Different Quilts from Different Fabrics

Different Quilts from Different Fabrics

Album Quilt

The oldest type of memory quilt is the album quilt or signature quilt. These type of quilts marked special occasions or were given as a gift when someone moved away. The album is not of pictures but of signatures.

The only requirement is the center of the block is either white fabric of a muslin in order for someone to sign their name. Once completed, you’ll have a living memory of that snapshot in time. quilting

These can be made from a rail fence pattern or crazy quilt pattern or really any block where there is a blank space.

Photo Memory Quilts

You can now put yourself in your quilt. Or your kids or your family. Photo memory quilts are excellent gifts for grandparents.

Print out the picture on photo transfer paper and then iron it on your chosen fabric. Once you do that, you can use it just as a regular block.

You could put the pictures of far-flung family members in an I-Spy quilt or use each picture as the center of a star block.

These type of quilts are very versatile because wherever you would use a square in a quilt pattern, you can substitute the picture for it.

Clothes Quilt

Use the clothes of someone who has passed away as material for a quilt. For men’s shirts, there are now quite a few quilt pattern that use plaids. For ladies, you can use their fabric from their favorite formal dress or silk blouse as material in a crazy quilt block.

Every time you look at the quilt, you can smile because it is from a piece of clothing that your loved one wore.making a quilt

T-Shirt Quilts

These are popular for a reason. If you have an athlete, sorority girl or frat boy in your family, they have plenty of t-shirts. Take those t-shirts that would probably be thrown out and make a quilt out of them.

You just have to get over your fear of making a mistake. This is why I strongly recommend keeping ugly t-shirts around to experiment with as your first project. Get the interfacing and the dimensions right and then go to town.

If you are still unsure and you do not have a quilt design software, it is time to get out good ole graph paper and crayons to make sure you have the proper proportions.

Important Quilting Terms, Processes, And Accessories

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Before you begin with a quilting spree, it is imperative to comprehend certain essential sewing terms. A rotary cutter is used to cut several layers of fabric at one shot. While cutting out geometric shapes, these rotary cutters go a long way. A rotary mat accommodates the rotary cutter and shields the cutting surface. Quilting blocks refer to two beautiful piece of fabric that hugs a thick polyester layer. This sandwich setup provides space and warmth. The distinct squares of the sandwich are termed as blocks. The next term on the sewing list is batting. The process by which three layers of blocks are assembled together is known as batting.

termWhile assembling a quilt, make sure to use only cotton fabrics. Cotton fabrics are ideal for beginners and it also makes the learning curve simpler. It enhances the enthusiasm for the craftwork. Quilting thread forms the base of your needlework. Again, opt for 100 percent cotton threads. Most often, polyester threads damage the cotton quilts. Do not wait to grab all colors of threads, begin with white, beige and gray and a few dark colors. Simple and plain cotton thread are ideal for quilting in a sewing machine. Make sure to opt for a good iron and an ironing board. It helps you to create professional quilts.

The design wall is another important accessory for quilting. It displays the blocks and its edgings vividly. It is ideal to purchase a design wall rather than using a floor or a bed. The design wall allows you to bring about a creative scheme. You can have a look at your creation and reorganize the designs on the go. Other essential supplies for quilting includes a seam ripper and shears. Seam ripper helps you abundantly while sewing and shears tear the fabric and paper. Make sure to grab on to a collection of pins, quilting clips, and needles. Choose needles with bigger eyes and thin quilting pins. Now you are ready to start your quilting spree.

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