How to make a quilt

Quilts are handy to have around when the evenings begin to grow chilly. They are often quite lovely to look at. Many quilts evoke fond memories of the person who made them or gave them. Quilts are treasured by many people for many reasons and it's tempting to think about making one, even if this is a challenge that's never been attempted before.

Perhaps the most important step to remember when considering how to make a quilt is to keep it simple, especially at first. A simple pattern using a few basic colors is a great way to determine if this is a craft you'll want to pursue or one that's best left to others.

How to make a quilt is actually a rather simple process in and of itself. It's the finished product, when viewed as a whole, that can be a bit intimidating, especially for a beginner.

There are several smaller, simpler steps to master when learning how to make a quilt and it is often a wise idea to focus on them one at a time instead of becoming overwhelmed by the entire task. With so many things we do, breaking a big project into smaller, simpler steps gets the job done without a large degree of fretting.

There are only three main components of a quilt so keep this in mind when figuring out how to make a quilt. There's the decorative top surface; a warm, soft padded center, called the batting; and a bottom surface that usually isn't decorated much at all. There's little work involved with the batting itself, other than choosing the type, and the bottom side of the quilt is prettiest when it complements the decorative top layer of the quilt.

One of the most important steps to complete when learning how to make a quilt is to decide what size quilt is desired. Bed sizes are standardized and so are the linens, blankets, pillows, and everything else commonly used to dress a bed. Charts defining sizes are available in stores that carry quilting supplies as well as on many internet websites devoted to the craft.

Once size is determined, the next step in how to make a quilt is perhaps the most fun - picking out the colors and deciding on the decorative pattern to be used. Quilt patterns can get rather detailed and the more complicated they are the more they call for patience and skill. Save these complicated patterns for a quilt to be done once the basic techniques have been mastered.

Someone learning how to make a quilt for the first time may want to attempt an Amish-style quilt, involving a piece of whole, solid-colored cloth onto which distinctive stitching has been applied as decoration. Hawaiian quilts are a good choice for beginners, too, as they traditionally feature one large, symmetrically cut pattern sewn on, appliqué-style, to a larger piece of whole cloth that becomes the background.

Even patchwork quilts work for beginners, especially when the design remains simple, and the novice quilter keeps in mind that how to make a quilt depends upon working with one square at a time.

There are many sources that reveal the steps involved with how to make a quilt and there are many experienced quilters who delight in passing their knowledge along to interested novices. Don't let the process intimidate too much. After all, even the most exquisite quilts were made by someone who started out with no experience at all, just like you.

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