What is quilting?

Quilting is an art form that requires long hours of practice before you can master it. To put it simply, quilting is the process of making quilts using sewing and other techniques. A quilt is often composed of three components; they are quilt top, wadding and backing. The quilt top is the intricate design pattern that is seen on the quilt while the wadding is the layer that provides girth to the quilt and finally the backing is the cotton fabric or similar material that is used to support the wadding. Most tutorials and professional quilt makers will tell you to use the sandwich rule when it comes to quilting. The sandwich rule can be applied here because of the three layers that are used in the making of a quilt. A sandwich contains two pieces of bread and form of the patty in between; the same applies for quilts. Quilts have intricate design patterns on either side, and the wadding is the patty that gives consistency to the sandwich. And finally, the backing can be looked at as condiments that helps to keep the wadding (patty) in place.

To start off quilting will require one to have proficient skill when it comes to sewing. For those of you who are starting out, a basic running stitch can be used. A basic running stitch is very easy to learn but also one that has high functionality; it is a skill that requires minimum mastery but with high operational capacity. Quilting is more complicated than just being able to stitch the three components together. It requires meticulous attention to detail coupled with high creativity. There are a number of advanced level materials that can be utilised to make the quilt look better such as embroidery and applique. In short, anyone who is proficient in sewing and understands the basics of stitching can effectively make a quilt but to make a quilt that stands out in terms of appearance and quality, a number of techniques and skills need to be used together.

There are two basic forms of quilting, hand quilting and machine quilting. The traditional form of quilting is still very popular and requires a lot more skill and proficiency when compared to machine quilting. The big difference is in the time that it takes for finishing the quilt; machine quilting is much faster than hand quilting. The level of skill of the quilt maker is also high in hand quilting as it requires quilters to use a number of techniques when compared to machine quilting. Overall each form has its advantages and disadvantages. We suggest that you learn the basics of hand quilting even if you want to start out with machine quilting.

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