Machine Quilting Instructions for the Beginning Quilter
The Fun Starts Here!
Welcome to Beginning Quilting 101! You have arrived at the place to learn how to quilt your quilts on your domestic sewing machine.
Are you a true beginning quilter and have never quilted before?
Follow the topics in the order they are presented. This information is taken directly from my Beginning Machine Quilting classes that I teach locally here in Illinois.
Only the information that is necessary to quilt your first quilt is included.
Or just need a refresher?
Then use the Table of Contents below to choose your subject.
My philosophy of teaching is that you, the student, learn best when you know 'why' something is done or chosen. That said, when you're having a problem, even if it's midnight, you'll have the skills to figure it out for yourself.
If you do have questions, a contact form is at the bottom of each section. I will do my best to answer them in a timely fashion and to the best of my ability. No doubt, if you've got a question, someone else has it too, and we all benefit!
A traditional quilt is made of three layers: the quilt top, which you've pieced or appliqued, the batting, and the backing. Quilting is the stitching that holds the layers of a quilt together. Its not a quilt until its quilted!
Traditionally cotton was used for all three layers and for the quilting thread. But today it would seem that anything goes. I've even seen a quilt made out of pop cans. Who knew?
But for your beginning quilts I suggest using cotton fabrics and batting. Cotton fabric tends to "stick" to a cotton batting. Since the fabric doesn't slide there is less chance to quilt tucks into your backing. It makes this combination easiest to quilt.
Polyester fibers are more slippery than cotton and have the tendency to slide over each other, making them a bit trickier to quilt.
If all you'd seen were today's quilting magazines you might not think you could quilt on your domestic sewing machine. Open any one and you're bombarded with advertisements touting mid and long arm quilting machines.
While these are beautiful and tantalizing, the purpose of Beginning Quilting 101 is to teach you to quilt on your domestic sewing machine. For more information on the features found on 'the best sewing machine for quilting', click here.
All the Generations Quilt Patterns shown on this site were stitched on a Viking—either a D1 or SE.
An old Irish proverb says..."You'll never plow a field by turning it over in your mind."
Machine quilting is a skill that improves with practice. No practice, no skill, no finished quilt.
Ready? Let's move on to using your domestic sewing machine for quilting.