If you want to mark the start of the New Year with a bang, why not try taking up a new hobby? This will not only be something fun to do but will also give you a new string to add to your bow.
If you are not sure which hobby to take up, then why not consider patchwork quilt making. Great fun to do, it is also inexpensive and you will have a unique quilt at the end of it to enjoy. Here’s a few tips to help you get started:
Know your terminology first
Before you jump straight into the excitement of making your very own quilt, it is worth getting to know the difference between patchworking and quilting. Patchwork is the art of sewing separate fabric pieces together to form the top of your quilt. Once the individual fabric pieces have been cut, they can then be formed into one large quilt top by joining them all together.
Quilting on the other hand refers to the sewing together of the three layers that form a quilt – namely, the patchwork top and wadding along with the backing.
Get the correct equipment
The first thing you need to think about when taking quilting up as a hobby is getting the proper equipment in to use. This is very important as it will allow you to produce better quality results, easier. You will need a rotary cutter, a self-healing mat and a clear, acrylic quilting ruler. It is also wise to have a mechanical pencil handy for marking seam lines and the like on your material with.
Obviously, you need the relevant fabric and wadding to work with too. In terms of fabric, cotton is usually advised for beginners as it looks great, is easy to work with and washes well. Continue reading