Proper Procedure Of Making Or Sewing A Quilt By Hand
Quilting is a process that is regarded as a useful art and has been used for many generations. Quilting by the hand is not an easy task and needs little patience. The best and easy procedure for making or sewing a quilt by hand is mentioned below:
Part 1: Construction
- First of all, select the materials that will be used in making the quilt. Different kinds of fabrics have different types of properties, which in turn, will determine how the material will be used. Normally, the cotton fabric is regarded as the best option for hand quilting, however, the other fabrics can also be used.
- The next step is to make the selection of the pattern that will be used. The quilts are crafted section by section that is usually known as the blocks. The user will not need to take a blanket around them, instead only the materials that are used for creating one block, or one fraction of the blanket. Once the selection is done then the launder as well as iron the fabrics.
- Measure as well as cut out all the pattern pieces. Most of the quilt patterns that are selected will also give a list of the quantity of the fabric that will be required for yardage in completing a quilt for the various bed sizes such as single, queen, full, king, etc.
- The important and the helpful option is to have a diagram of the block pattern that is chosen. Some of the patterns will help for specifying the order which is used for the assembly of the block pieces, so follow the pattern instruction.
- Begin sewing, start the job by lining up the edges of the seam of the first 2 pieces of the fabric with the printed side, keep the sides of the fabric in a way that they are facing each other. If needed then pin them. Take a hand sewing needle and then thread it with the 20 to 40 inches of the best quality thread as well as also make a knot at one of the ends of the thread.
- Take the pieces of the fabric together and then stitch them, leaving a seam allowance of the 1/4 inch, and also it is important to make sure to perform the sewing job in a straight line. After each seam is finished then tie off the thread ends. To make the seam allowances stronger, simply press them to one side.
- Keep continuing the job of the sewing of the consecutive block pieces exactly in the order that is mentioned by the pattern direction, also pressing each of the seam open and also flat, until the block of sewing is completed.
- After all the blocks are completed, then place them out for the final check-up in the pattern before they are joined together. Most of the time, the blocks are directly sewed together or the user will sew a latticework for the contrasting. In either of the cases, the blocks will be sewed together in the form of the long strips or the rows and after that sew the strips for making a top of the finished quilt.
Part 2: Quilting
- Place the top face of the quilt in the down direction on a flat surface. Position a layer of the batting on atop of the quilt. Lay the backing material on the top of the batting.
- Pin together the layers, starting from the line to the down center of each axis as well as the lines that are more basting parallel with the centerline, spacing about 18 inches from apart.
- If required then check for the wrinkles or tucks. Position the basted quilt right the frame for stretching it smoothly the same way as doing the actual quilting or the stitching of many layers all together with the help of the small stitches.
- All along the seam lines quilt in the ditch in-between the colors of fabric or make the design of the overall quilting which will ignore the design of the quilt and stitches on the fabric in its original pattern. The overall quilting can also complement the original fabric prints, for instance, a fabric having the floral print can be quilted with the design of the spades or with the gardening tools.
- With a border or with the bias tape edge the quilt, also take care to carefully miter all the corners.