I am not an expert quilter by any means but I am on my 6th quilt and every single time, I’ve learned new things. I thought I would share some tips that help me to make better quilts.
One of the things that make quilting easier is to wash and iron all your fabric before hand and then cut out all the squares you need before starting to sew. It sounds like an obvious thing but I used to just cut one part of the quilt at a time and cutting everything out ahead of time makes things a whole easier. Especially for my next tip.
The next tip that I have to lay out the entire quilt. You can see how big it’ll be and you’ll be able to see all your sewing lines. Once the quilt is all laid out, I take some sticky notes and label each row and if I’m not about to start sewing (which I’m usually not because quilting takes a while) I stack all the rows up and the numbered sticky notes help keep things in order.
Finally, before I do the backing of the quilt, I wash the front of it. After it’s washed, I am able to see the parts that didn’t get sewn all the way. Sometimes, the fabric slips while I’m sewing and parts don’t get sewn as tightly as they should. The washing machine breaks apart the weak things and then I just resew that part. After I finish fixing the broken parts, I iron is all and trim all the threads along the edges and finish the quilt according to the pattern I’m using.
I hope these tips help you out, I wish someone would have told them to me when I first started.