Learn How To Quilt – Techniques Every Quilter Should Master

Learn How To Quilt – Techniques Every Quilter Should Master

Do you find yourself with idle hands? Have you been finding yourself with extra spare time you do not know what to do with? Have you been looking for some artistic inspiration or a new way to channel your creativity?

Why not pick up a new hobby? A new hobby is the ideal solution to using up your extra time to produce something tangible and creative. Sometimes we get unmotivated and need a little spark in our bellies to learn something new.

Learn How to Quilt on Your Own


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We will try our best to teach you how to quilt so that you can start creatively quilting for whatever occasion you desire. Learning how to quilt takes a few key qualities – or at least a solid effort in these characteristics.

You will need patience, persistence and a solid desire to successfully learn to quilt. You will need to visualize your goal of having a warm, cozy, and homemade quilt to wrap over your kids or yourself while watching a movie.

Gathering Your Supplies for Quilting

For quilting, you will need some necessary supplies to successfully quilt yourself something to cherish for the ages. For cutting your quilt’s fabric as best as possible, you will need medium-sized rotary cutters or well-sharpened scissors. Next up for quilting supplies, you will need to buy a cutting mat. A cutting mat helps prevents scoring your furniture and cutting crooked lines. You will need a ruler that is 5 inches by 24 inches long and composed of transparent plastic.

You will also need an assortment of sewing basics. This includes anything that is particularly helpful for sewing projects, including straight pins, a seam ripper and safety pins. You will need a generous amount of both safety pins and straight pins. Next up comes thread, fabric, and batting. When it comes to choosing your thread for your quilt, avoid using a cheap thread because they are more likely to break or give off lint. High quality cotton thread is the best choice for quilting thread. For your quilting fabric, the fabric is the most important puzzle piece. Choosing your fabric should be made of 100% cotton fabric preferably, but if that is not available, polyester/cotton blends are satisfactory as well. The last up in quilting supplies is your batting. The batting is insulation or filling that adds warmth and fluff to your quilt. It is inserted in between the quilt’s front and back and it can be sold in many different fibers and sizes.

Easy Steps to Learn How to Quilt


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We will try our best to teach you how to quilt so that you can start creatively quilting for whatever occasion you desire. Learning how to quilt takes a few key qualities – or at least a solid effort in these characteristics.

You will need patience, persistence and a solid desire to successfully learn to quilt. You will need to visualize your goal of having a warm, cozy, and homemade quilt to wrap over your kids or yourself while watching a movie.

1. Find A Pattern

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Although it is not absolutely necessary to use a pattern for your quilt, it is definitely a lot easier than making a quilt free form.

Find a basic quilt pattern online that appeases to you and get to quilting.

2. The Starting Line

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To prepare your quilt, you must prewash your fabrics. Prewashing will shrink your fabric and rinse out extra dye so that these factors will not happen post quilt making. Next, press your material that will be the front and back of your quilt with an iron. Then, make your measurements and cut out each individual piece to your pattern. Be sure to allow for the seams, which means to account for a ¼-inch seam allowance.

Cut your fabric pieces using generous care. Focus on the front piece and cut out each of the small pieces of fabric you want to incorporate into the quilt. Lay each piece on your cutting mat and place your clear ruler on top before using the rotary blade to cut.

3. Design Your Quilt

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This next step is super exciting, because you finally get to lay out your quilt, which means to lay all your smaller pieces into the pattern of your future quilt. Make a grid and get creative – this part is totally up to you and you can use as many squares as you want. Label your squares with a fabric marker to keep track of the rows and columns.

In order to keep your squares in order and save floor space, stack up your rows from left to right, stacking up each square on top of the one before it. You can use post-it-notes or some sort of indicator for the row number you are working on.

4. Quilt the Fabric

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To quilt your fabric, begin by sewing each individual row of pieces together. Start at one of your rows with two squares of your fabric and then place the two squares with the patterns facing each other. Use a straight stitch on your sewing machine to sew a ¼-inch seam. Next, add your following square in the row to the one before it with the same straight stitch and seam process. Work this way across each row.

This is where your pins come in super handy. Pinning each individual square to the one it will be sewn on to help keep straight and even lines. Also make sure that your seam is exactly ¼-inch for each piece of fabric.

5. Press and Sew 

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Next up, you will press your entire quilt to ensure that the seams lay flat and your quilt looks nice. The back of the quilt will be left with a column of seams that are facing upwards. You will press these seams flat from the front side, working from row to row in opposite directions. You will now use the same process you used before to attach the individual squares to attach each row of fabric in unity. Take two adjacent rows and turn them so that the patterns are facing one another. Sew a ¼-inch seam along the bottom and repeat this process for each row you add.

Now, your quilt front will be complete, and you can press the entire back of the quilt like you did the front. For the next step in your quilt making process, you will begin cutting the back of the quilt and the batting. These pieces should be cut a little larger (2-3 inches) than the front quilt to allow for fabric scrunching.

6. Baste

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Basting your quilt is next and this means to pin and layer your quilt before sewing it. For basting you can either use safety pins or a spray-on basting adhesive.

You will layer with the backing pattern side down, then the batting, then the front of the quilt with the pattern side facing up.

7. Sew Away!

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Starting in the center, you will sew outwards in order to move excess fabric and bunching towards the edges. The simplest way to do this is to “stitch the ditch,” which means to sew inside or near the seams you have already created between the squares.

8. Cut and Press the Binding

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Your binding is simply the border of fabric that will surround the edges of your quilt to protect the seams and create for lack of a better word, a seamless look to your quilt. You can cut your binding vertically, horizontally, or on the bias. Cut your strips of binding to be a little more than two inches wide and long enough to border the quilt.

Sew your strips together so that you have four pieces that are the same length as the four sides of your quilt. You will then use your iron to press the binding together. Pin your binding in place by laying the binding for two opposite sides down on top of your quilt. Line the edges up with the patterns facing one another and use a generous amount of safety pins to secure the fabric into place.

Sew the front of the binding by running along the edge of the quilt and the binding using a ½-inch seam this time.

You will do this on both sides of the fabric so that two pieces of backwards binding is sewn into place. Fold your fabric up and away from the center of the quilt and expose the printed side of the binding.

Add the rest of your binding by placing the other two strips of binding you have cut along your quilt’s open faces. Use the same process to sew the binding along the other edges and expose the pattern once more with an outward and away motion.

Flip your quilt so that the back is exposed and you can fold the binding over. Start on one side with your folded binding edge to meet the edge of the quilt. Now, fold the remainder of the binding over to keep it in place and add lots of pins to secure. Do this to all four sides of your creation.

Finish the binding by carefully sewing the binding. Use either invisible thread or hang stitch it with a ladder stitch or whipstitch without going through all three layers.

Make sure your corners are squared off and all your seams are even.

9. Finish Up

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Your quilt should resemble a quilt now and you should give yourself ten pats on the back because you just created a homemade, cozy quilt all by yourself!

Enjoy Your Beautiful Projects Now that You Know How to Quilt


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Now that you have quilted one quilt, you should feel ready to tackle more projects.

It can seem complicated at first - and like it takes forever to learn, but once you get the hang of quilting, you are good for life. Continue to wow yourself and your loved ones with quilted gifts for years to come.