Wednesday, October 31, 2007


Yesterday I started a Beginners Quilting terms log. These are common terms quilters use everyday.

....Backing: The bottom layer of a quilt.

....Backstitch: The stitches taken (2) when sewing a running stitch. This keeps the stitching in place.

....Basting: These are long running stitches used to temporarily hold the fabrics in place. Used until the piece can be permanently sewn down.

....Batting: The middle layer of a quilt. This can be either polyester or cotton. Batting comes in various sizes...from a high loft (really fluffy) to a low loft (really flat) and some where in between. I prefer cotton batting.

....Bearding: Polyester fibers in batting can work their way through to the top of a quilt. This leaves a "beard" affect. Not a desirable out come for a quilt you've worked so hard on.

....Betweens: The needles used in hand stitching (quilting) the layers of the quilt together.

....Bias Grain: Fabric grain runs at a 45° angle. Sewing on the bias will give you the greatest amount of stretch in your project. GOOD for binding; NOT so great for the quilt body.

....Binding: The finished edge of a actually frames the entire piece.

....Bleeding: When one color transfers into another. This can be VERY messy. Prewashing your fabric is a must. Especially reds.

....Block: The unit created once the smaller elements have been stitched together. They can be either hand sewn, machine stitched, or appliqued together.

....Borders: Strips of fabric that are placed around the blocks. Either patchwork or strips of fabric can be used depending on the look desired in the finished project.

More tomorrow....

Until later.

In and Because of HIM,
Grandma Susan Quilts

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