Learn the advantages of outline quilting and why they became so popular.
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How Outline Quilting Works
There will be occasions when you don’t want to hide your quilting stitches and our next quilting type is a wonderful example of one such time. Outline quilting will follow all the scenes on the top layer and if you’ve used to appliqué as a technique, it will really highlight your work. You’ll soon discover the quilting patterns that suits you best and many will allow you far more creativity as you progress and you can really do as you please when you’ve got the hang of it. We’ll now take a look at some examples of quilting and explain how they have been done.
This is an example of cording or Italian quilting as it sometimes known. Although this is slightly more advanced, you’ll pick it up very quickly indeed. As before, prepare a quilt sandwich but this time, we don’t use any wadding because it would detract from the raised cord design. Italian quilting is purely decorative and not designed for warmth. Pick a straightforward design as anything too complex would look rather messy. Have a look at this sample we have here. The design still has detail in it but it’s spaced out to create a neat and tidy pattern.
Once you’ve chosen your pattern, transfer the design to the back of the piece your quilting. You can use an embroidery pencil for this so it would wash off easily. All you need to do then is use running stitch all the way along the design ensuring that the two parallel lines of stitching remain at about a quarter of an inch apart, roughly six millimeters in metric.
Once you’ve stitched all the lines around the design, the fun really begins as you need to thread the cord through the parallel set of lines. Wool is probably the best yarn to use for the purpose of Italian quilting. However you can get special wadding as you see here, from your craft supplier. Just make sure you buy a thickness that will fit through the gap. Use a tap string needle between sizes 18 and 40 which should fit nicely and also give you a big enough eye to thread the wool into.
Now insert the needle into the gap and start to thread the cord through. All you have to remember is that once the needle can't be pushed in any further, poke it out of the fabric, pull it through, and then reinsert it back into the same hole and carry on.
Always do this on the wrong side of the fabric, so if you do make a mistake and can't get the needles go back down to the same hole, it would not be too noticeable. When complete, you can of course make a cushion add for a piece like this or a whole quilt if you wanted something that was totally decorative. While were on the subject of cushions, this star would be a very good point at which to begin, if you’re looking for a project that won’t take years to complete.
Classically elegant, this square cushion has a beautiful quilting pattern that was first designed on paper before being stitched with great precision. The fabric chosen is intrinsic to the design and would certainly fit into any modern interior no matter how minimalist. Patchwork does work very well with certain decorative styles especially the ever popular shabby chic. But generally, it can tend to be consigned to the bedroom.
This cushion just shows how if you give your imagination free ray, the results of quilting are anything but old fashioned. Also, there’s no need to keep this wonderfully diverse craft just for quills. You can mix and match it with plenty of other styles adding just a touch of quilting as an accent. The age of these delightful cushions sets off the piece of treat and if your looking for a project that it doesn’t too ambitious to get you started, a small amount of quilting will give you a great sense of satisfaction.
Remember there’s no need to think big if you don’t want to, and you can of course be even less traditional if you so choose. This closing block is ready for completion so that it can be framed as a picture. The use of appliqué will be a delight to quilt and with the rose bud embellishments already in place, this certainly will end up with a very contemporary feel. Incidentally, the rose buds have been made by cutting circles of fabric which are then hemmed. A piece of wadding has been placed in the center and the circumference has been gathered to complete the effect. Nevertheless, if you do get beaten by the quilting bug and it does happen before you even know it, sooner or later you will want to tackle a full sized quilt.
Here are four examples that we’ve been looking at through the course of this program in close up detail. Firstly, this machined quilt has been created with a mixture of traditional patchwork blocks and appliqué. With teddy bears, ducks and even elephants, it would be wonderful for a child’s room. Also take note of how carefully the colors have been matched using pastel shades. Although almost quilts give the impression of being random, the best once are anything but. So make sure you scrutinized carefully aiming that you get to see to pick up as many tips and ideas as you can.
Our next quilt has also been machine made. But the shapes on this one are far more geometric. Look closely and you can see just how immaculate this machine stitching is. It would be impossible to have stitch so accurately, and of course the strength of the sewing, would make this work of art from a hard wearing for everyday use. Equally, notice how much stronger the colors selected are on this occasion. However, the tones still compliment to each other perfectly and this wouldn’t look out of place in a more contemporary bedroom.
Moving on to a hand stitched quilt, there’s no denying the fact that this masterpiece before you nap took a number of years to complete. But the lady, who created it, says she enjoyed every single stitch and has put it aside to hand down to a grandchild who used to sit and watch her sewing for hours to an end. The time involved is in part due to the amount of work that went in to the patchwork top layer. Early, we saw what’s known as English patchwork with the hexagons made on paint for templates.
By contrast, this patchwork was made using the American style which doesn’t use paper templates at all. Here are all the left over patches and as you can see, there was an awful lot of cutting out before the sewing even got started. To stitch the patches together, they are put right sides face to face and to see missed stitch on the wrong sides. This gives a flawless finish when pressed out on the right side and makes quilting very easy indeed.
This quilt also demonstrates how very effective it can be to leave the edge of the design plain for some freehand quilting. And if you look closely, you’ll see patterns that echo of the style of the entire a piece. In fact, if you look at the back, you can see the stitches even more clearly and they are just as neat as they are on the front. If this all seems just too daunting for words, remember that it was basted with a grid as demonstrated earlier on a much smaller scale and the patterns was simply drawn on the wrong side with an embroidery pencil, and followed stitch by stitch. And naturally, because this quilt is all made of cotton, there was no problem at all washing it and of course the guidelines magically disappeared.