Traditionally a hand sewing craft, quilting can actually be done on a machine too. With some care, you can create a quilted effect on your machine, saving you time and creating an effect that's just as lovely as your own handstitched work.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Thin batting
- Double-fold bias tape
- Two layers of fabric, the same length and width
- Sewing machine
- Yardstick or measuring tape
- Disappearing ink pen
Sandwich the quilt batting between your two layers of fabric, and pin around the edges generously.
Take your yardstick or measuring tape, and measure and mark diagonally across the fabric. Start at one corner of the quilt and separate each line by a few inches. This will help you create straight lines for a diamond quilted pattern.
Measure and mark this across the entire fabric. Start from a different corner so that the seam line marks intersect each other. Repeat the process until you've created the marks to create diamond shapes.
If you wish to create a specific design, skip the measuring and sketch out your rough design with disappearing ink.
Pin all three layers together generously around your marks, and sew along the markings.
Cut along the edges to trim excess batting or fabric. Make sure they are close to even as possible. From here, you can use the quilted fabric as lining for a purse or as a quilt. To finish the edges if making a quilt or blanket, add the double-fold bias tape all around the edges. See the link in Resources below for tips on how to apply bias tape.
Tips and warnings
- Quilting will often cause fabric to contract. If you have a specific size you need the final quilted piece to be, make sure to add a few inches to the amount of fabric you are working with.
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