Five Things Every Quilter Should Know

Five Things Every Quilter Should Know

April 21, 2013 6:47 pm

If you’re new to quilting, the amount of information can be overwhelming. There are terms to learn and techniques to understand; many of which can be ignored by the beginner. Here are five things that you should know when you start to quilt:

1. Fabric
Fabric is more than a pretty piece of cloth. Fabric has grain that can work for or against the quilter. Different types of materials come together in different ways, and some fabrics are more conducive to quilting than others. Before you pick up the hobby, learn all you can about fabric.

2. Terminology
If you pick up a quilting magazine, you’ll undoubtedly run across terms that you’ve never heard of. Before you sit down to sew, learn what these terms mean. Knowing what you’re reading ahead of time will save you the hassle of having to rip your quilt apart and start again.

3. Cutting Skills
There is no quilt that isn’t made of pieces. The first step in being able to put your pieces together in a pleasing way is in cutting them properly. Take time to practice cutting fabric with shears and a rotary cutter. Getting the feel of your tools will help you cut more evenly.

4. Pressing
Do you think that you don’t need to take the time to iron your fabric? You’d better think again. Pressing your seams before you sew will shave hours off of your quilting time.

5. Piecing and Binding
Learning how to correctly piece your chunks of fabric together is always a good idea. You should also take the time to learn how to bind. Practice both techniques on scrap fabric before you begin a major project. Remember the old adage: Practice makes perfect.

While there are dozens of lessons to learn when it comes to quilting, no one should begin without first learning the basics. Before you sit down to sew a project, make sure that you have an understanding of the terms and techniques listed above.