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Learn How To Quilt: Preserving The Quilting Tradition

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Learn How To Quilt: Preserving The Quilting Tradition

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Mar 12, 2012


Quilting is a fascinating and very rewarding hobby. Learn more about this ancient craft, which has been practiced for centuries, and discover that it is not as complicated as it seems. You will soon learn the basic steps to make your first quilt and will then be able to progress to designing your own unique patterns, using various decorative applications. Information on how to choose the best quilting materials like fabric, thread, fillers and tools will all help you to make quilts, which will become precious heirlooms in your family. You will also discover how easy it is to make quilts from used clothing and linen.

Mar 12, 2012

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Mabel van Niekerk's main passion in life is travel. She enjoys writing about her many travel experiences and documenting reference books to provide more information about towns and cities in countries she found fascinatingly different from her homeland, South Africa. She is also passionate about crafting and enjoys writing reference books about the various crafts she has mastered and enjoys. Mabel has now turned her hand to writing books for young children, as she recalls the stories she told her own children many years ago.

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Learn How To Quilt - Preserving The Quilting Tradition

Copyright 2012 Mabel Van Niekerk

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The history of quilts

Preserving the quilting tradition

An introduction to quilting

Quilt craft

How to learn the basics in quilt craft

Choosing quilting fabric

Learn to know fabrics

Choosing the fabric


Synthetic blends

Batik material

For Perfect Results

Quilting Fabric

Buy quality fabrics

Basic equipment for quilting

Quilting tools

More about quilting tools

Quilting Frame Plans

Choosing a quilting frame plan

Quilts as an art form

How to choose the style of your quilt

Designing your quilt

Beautiful designs with a quilting template

Creating masterpieces with quilting patterns

Finding various suppliers of quilting fabrics

Choosing the best aesthetic quilting materials

Choosing the best thread

Choosing fillers for your quilt

Cutting out patchwork quilts

How to Cut your Craft in Quilting

Cutting the strips

Cutting your patchwork blocks and piecing your quilt together

Stitching your quilt together

Hand stitching your quilt

Crazy Patchwork

Incorporate crazy patchwork in your next quilt

How to choose sewing machines for quilting

Guide to long arm quilting machines

Completing Your Research

Use modern quilting software for traditional quilt patterns

PC Quilt for Windows

Quilt Design Wizard

Bargello Designer 32

Creative Impulse 2000

How to Stitch Quilt Borders

How to create borders

How to trim borders

Binding the edges of the quilt

Take Care Of Those Keepsake Quilts!

Personalize your quilts

The history of quilts

Quilting has been around for centuries, but there is no confirmation about the exact origin. According to historians the history of quilting, piecing and appliqué of fabrics was widely used for clothing and decorating soft furnishings and walls of homes in ancient times. There is thought that quilting originated in China and Egypt at the same time. The oldest quilted garment found dates back to somewhere around 3400 BC.

Back in the 11th century, the crusaders picked up a type of quilting from the Middle East and brought it back to Europe. Quilted pieces of cloth were used by the Knights of that era to give them extra cushioning under their armor. Later on the Romans introduced quilted bedding, which was used as mattresses. It was in the 15th century that Europeans found quilting a good idea for garments to keep out the cold winds in the winter season.

The very first quilts were made of layers of cloth that were attached together with running stitches. Quilt Frames came into existence as it was difficult to stitch many layers of cloth together. Europeans, blessed with these frames started to create quilts that were more decorative and more finely stitched.

19th century marked a great period of quilting in Europe and America. People in villages would come together and make one or more quilts in an afternoon. Women were very pleased with this as they could come out of the boundaries of their home and could contribute in doing something useful.

Many examples of these beautiful quilts are still to be found in museums in Europe. The amazing thing about many of them is that they are still in a reasonable good state. Many keen quilters copy these antiquated designs as they are so beautiful.

Preserving the quilting tradition

My grandmother and mother are both quilters. I love looking at the works of art that each have created over the years. My sister and I decided that we would like to learn how to quilt to keep this tradition alive in the family. Our mother makes very elaborate appliqué quilts. We knew that we did not want to start with something that complicated. We went to a fabric store together to find quilting patterns for beginners. The sales clerk suggested that we start with a patchwork quilt. This would be less difficult and also less expensive.

A patchwork quilt consists of different fabrics cut into pieces and sewed together to create the quilt top. A coordinating solid or print fabric is used for the back of the quilt and a batting is placed in between. The top and back are then quilted together through hand sewing with thread, or by tying knots through all the layers with pieces of yarn. That process is known as tying a quilt.

Each patchwork quilt is different because the quilter decides if each piece of fabric will be the same size and shape and also how to arrange the pieces. The clerk suggested using the same size squares of each fabric and to alternate the fabrics to create a sequence in the colors. As people get more involved

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