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How To Design Quilts

Watch more How to Quilt videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Explore a hobby that is both beautiful and practical by learning how to design quilts. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Choose a size Choose a size for your quilt project. A wall hanging can be any size, but bed quilts should measure close to standard sizes. Step 2: Choose a pattern Choose a pattern for your quilt. Most projects are built of blocks, a patchwork pattern which is repeated in rows and columns. Tip Beginners should stick with simple blocks that involve squares and rectangles. Step 3: Calculate number of blocks and add borders or sashing Calculate how many rows and columns of blocks you need for your size quilt. Add sashing -- strips of fabric between blocks, or borders -- strips of fabric on the edges of the joined blocks. Tip Use a software program to experiment with different block sizes and layouts. Step 4: Choose your colors and fabrics Choose the colors and fabrics you want in your quilt. Step 5: Lay out the quilt blocks Lay out your quilt blocks in rows after piecing them together. Move blocks around to see which fit together best. Step 6: Choose your quilting pattern Choose a pattern for quilting once you have the top assembled and basted with batting and backing. Stitch "in the ditch" of your seams, or stitch different shapes, to make your quilt unique. Did You Know? Faith Ringgold has a "story quilt" on permanent exhibition at New York's Guggenheim Museum and her painted quilts have won several awards for illustration.
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