Do you want to learn how to make a quilt? It is easier than you might think. If you can sew a straight seam on your sewing machine you can make one. It is so rewarding when you see your project coming together one block at a time. After sewing all the blocks together you have a quilt top that will be cherished forever and become a family heirloom!!
There are a few things to consider before starting your quilting project:
First you will need to consider who you are making the quilt for and where it will be used. Are you making the quilt for yourself, a friend, a child? Will it be used to cuddle up in while reading a good book in front of the fireplace, or will it be used for a bed, a wall hanging, a placemat? There are so many creative options of what you can do.
Second you will want to choose you color scheme. You can make a one color quilt, using different tone variations and prints of the same color. One fabric will highlight the other, making the quilt very interesting.
If you want to make a two color quilt I would choose two colors that have a contrast, (blue and white quilts are one of my favorites).
Complimentary quilts are made of many colors that compliment each other. Each fabric will be a different design and color; the fabrics can have something in common with each other or be of contrast. These usually turn out very nice. Use your judgement on the colors you like, your first instinct is usually reliable. Often times there will be different color blocks or circles in the edge of the fabric; any of these colors will compliment that fabric. White on white shades make a good background in these types of quilts. If you feel you still need help in choosing colors you can also use a color wheel which can be purchased in most fabric stores.
The backing can be one color or it can be larger cuts of fabrics pieced together to make an interesting back.
Batting goes between the quilt top and backing. 100% cotton gives a more traditional look and is warmer, while polyester batting will make it softer and fluffier.
Third you will choose a pattern. If you are a beginning quilter, you will want to make sure it is not too complicated; there many quilt patterns that are suitable for beginners. Many of them have the difficulty level listed on the pattern itself.
Now that you have chosen the type, color scheme, pattern and the recipient of your beautiful project, here is what you will need; fabric scissors, rotary cutter, cutting matt, clear quilting ruler, straight pins, quilters safety pins, batting, cotton or cotton-polyester thread (off white or bone will go with just about any material), and of course your fabric. 100% cotton fabric is a choice of many quilters because it is easy to work with. If you will be quilting it on your sewing machine you will probably also want to have a walking foot.
Be sure to wash and dry the fabric first, so if it shrinks it will do so before you sew it together. As soon you iron the fabric you are ready to begin cutting and piecing together your quilt. Happy Quilting!!