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Patchwork & Quilting for Beginners

Patchwork & Quilting for Beginners

2nd Edition

In Patchwork & Quilting for Beginners, you’ll find everything you need to start completing gorgeous patchwork projects, from learning how to craft your own designs and which stitches to use, to full patterns that you can follow to create something spectacular. Whether you want to create an heirloom that tells a story, or you’re looking to enhance your home with cushion covers or patchwork coasters, everything you need to learn is here. Simple step-by-step tutorials and guides to time-honoured techniques make this the essential companion for anyone looking to master the skills of patchwork and quilting. Getting started - Learn the basics from choosing the right tools to complementary colours. Patchwork - Discover the techniques necessary for patchwork projects. Quilting - Master the traditional art of quilting and create beautiful items. Projects - Complete satisfying projects including quilts, cushion covers and toys.

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Future Publishing Ltd
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1 min.
welcome to quilting & patchwork for beginnres

The homemade craft style has become incredibly popular in recent years, most likely because of the combination of beautiful style and unique keepsakes it provides. In Patchwork & Quilting for Beginners, you’ll find everything you need to start completing gorgeous patchwork projects, from learning how to craft your own designs and which stitches to use, to full patterns that you can follow to create something spectacular. Whether you want to master the art of quilting to create an heirloom that tells a story, or you’re looking to enhance your home with cushion covers or patchwork coasters, everything you need to learn is here. The simple step-by-step tutorials and guides to time-honoured techniques make this the essential companion for anyone looking to master the skills of patchwork and quilting.…

9 min.
tools and materials

General sewing equipment For quiltmaking you will need a set of hand-sewing needles – both “sharps” and “betweens”. Both types come in several lengths, thicknesses, and eye size. Needles are sized by number: the higher the number, the finer the needle. Pins are essential for pinning the layers of a quilt together while you work. Always press seams as you go, with an iron or by fingerpressing. Sharps “Sharps” are standard hand-sewing needles and are usually used for processes such as tacking, hand piecing, and finishing the edge of binding. Betweens or quilting needles Shorter than sharps, these allow quick, even stitching for hand quilting and appliqué. Iron It is essential to press seams as you work, so have an iron and ironing board set up in your work area. Quilter’s pins Long quilter’s pins are useful for holding…

5 min.
types of fabrics

The fabrics you choose to use for your project can make a world of difference are put together. to the final outcome. A single pattern can look completely different across many quilts depending on the fabric patterns and types used and how they are put together. Denim Denim is a versatile choice, especially for projects that will receive a lot of use. Because of its weight it causes bulky seams and it is not suitable for hand quilting. When sewing denim by machine, use a special denim needle with a walking foot. New denim should always be pre-washed to remove excess dye. Wool Available in a variety of weights and colours, wool is a warm, durable, natural fabric. Heavy-weight wool can be difficult to patchwork with but can make interesting appliqué. Any unfelted wools…

3 min.
waddings and fillings

Cotton 100 per cent cotton is a natural, warm, and breathable choice. Cotton wadding can shrink significantly during washing (about 5 per cent), which gives the quilt a slight texture and a more traditional look. Because of this you may wish to pre-wash it Poly/cotton blend A synthetic/natural blend gives you the best of both worlds. These waddings are machine washable and will not shrink as much as 100 per cent cotton waddings. The cotton part may shrink during washing though, so it may be wise to pre-wash it. Polyester Polyester waddings are light in weight, available in many thicknesses, and usually inexpensive. But being synthetic, they do not breathe well and are more flammable than a natural wadding; therefore, they are not recommended for baby quilts. They do not shrink, so you should not…

2 min.
a quilt explained

The five elements of a quilt There are five main elements needed to complete a quilt. the first element is a finished quilt top, often made of patchwork or appliqué. Your quilt top can be assembled using a repeating block pattern or several different blocks, such as in the diagram. You can also add sashing and borders (see pp.102–107) to either make the quilt fit a specific dimension or enhance the design. The second element is wadding. Most quilters prefer to use 100 per cent cotton wadding or a 50/50 blend of cotton and silk, or cotton and bamboo. See pages 22–23 for more information on waddings. The third element is the backing, which needs to be larger than both the quilt top and the wadding. A quilt back can be made of…

3 min.
quilt sizes and measurements

To calculate the quilt size needed for a specific bed, you will need to accurately measure the bed itself. Do so by using a measuring tape to record the width, length, and depth of the mattress. Using these three measurements you can design and fit a quilt to any size mattress. When calculating the depth of the mattress be sure to add the measurement of the depth twice to the width (one for each side of the quilt) and only once to the length (for the bottom). If you want the quilt to hang or drop below the mattress, you will need to add a few additional centimetres (inches), depending on your requirements. You will need to add the drop twice to the width and once to the length, as above. To add…