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					            Quilting Tips and Tricks Straight
                            From the Pros:
                        Quilting Made Easy



If you would take time to polish a little of your quilting history knowledge, you
will find out that the craft have been around since the 17th century. You will
probably be impressed at how this unique style of sewing have evolved to become
a timeless craft passed on from one generation to another. It was believed that
quilting was originally used for utility rather than for any other aesthetic
purposes. The use of quilts dates back to the time of the Crusades, where soldiers
use quilts for armor padding against chafing and to ward off the stinging cold of
winter.




Through the years, quilts have become a thing of beauty to adorn the walls rather
than a bedcover, as what its popularly used for a few centuries ago. With the
availability of technology and the emergence of different sewing techniques,
quilting has indeed transcended fashion trends and has continued to thrive in the
modern times.




If you have just recently taken an interest to the ancient art of quilting, then you
probably would need all the help you can get. Even seasoned quilters would
probably want to learn a trick or two, a valuable leaf off from the movers and
shakers of the quilting industry. Learning some handy tricks can potentially save
you from ruining a perfectly good piece of cloth.




Choosing and Preparing Quilting Fabric
   When looking out for great fabrics, don’t be afraid to experiment with
    colors. A bright shade would make a warm splash in your living room wall
    and contribute to its unerring character. You can start by choosing a print
    that immediately grabs your attention, you can then start to choose and
    coordinate other fabrics that would best complement the printed fabric.


   You should also pay careful attention to the texture of the fabric. Make
    sure its soft and supple. Among the elite quilting circles, 100% cotton
    fabrics are the best choice mainly because it is much easier to quilt
    through even over layers and unparalleled ease in care.


   It is best to choose fabric under the same collection since it will be a lot
    easier to blend at the same time have the variety of light colors, dark and
    medium hues for a more dramatic effect.


   Make sure than you purchase an extra ¼ yard just in case you make some
    mistakes and would therefore need an extra strip or two of cloth.


   It is important to wash and press your fabrics before cutting and starting
    on your quilts. This method allows the fabric to shrink or you can also
    check if it has the tendency to bleed or not.


   Prewash your fabric with warm water and clip the corners of each square
    piece to prevent possible tangling.




   Since most quilt are expected to last for years, make sure you buy only
    high quality fabrics.
Learning the Basics




It is only normal for beginners to find quilting a rather complicated task to mess
with, some individuals balk at the first sight of errors. However, like any other
craft, it takes years to hone your skill. The best thing to do is to start with fairly
easy patterns and work your way through the more complicate ones once you
have gained enough confidence and proficiency. Here are some useful tips that
you can use that can prove to be quite valuable once you start quilting.




      For novices, only choose those patterns that come with some clear
       instructions and illustrated diagrams. Learning the basics is hard enough
       without having to spend so much time trying to figure out all the confusing
       instructions.




      It is important to read through the pattern twice or as many times as
       needed before starting with your quilting product. That way you will
       somehow have a grip as to what you are trying to achieve and the pattern
       you trying to create. Remember, this is not a jigsaw puzzle.




      You can choose to practice on one block first so you will have a hang of it
       before trying your mettle on the actual project.




      Use diagonal seams when you are trying to piecing binding to cut down the
       bulk
      You need to know the difference between the half-square triangles and the
       quarter square ones. DO some basic calculations and always add ¼ inch
       for every square triangle for fabric allowance.




More often that not, you will encounter a few hitches along the way. This is only
natural, especially if you are still on your first few projects. The key here is not to
be too hard on yourself, and give yourself enough time to get used to the
intricacies of sewing and quilting. Take comfort in the fact that even expert
quilters also make some mistakes too.




When trying to learn how to quilt by hand, give more focus on making even
stitches and not solely on the lengths of the stitch. In the art of quilting, patience
is definitely a much-needed commodity, so be sure you have enough get past a
few stumbling blocks or so. Quilting should provide you with a fun and enjoyable
experience, and not to drive you over the edge with sheer frustration.




