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!
Cut-out pieces of different shapes are sewn on to a background fabric.
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.
The stuffing of the quilt. Most common are polyester, cotton, and wool.
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.
A quilt block that looks like a compass rose. We teach a time-saving method to sew these otherwise rather complicated blocks!
Self-curing plastic mat with anti-glide properties.
English Paper Piecing
Paper templates are covered with fabric and sewn together by hand.
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)
Paper with a plastic coating, that can be ironed on the fabric and then removed without harming the fabric surface.
2,54cm. The normal unit of measurement in American magazines and books.
Mondrian-inspired mounting method where the seams are covered by narrow (often black) bias strips.
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.
Fabric pieces are sewn on to a paper background in a sequence (makes very accurate blocks).
When small pieces are sewn together to make a block.
The mounted block matrix (still without batting and back).
The decorative seams that bind the quilt top, the batting, and the back together. Can be done by hand or with a sewing machine.
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.
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.
A lot of models and designs exist, either graded in inches or millimeters. Used in conjunction with a rotary knife.
A quarter of an inch (or 6–7mm).
A raised pattern, achieved by sewing in a string of thick yarn between the quilt top and the batting.