Please refer to these quilting terms as you work through the lessons. I made the definitions brief so they're easier to learn. You know me, I like to keep things simple!
Another name for a sampler quilt.
The bottom or back layer of a quilt.
Temporary stitching or pinning of the quilt layers
The middle layer of the quilt sandwich. Batting provides warmth and thickness with its fluffy fibers.
When the batting fibers poke through the quilt fabric.
The diagonal grain of a piece of fabric. It stretches easily and must be handled gently.
Strips of fabric that enclose the raw edges of a quilt.
Several pieces of fabric sewn together to form one unit or (block).
Strips of fabric sewn to the top, bottom and sides of a quilt.
Grain line that runs at a right angle to the selvages.
A cut of fabric that measures 18" x 22".
Size of the quilt after you attach the binding.
Grain line that runs parallel to the selvages.
The thickness of your batting.
The process of sewing pieces of fabric together with a sewing machine.
When you use your sewing machine to quilt all three layers together.
Pens or pencils that you use to mark your quilt top.
The top, middle and back layers of a quilt.
The finished layer after all your blocks and borders have been sewn together.
Quilt Block Setting
Refers to the way you arrange your quilt blocks. Quilters use straight and diagonal settings the most. In a straight set, you place your blocks in horizontal and vertical rows. In a diagonal set, you place your blocks on their points. Diagonal settings are more challenging because they involve triangles.
A presser foot that allows you to sew accurate 1/4" seam allowances.
The unstitched edges of a piece of fabric.
A quilt top where each block has a unique design. Also called Album
Strips of fabric sewn around quilt blocks. This gives a framing effect.
The width of a seamline. Quilters use 1/4" seam allowances.
The tightly woven edges of fabric. They run parallel to the lengthwise grain.
The arrangement of quilt blocks.
Where you sew long strips of fabric together and then cut smaller units from it.
A special presser foot used in the quilting process. It feeds all three layers through the sewing machine at the same rate. This prevents shifting and puckering.
I'll add more quilting terms as it becomes necessary. If there's a quilting term you think I should add to this list, let me know. Thanks!
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