Learn To Quilt Tips For Beginners

So you want to learn how to quilt but have no idea where to begin. Luckily for you, we’ve decided to help you with just that, but putting together a short beginner friendly guide to take you by the hand and initiate you in the art of quilting. Here are some great tips to get you started right away!

TIP1: Develop Your Imagination

Before we get to the technical parts of quilting, let’s talk a little about what it means to become skilled in this craft. And a big part of that is developing your imagination, to really enable you to create beautiful and unique things. You should try to picture in your mind designs you would like to make and feel you could make. You should start with simple patterns, nothing too complicated and work your way from there. Of course, you can always use Google to search for ideas and inspiration, but try to learn to come up with simple original designs as well, it will help you a lot as we go along. It’s kind of like learning to walk, once you get it, you’ll always be able to do it.

TIP2: Start Simple

Don’t attempt to created complex and complicated patterns right off the bat. Chances are, you’ll find it too difficult and become frustrated, which will lead to you not completing your work an even giving up on quilting entirely. You’re just starting out, so start with very simple patterns. Once you are comfortable making those, you can gradually move up to medium difficulty and beyond.

TIP3: Learn The Terminology

As with every craft, there is certain jargon and terminology that is very specific to it, and learning them will enable you to fully understand the craft and achieve the best possible results. You might not think this is very important, but have a full understanding of the craft is needed to maximize your efforts and results. Applique, backing, binding, redwork, serging are just a few terms you should be familiar with.

TIP4: Hand or Machine Quilting

This is a choice you have to make as a quilter, but ideally you should learn both techniques to be able to choose which ever best suits whatever it is you want to make at a certain point in time. Both ways have their own pros and cons as is to be expected. Quilting by hand is naturally the oldest way of quilting and the original way of quilting. It is still preferred to this day by many quilters around the world, as the authentic and only way to quilt. But using a machine will get you faster results, and easier to learn as well. Ultimately, like I said, you should be learning both. Hand quilting for when you want to spend time with your family and quilt together, and have that satisfaction at the end where you created something entirely by hand. Or machine quilting for optimal and quick results.

Tip5. Master The Different Techniques

Lastly, there are several different stitches, styles and techniques that one should be aware of to truly master the art of quilting. You have the regular stitch, the buttonhole stitch, the satin one, etc Make sure to learn the differences between all of these (and others as well). This will take you time, but quilting is no easy craft, so time and dedication should be expected to succeed.

These are great beginner tips that you should follow if your are serious about learning to quilt. Patience and persistence are key here, so develop them as well and you’ll do great!

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Choosing The Right Fabric For Your Home

When choosing the right fiber for your home there are naturally several options available and various types of fabric to take into consideration. In this blog post we will be looking to share with you some basic information about the most popular fabrics available. You’ll be able to make a more informed decision on what type of fabric will best suit your home. So without further ado, let’s talk about types of fabrics.

OLEFIN

This is a type of fabric that can be easily used in any room in your home or even for your office. Olefin is a combination of fibers that many consumers use because of its nice texture, look and feel. An excellent choice for your kitchen chairs or even for your dining room. When going with blended olefin, it’s good to make sure that at least 70-80% of it is pure olefin and the rest is made out of the other fibers it is blended with.

NYLON

While this type of fiber isn’t naturally stain repellent similar to olefin, this is still a good choice for several of your needs. Being a synthetic fiber you’ll need to have it effectively treated with a solvent based stain repellent to be up to par. However, it has the great advantage of being easy to maintain and clean, so it’s a popular option for homeowners.

One downside is nylon doesn’t enjoy direct sunlight, so it can fade if exposed to it for long periods of time, so consider applying it somewhere where sunlight doesn’t hit it directly.

POLYESTER

Another well known synthetic fiber, this will have some limitations when compared to the previous 2 fabrics we have covered so far. Just like with nylon, you’ll have to apply a stain repellent when you purchase it, but stains won’t come off as easy as with the other two. To thoroughly clean it, you’ll need shampoo or steam cleaning solutions to get the job done. You can use this fabric in bedrooms and even in the living room as it does have a softer friendlier look to olefin and nylon. It will also not be affected by direct sunlight as much, so that’s a definite plus, as polyester is generally more resistant, so it will last you longer.

ACRYLIC

This type of fabric will usually work best in a blend and not on its own. Once again, you need to make sure you use a solvent stain repellent to fully protect it, as it can perform poorly for soil and stain release. Acrylics also do well in sunlight, and can withstand more wear than other types of fabric. This is exactly why they work so well in a blend most of the time. You shouldn’t personally try to clean this fabric however, as it can be easily ruined, so if you choose to go with acrylics, you’ll be wise to seek professional cleaning services when needed.

These are the 4 most popular fabrics you can use in your home right now. Hopefully you can use this information to decide which combinations will work best for you. Good luck with your project!

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Make Sure To Buy Quality Designer Upholstery Fabric

If you love your furniture and want to keep it in your house for years and years to come, you have to come to terms with the idea that most of it will need to be reupholstered. Fabric wears off with time, it’s unavoidable, so we need to replace it with new one and either keep the style of the old one, or go for a completely different style. If you choose to go in a different direction, you could totally change the look and feel of your home without changing the furniture at all. How cool is that?

You have many options to choose from when reupholstering your furniture, and with so many brands available, one can get confused in which way to go. What you should definitely be looking at is designer upholstery fabrics, as they are not only quite affordable, but have that extra nice look and feel that will make all the difference between a classy home, and a forgettable interior.

With the use of the Internet, one can order all the upholstery they need to be delivered directly at home, saving your precious time, and fitting most budgets. Here are some things to consider when buying designer upholstery:

Who Will Be Using The Furniture?

If you have pets, children that use the sofa, you need to take that into consideration. Leather or microfiber might be the way to go here as they are more tough and more resistant, which is what you should be aiming for. Not only that, but they can be easily cleaned, so it’s a win win. Another good choice here is woven fabric that comes with some very attractive patterns – and you’ll have many to choose from.

Decide On Style

There are many styles to choose from, so it is wise to decide beforehand on what look you want to go for. More classy, more retro, more modern? You’ll find designer fabrics to work with any style. Remember however that not all styles match all furnitures, so a little common sense and creativity will be needed here to make the correct decision. Always envision what the finished product will look like, and if that particular style fits that particular piece of furniture.

Decide On Colors

Again, you have many options here as well, and you don’t want to rush into a decision. You’ll find many colors and patters that can have a huge impact on any room. It is important to know exactly what you’re going for, and try to visualize the finished project before ordering your fabrics. Colors can set the mood and feel of a room, so not only the type of fabric is important here. If you can consult with professionals for specific advice, it is always a great idea.

Once you have taken everything into consideration, it’s time to order your brand new designer upholstery and get to work. Your home will look completely different, in the best way possible!

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