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To sing well you need to rest. This is just one of the reasons I love quilting – no voice required.

Quilting allows for a lot of flexibility with how you get to the final product. You have the option of hand sewing the pieces together. You can also use a sewing machine, whether one that is specific to the job or your regular machine. There are certain basics you need to master if you hope to handle your projects efficiently. We will explore some of them below:

Starting the Quilting Journey

The first thing you need to do is ensure you have the right tools and supplies. At a minimum, have the following:-

  • Cutting mat
  • Ruler
  • Rotary cutter
  • Sewing machine if you prefer not to do it by hand
  • Fabric
  • Matching thread

Quilting on a Budget

Your quilting projects do not have to break the bank. Employing some cost-saving measures can save you some money. You can for instance:-

  • Buy your fabric and other supplies from a thrift store
  • Get supplies from family and friends. They will only be too happy to give you fabric they no longer use
  • The internet has tons of resources, which you can use for tutorials or patterns

Fabric Shopping

The wrong fabric will make your quilting venture a nightmare. When you walk into the shop, you have so much choice; it can get confusing. Prints are your best choice, whether you are going for geometric shapes, dots, or stripes.

You can purchase pre-cut options, which will make your work much easier. Do not be shy about asking for help; the shop owner probably deals with very many people who may have similar concerns or questions.

Cutting the Fabric

A rotary cutter and mat will help you cut straight lines when you’re building the blocks. Like anything else, take the time to practice so that you master the process as quickly as possible. Remember to start small and only advance to more significant projects when you are more confident about your skill level.

Using a Sewing Machine for Quilting

You have two options when using a sewing machine for quilting.

  • Straight line quilting is the basic technique and is excellent for beginners. You will use an even feed presser foot or walking feet. It helps avoid puckering by ensuring the rate of movement of the top and bottom of the quilt is the same.
  • Free motion quilting requires someone who understands advanced techniques. You can create intricate designs, such as floral patterns. You will need a free motion or darning foot, and must disengage the feed dogs. You have total control over the quilt’s movement and speed as you feed it into the sewing machine. The action will also determine the length of the stitch. Free motion quilting allows for more freedom because you do not have to follow set patterns. If you want to give it a try, take on small projects such as pillowcases or wall hangings, before moving on to quilts.

Getting the basics right is the first step when you start quilting. Even those who have mastered the skill will tell you that it takes time and patience to get the techniques right. A sewing machine will make the process so much faster. Start with the straight line quilting technique to understand how the sewing machine works with quilting.