Quilting 101: Preparation for your quilt project

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No matter how long you quilt, you will find some area of quilting you thoroughly love to do and some area you loathe to do. Getting through those areas we loathe sometimes can throw us for a loop. In this article we discuss the importance of planning out our quilt project so we avoid getting stuck and discouraged.

Clarity

I seem to always manage to get a clear vision of the quilt I want to make because I see some quilt somewhere that inspires me. I have a good idea of the color scheme, theme, and quality I want to use. When I say the color scheme, I typically know the main color that I will use for my quilt project. The level of understanding for the theme, I would say each quilt has some sort of theme.

For example, I decided for my patriot quilt a more antique look instead of white; I used cream. As much as the theme was a desire of mine, from time to time during the course of putting my quilt together I would forget this aspect of the project. The idea would dawn on me, and I would think “oh yeah I want it to be antique looking,” and so easier to move forward with the process of getting it done.

Each person has certain aspects of a quilt that draws their attention. For me, color, the theme, and the quality of materials and technique are important. No matter what I do with a quilt top, I can guarantee you these three stand out the most for me. Everyone is different, so areas you feel are important will be different than the next. I feel the way to making your next quilting project easier is to pinpoint what areas fo the quilt are important to you, and make a note of that importance.

Direction

I can tell you that no matter what quilt i start, somewhere in the process I have to get help knowing how to do some technique or what product to use in my quilt. Regardless of the quilt design and completion process, we all need help from time to time. It never hurts to find a couple of resources you trust your quilt project so you have somewhere to turn to get answers when you get stuck.

I always examine the processes in my quilt before I begin working on it. For example, my log cabin quilt threw me for a loop when I realized that some log cabin quilts only have five rounds while the more traditional log cabin quilts have an upwards of 24 rounds. You can save yourself a lot of headache and discouragement, not to mention money and time, when you examine the process of your quilt design and make those decisions before you begin your quilt. Just know that when you decide to make your quilt, boundless resources exist to help make the process less daunting for you.

Action

Last but not least, we have those moments in our quilt project where we just need to make a decision and move forward. You will know when this is the case. You may be stuck in indecision about what fabric choice to use, or you may feel you do not know how to do some aspect of the process. I encourage you to push through any boundaries you set for yourself and know that practice makes perfect. Regardless of what you do during the process, you will be a step ahead finishing your quilt. This is the whole goal of making one. If you do not like the way something works out, research or ask someone what you can do and move forward.

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