Quilting Bee

Welcome to my quilting bee, where I will share different tips and tricks I have learned along the way. The beautiful thing about quilting together is we learn so much from one another as we create all the quilted goodies. So whether you are just starting out, or a Quilting Queen I hope you find some information that will help inspire you along the way.

Decisions, Decisions

There are a lot of different choices to make before you get on your quilting way. Below, I’ve shared some tips to help you get started.

Quilting Bee

Step One
Choosing the Pattern

First make sure you are choosing a pattern at your skill level, and pick something you like. Working as long as we do on quilts, you’re going to want to like what you’re looking at for a while! Choose piece or patchwork patterns, as opposed to appliqué or paper piecing. These are among many different quilting methods, but patch work is generally for the majority of patterns. Check out libraries, Instagram, and even fabric line websites for a plethora of choices.

Step Two
Choosing Fabrics and Colours

Prints or solids are preference or mix them up, there’s no rules! I like both usually. As for colours, if you really want to go matchy match, check out the selvage on a fabric you like. Those little colour dots are colours in the fabric, or sometimes variations so you can co-ordinate. Otherwise don’t sweat it! Do you like your colour combo? Great! Then it’s perfect. My friend Johanna says colours need to be friends, not family.

Step Three
Choosing Thread

I generally stick with Aurifil 50 weight in an off white for everything. My piecing, my quilting, I do it all with my Aurifil 50 weight. On occasion I do like a shine with my thread, so in this case I choose Glide thread which is polyester.

There’s a ton of info on thread weights and many quilters are anti-polyester thread. But mostly I’ve discovered my machine prefers cotton, and other than that cotton is matte and polyester is often shiny.

Step Four
Choosing Thread Colour

Do an audition. Take your thread options, and lay them across the quilt to see how they look over the colours in the quilt. Otherwise bring some scraps of fabric from your quilt to the store with you.

the quilting process

Step Five
Choosing a Topstitch Pattern

Starting out I would say use your seams as a guideline, and sew with your walking for next to the seam. Stitch the ditch is okay, but I like to see the quilting, so this method has been my go-to.

If you want to get creative – whether with free motion quilting or doing something with your walking foot, do a trial run first. Take a pic on your phone and draw over it using ProCreate or a similar program. Or you could simply print out the photo and draw over it with your design. I have also used those colouring sheets that are often included with a pattern to doodle on as well.

Remember…

You don’t have to make all the choices all at once either! Just take it as it comes and enjoy the process!

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes! But not always. Currently my custom commissions are closed, but be sure to check back (or on Instagram) for when I reopen!

I’d say 2-3 months generally speaking, sometimes less sometimes more depending on the size and pattern.

Quilts vary in price due to size and complexity of pattern and quilting mostly. To get a further idea, check out my shop!

It’s a lot of labor (and love) that goes into a quilt. Cutting fabric and sewing it together are just a fraction of the process. There’s also

basting, ironing, binding and all the materials and tools that go with it as well. A bed sized quilt can easily take over 40 hours of work.

Baby, throw (throw sizes vary a lot so check out the actual measurements), and bed size. Bed size is anywhere from a twin to a queen 

typically. I hardly ever do king sizes though.