Be sure you use the setting recommended on your iron. Both of these techniques will help to prevent shifting. Leave approximately 1/2″ (1cm) of backing fabric or wadding (batting) around ALL of the edges. In order to do all of this comfortably, it's best to have a biiiiiiig table. Spread the fabric on the cutting mat and use the ruler to measure 5 1/2-inch squares. We use cookies to make wikiHow great. Contact Us Remember to work with your pattern as normal; true and measure the grainline of the pattern to the fabric. Test scraps of your fabric with different backings before you start, this should help with the decision making process; which option looks and performs the best. Use a ruler to measure this, the ruler we are working with in the images will allow you to line up the previously drawn line with the measurements on the ruler. How to Sew a Quilt! Reposition if required to make sure that the backing fabric or wadding (batting) is at least 1/2″ (1cm) larger than the fabric around ALL of the edges. To complete quilting lines in the opposite direction position the ruler so that the measurement markings on the ruler are parallel to the original lines. Or whether you simply plan to quilt the fabric as a single layer? Fleece fabrics should not be ironed. The podcast and all of the episodes have... Are you looking to invest in a new sewing machine? TIP: If you are planning on completing lots of quilting I would recommend purchasing a similar ruler, they are very reasonable and we use them for everything in the studio; from pattern cutting to quilting. Like most skills, quilting comes with its own lingo. Cut around the fabric edge. By using this service, some information may be shared with YouTube. Iron your fabric, for all quilting fabric. Learn more... Before you start quilting, be sure your fabric is ready! Generally speaking you will be able to work with a standard 2.5mm stitch length. – Sewing Machine I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and learned some new tips and techniques that you can use in future projects. The main fabric must be RIGHT side facing up when sewing, so that you can see the lines you drew previously. (quilting 101) Step 1: Basic Quilting Definitions. If you choose to work with wadding (batting) you will need to decide on the weight and material content (polyester, cotton, silk, wool). These are usually not expected to be cleaned or laundered at all. Thanks to all authors for creating a page that has been read 5,158 times. – Removable Pen, Chalk, Pencil We would recommend using a walking foot on your sewing machine, this will help to move the layers of fabric through the sewing machine, preventing unnecessary shifting and creating an even, beautiful stitch. Cottons, cotton/poly blends, and linen: HOT, Silk, Wool: COOL or COLD (Note: Silk will not shrink much, but wool is very prone to shrinkage. Please help us continue to provide you with our trusted how-to guides and videos for free by whitelisting wikiHow on your ad blocker. Step 3. This will provide a quick and easy method to draw lines the desired distance apart. Visit our YouTube channel and learn to sew with Aneka Truman, sewing tutorials and free sewing patterns. It is also important to consider the size of the quiltings lines you desire. If you are struggling to mark the quilting lines onto your fabric, check out our corresponding YouTube tutorial: How To: Quilt Fabric. If so, you may not have to prepare your fabric as rigorously as one destined for a bed. % of people told us that this article helped them. Cut out a piece of fabric ready. Step 3: A Good Setup.. What materials do you need? You are welcome to place another layer of fabric underneath the wadding (batting) as a lining, however it will depend on the project you are working with. Now your fabric is ready to work with. Step 2: Quilting Tools.. {"smallUrl":"https:\/\/www.wikihow.com\/images\/thumb\/6\/6c\/Prepare-Fabric-for-Quilting-Step-1.jpg\/v4-460px-Prepare-Fabric-for-Quilting-Step-1.jpg","bigUrl":"\/images\/thumb\/6\/6c\/Prepare-Fabric-for-Quilting-Step-1.jpg\/aid1629856-v4-728px-Prepare-Fabric-for-Quilting-Step-1.jpg","smallWidth":460,"smallHeight":345,"bigWidth":"728","bigHeight":"546","licensing":"

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