|One of the first quilts I made!|
Whether you’re new to quilting, been doing it a while or a life-timer is always nice to remember the basics. Here’s a list of some basic tips that will help your quilts come out nice and square. And maybe prevent you from pulling your hair out.
1- Learn to sew a consistent 1/4″ seam. This is SO important! Once you have this down your blocks will line up so nicely.
2- Make sure you have the right tools.
A- Rotary Cutter with a good sharp blade
B- A cutting mat. A self healing one is a good idea.
C- A ruler. I have so many, but the 2 I use the most are an 8 1/2″ x 24″
and a 6″x12″.
D- 1/4″ foot for your machine is handy to keep your seams consistent.
E- A good iron and a starch. I use Best press; its amazing!
F- Good quality thread. My favorite is Aurofil or Guterman.
G- A basic sewing kit. Pins, scissors, seam ripper, marking pencil, and hand needles.
4- You will make mistakes. No matter how long you have been sewing/quilting you will make mistakes. It’s okay!! Take a breath, calm down. That’s why they invented seam rippers.
5- Don’t be afraid to try your own thing. You’ll find inspiration every where around you. Don’t be afraid to sketch out your own blocks and give it a try. Graph paper works great for drawing out your own quilts.
6- Shout it to the world. Tell everyone that your quilter. Its like your a local celebrity. People are so amazed with quilts and the work we put into them.
7- Go to quilt shows. Go to as many and as often as you can.
8- Talk to other quilters. No matter the age, we all little tips that could make your next quilt all so much better.
9- Visit your local quilt shops. Every shop is so different you’ll get so much inspiration. And the ladies there always to willing to help you with any quilt questions you may have. From techniques to color choices they are your allies.
10- QUILT, QUILT, QUILT!!! The more quilts you make, the better you’ll get. So keep on quilting.
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