Quilt Patterns

Quilting Patterns

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Learn the Basics of Quilting

Beginner Quilting Lessons

  • Make a Christmas Quilt - In part one of this beginning quilting lesson learn how to cut the fabric and piece the top together. Coming soon, the Santa Claus applique.

There are thousands of quilt designs that can be found in magazines, craft books and even websites for quilters to use. Quilting patterns are what give each quilt its own unique stamp on arts and crafts. Quilting has been around for centuries as both women and men have taken up the craft. Traditionally though women are the most famous for quilting.

History plays a major role in quilting. Quilts are a piece of our history as they tell stories from a person's life. This could be a former president of the United States or a great grandmother who wrapped up her child in the quilt that has been passed down. When you are thinking about the story you want to tell, try to think of the quilting patterns you could use to do that. The quilting patterns including cutouts of animals, holiday traditions and important moments in a person's life give a quilt an extra dimension for the story.

Quilt patterns are a lot of fun to work with, giving a beginner a good chance to learn and a seasoned quilter a great chance to be creative. Remember that when you are preparing to make a quilt keep the person receiving the quilt in mind. It is easy to get overzealous, but with a quilt it really is the thought that counts. Put thought into your color and your quilt patterns and you will make something truly worth cuddling up to.

Types of Patterns

Quilt designs range from holiday, moods and even clothing. As a quilter looking for patterns, you are able to choose from several to narrow down the one that works best for you. Every quilter can bring something new to a quilt by experimenting with his or her patterns. Of course, beginners should focus on the basics first, but quilting patterns are a great way to be creative.

Most quilting designs have not been named and other patterns have several names. This can be frustrating to both beginners and experts looking for specific information on a certain element of comforter designs. One of the oldest types of quilting designs in the nine patch variation that can be referred to as plain block or 3 inch blocks. The honeycomb or hexagon designs are just two examples of quilting designs that have been passed down for generations.

Examples of quilting patterns that are available:

  • Hidden windows
  • Log cabin
  • Lighthouse
  • Mysteries
  • Baby comforter
  • Applique patterns
  • Nature
  • Holidays

The best type of comforter designs are those that are easily understood. You need to think about accessing information about that particular pattern before starting your blanket. Every pattern can be described in different ways. For example, if you are not used to receiving directions in yardage then make sure you find the directions that suit your learning style.

Quilt designs are always described in various ways because some people are visual and need to see a layout step by step. Others are better suited to envision the pattern in his or her head before making an attempt at the particular blanket designs being used.

When you think about blanket designs, make sure you think of usability. You want to make sure the graphics don't make transferring the pattern to the quilt anymore difficult. It would be disheartening to think you did all that work just to learn it did not fit the allotted space for the quilt.

Quilt designs for Beginners

Beginners looking for a good place to start, could find no better jumping point than using quilt designs. Having quilt designs is a great way to get things rolling. They provide a good start because they are mainly focused on wall hangings or baby quilts. This means that your first quilt doesn't have to be massive in size. Quilting patterns also allow a beginner to focus on sewing instead of calculations since the quilt designs are ready to use.

Quilting patterns can be pieces of fabric that have images on them to represent something in particular. For example, a holiday quilt could use a Christmas tree or present quilting patterns to know that the quilt is about Christmas.

Quilting patterns can also be images you yourself make by following directions and certain color suggestions. One type is the log cabin pattern. It is also one of the most popular patterns in quilting courses. It is a construction of blocks into a vivid design that details individual logs in the quilt. As a beginner, both are great practice until you move towards different types of quilting techniques.

No matter if you are working with quilting designs or quilt block patterns you just have to remember to manage your time and handle your creativity boosts effectively. You will also need to know about fabric, material, color choice and product enhancement. Fortunately, these are all things you can learn while experimenting with your quilting patterns.

Consider Your Color The quilting patterns you can choose from are important, but they need to coexist with the other qualities that a quilt possesses. The material you use for instance can really affect your quilting patterns and how they show up. Some material handles fabric better than others and you want to make sure that it will live up to your expectations. Speaking of fabric, you want to figure out just what type you need for your quilt. You don't want to have too much texture in your quilt if it will clash with your quilt designs that you are using for your comforter. Plus, if you are making a quilt for the newest arrival in the family, you don't want to scratch a newborn by using rough fabric. You also don't want to use a fabric that contains allergens. Cotton might be the best option you have for making a baby quilt using quilting patterns. Color evokes a feeling out of everyone looking at them. A small child for example can be very excited at a vibrant red and relaxed around a chilled blue or pale yellow. Countless studies have been performed trying to figure out just how people respond to certain colors. We are all different though, so one person may see black as death, while others see it merely as classic. Understanding your color options will help you choose the best color to compliment your quilting patterns. The primary colors are blue, red and yellow. On the other corner of secondary colors, there is green, orange and violet. You can only make the secondary colors by combining the primary colors. Here are a few color tips to think about when you are looking at your quilting patterns for your next project:
  • Nature hues including warm browns, tree green and sunset red help set off country scenes or a quilt that calls for a country color.
  • You can contrast your values by placing a light color block next to a dark color square. This can help make a light color piece of fabric look larger adding more dimension and size quality.
  • If you want the quilt to have energy then try to use warm colors such as orange or yellow. To have a calming affect with your quilting patterns try using a cool color like purple.