Beginner’s quilting guide

Any person interested in needlework will eventually feel the need to branch out and try something else besides simple sewing works. Quilting is a popular choice for many.

What is quilting

Quilting refers to joining at least two layers of fabric (with a padded layer inside) together. Quilting is often used in the textile industry to create beautiful blankets, bed covering, or wall hangings. The quilting process leaves a lot of space for creativity as you are free to make the outer layer look however you want them to look. It is often called the quilt top, with the other layers being the batting and the backing. Many people who quilt as a hobby use different kinds of material to create beautiful and intricate designs for the quilt top that are completely unique. The patterns are totally up to you!

Quilting can seem like a difficult hobby to get into but it really is not. You don’t have to quilt all the complicated patterns you see on the internet, you can start with anything you want. Starting with something simple like a patchwork pattern using only two different kinds of fabric is completely fine.

What tools are needed for quilting

The first-ever quilts were made using just a needle and a thread so it is doable with no fancy tools. But who has the time for that? Most quilters make their lives easier with the help of modern technology.

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Sewing machine

We’ll start with the most obvious one, the sewing machine. A sewing machine will make the quilting process much faster and less frustrating. You can quilt with most sewing machines so feel free to start with the one you already own. If you really get into quilting, however, it might be worth taking a look at some sewing machines made with quilting in mind. They have some additional features that your regular sewing machine probably doesn’t. The most basic one is the throat size – after all, you need a lot of space to create a quilt and it is helpful to get a machine that accommodates that. So after you gain confidence and feel the need to upgrade your machine, search for the best sewing machine for free motion quilting that will suit your needs.

Rotary cutters

A rotary cutter is a tool used for cutting the fabric in a precise and clean way. They come in different diameters, with the bigger blades being able to cut through more layers of fabric at once. If you have to choose just one, then get a 45 mm rotary cutter as it is the most universal.

Self-healing mats

These mats are what you should cut your fabric on to avoid damaging your desk with sharp blades. They are usually covered with a ruler and a grid that will help you measure the exact length of the cut.

Marking tools

Use pens and markers to trace the patterns before you make the cut. Remember to only use pens made especially for writing on fabric that are easily erasable.