Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Getting Started Quilting - How to Quilt Part ONE with The Quilt Ladies

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I'm going to be doing a bit of a how to and posting one each week. 
Fabric, tips, and lots of piecing ideas. 

1)Getting Started - Basic Info. Needed

Fabric preparation Quilting is done with 100% Cotton. Always buy the best you can afford and what you like. “I”,  wash, dry and iron fabric before starting any project. Sometimes, quilter’s are all about rules, color wheels and charts, there are no rules, pick fabric you like, that are 100% cotton. If you pick lots of different colors, bring it all together with a fun border or white background  For you who would like here’s my basic fabric how to – HERE 

Basic Sewing Supplies
Sewing Machine
100% Cotton
Fabric Scissors
Seam Ripper
Sewing Needles
Quilting Pins
Rotary Cutter and Mat
Freezer Paper

Cutting  - Using Freezer Paper
I, at all times use a rotary cutter whenever possible. If you are new to quilting and are not sure you want to buy all these supplies try Freezer paper. It may be purchased at any grocery store.
You will notice that one side is shiny, one not.
Copy the pattern pieces from this book.
With a glue stick. Paste the pieces to the NON-shiny side of the freezer paper.
Cut the pattern out.
You can now iron the pattern to your fabric, shiny side down.
This pattern can be used over and over. It will leave no film on your fabric.

Sewing pieces together
Always use a ¼ inch seam allowance.
Good fabric to good fabric.
I use a soft gray thread. Only changing if I am working with all black or all white.
Press seam allowance to one side.  To the dark fabric  using a dry iron

Basic Patterns
How to Quilt with The Quilt Ladies

When new to quilting, start with 100% cotton, buy 1/4" yard of two different colors, OR cut up an old cotton shirt, this is learning not a king size quilt.
and make a 4-patch, use 1/4' seam allowance, press seams to hard color. Do 4 of these 4-patch block put together 2 across, 2 down and you have a 8" x 8" pillow top, 

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