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The Joy of Frugal Quilting

What is Frugal Quilting?

When I was a little girl, I slept under a quilt my grandmother made out of my old dresses.  That was a very frugal quilt. There are other ways to make quilting frugal.  Quilting can be an expensive hobby, or it can be done in a very economical way.

You don't have to invest in a multitude of quilting tools or patterns.  It takes only a handful to tools to start quilting.  Specials rulers and other quilting papers and gadgets come in handy, but are not necessary.

If you go a long time without using special quilting rulers, you forget how to use them.  Then you have to spend your time learning how to use them again. At best it is a quick review.  At worst, you've lost the instructions and can't remember how to use the rulers and gadgets.

You don't need patterns to quilt.  Once you learn the basics of quilting, you will have more fun making your own blocks and putting them together in your own unique way. If you do want to use a pattern, you can find free patterns on the Internet and in magazines.

This website will teach you what I call simple measurements.  Once you learn this concept, it will be very easy to make blocks that all fit together. The key is to learn about grids.

This website is dedicated to teaching how to save money quilting and how to be a frugal quilter.

 

Tips for Frugal Quilting

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1. Fabric selection.

Fabric can cost over $20 a yard, or it can be purchased for under $4.00 a yard. The trick is finding fabric that is of good quality for a lower price. Quilters love to shop for fabric. When they plan a trip, they always check out the local quilt stores. I have spent years going to all the quilt shops in my area buying fabric at half price. However, I don't buy all my fabric at quilt shops. You can find good 100% cotton at fabric and craft stores. What you are looking for is fabric with a good thread count, and a good finish on the fabric. It can be tricky, because... more

 

Quilting Tips

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Building a Stash

If you are a beginning quilter go slow when building your fabric collection (stash). As your skill level improves you may want to quilt with fabric that is more expensive and has a higher thread count. Your fabric should be similar on the same quilt. You do not want to blend the thread counts.

 

Machine Quilting

Choose backing for your quilting projects that has a pattern you can quilt from the back.  Some designs have repetitive lines that you can easily follow if you quilt your project on the backing side. These are "choice fabrics" and are an excellent addition to a stash!

Large scale fabric design

Here is an example of a fabric with a good quilting pattern. Note both the flower and swirly lines that you can follow when you quilt with your sewing machine.. Large prints often work well for machine quilting.

Recycling Tips

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Empty Soft Pick Cases

Use Soft Pics? What do you do with the empty cases?  Those small little cases work well for safely disposing of old needles and pins.

  Empty Fabric Bolts

Empty cardboard fabric bolts make useable portable ironing boards.  Wrap a towel around the bolt and secure it with a safety pin. Carry it with you for sewing away from home.  Large empty drapery bolts are useful for seasonal storage of tablecloths.

 "Unfortunate" Fabric

Become the "not so proud" owner of some fabric you do not like?  If you don't want to give it away, tear it into strips and stuff something.  If there is a lot of it, or more to add to it, crochet a rag rug. Put it in the garage, if need be.

 Display Tables

Make a small seasonal table runner for an area near the entry of your home.  Add a few seasonal decorations.  Change with each season.  See the Display Tables and Seasonal Decorating article on Frugal Happy Families.

  Quilting and Design Boards

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Pre-cut Quilt Squares

sewing toolsMany beginning quilters like to buy quilt pre-cut quilt squares. While it is convenient, be aware you will need a lot of them. Here is approx how many 4-inch squares you need for the following size quilts without borders.

Crib

168

 

Twin

529

 

Double

624

 

Queen

728

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