The Ultimate Guide To Choosing The Right Quilt Batting

How to Choose Quilt Batting

Congratulations! You have completed your first quilt top.

At this point, you will need to make a quilt “sandwich.” The pieced top and the backing make the top and bottom of the sandwich, while the batting goes into the center.

During the 1800’s, quilters used flannel or old blankets to make the center part of the quilt sandwich. This addition made their quilts heavy. Their goal was to provide warmth in a home that typically stayed at 50° during a mild winter.

Why do we need the batting then if our home is already warm?

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The Best Quilting Rulers For New Quilters

Best Quilting Rulers

After purchasing a quality rotary mat and a rotary cutter, you must decide on what ruler or rulers you will need to cut all your fabric.

It is quite funny that quilting involves cutting a large piece of fabric into smaller pieces, only to sew them back together into a large piece of fabric again.

Alas, this is the plight of every quilter, and while it's the process we all must go through, having the right rulers in your arsenal of tools will help your piecing go together correctly.

We recommend that you start with four to six simple rulers for a couple of reasons. The suggestions are based on sub-cutting, strip cutting, squaring your block, creating a block, and learning to trim a block successfully.

Without these rulers, you will increase your chances of making blocks that do not measure correctly.

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7 Best Quilting Ironing Boards For 2021

Best Ironing Boards for Quilters

If you're a quilter, you're going to need a good quilting ironing board. And no, that skinny, wobbly board you've had for twenty years won't do the trick.

You'll need something that works for a large swath of fabric and a heavy finished quilt — something that doesn't tip over or cause you to trip over yards of material as you're trying to iron.

Fortunately, there are ironing boards made just for your quilting projects, so don't skimp on this important piece of equipment.

If you want a quality, beautiful finished product (and we know you do), invest in an ironing board that makes the job easier and safer.

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6 Of The Best Self-healing Cutting Mats for Quilters

Best Self-Healing Cutting Mats

One of the most utilized tools in the quilters workspace aside from the rotary cutter is the cutting mat.

A quality cutting mat will not only provide a sturdy cutting surface but also self-heal in the process. The composition of the mat should not dull your rotary blade.

Although mats come in a variety of sizes, a new quilter will want to purchase an 18″x 24″ mat to get them started. This size is easily portable for classes and retreats.

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The 5 Best Sewing Tables for 2021

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There comes a time in every new quilters' life where they need to make the transition from the kitchen table to a quilting table.

Aside from the fact that the kitchen table will never do a good job containing all our sewing supplies, it does not provide comfortable support for our bodies.

.Long periods of sewing at the kitchen table inevitably lead to sore neck and shoulder muscles. The best solution for successful quilting with storage solutions and ergonomic comfort would be a sewing or quilting table or sewing cabinet.

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The 6 Best Quilting Irons For 2021

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Are you searching for the best iron for your quilting projects?

If you love quilting and want to ensure a quality product, you need to invest in quality tools.

You want to create a quilt that is not only beautiful but also practical and useful for generations.

A quilt can be an heirloom treasure that deserves ensuring you have the proper equipment in your quilting set-up.

You may not focus on quilting irons as much as you might your sewing machine, fabrics, or batting — but this important piece of hardware shouldn't be overlooked or purchased without some consideration and research.

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