We are not sure when knitting began. Knitting has a history of articles dating A.D. 200. The date is uncertain. However, most are in agreement that the location it started is in Arabia. As with most types of needlework it has been passed on from person to person and from country to country.
Quilting is one of my favorite activities. Quilting is incredibly creative. The word “quilt” derives from the Latin word “culcita” which means a sack stuffed with feathers, wool or hair used as a covering for warmth. Quilting was used as a means of survival for either blocking out the rays of the sun In Egypt during the time of the Pharaohs or for blocking out the cold and retaining body heat in China, India and Greece. Crusaders were quilting undergarments in the eleventh century. Survival quilting surfaced in the thirteenth and fourteenth century in Europe. It is well documented in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries in North America, and we carry on today, both for functional and decorative purposes.
So what do I need to get started?
“I bought a new sewing machine, but I am not sure what else I need to begin to sew?” say many.
Well, you will need some tools and supplies. Some are necessary, but others are optional, and you can add to the basics later on according to the job you are doing. Continue reading “What Do I Need To Start To Sew?”
Unless you are hand sewing, you need a sewing machine to sew. I have been asked several times what kind of a sewing machine to buy. What is important to consider? Many think that price is the only consideration, but that is far from what is paramount. Obviously, if you only have a limited amount of money to spend then you need to consider dollars. But, if there is flexibility there are several issues to consider. Even with a limited budget sometimes you can purchase what you need as a second-hand machine.
For well over a century mostly women, but some men as well, have been English paper piecing fabric scraps onto hexagon shaped paper creating petals and then hand sewing these to each other to create flowers. These flowers are pieced together in a design with a pathway that meanders between the flowers. Some of you may have heard of this quilt pattern. It is called Grandmother’s Flower Garden.
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