Patchwork quilting is an artistic and fun activity that allows you to express your creativity. Learning how to make a patchwork quilt is quite simple and you don't need to have much experience. All you need is the enthusiasm and patience to learn the skill. If you follow the instructions and guidelines carefully, you will be making wonderful patchwork quilts within no time. Follow these simple steps to complete your quilt successfully.
Step 1 - Select your desired cotton fabrics and then pre-wash them to shrink the material. Press and iron out if there are any visible wrinkles in the square fabric or backing. Now you ought to think about the size of the quilt that you want to create, the desired pattern, where the ties would be and how you would choose to lay out the squares in the quilt.
Step 2 - The exact length and width of the quilt squares should be planned now. If you choose to have bigger sized squares, then you may have to do more sewing work. Proceed with measuring and cutting the squares. If there are any loose threads, get rid of them.
Step 3 - The next step is laying out your design with the cut squares and then finalizing your patchwork quilt pattern. Then, begin sewing a seam on the sewing machine, down the pinned sides. The squares need to be added one after another until you complete a single row. It is up to you to decide how many rows you would have. All you have to do is to sew them together to finish the top. Afterwards, the seams need to be ironed flatly on the back.
Step 4 - Now the outside part of the backing should be placed on a clean flat area and then spray some basting spray over it. Smooth out the top of the patchwork quilt over the bottom side of the batting.This should be done until you get all the three layers flattened out. Ensure that they're free of any wrinkles.
Step 5 - Start cutting the ties and make sure they're about 4' each. With each tie, thread a needle and then lay down the quilt backing with the side up. The ties then need to be stitched in place. They are typically placed at the corner of each square. From the quilt's underneath, push the needle forward through the quilt. Knot together the loose tie ends on the top and trim excess using scissors.
Step 6 - The next step is to trim the batting and the quilt from all sides with the help of scissors and ruler. Make certain that they are about half an inch smaller than the backing. Create a binding by folding the half-inch backing over the batting. Then, pin it carefully on place. The binding can then be stitched with hand or you could even sew it up on a sewing machine. Lastly, remove all basting stitches and pins.
Now that you know the right way to make a patchwork quilt, you can finally get started on crafting your own, special quilt at home.