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Quilting & Sewing General

September is National Sewing Month, the observance of National Sewing Month began in 1982 with a proclamation from President Ronald Reagan declaring September as National Sewing Month “In recognition of the importance of home sewing to our Nation.”Check out www.NationalSewingMonth.org for fun sewing ideas!
 
Sew 4 Home has a new Sewing Basics Resource Guide available online, sponsored by Moda. This is a wonderful beginner friendly guide to sewing it addresses sewing machine operation, needles, scissors etc as well as basic tips & techniques.
 
Your Guide to Successful Sewing from Sewing.com SEW-lutions Guidelines are educational articles in pdf format. They cover all aspects of sewing, from beginner and learn to sew instructions to advanced sewing techniques. The Guidelines project is ongoing and new Guidelines are added on a regular basis. For sewers of all levels, they are Your Guide to Successful Sewing!
 
We All Sew, sponsored by BERNINA, is updated weekly with the best online stuff for sewers and quilters.
 
Sewing for Beginners Video Series from Threadsmagazine.com is a great place to learn the basics. The bolded items are applicable to quilting as well. The videos currently included are:
 
 
Teach Yourself to   Sew

 Sewing  Machine 101

 Notions 101

 Patterns 101

 How a Stitch is Made

 A Trip to the Fabric Store

Fabric 101 

 

Project: Make a  Felt Jewelry Bag

Knit  Fabrics 

 

Woven Fabrics 

 

How to Mark a Dart

How to Sew a Dart

Finishing Edges

Faced Edges 

How to Sew a   Basic Seam 

How to Sew French    & Lapped Seams

Clipping & Trimming Seams 

Project: How to Sew    a Bias-strip  Scarf

Project: Make a Jacket Part 1  

 Project: Make a   Jacket Part 2

How to Hem 

Bias Binding

Zippers 101 

How to Install a Zipper

Buttons 101

How to Sew a Buttonhole  

How to Sew Buttons,  Snaps & Hooks 

Project: How to Sew a  Skirt  

Sleeves 101

 

 How to sew a Sleeve

Pressing Equipment 101

How to Iron

 

 

       
 
 
Quilting Basics from Quilter's World - No matter what kind of quilts you choose to make, there are some basics you will need to know before you begin. You will need to have some basic tools, a few skills and the time and inclination to carry your quilt to completion. Using the methods and hints given in this section, you will be well on your way to making a quilt.

 

A quilt is made up of 3 layers and a label.
  • the pieced top
  • the batting
  • the backing
these are then quilted together, either by hand or by (sewing) machine or tied using embroidery floss, ribbon or yarn. 
The label should include the quilter(s) names, a date and the name of the quilt, you can also include the location for posterity.
 
Quilting Basics - compliments of Penny Halgren  
 
Beginner Quilt Block
Most patchwork quilts are made using a basic unit called a Block. Generally blocks are square, although they can be any shape the quiltmaker wants them to be – rectangles, triangles, hexagons, diamonds; all are fairly common.

Quilts are usually made with the same shape block throughout, however, it is possible (and more interesting, although more challenging) to include more than one shape block in a quilt.

Quilt blocks are made up of smaller units – or patches. Since there is no set number of patches in a block, the design (or pattern) of the block is created with the placement    of the shapes in the patches and the colors of fabric used in each shape.

A very common quilt block is a nine patch – a simple square block made up of 9 smaller squares. Because this block is so easy to make, it is one of the more popular quilt blocks for beginning quilters.

All of the stitching is along straight edges, and all of the patches are the same size.  What makes the nine patch interesting is the placement of color within each block as well as what the whole quilt looks like when you place the blocks next to each other.
    

                           

 Here are three different 9 patch designs. The quilt on the left is an Irish Chain made from simple 9 patch quilt blocks alternating with a solid block cut from the greet fabric. The  quilt on the bottom right is the same basic design. However, instead of using only two colors, I used several different colors in the 9 patch blocks

  Wondering about what fabrics you should use and why?  Here's an quick lesson on quilting fabric options.