My last couple of articles have been about quilting and its history. In this article I will go a bit deeper into quilting. Quilting in itself is the process of making quilts. Quilts on the other hand are of different types. The basic difference is in the making process. There are two types of quilting that are done today. First is hand quilting, and another is machine quilting. As far as this article is concerned I will only discuss about hand quilting.
Quilting is an interesting thing to do. People do quilting differently – for different types of quilts there are different techniques. So in a whole, quilting is an exciting form of handicraft activity which requires skill, dedication and patience.
I started with a very simplified technique of my own at the beginning. When I got into it deeply, I studied about other techniques before applying those. I am briefly writing about four quilting techniques in this article. I hope you will find it helpful.
- Applique: My first preference is the technique called a It is one of the most easy and popular quilting techniques. It refers to a sewing technique where the upper layer of a fabric is sewn onto a ground fabric. The raw edges of the upper fabric are tucked beneath the design minimizing raveling. Quilters have the freedom to choose the shape of the upper fabric. The stitches need to be strong so that the fabric remains tightly knitted.
- Reverse Applique: Another technique that can be used is the reverse applique. Like the name refers it is the opposite of the applique technique. In this technique the ground fabric is placed on another fabric. Then the raw edges of the ground fabric are tucked under and then the newly folded edge is sewn down to the lower fabric. The stitches are made as inconspicuous as possible. This technique can be used coherently with the classic applique technique to create variation in design.
- Trapunto: Another technique that I like is named trapunto. I enjoy this quilting technique very much as it is a very technical one. It requires a lot of skill to apply. It is not for the newbie by any means. Only skilled quilters use this technique. It is used to make a quilt look exotic or aesthetic.
- Foundation Piecing: This is also known as paper quilting. In earlier days, scrap fabric or muslin were used for the quilting base. No heavy papers like tracing paper and freezer paper have become popular for use as patterns or quilt blocks. These quilt blocks are of same size and have precise, sharp points to match together perfectly. A compact stitch is used for sewing the quilt blocks together. Later the paper base is torn away and a perfectly shaped fabric top is left behind.
I think the techniques that I mentioned would be very helpful and beneficial to you. I recommend you to watch videos or read more about the techniques before applying in real scenarios. As usual, you can always consult about any quilting activities if you wish.