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The Basics Of Making Quilts

- - Sanny Tendilla

By Owen Jones

If you have never done any quilting before, you may be forgiven for thinking that it looks fairly simple. The fact is that it necessitates a lot of patience, skill and diligence to create a quilt. It really is not as simple as it looks. It takes practice and attention to detail. Given that, you must use good quality textiles if you are considering manufacturing a quilt.

Cotton is all right for the task, but it ought to be the lowest you will go. No polyester or other man-made textiles. If you do use these cheap textiles and spend weeks making your first quilt, you will simply regret it. If you make mistakes, but the fabric is decent at least there will be that one saving grace.

Once you have selected your cloth, you can select the style or pattern that you want. This might seem backwards, and that is OK. If you want, you can choose the style first and then a fabric to match, but I would recommend that you just stick with cotton for your first quilt.

Next, you have to get hold of a pattern. This is very straightforward. You can either become a member of a local quilting group, where people will give you conventional patterns or sell you modern ones; or you can go on line and look on Google or Yahoo for 'free quilt patterns' or you can go to your neighbourhood craft shop and buy one that suits your requirements.

You will also need a good set of tools to make your quilt. It is a good idea not to scrimp on these tools as they are not expensive; will make your task a lot easier and will last a very long time. You will need at least one rotary cutter. 'At least one' because the wide blade cutters are good for straight cuts whereas a small blade cutter is better for corners or shapes. By the way, these rotary cutters look like pizza cutters.

Because these cutters are sharp, you will also require a cutting board. This can be as simple as a sheet of plywood, trimmed to suit your table top or you can simply lay it on the floor. Without a board, you will damage your table or carpet. You will also need dress-maker's scissors and large shears. Further requirements are pins, needles, cotton, straight edges and markers.

Your pattern will explain about batting and a back fabric and you must pay a great deal of attention to the recommendations in your pattern.

This article cannot be a 'teach yourself quilting' manual, but I hope that it has shown you that you do not need a great amount of apparatus to make very passable bedding quilts. However, with only a little adaptation of the pattern, you could make some beautiful duvet covers. Not many people make duvet covers, so you could either make them exclusively for yourself or sell them.

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