If you follow me on this blog or on my facebook page, you know I have been talking about quilting a lot lately.
pushed this banner in your face, shown you the above banner and talked about the wonderful class that Craftsy is offering for FREE! (Yes, I am yelling! It is free!)
I have been a quilter for many years. A neighbor, in Miami, showed me the basics about 14 years ago and I have loved it since. I would show you a few of my quilts, but to be honest, most were gifts and I didn’t take the time to take a photo of them. I will dig around my files and see if I can find some for you.
You may wonder why I am so passionate about quilting. I find quilting to be much like cooking. With cooking, you fill someone with love on the inside. With quilting, you wrap someone with love on the outside.
I hope you will join me on this adventure. All you have to do is click on the button to the right and register. Along with being able to take a class for free, you will be registered to win $100.00 of fabric! My name will be entered for every person who signs up through me!
Since I am on the topic of learning quilting, I came up with a list of 10 tools that every quilter should have!
1.) Sewing Machine – There are so many available. If you don’t have one, make sure you pick one that suits your budget and your needs. (I have 3!)
3.) Cutting Mat – It is a very important tool to have. Rotary cutters will slice almost anything in half (to include your finger), get a self healing mat and you don’t have to worry about ruining your hard surfaces.
4.) Quilting rulers – These rulers are so great! They aid you in cutting a straight line and having precise measurements. Here is a little secret – I used them when I was wall papering my dining room!
5.) Ironing Board and Iron – You will need these to make sure your fabric and seams are pressed flat.
6.) Seam Ripper – We all make mistakes don’t we? I wish there was one of these for those mistakes I made in my teen years!
7.) Pins and Needles – Some quilters are so good, they don’t use these! I use a few for security.
8.) Fabric – Cotton is the best for a quilt. Cost will vary. Here is my rule: If I am making, what I consider an heirloom quilt, I use high quality cotton. If I am making a “fun” quilt (i.e. picnic, over the sofa to warm your self, etc.) I will use a lower cost fabric. This is up to you, they all sew the same. (They may not wash the same though)
9.) Thread – Do I really need to explain this?
10.) Patience – The goal of a quilter is to have all seams meet perfectly. This does not always happen, not even with a seasoned quilter. Your “mistakes” are what make the quilt original and yours!
I hope you will consider taking this class with me. Let me know if you do and we will share our progress!
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you come back soon!