PERFECTLY
As you make your quilt blocks, keep pressing them simultaneously. This will significantly improve your piecing accuracy as seams are set before pressing which improves your patchwork instantly. Pressing should be done right to avoid any wrinkling of the fabric and creasing of the stretched fabric. Though in the beginning, it may feel like a waste of time to press each and every quilt block simultaneously, but over a larger period of time, you will realize that it is actually time-saving as without grabbing the dreaded seam ripper, the quilt blocks fit in perfectly together.
The pressing should be done in a mediocre manner. It should not be too light because then the quilt blocks will crumble. However, if it is too hard, the fabric will become stretchy. So, with patience, just make sure it is pressed perfectly and evenly so that the final result of the fabrics stitched together should be spick-and-span.
It is a smart move to place the iron straight down on the fabric instead of just moving the iron back and forth as what we do when we remove wrinkles out our shirt.
CONSISTENCY OF SEAMS
Usually, the professional quilters recommend using 1/4 inch seam allowance. Mainly, here, consistency is the key as that enhances the overall look of your quilt. That is why always make sure that the blocks that you create and the sewed fabrics all use identical seam. When there is no consistency of seams, it will look shabby and messy overall when you piece everything together while forming the final product. And then, nothing can be done because the quilt blocks are already made.
Also, with consistency of seams, the entire quilt will match up to the final size what you had intended it to be. Always do a number of tests to get the seam right and when you are confident that the seams are accurate, only then start to sew final patches for your quilt. For making costume jewelry bags it is very crucial for the fabric to be well-quilted. Don’t be interrupted in fully concentrating on your seams by using YAZZII Sewing Machine Mat Organizer and have all your sewing products before your eyes and don’t waste time searching for them.
Even a little difference of ¼ in a seam can make a large difference when you multiply it over all the sewn seams in the quilt. The difference starts to add up quickly to make the final product imperfect. So better, simply take a clear ruler and measure the ¼ seam till you don’t see the fabric edge by keeping it just under the edge of your foot.
Backstitching is the technique of sewing backward and forward several times at the start and the end of the seam on top of the already done seam stitches. This is done in order to prevent any seam stitches to become undone. Sometimes, quilt squares fully fall apart when a simple backstitch is not done. So just keep that in mind, that whenever you are sewing your quilt, you got to backstitch, there is no other way. When backstitching is done properly and consistently, the quilt can sustain the daily rough handling and still be in top shape. It is easy to do and helps in making the quilt very durable. Also, it does not pull apart when the pieces are quilted together.
Don’t focus on saving time but see the bigger picture. Taking a bird’s eye view, it is always beneficial to spend that extra time and backstitch to prevent any wear and tear in your final quilted product.
MAKE EVEN QUILT PIECES
The most frustrating thing you can encounter in your quilting project is undoubtedly when you are stitching two pieces together, but they are of different sizes. See, when you have squares in your quilt, you have to make sure that all the four sides of that square are equal to match the neighboring fabric. Even if you are using other shapes, the two fabrics that need to be stitched together should have identical edges so as to stitch them together perfectly without any glitch.
The measurements of your pieces must be exact irrespective of any quilt shapes that you are using. This is because the look of the final quilt and its evenness in case depends upon the measurement details that you have used while forming the quilt pieces. Each and every piece in the finished final product must be uniform or else your quilt is going to look very shabby and untidy. This is a time well-spent as you will be extremely thankful in the end, that you took time out for this. For example, if you are making a jewelry travel bag pattern, even quilt pieces can perfectly put in together geometrically, for the final piece to be a perfect square or whatever shape you desire it to be.
Just use a small ruler so that you can measure the pieces precisely. You can then use a rotary cutter that can be described as a pizza cutter for the fabric! This rotary cutter helps to cut precise and clean lines each and every single time you cut. While using scissors for the same may result in cutting a jagged edge even if the shapes are perfectly measured.
ALWAYS BETTER TO PRE-WASH FABRIC
Whenever you are doing your quilting project, it is always advisable to pre-wash your fabric to prevent many disasters. Often, there might be bleeding of fabric so if you wash your quilt after the project is complete, the dye or color might smudge to the adjoining areas and the quilt will look like nothing but a catastrophe. So while you’re making a quilting project at your home, remember, just wash your fabric in the beginning itself before making of the quilt. By washing the fabric even before cutting the design and beginning to stitch, you are making sure that colors will mostly not be smudged later on when you wash the ultimate product. The quilted fabric is sometimes used in making jewelry bags and pouches for which transfer of colors can look very shabby. The Yazzii Products like Petite Double Organizer, Thread Organizer, etc. are perfect options for you as they use high-quality fabrics that do not lose color.
Now whatever material you have chosen to make your quilt must be studied on a prior basis. Every fabric has its own washing techniques and instructions should be considered accordingly. Materials like silk or satin have different washing methods. Kindly follow the instructions before washing the fabric to be safe rather than sorry!