7 Top Tips for Quilting Enthusiasts and Beginners

Whether you are a beginner quilter or a seasoned hand, you will find some interesting tips in today’s post. Us seasoned quilters tend to sometimes forget the basics, so we can sometimes use a bit of a refresher. Here we go!

Quilt pressing – Avoid moving the iron across the fabric when you are pressing the seams of the blocks. Moving the iron can stretch or distort the fabric.

Cotton thread – When you are working with older fabrics, it is best to use only cotton thread as newer synthetic types can damage the fabric.

Masking tape – Instead of using markers on your precious quilt fabric, use masking tape. You get different widths that you can use for different purposes. The masking tape will leave no marks and is very easy to remove.

Buy more than you need – It is a good idea to buy more fabric than you think you need. Most often mistakes happen and a little extra fabric allows room for those mistakes. The leftover pieces can be part of your next quilt, so there will be no waste.

Marker stains – To avoid soluble markers to leave permanent stains, use plain water to wash it out. If you were to wash it with soap or detergent, the stain may become permanent. So, use only plain water and preferably hand wash the fabric to get the marker out.

Start with the basics – This is for our beginner quilters. When you get started, make time to learn good practices and the best techniques. If you have the basics down, you can advance to the more complex skills and techniques.

Practice – If you are starting a new quilt, try out a few stitches on a practice piece first. This will help you avoid unplanned issues or mistakes when you start the actual quilting.

It is important to learn all you can before you get started. It is also important to have the right tools, otherwise, you may damage the fabric or walk into problems that cannot be fixed. Always remember that quilting should be fun. It is a lengthy process, but it is so worth it.