A quilt is simply a multi-layer woven textile, usually consisting of at least two layers. Commonly quilts contain a single layer of material, but sometimes two layers are used depending on the specific style of quilt being made. These layers consist of a top layer, often a solid color such as cotton or silk, and a second layer of thinner batting, sometimes used as well. The thickness of the layers can vary quite a bit, but the number of layers in a quilt generally corresponds to the number of years the quilt has been around.
The four basic parts of a quilt design are the fabric, backing, sides, and cuffs. The fabric is what makes up the outside layer of the quilt. The backing, which can also be different fabrics, is the layer that gives you the ability to easily lift the quilt top off of the frame. It also provides additional support for the blocks you will be using to complete the seams.
Next there are the sides and cuffs, which are the inside layer of your quilt top. The sides are typically made from the same material used to create the top, although some materials used for the sides may be slightly different. The material used on the cuffs is the batting of the quilt top. Most often the batting used on the sides of a quilt top is heavier and tends to stay in one place once it is sewn. It is also more difficult to cut through because the batting is so tightly secured to the fabric.
Then there is the fabric foundation which is the backing that lies underneath the batting. It is the layer that gives the finished quilt its shape. One of the most important features of the fabric foundation is that it holds the quilt top in place and prevents it from slipping away during sewing. In addition, the foundation also helps make the entire project easier to take care of since the foundation acts as a very smooth, even surface for the seams to sit on.
If you are someone who has always wanted to try quilting but simply thought it would be too time consuming there is an alternative. You can buy pre-made quilts that already have all of the necessary fabrics and the backing required to make a quilt. These quilts are easy to make since all of the heavy-duty fabrics are already sewn into the blocks. You will still have to do all of the hand stitching and blocking of the decorative fabric pieces but since everything is already prepared you won’t have to spend hours doing all of that work.
There are two primary ways you can make a quilt, the first is by following the simple patterns for beginners, or by purchasing pre-made quilts that already have all of the necessary fabrics and backing included. The second method is to create your own designs from scratch. When it comes to design patterns, there are many different patterns available in books and magazines and even on the Internet. You can find some beautiful quilt blocks in antique shops and flea markets that will help you create your own unique designs.