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The Ultimate Guide to Quilting

The Ultimate Guide to Quilting

Go beyond the basics of patchwork and quilting and develop your skillset with this bumper collection of tutorials and projects. Don't miss this 164-page anthology of stunning designs and expert knowledge from the makers of Today's Quilter and Love Patchwork & Quilting. What's inside: In-depth technical guides with step-by-step photography and diagrams - 19 inspiring projects to develop your new skills - Hints and tips to get the best from your patchwork and quilting - Templates for the projects

United Kingdom
Immediate Media Company London Limited

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1 min

So, you’ve mastered the basics of patchwork and you’re ready to add to your skillset and tackle some fresh quilting challenges! With our help, you’ll find the next steps aren’t as scary as they may look. Inside The Ultimate Guide to Quilting, you’ll find expert tutorials to walk you through each technique step-by-step, along with practice blocks and an assortment of stunning quilt patterns from some of our favourite designers. Discover the best tips and tricks for each stage of the quilt-making process, and before you know it, your simple piecing will grow into the sharpest angles, smoothest curves and most precise points. Ready? Then let’s get started… WITH PATTERNS FROM… AND MANY MORE… AND TECHNICAL ADVICE FROM… Linda Clements is a leading technical quilting expert, editor and writer who, for 25 years, has worked…

2 min
accurate piecing

There are a variety of ways to ensure your seam is precise. Many sewing machines come with a ¼in presser foot, or these can be purchased as a separate attachment. However, it is worth checking once it’s on your machine that it is a true ¼in. Put the foot on your machine and place a quilting ruler or seam gauge under the foot, aligned with the right edge. Turn the hand wheel until the needle is just touching the ruler. If the needle is exactly on the ¼in marking, you are ready to sew. If not, use the stitch width buttons to shift the needle to the left or right. If your pattern calls for a scant ¼in, shift your needle a couple of needle widths to the right of…

2 min
speed piecing

CHAIN PIECING When making lots of the same units or blocks, you can save trips to and from the ironing board by chain piecing them. Prepare your first units for sewing and run them through the machine as usual. Instead of cutting the thread and removing the unit, stitch a couple of extra stitches and then feed the next prepared unit under the needle. This will create a short link or ‘chain’ of stitches between each unit. Continue until all pieces are stitched, remove from the machine and carefully snip the threads between each piece to form the separate units. You can now press all the seams for each unit as a batch. STACK ‘N’ WHACK If you are cutting a lot of the same shapes, this technique will save you lots of…

3 min
know your sewing machine

MACHINE FEET With these five feet in your collection you can tackle most sewing projects. MACHINE TYPES There’s a machine option for every skill level, from beginner to seasoned pro. ELECTRONIC As you’d expect, electronic machines are powered by an electric motor that moves the needle and bobbin (and powers a light). Electronic machines are ideal for beginner sewists – they can be packed with features, but are generally relatively easy to use. COMPUTERISED Computerised machines are suited to more experienced seamstresses or professionals – they have lots of clever stitch functions and a computerised screen, and some even give you the option to input your own designs.…

5 min
working with colour

COLOUR VALUE AND SATURATION Value is the relative colour lightness or darkness of a colour. In quilting we refer to fabrics with a light value as “low volume” fabrics and those with dark value as “high volume” (Fig 1). Saturation refers to the vividness of a colour. High saturation colours have a medium value, tints have more white and therefore have a lighter value, and shades have more black, giving them a darker value. Dark value colours appear to recede, whereas light value colours appear to advance (Fig 2). Balancing colours of varying values and saturation together creates contrast and visual interest. Contrast in values creates a separation of shapes, while gradation of value causes shapes to flatten and blend so that none attract attention from the others. This works whether the colours…

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fabric & quilt dimensions

When it comes to quilting, size matters. Purchasing the wrong amount of fabric will stop a project in its tracks so it’s worth getting it right first time. Familiarise yourself with the common fabric cuts, so you’ll know what each pattern requires. More often than not quilters work in fat quarters, but some patterns call for dierent sizes. FROM A FAT QUARTER YOU CAN CUT: Ninety-nine (99) 1in squares Fifty-six (56) 2½in squares Forty-two (42) 3in squares Thirty (30) 3½in squares Twenty (20) 4in squares Sixteen (16) 4½in squares Twelve (12) 5in squares Twelve (12) 5½in squares Nine (9) 6in squares Six (6) 6½in squares Six 6) 7in squares Four (4) 7½in squares Four (4) 8in squares Four (4) 8½in squares COMMON FABRIC CUTS COMMON BEDDING SIZES: UK QUILT COVER SIZES (APPROX.) COT OR CRIB 47in x 55in SINGLE 55in x 79in DOUBLE 79in x 79in KING SIZE 89in x 87in SUPER KING…