QUILT TUTORIAL PART 2
- You have a your quilt sandwich : bottom fabric, batting, quilt top--whatever you sewed together to make pretty.
- Now you have to "quilt" it.
Basically, you are sewing patterns with a straight stitch, through all 3 layers, from the center out. This is what makes your blankie all nice and cozy.
You can: 1. machine quilt 2. hand quilt
I have never machine quilted, but looks fairly easy. My mom hand quilts, so that is what I learned. Also, it is nice to be able to do something with your hands while watching TV (in my case, really dumb reality shows...)
- You secure a section with an embroidery hoop or a cool quilting "hoop" (mine is actually square) that you can find at a quilt/craft shop.
- Then, you sew.
With this quilt, I am just following the pattern of the fabric, but on the last quilt I made, I made spirals. Hand drawn, nothing special spirals on each square....
Use a quilting needle and quilting thread, both available at local shops.
Part 3 to come....
Part 3 and the final tutorial is sewing the binding, which is a fancy name for the fabric that covers the edges once your quilt is all "quilted".