Quilting can be overwhelming and intimidate for beginners but with a variety of quilt kits available these days this hobby can be a ‘happy’ hobby. Shopping for quilt kits can be easy with just a few tips and once you have started, there is no stopping. Color combinations and the fabric make all the difference to a quilt.
Color Combinations And Fabric Of The Quilt Kit:
1. Focus Fabric:
You need to have a focus fabric to ensure you have that beautiful quilt you have always wanted. You need to think like a professional color analyst to ensure you are making the right choice of the quilt kit. You have the option of using a floral print, as a starter and the rest can be subtle prints.
2. Quality Fabric:
Since you are putting in a lot of effort for the required quilt, you need to ensure you do not compromise on the quality of the fabrics in the quilt kits. The most appropriate fabric used for quilts is the ‘quilting cotton’. This fabric is cotton 100% with a 68 x 68 thread count. This tends to be higher in quilters cotton, as compared to another cotton, which is lightweight. This is important, as quilting cotton can hold the crease perfectly, and is easy to sew. Besides this, the fabric is more durable due to the thread count.
3. Contrasting Fabrics:
When opting for a quilt kit, it is essential to look for sharp contrast, as this can help in highlighting the shape of the design and offers depth. In case, you use dark over a dark material, the design tends to be uninteresting visually. Besides, it can be termed as ‘pale’.
4. Prewash the Fabric:
Once you have decided on the color and fabric of the quilt kit, you need to find out whether this needs to be pre-washed or not. Those who hand-quilt prefer washing the fabrics before they start sewing. This can make the fabric a little softer and easier to handle. Colors like purple and red used in quilts definitely need to be pre-washed, as there are chances of these colors bleeding. Pre-washing can reduce the possible unevenness of the quilt in case any fabric is prone to shrinking.
5. Fabric Pressing:
As most of the quilt kits have pre-cut fabrics, there is no hassle of cutting. It is advisable that the fabric is pressed before you start quilting. This can help in piercing accurately.
Different Quilt Kits Available:
There is a wide range of quilt kits available these days. Listed below are some for your reference.
- Quilt Kits for the Beginner:
The quilt kits for beginners work well for those who have no experience in quilting, as they can guide you on specific colors, prints, and fabrics along with the sizes. These also provide the different techniques for quilting.
- Quilt Kits for Experienced:
Those who have been into quilting can opt for these quilt kits, as these are projects, which are quicker and simpler. You are sparred about looking for different fabrics and prints.
Washing a quilt depends on the quality of the fabric and the colors. The safest way to do so is to dry-clean them, though many people only vacuum these. Ensure, you use quality washing powder in the case, you plan to wash this in your washing machine. It is always advisable to wash the fabric used before you start quilting.
An online search offers you a wide range of options in quilt kits. You need to go through the different options to find out which one works the best for your requirement.
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