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METHODS AND TERMINOLOGY

Like most trades, quilting has its own terminology. Several savvy quick production methods and shortcuts have also been developed. Below we try to list a handful of the more common terms – if you join one of our classes, we’ll add a hands-on perspective to many of them!

Appliqué
Cut-out pieces of different shapes are sewn on to a background fabric.

Bargello
Slices of fabric are sewn together along the long sides, and then cut perpendicularly. These new slices are sewn together with a little displacement, thereby creating amazing optical “northern light” effects.

Batting
The stuffing of the quilt. Most common are polyester, cotton, and wool.

Blocks
The basic squares that, when sewn together to a matrix, forms a quilt top. Blocks can be composed of sewn-together pieces or consist of a fabric square with appliquéd details.

Compass Rose
A quilt block that looks like a compass rose. We teach a time-saving method to sew these otherwise rather complicated blocks!

Cutting Mat
Self-curing plastic mat with anti-glide properties.

English Paper Piecing
Paper templates are covered with fabric and sewn together by hand.

Fat Quarter
Common unit of measurement in a quilt store. A quarter of a yard, i.e. about 45 × 55cm (or a quarter of a meter, 50 × 55cm)

Freezer Pape
Paper with a plastic coating, that can be ironed on the fabric and then removed without harming the fabric surface.

Inch
2,54cm. The normal unit of measurement in American magazines and books.

Leaded Window
Mondrian-inspired mounting method where the seams are covered by narrow (often black) bias strips.

Log Cabin
Our company name, also one of the basic block patterns! The rectangular pieces represent the logs of a cabin wall, the center piece represents the fireplace and is often made of red fabric.

Paper Piecing
Fabric pieces are sewn on to a paper background in a sequence (makes very accurate blocks).

Patchwork
When small pieces are sewn together to make a block.

Quilt Top
The mounted block matrix (still without batting and back).

Quilting
The decorative seams that bind the quilt top, the batting, and the back together. Can be done by hand or with a sewing machine.

Quilting Fabrics
Printed or solid cotton fabrics in thin, soft, and tightly woven qualities. Most fabrics are American, but often manufactured in the Far East. Japanese fabrics and Bali batiks are also common.

Rotary Knife
The quilter’s most important tool! The rotary knife cuts straight and curved patterns through several layers of fabrics. There are many brands and sizes to choose from.

Rulers
A lot of models and designs exist, either graded in inches or millimeters. Used in conjunction with a rotary knife.

Seam Allowance
A quarter of an inch (or 6–7mm).

Trapunto
A raised pattern, achieved by sewing in a string of thick yarn between the quilt top and the batting.

Log Cabin Reklam AB, Box 1201, SE-164 28 Kista, Phone: +46 8 751 01 71. Fax: +46 8 751 42 30