Answer: Polyester, cotton and even metallic threads can work very nicely for your quilting project. However, it is recommended that you use thread that is of the same fiber as your quilt fabric so that they wear the same. But, for quilting, you may use whatever works well for you. Polyester or metallic threads can add strength, sheen and a variety of colors. Natural fibers are always popular and create softer stiches that have little give or stretch. Cotton thread will wear and fade at about the same rate as your cotton fabric while polyester thread color tends not to fade at all.
Answer: There are two main reasons why your square may not be a true square. They are either faulty construction or distortion caused when ironing or storing the block after it has been made. If construction is the problem, try creating a new square and pay close attention to your technique. Should the problem be through ironing or storage, blocking the square and gently pressing it back into shape should resolve the issue.
Answer: The amount of fabric needed for any given quilt project will vary depending upon the size of quilt and how intricate the piecing will be. It is always best to use a pattern that states exactly how much of each fabric you will need. But, as a general guideline, here is the approximate yardage you will need for:
- Crib size (45”x60) – 3 yards for a pieced top, 1 ½ yards for the backing and ½ yard for the binding.
- Twin size (72”x90”) – approximately 9 yards for a pieced top, 5 ½ yards for the backing and ¾ yard for the binding.
- Double size (81”x96”) – about 10 yards for a pieced top, 6 yards for the backing and 1 yard for the binding.
- Queen size (90”x108”) – 12 yards for a pieced top, 9 yards for the backing and 1 yard for the binding.
- King size (120”x120”) – approximately 15 yards for a pieced top, 10 yards for the backing and 1 ¼ yards for the binding.
Remember, these are ONLY GENERAL GUIDELINES to help you determine the amount of fabric to purchase.
Answer: We would suggest starting with a small quilt that features a simple applique or piecing technique. A wall hanging that consists of pieced blocks, fusible applique or a preprinted panel would be a great project in which to learn quilting techniques.