Patchwork quilting using quilting machines, or even all-purpose machines like the Juki HZL-LB5100, is a fun and easy way to learn how to quilt. A patchwork design made of pieces that combine to make larger blocks is simple to make and offers a great way for beginners to learn basic quilting skills using Juki quilting machines and sewing machines. Although all of the pieces may seem intimidating at first, using the helpful suggestions below regarding patchworking can help almost anyone easily create amazing and beautiful projects.
Learn the Various Types of Patchwork Blocks
Even though patchworking involves assembling many small pieces into larger blocks which are then joined to form an entire quilt, this does not mean all blocks must be made in exactly the same way. There are actually a few techniques that can be used to make attractive blocks in a variety of patterns.
Standard patchwork blocks are typically made using fabric squares to create a grid pattern; however, beautiful results can be achieved using strip piecing or by creating blocks with individual, overall designs. Experiment with shapes and colors when creating blocks to make wonderful designs using quilting machines.
Sample Fabric Colors and Patterns First
Patchworking can look great whether the design uses only two colors or many. Experiment with colors, shades, and patterns ahead of time, laying out fabric swatches to get an idea as to how different looking pieces will combine. Plan block designs before starting to cut or sew to ensure the final project will actually look as envisioned. This will reduce the chance of using shapes, patterns, or colors that seem like a good idea but do not look right when laid together.
Measure and Cut Carefully
The most important factor in any kind of quilting is to accurately measure all pieces, then carefully cut them out with sharp shears or a rotary wheel. Getting the best results in the form of a nice, straight project requires that all pieces be cut straight and the fabric not be stretched or pulled out of shape. The more precise and crisp each cut, the more square each block sewn on Juki quilting machines will turn out. Straight blocks and borders that come together precisely combine to make the most straight and correct-looking design.
Press Often to Maintain Straightness
Pressing the fabric both before and during sewing on a Juki HZL-LB5100 or other quilting or sewing machine is another important step that produces the best results. Bulk and wrinkles will affect how straight the stitching is done. To ensure the blocks come out as straight as possible, each block should be pressed when it is completed. The whole project should then be pressed before sewing to ensure seams line up correctly.
As simple as they can be to create using quilting machines or all-purpose sewing machines like the Juki HZL-LB5100, patchwork quilts can be stunning. The trick is in taking the time to combine the right patterns and colors to make blocks that when combined, produce a beautiful design. By using carefully measured, cut, and arranged pieces and blocks, patchworking with Juki quilting machines can be a lot of fun and help finish these great projects with ease!