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How to Quilt? Find Out with This Useful Quilting Guide for Beginners at Spotlight

Whether you want to quilt with plain fabrics, or patterned fabrics with spots, stripes, and chevrons, there are always some basics you will need to know before you can start. To help beginners take their first steps in the world of quilting, we have created a useful guide on how to quilt. Read on to learn more!

What Types of Fabric Are Suitable for Quilting?

Beginning quilters will usually limit their fabric choice to cotton, since this material is easiest to work with. However, there is no limit to the fabric types that can be used for quilting.

Nowadays, it is possible to quilt with various fabrics and materials; this includes cotton, polyester-cotton, upholstery, denim, wax cotton, leather, velvet, and suede. These are some of the main fabrics used for quilting, but you can certainly add other fabrics to this list.

In addition to a good fabric, you might need some wadding (batting) too. Wadding is the material used as a filler; for example, projects such as cushions and thick blankets. Of course, not all projects will require this wadding, but it is useful to have some at hand for any future projects.

What Wadding Can Be Used for Quilting Projects?

Much like the fabrics that can be used for quilting, there are various materials that could be used for wadding too. Common materials used as wadding by quilters include: polyester, cotton, silk, and wool.

When selecting wadding for your project, consider that each type of wadding has a specific weight. Therefore, you must always think about the weight of your quilted item, so you can find the most suitable option.

What Are the Basic Materials I Need for My First Quilting Project?

The basic materials required for quilting include fabric and thread. You may also need wadding and backing fabric, depending on the project you are working on.

Please note that the basics are just a part of the quilting supplies you will need, because other items are commonly used for quilting projects too. Fortunately, most of these supplies are already in the household of the quilter. These supplies include a sewing machine, pins, scissors, chalk, a ruler, tape measure, walking foot (for the sewing machine), and some adhesive. Once again, it is likely you will not need all of these items for your first project, but you will undoubtedly need them for future quilting projects.

How Do I Draw Quilting Lines?

Before you can start the quilting process, you must draw the quilting lines. These quilting lines display the location where the stitches will go. It is recommended to draw the quilting lines on the right side of your fabric; this means the side of the fabric you want to quilt.

To ensure none of the quilting lines remain after you have finished your project, it is advised to use a removable pen or a piece of chalk to draw your quilting lines. Once you have finished the project, these lines can easily be removed. It also enables you to make some corrections when required.

How Do I Sew the Quilting Lines?

The best way to sew the quilting lines is with the walking foot on the sewing machine. Even though the walking foot is optional for most projects, it is a good tool to prevent unnecessary shifting.

To start sewing the lines, start with one of the drawn quilt lines in the centre of your fabric. Once this line is sewn, slowly work your way to the outside of the fabric. It is also advised to stitch the draw lines in the same direction; this will prevent the fabric layers from shifting.

What Is the Recommended Stitch Length for Quilting Projects?

The stitch length of quilting projects can vary greatly, but the aim of the stitches is to be slightly visible. However, if you are using wadding for your quilting, you must use longer stitches to ensure added strength.

For most quilting projects, you will be using a stitch length of 2.5 millimetres. When in doubt, always refer to the instructions of the quilting pattern. Do not have a quilting pattern? Use a small piece of test fabric to try out your stitches before you put it on your quilting fabric.

Where Can I Find All the Tools and Fabric I Need for My Quilting Project?

All the tools and fabrics that are required for quilting are available at Spotlight. We provide all the essentials for beginners, but also more advanced tools for expert quilters. Check out our catalogue today to discover the quilting supplies you need.

Do you have a question about one of the quilting tools or fabrics available at Spotlight? Get in touch with the Spotlight team for assistance.

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