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Parts of a Quilt

When you are a beginner, you might not realize that a quilt actually has 3 basic parts. Before you start with making a quilt, you need to know about the layers first.

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Top Layer

This is also referred to as the “quilt top”. This is the part of the quilt that is comprised of small pieces sewn together. It features the design of the quilt, the visually interesting part. Sometimes people use appliques or it is one piece of cloth only.

Middle Layer

This is made up of a material called batting. It adds thickness to your quilt. It is made of cotton, cotton blend or polyester. It depends upon your preference whether you use thick or thin batting. But if you choose thicker batting for your middle layer, it could be more difficult to sew your quilt by hand.

Bottom Layer

This is referred to as the backing. It can be one piece of cloth or several pieces sewn together to come up with the right size for the top layer. If you’re aiming for a reversible quilt, you can also do a patchwork of several pieces of fabric.

Some quilts also have a so-called binding. This is the fabric that is used around the edges of the quilt so the pieces stay together. For quilts that are intended to be hung on walls, there are sleeves on the back for the pole or rod.

This is the basic anatomy of the quilt which every beginner should know before getting too excited with the fabric and sewing part.

Finally Bought a Quilting Machine!

I have been an avid quilter for over 20 years. I’ve spent a few years working on a quilting frame and then moved to using a sewing machine. I’ve had a few over the years, mostly used, and none were quilting-only machines. Which was fine because I didn’t only do quilting. I also made clothing and other small projects for myself and my family.

None of my sewing machines were of particularly high quality, but managed to get the job done without too much of a fuss (most of the time). I’ve always dreamed out owning a quilting-only machine, but I couldn’t justify the amount of money it would take to get a decent one. Until now. I’m retired, and quilting is becoming a major passion. I started to use my sewing machine daily and found it lacking and found the whole process slow. Especially after going to friend’s houses and working on their machines.

I decided it was time to take the plunge and buy a quilting only machine. I didn’t want to spend a fortune so I took my time and tried out many quilting machines and settled on the Juki TL2010Q.

Juki TL2010Q

I have to say that I have been absolutely thrilled since the very moment that I turned it on. The large workspace alone made me dizzy with delight. The amount of room I had to work with was so nice and the speed and accuracy for which it stitched was an added bonus. It made quilting even more enjoyable. Another thing that drove me crazy with my sewing machine was when working with a quilt, the machine would tend to tip over due to the large, weighty quilt dragging it down. With the Juki, I don’t have that issue any longer. This model weighs almost 38 pounds and thankfully stays in place while I am working.

Another nice feature is the ability to vary the stitch speed. It can go as fast as 1500 stitches per minute, but I wouldn’t recommend it as it is much easier to make mistakes. The power of the motor in this quilting machine is outstanding. You can raise the foot up to 12mm and the needle has no issue going through thick fabrics. I’ve breezed through fabrics that my sewing machine would completely choke on. I’ve even broken machines with far less material than the TL2010 absolutely flies through.

Suffice to say though that the Jukk 2010 won’t replace a regular sewing machine. This model is a quilt-only machine, meaning it only has a straight stitch. So I would still need to keep my sewing machine for my sewing projects.

My first quilt was a queen bed quilt took far less time than usual and turned out amazing. I’ve been pinning and bookmarking tons of quilts that I want to make now that I have this machine. Hopefully we have enough room in our place to store them J

At least I know what I giving people for their birthdays, Christmas and other special occasions. Sorry J

I am one happy quilter!

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