FAQ - Quilting

FAQ - Quilting

Quilting

What is Quilting?:

Quilting is the term used to describe three layers, consisting of a fabric top and bottom and an insulated middle, sewn together

What type of Sewing Machine do I need?:

You can use any brand or type of sewing machine, so long as it has a straight stitch.

Can I sell a Quilt made with one of your patterns?:

In short, yes.

In long terms, as we are a stockist for the Quilt patterns we sell we do not own the copyright. Therefore under Australian Law we can not control what our buyers do with said patterns. Whether you can or can't comes down to the company or person(s) that owns said pattern, as well as the Copyright Law of the Country or Countries you are selling said Quilt

Why should I use a Backing Fabric instead of a Regular Fabric when finishing my Quilt?:

Backing Fabric is on a considerably larger bolt then regular fabric, because of this its width is far larger. This makes it easier to determine how much fabric you will need, but also means you won't have to sew as many sections together.

Why do Quilters not have water in their Irons?:

In Quilting your measurements must be perfect, steam from an iron can quite easily stretch your fabric without you realizing it. It's not uncommon for people to only notice this once they're sewing it all together, which is often too late to easily correct the issue. Because of this it's safer to have a clean and dry iron.

Why does my Thread need a cotton outer?:

In Quilting measurements must be precise at all times, as cotton is a natural fiber it is far less likely to stretch and wear out overtime like a poly outer thread can sometimes do.

What type of Thread should I use?:

In Quilting it is best practice to use a thread that has a cotton outer. Some Quilters prefer to use 100% cotton thread, though I personally prefer to use a thread with a poly core and then a cotton outer, particularly Rasant Thread. This is because I find it works on a wider variety of machines, whilst still having the softness of a pure cotton thread.

Do I need to prewash my fabric?:

Pre-washing fabric is no longer necessary for quilters cotton. Back in the day the dye had a chance of running and staining other fabrics so it used to be best practice, however manufacturers have since solved this problem. These days the only time you need to pre-wash is if your fabric is dirty, or if you are working with older fabric.


Fabric Cutting and Quantities

How do we cut multiple quantities?:

When cutting multiple quantities we always cut as one continuous piece. So let's say you order 4 Fat Quarters, we will cut that as 1 metre. This is because Fat Quarters are just a different way of cutting a Quarters Metre.

What is Fussy Cutting?:

Fussy Cutting is a technical term used to describe when you cut a fabric to specifically display a certain picture. This is done when working with patterned fabric.

What is the difference between Metres and Yards?:

Yards are used in the Imperial System of measurement (mostly used in the US), and Metres are used in the Metric System (used in places like Australia and the UK).

Metres and Yards are almost the exact same size, except a Metre is about 3 inches longer.

Because the difference is so small the two terms are sometimes used interchangeably


Why do we cut in Fat Quarters?:

In quilting it is far easier to work with squares rather than rectangles. This is for a few different reasons.

  1. Because there is a larger area you are able to cut a larger quantity and variety of shapes and sizes
  2. Most Quilt patterns instruct you to sew together blocks to form the Quilt. Traditionally these blocks are squares, therefore starting with a square before you've even cut can actually help you visualise what direction to have all of your pieces.
  3. A fat Quarter maintains more of the fabric pattern, whereas a typical quarter metre tends to cut a decent chunk of the pattern out. This is because when a designer is creating a new fabric they typically start off with a square sized design that they then repeat.
  4. Because of the previously mentioned reason, it is far easier to "fussy cut" your fabric. This is something that is useful not only for Quilting but also many crafts that require patterned fabric.

What is a Fat Quarter?:

A Fat Quarter is a different way to cut a Quarter of a metre. This leaves you with a nice even 50cm x 50cm square, rather than a long thin strip. You can see how this would measure in the cutting chart below.

This cutting chart can also be found on the majority of our product listings.


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