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A picture can be worth a thousand words, especially when it comes to understanding quilt construction and terminology.
Take a few moments to boost your quilting knowledge and familiarize yourself with the common elements in a quilt…
A) Mitered Corners
A corner (usually of a border) joined at a 45 degree angle to form a 90 degree corner, like a picture frame.
A term used to define the orientation of a square quilt block when the square is “standing up” on one of its points (making a diamond shape), instead of resting flat on its side.
The strips of fabric that are sewn between adjacent blocks in a quilt top. Sashing is often used to separate like-colored blocks and/or provide variation in a quilt design.
One unit of patchwork design, usually square, that is repeated (the unit, not necessarily the pattern on the block) to build an overall pattern in a quilt top. Can be pieced or appliquéd. (also Quilt Block or Quilt Square).
Outermost edge of a quilt top. Borders are often used to ‘frame’ the inner, pieced quilt top. Much like ‘mats’ on a framed piece of art, interior borders delineate concentric patterns radiating out from the center of a quilt. Quilts can have multiple borders.
Lines of stitching used to decorate and highlight the overall design of a quilt top, as well as stitch the three layers of a quilt together.
A traditional method of securing three quilt layers together with knotted ties at intervals (usually 3-5”) across the quilt. Can be used in conjunction with, or as a replacement for, machine quilting. (All Legacy Quilts are custom machine quilted, unless otherwise requested/noted.)
A quilting technique in which the lines of quilting are made approximately 1/4" around the inside or outside of individual motifs to highlight a design.
A design made by cutting shapes from one or more fabrics and sewing them on top of another piece of fabric.
A square unit of fabric that separates strips of sashing.
A quilting technique in which the lines are stitched approximately 1/4" apart repeating the pattern of a motif or block.
A square unit at the corner of borders on a quilt top. Used in place of Mitered Corners.
The completed, decorative top portion of a quilt after all squares have been sewn together and borders added.
A strip of fabric sewn over the edges of the quilt layers to finish the raw edges, add strength, and decorate the outermost edge of a quilt.
The ‘fluffy’ middle layer of a quilt, giving it warmth and thickness. It also enhances the quilting by puffing up slightly around the lines of stitching, adding an important element to the overall quilt design.
A large piece of fabric that makes up the back of the quilt.