There are several quilting techniques that every quilter should know and master. However, as a beginner just starting, you might feel easily engulfed by the number of techniques and hundreds of terms you will encounter. And this can lead to confusion which will be intensified with the several methods of accomplishing quilt-making tasks.
However, as you progress, you will discover some techniques that work best for you. However, to help you transition into an expert, here are five skills to help you become a master.
● Understand quilting terminologies
As a beginner learning how to make a quilt, you must know the terms, patterns, and skills you need. And also the common abbreviations used for each design. Taking online quilting courses and having some notes at your fingertips when making your first quilt will be very helpful.
Additionally, it would be best if you also read articles on quilting before starting. When you come across confusing terms, look them up. Before long, you will be familiar with every term you need to know when making a quilt.
● Measuring and sewing border the right way
Adding borders to the edge of a quilt is more than making your quilt look attractive. This process helps you square up slightly uneven edges. Sometimes beginner quilters might determine the length of a quilt by measuring along a quilt's outside edge.
When the quilt becomes skewed, this technique ensures that it remains skewed. So when you learn to measure and sew borders, you are learning how to improve the structure of a quilt.
● Learning sewing quarter-inch seam allowance
Most beginners, especially those who regularly sew garments with 5/8" seam allowances, sometimes might encounter issues visualizing and sewing 1/4" seam allowances used in making quilts.
There are many tricks you can use to get this seam right. However, you should perform tests before you start. This ensures your seams are accurate.
● Understand basic down pat
You can improve your piecing accuracy by taking the time to press quilt blocks when you make them. Another excellent way to improve your patchwork is to set seams before you press allowances to one side.
Some people think pressing will slow them down. However, you will be surprised to discover that it saves you time when properly pressed quilt blocks come together as they should, without seizing the seam ripper.
● Understand fabric quality
Fabrics are the pillars of quilt making, but many people start assembling their first quits without understanding fabric characteristics and using them to work for them.
Once you know how to take care of quits, making one becomes more straightforward, and it also helps you understand why quilt patches are cut according to particular specifications.
You don't need to purchase the most expensive fabrics and don't need to waste your time making quilts with thin materials that cannot hold up when washed and used.
Though there are several quilting techniques that you can learn and try, there are several basic skills that every beginner quilter must first understand. The process becomes easy and enjoyable when you learn these skills, creating room for creative possibilities.