The Right Attitude




Quilting, like any other craft is a constant learning experience. As they always
say, there is certainly a lot of room for improvement. Even if you are on your nth
quilting project, chances are you can still learn to few tricks and techniques to
make your quilt a clear evidence of your creativity and artistry.




      Make sure you are open to trying new methods. You can even go out of
       your way to get some formal lessons on quilting to hone your craft.
      You should know that all quilters consider a rotary cutter revolutionized
       quilt making into a higher plane. Its capability to saw through six layers of
       fabrics all at the same time have proven to be a valuable feature that every
       serious quilter should take advantage of. So invest on a high quality rotary
       cutter.




      Listen to your inner self. Never be afraid to experiment on new patterns
       once you know you have enough skill.




Handy Appliqué Tips




Appliqués are among the popular sewing methods incorporated in quilting. It is
the art of applying small pieces of fabrics atop a bigger background fabric. This
can be a tricky method that would normally require familiarity with quilting
before you can ever hope to pull it off with just a minimum fuss. So here are a few
tips and tricks that can hopefully ease your way in dealing with quilting
appliqués.




      If you are using embroidery floss or some Perle Cotton, make sure to use
       the thread not against its direction to avoid tangles and knots.


      When you cut thread from the spool, first not the ends you cut so that you
       will have some sort of a marker as to which end should be threaded
       through your needle.
   When you are turning corners, you can use some buttonhole stitches as
    you go to make it more secure.




   If you are using extremely vibrant colors, it would be imperative to
    prewash it since there is a big possibility it will bleed.




   Only 100% cotton fabrics are recommended for appliqués.




   If you want to use templates, it would be ideal to use the heat-resistant
    plastics rather than the cardboard one. This is mainly because plastic
    templates have a better ability to retain their shape in comparison to
    cardboards. You can simply turn your edges up over the template for a
    much easier sewing application.




   A lot of expert quilters would attest that using freezer paper would be the
    best choice when doing some appliqués. It is a relatively easier method
    and gives enough stability especially if you are working with a snap. You
    can start by simply tracing the pattern into the freezer paper, cut it and
    iron it on the backside of your fabric.




   When ironing your appliqués, turn off the steam since the steam on
    streches the fabric. And can possibly burn your fingers.




   When pinning some narrow shapes such as flower stems, instead of using
    pins to hold it in place, you can sparsely use some stick glue to stay in
    place.
      Appliqués takes a lot of practice to perfect. According to some expert’s
       experience, perfecting one pattern does not guarantee that you will get the
       same result after a few months or so. The main idea here is constant
       practice since quilting skills are known to get rusty after some time.




Now that you practically have read all the valuable tricks in the book, it’s about
time to put everything you have learned into practice. It can be a little frustrating
at the beginning but one you are able to get the hand of it, quilting can be a great
way to distress at the end of a grueling week at work. Now you can leisurely spend
your lazy Sunday afternoons on you quilting project and watch as it slowly unfold
right before your very eyes.




Upon completion, you will definitely feel the re warding effects of the fruits of
your labor upon seeing own work as the centerpiece showcased in your den or
living room. This brings a whole new way to add your own personal touch in your
very own abode.




If you are looking for ways to improve your skills then you can probably entertain
the thought of getting some professional training and some short courses on
advanced quilting methods.




If you are interested to check out some great patterns and other tricks you would
want to know about the different quilting methods, you can checkout the website,
www.quiltingpassion.com for some comprehensive information on the valuable
tricks of the trade. Who knows you might want to put up your very own quilting
business in the future, right? The suite offers some important resources on
procurement of materials and tools that you would need in quilting.




Last but definitely not the least, quilting should be taken up as a hobby or a form
of leisurely pursuit. Make sure that you will enjoy every stitch; otherwise it will
feel like work. Don’t be too hard on yourself; quilting should be treated as an
outlet of your profound creativity and not some sort of a competitive race.

				
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