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So I am in the process of learning to quilt. I really want to learn how to hand and machine quilt. I got some basics but just really need some good tips. I got some books from the library and they are helpful but I want tips from people who actually quilt. I got some pre cut material from ebay. (John Deere) I want to make either a small lap quilt for Rob, or just a big pillow for him for when hes lying on the couch.
I'm a quilter, what exactly do you want to know? Do you know any people IRL who quilt? They and people who work in fabric or quilting stores are excellent resources. I can also try to answer any questions. What do you have for supplies so far, ie cutting mats, rotary cutters, etc?
I'm learning to quilt too. I'm making one out of old shirts. I have 3 black trash bags full. I'm in the process of cutting them out. Supplies: I have a rotary cutter and mat, machine, iron, a little interfacing...um idk what else to put.
My aunt that quilts told me to sew the squares into strips [horizontally, I believe] and then sew the strips together.
So far I am totally new so I dont have much. I do have a sewing machine, although I want to do as much as possible by hand. I have bought the material off ebay already cut (i know its cheating lol but till I can afford all the other supplies thats what I am going to do)
I just wanted to know how to piece them together. But it seems like I have the right idea, do each row then sew the rows together. Then batting and a back piece. What about the binding? Do you sew that on once its all sewed together (the strips)
yup, the binding goes on after the three layers have been sandwiched together and machine or hand quilted. You could buy a fairly basic introductory quilt book, they usually have great diagrams----also once you get tired of sewing strips together, you can get into making really cool quilt blocks
Right now I am going to make a John Deere pattern for Rob. One is John Deere, then a brown then a light yellow. So it alternates. It looks cool layed out. Hopefully it comes together good. But I figure this is Robs so it dosent have to be perfect.
Ok so when I sandwich the pieces togther do I just sew the sides? A few things I have looked at say to do diagnol lines across it to hold the binding through out the quilt. Or is this just on certain quilts. I really need to look into classes but there dosent seem to be any quilt stores in my area.
You want to anchor your three layers by "stitching in the ditch", meaning you sew along a seam, you want to have spaces of batting no wider than the width of your fist, does that make sense? That will hold your batting down and prevent it from balling up in the wash. Try this resource: all people quilt