There are four basic types of quilting, although there are all kinds of patterns that use more than one of these techniques. Art quilts are a unique style, and no two pieces are the same. As you might have guessed, this style implies that the quilter turns the quilt into a work of art. Instead of joining fabric blocks together, art quilts have unique shapes and designs.
Some may use unconventional materials or construction techniques. Amish quilts were originally created as a frugal way to use scraps of fabric, Amish quilting has transformed into an art form. This style of quilting uses simple but striking designs with solid colors, such as blue, black, purple and red. Quilting is the term given to the process of joining a minimum of three layers of fabric, either by manual needle and thread stitching, or mechanically with a sewing machine or a specialized long-arm quilting system.
A series of stitches are passed through all layers of the fabric to create a three-dimensional quilted surface. The three layers are typically referred to as the top fabric or top of the quilt, wadding or insulating material, and the backing. Characterized by the way quilts are made, there are about 12 types of quilting. Free-motion quilting can be done on any sewing machine, using a straight stitch.
For this particular style of padding, the user will need a darning foot or a free-moving foot, and a strong thread type. In free-moving quilting, the fabric moves freely with the machine needle. Free-motion quilting can be used to create circular stitches, stipples and straight stitches in fabric. With this type of machine, you can even make words with the stitches, italics or block words.
While it takes skill and practice to perfect free-motion quilting, you can create any type of patterns and designs with this technique. Long-arm quilting requires a completely different type of machine, known as a long-arm quilting machine. This is a specially designed and manufactured sewing machine that has an extended quilting head, sometimes up to 10 or 14 feet. You can guide the head of the long-arm machine with your hands or with the computer.
The whole procedure takes very little time, plus you don't need to waste a lot of time adjusting the different parts of the quilt over and over again. You can work on small and large quilts with a long-arm quilting machine, which is useful if you run a business or make quilts regularly. Amish quilts are practical, functional and very easy to make; in fact, they are perfect for beginners. The Amish community in Pennsylvania began making these quilts using recycled dresses, clothes and shirts that they make themselves.
The Amish, not very tech-savvy, use their hands and simple tools to sew. Amish quilts usually have a single color wide border, preferably black or brown, with simple geometric patterns that anyone can replicate. Instead of shiny store-bought pieces of fabric, the Amish use their own old clothes to make these quilts, which are comfortable and durable to use. These types of bedspreads were first made in the early 1840s and consisted of appliqués, floral prints, patriotic colors and intricate designs.
They were usually made by experienced and professional quilters. Most people, when learning to make quilts, start with patchwork quilts or with pieces. We learn block construction and techniques to create quilts that fit squares, rectangles, and some other more advanced shapes. The steps in my court are a variation of the traditional log cabin.
Melissa DunworthSew Bitter Sweet Designs I really enjoyed today's posts on all types and styles of quilting. Thanks to you, Pat, and all the guests who contributed. There are many quilting techniques that every quilter must master, ten of those methods are on the “must have” list of almost every experienced quilter. This is a variation of the double-line quilting method in which thin, transparent fabric (fine silk, organza, or chiffon) is used on the top and back; either shape of the fabric is placed between the layers and a quilting seam is made around the shapes to hold them in place or colored wool is threaded to through the channel between the double lines.
Rest assured that you'll discover which quilting methods work best for you as you gain more experience, but getting comfortable with the skills you need to know will help you sew precise quilts on your first try. Take a look at this post on embroidery transfers to learn about the different methods of transferring any design on fabric. It is a specially formulated glue that does not clog a sewing machine, and is a much faster basting method than hand basting. Rotary cutting is a technique that every new quilter should master, as it allows us to avoid the intensive method of building templates to mark and cut individual pieces of fabric.