The ABC's of Quilting
Album quilts are not for use, but meant as decorative keepsakes.
Bees were events where women would gather to quilt and talk together.
Crazy quilts were named for the random way they were pieced together.
Design choices are unlimited when quilting.
Embroidery stitches creating spider webs, floral motives and even initials can be found on some crazy quilts.
Family heirlooms were created when a quilt was made to commemorate a birth, wedding, or death.
German religious groups such as the Amish, Mennonite and Lutheran in Pennsylvania learned to quilt from their “English” neighbors, but identified their own designs and colors.
Hearts are a quilting design that is common to many cultural groups.
Inside a quilt is batting. It is what makes the quilt thicker and warmer.
Jacob’s Ladder is a design pattern that can be broken down into squares and triangles.
Knotting is one way of holding the batting between the top and back when doing a quick quilt.
Log Cabin pattern is made by four interlocking pyramids.
Mothers passed down quilting skills to their daughters.
Needles, thread, fabric, thimbles, scissors, cardboard or metal templates and batting are some of the materials needed for quilting.
Octagon, hexagons, triangles and other geometric designs are the building blocks in most quilts.
Patterns for quilts range from simple to complex.
Quilting frames help to hold the three layers of a quilt in place while being sewn together.
Roses are commonly used in quilting designs and many variations exist.
Squares are the building blocks for many quilts.
Tulips are just one of the flower patterns that appear frequently in quilts.
Underground Railroad paths were thought to be hidden in quilts, but this is a myth.
Variations in designs allow for a wide range of creativity.
White work is achieved by using white fabric and thread and creating patterns without color patches.
patterns occur when a design is set diagonally within a square.
You can get started making your own quilts.
Zigzag designs are often a variation of a log cabin design.
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