Quilting Tips

QUILTINGTIPS

I love to quilt and thought I would create a page to share my top tips for Quilting

Top 6 essential sewing tools for Beginners

Sewing and Quilting is not just about sitting in-front of the machine. One of the most important things is having the essential tools to assist with your creative journey as a beginner sewer.

There are a number of different tools available on the market but these tools are small and sometimes overlooked. They are a great investment for your creative journey

I have compiled my Top 6 essential sewing tools for beginners

1. Large Cutting Mat
2. Clear Faced Rulers
3. Scissors or Fabric Shears
4. Rotary Cutter
5. Seam Ripper
6. Pins and Wonder Clips

Preparation is a Must 

Prior to starting a quilting project you should always document all of your ideas.Creating a mood board is a great way to inspire your creativity and visualise your quilt.

Design a scaled drawing of your Quilt

Drawing a scaled design of your quilt allows you to maximise the use of your quilt dimensions. 

Scaling your quilt during the design process will allow you to have an overall look at your design which will allow you to add specific quilting techniques and fabric designs to compliment your quilt.

Always buy more fabric than what is required 

Always buy a small amount more than you think you need of fabric – when you factor in washing the material, squaring off and the joy of scrap projects its always nice to have a little extra in your stash.

Keep a stash of full bobbins ready for use 

Prior to starting a quilting project you should fill a stash of bobbins ready to use in the colours required. This will save time during the quilting process but also allow you to sew seamlessly without any requirements to rethread the machine. Preparation is key. 

Measure and check your fabric twice before cutting once

Prior to cutting your fabric ensure you measure and check your fabric twice and cut once. You will only have once chance to cut your fabric so it is always a great idea to take your time and ensure you have great lighting for cutting your fabric.

Press don’t iron your seams

Pressing each seam is important during the creation of the quilt. When quilting the seams will often meet or cross, pressing the seam will keep your fabric and quilt design in place and sit nicely. Ironing these will disrupt the seams and not allow the fabrics to sit properly. 

Pressing uses small movements of lifting the iron off and on the fabric whereas ironing uses a forward and back motion without releasing the iron – similar to ironing creases out of clothes

Pressing uses a high setting and the tip of the iron, using this method allows your seams to sit neatly.

Ironing over the complete quilt will disrupt your seams and also possibly stretch your fabric.

Ensure you continue to square your fabric and quilt top 

Ensure you are continually squaring off your work as you go especially prior to cutting your fabric for your quilt. This will ensure that your quilt seams sit correctly when you build your complete quilt the seams will match. Be careful when squaring blocks that have multiple components to the block as this could cause your design to warp.

Ensure you keep your seams consistent throughout the quilting process

Pay attention when building your quilts is important to ensure your seams are a consistent size and always straight. This will help you create a good looking quilt with crisp seams and patterns.

Don’t be afraid to use more pins to hold your fabric in place when building your quilt if you feel more comfortable or even mark your seam allowance on your sewing machine using electrical or washi tape.

There is no such thing as too many pins to hold together your seams

Don’t be afraid to use more pins to hold your fabric in place when building your quilt it will allow you to have consistent and straight seams which will give you an overall easy quilt build.

Always have a full pincushion near you when you are sewing, it is much more convenient than using a seam ripper when your seams are not perfect.

Each pair of scissors has a unique job in your Creativity

There are so many different pairs of scissors on the market designed for quilters. It is not essential to have every single pair of scissors but to have a few dedicated scissors for certain jobs of your quilting process.

Using one pair of scissors for every job will destroy your blade which could potentially effect your quilting design and fabric. 

Ensure your scissors have comfortable handles and quality blades as you will be using these for a number of quilts.

4 Must Have Scissors for Beginners

– Embroidery Scissors

– Small Scissors

– Dressmaking Scissors

– Sewing Scissors

Take care of your scissors as your cutting is only as good as the scissors you use.