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.
Baby quilt ideas include the Strip and Flip quilt pattern and the Starry Skies quilt pattern. Both patterns are suitable for beginner quilters and can be completed over a weekend.
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
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.
Make a T-shirt quilt with eight to 16 old T-shirts that are measured into squares, typically between 12 and 16 inches, so the image on the shirt is visible. Cut each shirt square with an additional 1/4 inch on each side as a seam allowance.
Making a t-shirt quilt involves cutting the shirts into squares, sewing the pieces together, backing the quilt and tying the front and back together. Choose at least eight shirts, and avoid shrinkage by making sure they are already washed and dried.
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.
Many quilting supply retailers and hobbyist websites offer free online quilting tutorials, which are accessible on the organization's websites. Quilters can find a variety of tutorials on ConnectingThreads.com, McCallsQuilting.com and QuiltingTutorials.com.
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.