According to Emporia State University, no one is quite sure where quilting originated, but the earliest known quilted garment is thought to have been made around 3400 BC. Other quilted items have been found that date back to around 2 BC.
To quilt using a machine, begin by selecting a few different fabrics. Choose one multi-colored print to start, and select prints that complement it. You can use an ordinary sewing machine for the project.
Finish a quilt by trimming threads from the top of the quilt as well as inspecting the stitching around the outer edges. Prepare the backing, then decide between machine quilting or hand quilting to complete the quilt.
Common quilting supplies include scissors, a rotary cutter, a self-healing mat, quilting rulers and water-based markers. Fabric, thread, needles and pins, and an iron are also basic supplies. A sewing machine, long-arm quilting machine and computer with quilting design software are other common supp
The size of a baby quilt can vary greatly depending on the quilter's intentions. They are usually between 36 inches by 36 inches and 52 inches by 52 inches, but could be sized differently.
Hand quilting involves using a needle and thread to sew stitches that bind the top and back layers of a quilt. The process of pushing a needle from the top layer and then pushing it back from the opposite side is called a stab stitch.
Quilt stitches hold quilts together and should be the same length on both sides of the quilt and be evenly spaced. Quilt stitches are distinguished from regular stitching by the fact that quilt stitches hold the layers of fabric and insulation together.
Quilt templates can be made out of different materials by cutting out pattern pieces from a magazine or a book on a cardboard box that can then make a template. These templates are used to help cut fabric into the perfect pieces for quilt making.
Machine quilting patterns include straight line, free-motion loops, shadow quilting and stitch in the ditch. Each of these patterns allows a quilter to use basic stitches and techniques to finish a quilt and express quilting creativity.
Quilt binding tips include trimming the lining even with the top and keeping the quilt corners at 90-degree angles. Another quilt binding tip is to cut binding strips on crosswise fabric grain so they measure 2 1/2 inches wide.