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Super Easy Quilt Patterns

Updated on September 3, 2011

If you’re just starting out in knitting or crocheting than chances are you’re going to want to start by making a quilt as most people do. Well in order to start that you’re going to need easy quilt patterns. In this article we’re not just going to discuss quilts in general but where to find these patterns for your starter projects. A quilt is typically known as a type of bedding composed of several different layers combined using a technique called quilting. Quilting itself is a method of sewing done joining to layers of material together in order to make a quilt.

More often than not quilting is done with three different layers. First is the top fabric or quilt top, then the insulating material and then the backing material. The quilters hand or sewing machine passes the needle and thread through all of the layers of the fabric and then brings the needle back up. This process is then repeated across the entire piece until the quilt itself is finished. There are several different stitches that are recommended for this kind of work. 

First is the rocking stitch, next is the strait and after that the running stitch. The running stitch is commonly used on these kinds of stitches and can be either purely functional or completely decorative and totally elaborate. Quilts have been used in the world for a very long time and their actual creation hasn’t been pinned down to one point of origin. One of the more famous kinds of quilts is called a generational quilt in which every new generation of a family is allowed to place one square of their own design on to the quilt and hence tell the story of that particular family through the quilt. 

Some of the more famous quilts are the early American and African American quilts. The Early American quilts gained their popularity during colonial times while Britain was still in control of the original American colonies. The actual word quilt comes from the Latin word “culcita” which literally means “a padded and tied mattress.” Quilting became popular because of it’s utility. The technique was able to produce a thicker padded fabric which could easily be used for warmth or protection. One of the earliest known instances of a quilt comes from Asia before the first century C.E. A kind of quilted linen carpet was found in a Siberian tomb cave. The central motifs of this caret were animals with abstract borders. Which were worked into the back stitch, while the background of this particular piece was a diamond in a coarse running stitch.

Now that you know some of the history behind quilts let’s move on to the easy quilt patterns and where you can find them. First and foremost is a site called freequiltpatterns.com. As simplistic as that name is, that’s specifically what they have. Free quilt patterns for you to use. Next is a site called crafttown.com. This site is a little more difficult to navigate but if you’re able to find it’s quilt section that you’ll be in for a pleasant surprise.  These are only a few of the many sites where you can find easy quilt patterns

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      Barbara Bethard 

      8 years ago from Tucson, Az

      Loads of good information/// good research/// I didnt know the early part about quilting at all! Good job! bb

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