The Art of Quilting
Quilting is a traditional art practiced since ages. Quilting can refer either to the process of creating a quilt or to the sewing of two or more layers of material together to make a thicker padded material. The process of quilting uses a needle and thread to join two or more layers of material to make a Quilt. Typical quilting is done with 3 layers: the top fabric or quilt top, batting or insulating material and backing material.
A quilter is the name given to someone who works at quilting. The quilter's hand passes the needle and thread through all layers and then brings the needle back up. The process is repeated across the entire area where quilting is wanted. A straight or running stitch is commonly used and these stitches can be purely functional, or decorative and elaborate. Quilting is done to create bed spreads, art quilt wall hangings, clothing, and a variety of textile products..
Handmade quilts require a design on the quilt top after it is pieced. This design is made through Block printing. This task takes a lot of time and requires skilled artisans.
Choosing a quilting style and design has always been a tough decision for most quilters as numerous quilting patterns can be made. Stitches in circles, lines, waves and curves can be done to make patterns like diamond, star, heart, etc while quilting.
Quilting is a very labor intensive process requiring high degree of precision and skill. It requires lot of time and patience. The Quilter binds the clean and soft cotton layer with the layers of block printed cloth on both sides. Fine hand quilting produces a soft, fluffy and ultimate quilt providing adequate warmth and comfort.