Understanding The Basics Of Quilting

Understanding The Basics Of Quilting
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Contents
All About Appliqu ...................................................................................................................................... 8 Choosing And Preparing Fabric .............................................................................................................. 10 Choosing Quilt Fabric............................................................................................................................... 12 How To Choose The Right Batting .......................................................................................................... 14 How To Use Stencils For Quilting ........................................................................................................... 16 How To Use Templates In Quilting.......................................................................................................... 18 Making Sense Of Quilt Patterns .............................................................................................................. 20 Moda ........................................................................................................................................................... 22 Patchwork Techniques ............................................................................................................................. 24 Quilting Is A Hot D.I.Y. Craft ................................................................................................................... 26 Sewing Tips For Beginning Quilters ....................................................................................................... 28 So You Want To Make A Quilt.................................................................................................................. 30 The Best Quilting Pattern For Your Needs ............................................................................................. 32 What Are Quilts ....................................................................................................................................... 34 Where To Find Free Quilt Patterns .......................................................................................................... 36
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Understanding The Basics Of Quilting
All About Appliqu Appliqu is a quilting technique which involves applying layering one fabric above another and sewing it on. The term appliqu comes from the French word appliquer, which is a French verb meaning "to put on." Even though the word comes from the French, the technique has been used in many cultures and throughout history, with the earliest examples of appliqu being found thousands of years ago. Learning the uses and how-tos of appliqu will expand the possibilities of quilting enormously for you. Appliqu is a versatile technique which is useful for design options regular quilting can't accomplish.
The first step in learning appliqu is selecting a design. Small, intricate shapes will not work well for this technique, at least not when you are first learning. Start with a simple shape for your beginning appliqu project. Something basic like a circle or heart will serve you well for your first attempt. In order to create a pattern for your appliqu design, many people choose freezer paper, because it is stiff without being too thick. Trace your design onto the freezer paper and cut it out and then you can easily trace your appliqu onto the fabric you've selected cotton is a good choice . Next, carefully cut the appliqu design out, leaving 1 8th inches all around.
In order to stabilize the appliqu , you can either glue the freezer paper to the fabric design, or pin it. Now you will have to deal with the raw edges. Since the fabrics are being layered atop one another, as opposed to being sewn in seams as with traditional quilting, it's very important to learn to finish the raw edges so they won't unravel and be unsightly. One way to do this is to take your scissors and carefully snip to the marked line and then press the seam allowance under all the way around your design. Use the tip of a Popsicle stick or a chopstick to help smooth the little edges of fabric down.
Now position the appliqu design where you want it on the base fabric and hand stitch it down.