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Discover The Joys Of Quilting

Enjoy Vintage Quilt Pattern From The 1930's.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Discover The Joys Of Quilting

Quilting was a common social activity in the past. During earlier times, quilting fabric was an activity which farm wives like to get together to do. These are opportunities for them to retreat from their straining physical chores of farm life and do something light and useful together. At that time, quilts were an essential article in households, not only as bed coverings, but also as curtains, and petticoats and waistcoats to keep the body warm. In fact, patchwork quilting was created by homemakers during the time when there was a shortage of fabric. Worn out sewn items were often recycled into patches for quilts.

Today, quilting is no longer practiced to satisfy economic or social needs, but for expression and enjoyment. Patchwork is not longer simply a form of frugality, but rather another form of art. Although quilts are still sometimes made from fabric scraps, the quilt maker is more likely to use the scraps to recreate the charming look of old quilts or to commemorate an event, rather than out of necessity. Quilting is now used as a creative and inspirational form of craft. Having a long history, quilting has shown itself to be admirably versatile and its ability to change and adapt is a hallmark of a successful craft.

Many people, today, used quilting as a hobby because they find it fun, gratifying and enriching. Quilting offers them an opportunity to express their creativity and helps to enhance their lives. Most people enjoy the process of choosing or designing a project, the process of selecting the fabrics and the satisfaction of creating something unique and special. It gives them an opportunity to experiment with color, design and texture. The completed piece of quilt gives the maker a great sense of achievement and delight. Most people engage in quilting because they want a creative experience and an emotional expression. It is no wonder that some people find it healing. Stressed mothers of young children, exhausted caregivers of ill parents, wearied working women and men seeking a creative outlet often find the process of making something soft and warm, like quilt, is more restorative than the usage of any kind of available drugs.

As quilts provide warm and comfort, they are used for clothing and bed coverings. There are those which are kept as attractive works of art. They have been showcases for the talents and skills of their creators. The range of quilted items, nowadays, has expanded to include placemats, wall hangings, cushion covers, table runners, bonnets, diaper totes, eyeglass cases, makeup bags and hanger covers.

Making quilts today is easier than you may have ever imagined. The making of quilts does not require any special skills, just a general knowledge of sewing. If you can sew a button or mend a hem, you can certainly make a quilt. Quilting is simply using a technique to stitch together layers of fabric using a decorative pattern to create a variety of beautiful and practical objects. A completed quilt is actually a creatively stitched together sandwich of fabric and batting. The basic equipment for quilting include needles, pins, thread, scissors, thimble, beeswax and a frame or hoop to quilt on. Other necessities are a long ruler, masking tape, drawing paper and a marker for transferring quilt patterns onto fabric. Although machine techniques may have replaced the tedious hand sewing one, modern quilt makers still take inspiration from old quilts and try to adapt those designs and techniques to today’s lifestyles.

It is important that while working on selected quilting patterns, a quilt maker should not just replicate the patterns and colors shown in the samples but also to adapt the patterns to his or her own color preferences and ideas. He or she should attempt to create his or her own unique designs and try out new techniques. In this way, he or she can make progress by gaining new technical skills as well as new insights into the design process.

As you can see from the above, quilting has its benefits and is an easy craft to learn. If you are interested to learn the techniques of quilting, you can consider getting the following e-books:-

#The Essential Guide to Quilting
#203 Patchwork Quilt Patterns

An e-book edition is preferred to a printed book for the following reasons:-
* You can make a hard copy of the pages any time you want
* It is easy to print individual pattern parts and the instructions for the pattern from your e-book
* You do not have to worry about damaging or losing the pieces of your patterns as you repeatedly make tracings onto the fabric because you can always print out another copy of the pattern
* You can quickly print certain pages for reference when you need them to attend an event.
* It is easy for you to instantly search for words
* You can enlarge the font size of the copy, either on the computer screen or in hard copy (for those who has poor eyesight and may have difficulty reading).

#The Essential Guide to Quilting
The things you will learn from this book include:-
* Quilting tips and techniques that experienced and professional quilters use
* How to choose the type of fabric for your quilt
* What tools and supplies you will need to make your quilts
* Over 125 quilting terms and their definitions
* How to select the right binding for your quilt
* How to sew a quilt with accurate seam allowances
* How to choose the right batting for your quilt
* How to add beautiful borders to your quilt

#203 Patchwork Quilt Patterns
The things you will learn from this book include:-
* Choose a pattern
* Quilt materials
* Cutting and piercing
* Setting together
* Borders
* Quilting patterns
* Quilting the quilt
* Embroidery quilts
* Original quilt designs
* A comprehensive list of complete cutting patterns

You may consider getting the following magazines which provide updated information on quilting:-

# McCalls Quilting
McCalls Quilting is a complete quilters magazine, featuring exciting new projects and ideas, products reviews and features on dedicated, real-world quilters in every issue. The magazine also features an easy-to-use, easy-to-store pull-out pattern section in every issue.

# Quick Quilts
Quick Quilts Magazine is the perfect resource for beginning quilters. McCalls Quick Quilts contains beautifully photographed, well-designed quick and easy quilting projects with complete how-to instructions. Each issue of Quick Quilts shows readers how to use the latest tools, fabrics and techniques to complete their quilting projects beautifully. Quick Quilts provides the quiltmaking fundamentals and techniques, step-by-step instructions and color diagrams of patterns for rotary cutting and machine quilting.

# Quilters Newsletter
Every issue features news from the quilting world how-to information, profiles of active quiltmakers, informative reviews of products and trends, photographs of readers quilts with their stories, detailed historical perspectives, and patterns.

# Quilters World
Quilters World Magazine is for busy quilters, focusing on quilting techniques that make it possible to complete a top quality project in a short time. Each issue of Quilters World is full of ideas that will provide hours of inspiration and creative quilting.

# Quiltmaker
Quiltmaker Magazine has accurate quilt patterns for quilts of all sizes and skill levels, editor-tested product reviews, quick-to-make projects for home decorating and gifts. Every issue delivers on its promise to help quilters create beautiful quilts from start to finish.

# The Quilter
The Quilter is written for the quilting enthusiast and features the latest news and tips to help make your quilting projects better. The Quilter features well-known, classic quilt block designs as well as contemporary quilts suitable for wall-hanging, and offers a wide variety of ideas to inspire quilters of each skill level. The Quilter provides complete, easy-to-follow instructions and patterns, which are included in each issue.

Happy quilting!