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Quilting is the art of stitching fabric layers together usually with some form of wadding or batting between the layers which gives a design of peaks and troughs where the stitching holds the layers in place. Many years ago when wadding and batting were unavailable, the layer between the top and bottom fabrics were worn out blankets or even thin layers of sheeps wool. Originally this make do and mend was a necessity to those who had little money to buy new blankets and these wonderful quilts made from old clothes and soft furnishings were held together by hand stitching and then later by machine.
Quilting patterns may be simple or very intricate. We use marker pens such as water soluble, air erasable or chalk pencil to transfer the design to the fabric, allowing the stitcher to follow these marks with either hand stitching or machine stitching. Hand quilting thread is usually 100% cotton and slightly thicker than machine quilting cotton. Wonderful variagated threads such King Tut are ideal for stitching colourful fabrics.