The art of quilting
The art of quilting has been around for many centuries, dating back as far as ancient Egypt and China. Historically quilts have been made not just for warmth but as beautiful reflections of cultural heritage across many different countries.
Not much has changed in modern times as quilts are still made for warmth and also as treasured items passed down through generations of families. Obviously the stitching was undertaken by hand during ancient times, but today the process is made easier by the use of sewing machines or specially designed quilting machines.
This fun and creative pursuit typically involves the process of sewing three layers of fabric together – a top piece, a middle section known as ‘batting’ or ‘wadding’, and the backing material. Quilting isn’t restricted to quilts, you can also use the technique to make garments too.
Can I use a normal sewing machine for quilting?
Yes, you can, but you may find it easier with a sewing machine designed specifically for quilting. This is especially important if you are going to make large and/or thick quilts, as a normal sewing machine isn’t equipped for sewing big bulky items.
At Spotlight we stock a range of sewing machines from all your favourite brands such as Singer, Elna, Brother and Pfaff, along with special quilting machines designed to make the quilting process much easier.
What is different about a quilting machine?
Spotlight’s Singer 7469Q Confidence Quilter Machine is the ideal machine for quilting, whether you are an enthusiastic novice or an experienced old hand when it comes to quilting.
It has special quilting feet, a larger work area and 98 programmable stitch patterns enabling you to create masterpiece quilts with ease. Additional features include a drop and sew bobbin system, programmable needle up/down, drop feed for free motion sewing, twin needle sewing capability and simple push-button stitch selection.
The Singer Confidence Quilter Machine is available to purchase both from your local Spotlight store and online, with standard shipping and delivery available.
What else do I need to start quilting?
To get started on your quilting project you will need thread, pins, safety pins, a needle, a quilting machine, batting or wadding, fabric for squares, fabric for the border and fabric for backing.
It is important to choose the right material to form the middle layer of your quilt. We offer batting or wadding in a range of thicknesses, material, weight and colour. Depending on your need, you have many choices of fill types such as 100% cotton, 100% polyester, 100% bamboo, wool/polyester blends, bamboo/cotton blends and more.
At Spotlight we stock many accessories and essential items such as quilting sewing machine needles, an extension table and assorted feet for your machine. Step into Spotlight to buy your even feed foot, darning/embroidery foot, quarter inch foot or your open toe foot.
Our extensive range of fabrics means you will find any combination of colours, patterns and fabrics to create a totally unique and special quilt which will be cherished for generations to come.