Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Quilting - The Techniques

Cutting Accurately
If your fabric is cut right, it's half the battle. A rotary cutter is brilliant for accurate cutting, as is a good quality cutting ruler. I prefer Omingrip  non-slip rulers - the green ones. They doen’t slip and slide and the marking system is really versatile and useful. Lines on cutting rulers can be heavily marked –i.e. they are thick rather than thin. So, when I am cutting, I usually use the outside of the line as my guide, rather than the inside.   It’s only a thread or two difference but it definitely gives a more accurate cut.

Investing in a specialist ¼” foot for piecing is a really good idea. My biggest issue in sewing a consistent seam is making sure the end of the seam is accurate as it is easy for your fabric control to slip a little as the last bit feeds through. The solution: a bamboo skewer! The kind you use in the kitchen. Use them to control the feed of fabric at the end of your seams and for lovely accurate seams! Maintaining a consistent seam allowance is one of the fundamental skills of quilting. 

I don’t pin my fabric when I am piecing small blocks, but I do pin when I am piecing anything fairly large, and I always pin when I am matching seams. I match my fabric at exactly the right point, and I pin as close as possible to the meeting point on both sides – usually its about 1/8” on either side of the seam.Be sure to remove the pins before sewing.

I love steam and use it often. One major word of caution, PRESS do not iron. I usually finger press (using my handy dandy screwdriver) as I piece. But there is nothing wrong with using a dry iron for pressing.

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