Quilting is the process of creating that thicker, warmer structure, often used for blankets or throws.

When quilting, you use three layers: the quilt top, the wadding and the backing. You create a ‘quilt sandwich’ using your three main layers. The quilt top is the main design of your quilt (so where you use your fabric, the wadding is your padding and the backing is ordinarily a cotton fabric to hold the wadding in place. Through the technique of quilting, the three sections are sewn into one cosy blanket.

The decorative aspects of the textile vary. There’s the possibility of a whole cloth quilt; a single piece of fabric is used for the top of the blanket. Over stitching is then added to the fabric which becomes part of its design. Then you have the patchwork design approach – this is the more commonly seen design. A large image is composed of smaller pieces of pattern and colour.

What You’ll Need:

  • Self-Healing Craft Mat (biggest you can buy so you aren’t restricted to how much fabric you can cut)
  • Rotary Cutter
  • Sharp Pair Of Scissors
  • A 24 Inch x 6 1/2 Inch Quilters Ruler
  • Fabric, Fabric and more Fabric
  • Wadding or Batting
  • Sewing Machine
  • Iron & Ironing Board
  • Pins (a pin cushion could also come in handy)
  • Safety Pins
  • Fabric Marking Pen (ensure the ink can be erased)
  • A Seam Ripper

Here is a handy video by Sara Gallegos and it’s perfect for beginners!

Top 5 Tips For Quilting

1. Know the sewing machine basics. You don’t need to be a sewing machine professional, you just need to know the basics such as threading your machine up and ensuring your machine is well maintained.

2. Ensure you’ve brought a rotary cutter, a REALLY sharp pair of scissors and a seam ripper (just in case, but even the most qualified quilters make mistakes).

3. Prepare and stack your material. By doing this work up front it saves you stopping and starting after every piece of material.

4. Keep a rubbish bin nearby. There are always lots of threads and bits of fabrics that need tidying up.

5. Ensure you have an ironing board and iron nearby. Quilting and patchwork entail lots of pressing.

That's it from us on the quilting basics. For now, happy quilting!