Practice makes perfect is the age-old adage. But what if you didn’t have the time to practice? If you are looking for ways to take your quilting game to the next level, why not try some of these simple tricks that not only save time but will also help you improve your accuracy and finishing.
The primary rule of quick quilting is to have all your pieces cut ahead of time. If a project calls for a more intricate piece, that can be cut at the beginning of the project an kept separately. Generally speaking, fabric can be cut into more accommodating shapes like squares that can later be trimmed. They can also be stacked according to size, shape or color to make it easier to pick out the pieces you need for the quilt.
A quilter is only as good as their machines, so remember to take good care of the sewing machine by servicing it regularly. This can be as simple as running the machine with a few drops of oil or as complex as taking it apart and giving it a deep clean, though it is recommended that the machine is sent to the company for servicing yearly rather than taking it apart at home.
One of the easiest ways to save time is to prewind your bobbins with neutral color thread. If you are working exclusively on a single colour, then this step just got easier. Not only does this save time winding bobbins before each quilting session, it is especially helpful when you are attending a class or taking your quilt along with you on a journey.
Lastly, when stitching, make sure that to leave a seam allowance. This prevents the cloth from ripping when pulled. You can also opt to stitch the pieces together using a chain piecing method (feeding fabric pieces for stitching without a break) as this saves thread and the time taken to stop and start each time.
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The choice of quilting depends entire on the expression a quilter may want to convey with the piece. They should be a statement of personal aesthetic taste. There is no wrong design in quilting; however, it bears keeping in mind that some designs are more appropriately suited to some quilts more than others. There are a couple of guidelines on how to quilt a stenciled design on to a pieced top. While it may take time to find the perfect design, many free and premium images are available in stores an online for the vid quilter to use.
A quilter shouldn’t feel limited by the readymade stencils available in the market. Custom stencils can always be created by giving the pattern to a professional stencil maker and at home. Be innovative and permit individual imagination to take the reins. Experiment with different design concepts. Looking through quilting pages can serve as an inspiration to what the finished quilt could potentially look like. These ideas will culminate into a quilt that people will admire for years to come.
Most people start off with a manageable portion of patterns. However, like most hobbies, quilting can take over our life and house and before you know it, there will be boxes of patterns under the bed, in the garage and on the floor of the living room. Quilters mostly start this collection of patterns from magazines, and free samples they may have obtained. Sometimes, if word gets around that someone is a quilter, there may be a sudden influx of used quilting patterns from friends and family, thus leading to a silent implosion in the number of patterns one possesses.
Since older patterns come in their own little pockets and are considerably more delicate than homemade ones, care should be taken to store them in a clean damp-proof condition. Some people store them in boxes while others use a file cabinet system to store them. Moths tend to favor the soft papers and tossing in a few mothballs will keep them at bay. It might also be a good idea to keep them individually wrapped in protective plastic covers that are typically used to preserve vintage comic books. Not only will this keep the patterns inside visible and at the same time separate, but it will also prevent them from exposure to atmospheric moisture. They will also need to be kept without creasing. A sturdy backing cardboard can be inserted along with the pattern into the sleeve for this purpose.
If you want to go all the way, there are apps for mobiles and PCs that can help catalog and label each individual pattern so that you will know exactly where it is. This will help you keep track of all the patterns and stencils you have and prevent purchasing duplicates. There are always better, more organized ways to take care of your quilting stencil collection but in the end, it lies entirely on individual taste.