Quilts are often made to give as gifts or to pass down through the generations as a family heirloom. Making these quilts takes plenty of time, planning, and patience. Each quilt is different, similar to each snowflake being different. There often is no right or wrong when you are creating your quilt. You can use any cloth you want and do not necessarily need to follow an exact pattern. There are specific directions you must follow, however, to make your quilt, especially one that will be used as a blanket.
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Things you need
- Batting material
Create your quilt blocks. Quilt blocks can be created using a single piece of material or a combination of materials. If you choose to use a single piece of material for your quilt block, cut the material into a square. The actual measurements of the square can be any size. Most squares are either 8 or 9 inches. You can also create quilt blocks by sewing together different materials to create an 8 or 9 inch square. This type of quilt block can follow a pattern or be completely random. Be sure to leave an extra 1/4 to 1/2 inch of material to account for sewing.
Lay out your quilt blocks. This will allow you to be able to see your quilt come together and make it easier to maintain your pattern.
Sew the quilt blocks together. You can either use a sewing machine or sew by hand. Use small stitches that are as evenly spaced and sized as possible. Keep the quilt blocks flat while sewing to prevent puckering.
Measure and cut batting material. Batting is usually made of cotton and will give the quilt thickness and warmth. Measure the batting to fit the entire back of your quilt and cut to size.
Cut your backing. The backing is generally made from one of the materials that was used on the front of the quilt. You can also choose to use a second quilt design for the backing as well. Measure the backing to fit perfectly with the front of the quilt.
Sew the quilt and backing together. This step will look nicest if you use a sewing machine, but it can be done by hand as well. Use small stitches around the edges, making sure the batting does not bunch up in between the layers.
Complete quilting. Sew small stitches around each aspect of the designs on the front of the quilt, placing the stitches through all three layers. If you did not use designs in your quilt blocks, but used single material quilt blocks, you can do the quilting around the blocks or create a design within the blocks.
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