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The Quilting Story

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There is a reason why practices and customs stick like glue alongside the entire existence of this world. Truly these common practices, activities, and methods bring into the life the genuine ideals and identity of the people they represent. Well, apart from this symbolic significance the common ways of artistry and industry have been able to hang around because they are structured under systemic and meticulously organized standards, processes, and procedures. Let’s dig deeper and identify with the quilting story.

There are six important steps that enable a certain quilter to come up with a proud creation. The initial step involves pattern and fabric selection as well as batting. The next one demands for the measuring and cutting of the fabric so as to obtain the correct size of blocks that will fit the pattern. Next in line would be piecing the blocks together to come up with a completed top. This is accomplished via machine or hand sewing of the cut portions together.

Moving on, the fourth installment requires the making of a quilt sandwich by layering the quilt top via batting and backing. This is then followed by the actual quilting through all the layers of the quilt sandwich. The last step is performed in order to square up and trim the excess batting from the edges. The whole process is marked by the machine sewing of the binding to the front edges of the quilt and then hand stitching of that binding to the quilt backing. If there is an intention to hang the creation on a wall, a hanging sleeve should be and attached properly.

Although the quilting process can be relatively simple the craft itself can be quite complex especially if utilized by the hands of a genius. Designs and patterns can be enriched accordingly in order to serve the purpose elegant and elaborate decorations. The added effect and emphasis can be obtained through the use of threads that have been morphed into varying colors and contrast. Dominance is not only the effect brought about by quilting as it can also make a pattern disappear via nylon and polyester threads that are tagged as invisible. Quilters have the option of drawing a design guide before stitching or doing the activity freehand.

A large percentage of quilt tops are created and patterned from numerous smaller patches of fabric called patchwork quilts. Emphasis is given on the pattern of individual blocks or pattern from the combination of these blocks. The usual whole cloth quilts utilize a single piece of fabric or material while giving the limelight to the complexity and elaboration of the quilting process. In order to bring out the majesty of whole cloth quilt designs, shiny fabrics such as sateen and polished chintz are commonly part of the creation.

In order to succeed in a very rewarding endeavor such as quilting, the maker must be aware of certain terms used. Piecing is defined as sewing small pieces of cloth in order to make a pattern known as blocks. These blocks are patched together to produce a quilt top. Layering is the act of placing the quilt top right side up on top of the batting and the backing which is normally right side out.

Binding involves strips of the fabric cut on the straight of the grain then sewn together to make a long strip that is perfect for the perimeter of the quilt.

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