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When it comes to quilting, there is a lot for quilters to master. In this blog, we will talk about the most essential quilting techniques every quilter or embroidery digitizer should be aware of and should be on their “must-know” list.
As a beginner, you might get easily overwhelmed by the hundreds of techniques and terms out there for quilting. There are different ways and techniques to accomplish your quilting tasks.
With time, you will get to know which quilting technique suits you. But there are some essential quilting skills that you need in order to sew the perfect quilts on the very first try.
Just like every other field, when you start learning quilting, you need to familiarize yourself with the quilting terms and vocabulary. The good idea is to keep a quilting book with yourself having basic terms and terminologies.
You can also start reading articles like this to improve your quilting knowledge. The ideal way to learn is to loop up for the terms you don’t understand when you encounter them. It won’t take any longer before you get familiar with all the necessary quilting terms you need to know for following quilting instructions.
Fabric is the backbone of your project. Be it quilting, embroidery, vector art, or custom patches. Yet it is often ignored. Many people begin assembling their quilt without putting the fabric in the first place.
It becomes far easier to quilt when you understand how to deal and take care of your fabrics. Once you understand why quilting patches are cut in that specific direction, it will then be easy for you.
You do not necessarily need an expensive fabric for your quilt. On the other hand, you need not waste your time on a thin fabric that is not strong enough to hold up when quilting.
As a quilter, you need to learn rotatory cutting. This technique allows you to bypass the time-consuming method of making templates to mark and cut individual pieces of fabric.
You will love the freedom these rotary tools provide. They help you to cut with a speed which is helpful for your work.
Learn strip piecing along with other piecing techniques. It helps you to sew big chunks of fabric together which you can then slice off in sections to create pre-sewn units. Give it a try, and it won’t be long enough before you start making almost every version of the quilt block you come up with.
Learning how to press your quilt blocks is crucial. Pressing will improve your piecing exponentially.
Pressing allowances at any one side is a perfect way to refine your custom patches work. Do not fall into the illusion that pressing will slow down your work. It actually saves your time when you do it properly. Make sure you quilt the blocks together properly by pressing them appropriately and without grabbing the ripper of the dreaded seam.
When you add one or more borders to the quilt edges, it offers more than giving a beautiful frame for your project. It gives you a chance to square up skewed edges a bit.
Usually, those who have started out their career in quilting determine the length of the border by measuring along the outside quilt edges. This technique ensures your quilt block remains skewed.
It is always better to learn as much as you can about quilting with time. Understand the color values. They are as important to learn as the colour wheel, or maybe more than that. It is important to learn each aspect of those elements.
After all, we are all humans and make mistakes in our work. And quilting is no different. You can make mistakes in both technical terms, in the fabric choice, or maybe something else. Mistakes are a part of your learning process. It is better to analyze them rather than panicking. With time, you will improve your quilting skills.
Sewing mitered binding at the quilt edges is somewhat considered a difficult task to achieve. But it is easy and now what it sounds like. One very crucial step is omitted from almost each of the binding instructions which then create problems if you apply binding that is narrow or wider than ¼.
Newbie quilters get confused with the numbers and lengths, especially the ones who sew garments with ⅝ seam allowances. They find it difficult to sew ¼ seam allowance used to make quilts. There are some techniques to get the quilt right. The more you practice, the easier it gets.
These are some of the most basic and essential quilting techniques you need to learn to step into the quilting world. If you have any questions about the topic or custom digitizing, feel free to reach out to us.
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