Welcome to Beginning Quilting 101!
You've arrived at the place to learn how to quilt your quilts on your domestic sewing machine.
...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.
And when you know 'why', then when you're having a problem, even if it's midnight, you'll have the skills to figure it out for yourself.
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 only 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 a bit 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.
You're immediately bombarded with advertisements touting mid- and long-arm quilting machines.
While these are beautiful machines and enticing, the purpose of Beginning Quilting 101 is to teach you to quilt on your domestic sewing machine.
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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."
Quilting's like that!
Machine quilting is a skill that improves with practice.
No practice means no skill confidence, and no finished quilt.
Ready? Let's move on to using your domestic sewing machine for quilting.