Basic Quilting Steps And Longarm Quilting Services

By Minnie Whitley

Everyone is of course, familiar with the quilt. It is quite a favorite for bed sheets, cushion upholstery, blankets, even mats and tablecloth. It is the art of piecing together scraps of fabric to make a unique design. It is fairly easy to make and can be done by almost everyone who has the desire to.

Traditional quilting is done by hand, using straight stitches like a running stitch to connect differently colored scraps together. Today most quilting is done by simple sewing machines or longarm quilting services. You can come up with thousands of very unique designs, but there are loads of quilting designs and already cut fabric squares available in the market.

You will need three different layers sewn together like a sandwich. The lowest is a plain sheet of cloth known as the backing, in the middle is an insulating material called the batting. This middle layer can either be made up of any warming material such as cotton or polyester or even wool. The material you put in the middle determines the softness of your quilt, so chose this carefully. On top of these two layers is the design itself.

You can not make one without the right tools. For this you will need all three different sheets as aforementioned. Previously cut squares are available on the market if you can not cut them yourself. You will also need needles, thread, a sewing machine, and a pair of scissors.

For the uppermost layer you have to put the squares of fabric together. You can either follow a design, or make one yourself. Make individual rows of threes then sew them together to have a bigger square made up of nine little squares. Once you have made enough squares, sew them all to make a sheet. You will have to iron them so that they stay flat.

Once your top is done, it is now time to sew them all together. You must have your backing material first and place in on top of a big table that it is lying face down. This last sheet should be the biggest among the three. A backing material that is slightly smaller than the first one is placed on top, then your design last. It should also be the smallest one among the three sheets. Since this is quite a big one to work on, you can use pins to bind them in place when sewing.

Stitch them all together by following the stitch marks on the design. For a more secured product, make many stitches to hold the layers in position. The technique for a more flat and neat finished product is to start sewing in the middle then slowly going to the sides. You will need binding as edge design. Take a long strip of cloth, iron it, then sew them in place all around.

One the final stitch has been made, your project is finally made. You can wash it to soften the fabric. You can also use it right away, if you are really that eager to put your finished product to the strength test.

Of course, not everyone will have the time to make their own quilts. One can employ services that make quilts for shorter periods with the use of a long arm system. These usually take less time and with no effort, too.

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