Quilting and Sewing

What you need to know for Quilting and Sewing for...
beginners and the more experienced.



group of ladies enjoying quiltingQuilting is a fun hobby.  I created this website to help learner quilters to understand about fabrics batting threads patterns and equipment.  This website will show you what equipment is needed to start quilting how to look after fabric and what thread is best used. The book section gives many patterns to choose from and how to make them up. It is also written with the more experienced quilter to continue to see what is happening in the quilting world. As you go through this website you will see that it has been set out for easy understanding.
 I am often asked what is the difference between quilting and patchwork. Patchwork is made up of different pieces of fabric for the top cover for your quilt and quilting is the joining of three layers. These comprise of top quilt batting then the bottom layer which is mainly plain fabric. 



Quilting for Dummies

By Cheryl Fall

quilting for beginnersThis one of the best books to get started.  For me who has no experience with quilting it was so helpful. This book does not go in-depth on any particular thing it does give a good critique. It is a book for beginner quilters. It gives advice on how to make your design what fabrics to choose.  It has clear instructions and great patterns.  It also gives advice on equipment what is needed.



Quilting and Sewing Books

quilting book I have given a selection of books that I have found to have a large amount of knowledge and are easy to understand for the learner quilter and for the more experienced quilter will have patterns that are more intricate from wall hangings table mats table runners and many more items. They are well illustrated with easy to follow instructions.  They are great for both the learner and the more experienced quilter to find information that is needed for all levels. These books are printed by experienced quilters. These books will help you to create amazing quilts.  What I found when I was working overseas and travelling was the difference in quilts from other countries.  These books show you have to do them.  They also teach the learner how to start quilting. These books have a conclusive glossary guide to learn the terms for quilting. I always suggest that you start on small projects first such as place mats or table runners.  These are easy to do and you can make them in a relatively short time. 



Quilting and Sewing Fabrics

quilting fabric Choosing a fabric can become overwhelming for the learner quilter as there is a large selection of fabrics available. It is not uncommon to get carried away with the selection of fabric available and you end up purchasing unnecessarily.  As I say that as you become more experienced it will be hard to bypass any fabric. This section will show you how to choose fabrics and what sizes they come in as they can come pre-cut great for learners and if following a pattern will tell you how much is needed taking out the guesswork.  It is often recommended that you choose a main colour and work from there and pick two or three other colours that you want.  There are colour wheels to assist you in matching colours and remember that there are no rules with matching colours that you want. This page will tell what fabrics are available and what can be made with these fabrics eg bags table runners etc. When choosing fabrics always think about the use it will have. Projects that will have a lot of heavy use eg a bag use stronger fabric. It will tell you how to care for your fabric pre quilting and on the finished product. This section will also explain about batting which is the padding for your quilt. It can come pre-cut and packed or buy it by bulk with different thicknesses and this page will explain about thicknesses guide you to the correct batting for your project.



  Quilting and Equipment

equipment for quilting and sewingFor the learner quilter, it is hard to know where to start to get equipment. I have given a comprehensive list to show you what equipment needed to commence quilting eg sewing machine irons cutting boards cutting boards rotary cutters and much more. It is important that you learn how to look after your equipment so that you get the best results for your quilting. When you start out you don’t need to have the biggest and best sewing machine, I started out with a sewing machine that was 30 years old and have since replaced it but still use the old one. I will go on in this page to explain more about sewing machines long arm quilting machines and sergers/overlockers. How to care for your sewing machine if travelling with it.
There is a section on what is required for maintaining your sewing machine and changing you needles and bobbin care.



  Quilting and Sewing Threads

quilters threadsFor the learner quilter just starting out, it is impossible to know what threads are available and what their uses are. This section will show you the different threads available from speciality threads and how to use them. I will explain the difference in natural threads and synthetic threads. You will learn what threads are best for different fabrics and how to look at threads and understand the manufacturer's instructions. This page will also explain how to look after your threads and store them. It explains how not all threads are suitable for you sewing machine and only for use in hand sewing