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Fabric Quilting Can Be A Profitable Pastime






      
Quilts and quilting have been loved by generations for lots of different reasons. Originally designed as a way of providing warmth, the changing patterns and trends provide clues to the past, and have become part of the heritage of countless communities and cultures across the world. The activity of quilting itself has moved in and out of fashion throughout the centuries, and remains as popular today as it ever was.

 The origins of fabric quilting have been traced back to ancient China and Egypt. There is evidence from both cultures that the same basic three fabric layer method was used; a warm, thick layer known as batting, was sandwiched between a top and bottom sheet of fabric and stitched so the layers stayed together and didn't slip or clump.

By the 11th Century quilting was being used as padding under amour and from then on quilting was a commonplace form of needlework. Come the 18th Century, stylish English women wore underskirts and petticoats from patterned quilting whilst the man about town donned quilted waistcoats. Quilted bedding had remained popular throughout the centuries and no more so than when quilts were introduced to the American Colonies in the 1700s. At this time is likely that the form was slightly different to the patchwork quilts so much associated with America today, but were whole sheets of fabric.

The trend for quilting in America really grew in the 19th Century. It became an important part of American Folk Art and the distinctive patchwork and appliqué designs still provide inspiration for today's quilters. Today, more and more people are taking to the world of patchwork and quilt making, and are learning the unique and historic language associated with this creative and practical pastime.

The terminology of patchwork quilting is as colorful as the finished product, but taking the time to learn the basics will soon take you from quilting for beginners to more advanced work.

Most quilters begin by quilting squares. These can then be joined together to make a complete quilt. One of the first terms you'll probably learn is In the Ditch. This describes where you stitch very close to a line without seam allowance, this seam being known as the low seam.

Other reference terms and practices include Echo quilting which means visible stitching around a shape, Motif quilting which is the creation of a pattern on the quilt top and outline quilting which means stitching inside each quilt patch a little way in from the seam line - another form of top stitching designed to be visible.

If you want to add visible stitching to complement a featured part of your design this is known as Accent quilting, whereas Selective quilting is used to emphasize certain portions. To create texture, the quilting is denser, allowing the central area to build up, in a process known as Tarapunto.

A good way to start quilting is to use the Quilt as You Go method. In this you make lots of individual smaller quilted pieces or patches and then join them together to make one large quilt..

With a bit of patience and plenty of enthusiasm, beginners quilting can soon turn into a rewarding and even profitable hobby. So why not get hold of some fabric, a few basic tools and with for inspiration to strike?

This article was written by Ian Moffat to highlight the growing popularity of the hobby of quilting and how with a little enterprise one could earn some easy dollars making quilted items for others. Check out his website http://www.quiltingforprofitandfun.com to find out more.

This article was written by Ian Moffat to highlight the growing popularity of the hobby of quilting and how with a little enterprise one could earn some easy dollars making quilted items for others. Check out his website http://www.quiltingforprofitandfun.com to find out more.






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This article was written by Ian Moffat to highlight the growing popularity of the hobby of quilting and how with a little enterprise one could earn some easy dollars making quilted items for others. Check out his website www.quiltingforprofitandfun.com to find out more.


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