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Quilt Show Basics

by Nikki Willhite

Anything goes when you make a quilt. In addition to traditional quilts, you can make art quilts, crazy quilts, quilts from whole pieces of cloth, and so much more.

If you want to make a traditional quilt, perhaps to enter in a quilt show, and you are a beginner,  here are some basics to make your quilt more appealing, and move you a little closer to that first ribbon.

- Use quality fabric.  100% cotton discount fabric is fine for around the house, but if you are putting your quilt on display, it will not look good next to quilts made with better fabric.

- Give your quilt a lot of personality.  Take that which is simple and give it a unique layout or color scheme.

- Execute your quilt as flawlessly as possible.  Make sure your seams match, you do not cut off points, your pressing does not cause puckers on the front, and that your quilt is even top and bottom.

- Make sure the value is working. Stand back and squint and be sure that what you want to feature on your quilt is what stands out.

- Always use a display board so that you can view your quilt from a distance. Inexpensive display boards can be made by using the flannel back of an inexpensive shower curtain.

Squint, or take off your glasses, to make sure your fabrics harmonize and blocks are placed correctly.

- Vary the scale in the prints of your quilt with larger scale fabrics in borders or larger squares.

- Enhance your quilt with texture. Include some fabrics that are a little nubby looking, like linen or fabric with raised threads.

- Use a small scale print for the back. If you make a pucker or other mistake when quilting, it will hide it the best.

- Do not settle for a plain border. Enhance it with smaller blocks or other piecing.

- Be sure that your batting is cut wide enough so it fills your binding.

- Hand sew your binding.  Use small stitches, keeping the needle parallel to the hem so that the thread tucks under the binding strip and cannot be seen.

- Finally, don't forget the label.

It can be a lot of fun to enter a quilt show.  Don't be shy.  Remember....nothing ventured, nothing gained!


About the Author: Nikki Willhite, mother of 3 and an interior design graduate, has been writing and publishing articles on the topic of frugal living for over a decade. Visit her at - where you will find hundreds of frugal living tips and articles. Frugal Happy Families- more than just money!




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