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Everything you need to know about quilting and quilting fabric

                              quilting fabric in different colors folded on the shelf

There is nothing quite like the luxurious feel of a well-crafted quilt. Quilting is a centuries-old craft that involves sewing two or more layers of fabric together with batting in between. The finished product can be used as bedding, a wall hanging or even a piece of clothing. Don't worry if you're new to quilting; this guide will teach you everything you need to know about quilting and quilting fabric.

Introduction to quilting: the parts of a quilt

Before you begin making a quilt, it is important to understand the different parts of a quilt. A quilt is made up of four main parts: the top, the batting, the back and the binding.

The quilt top

The quilt top is the quilt's outer layer; the part that you see when the quilt is finished. This is the main part of the design where you can show off your quilt pattern, so you'll want to take care when choosing your fabric. 

The back

The back is the quilt's third layer. It is the part of the quilt that goes against your body when you are using it. The back can be made from any type of fabric, but it is often made from a solid-coloured fabric.

The binding

The binding is the fourth and final layer of the quilt. It is sewn to the edge of the quilt top and helps to finish off the edges of the quilt. Binding can be made from any type of fabric, but it is often made from solid-coloured fabric.

The batting

The batting is the middle layer of the quilt. It is a piece of fabric that is filled with material, such as wool, cotton or polyester. The batting helps to keep the quilt warm and makes it soft to the touch.

The essential equipment you need to start quilting

To start quilting, you will need a few essential pieces of equipment; these include a sewing machine, fabric scissors, a rotary cutter and straight pins.

Sewing machine

It is highly recommended that you use a sewing machine when quilting, as it will make the process much easier. However, if you do not have a sewing machine, you can still hand sew your quilt.

Fabric scissors

It is important to use sharp fabric scissors when cutting your quilt fabric, as this will help to prevent any fraying or stretching of the fabric.

Straight pins

Straight pins are essential for securing your quilt layers together while they are being sewn. They also come in handy for attaching binding around the edge of the quilt.


You will need a good quality thread for sewing your quilt, and it is important to choose a thread colour that will blend in with your fabric.

 An introduction to quilting fabrics

When it comes to choosing fabrics for your quilt, there are many options available at any given fabric shop. Ultimately, it is up to you to decide what fabrics you want to use. However, there are a few things to keep in mind when making your decision.

First, you will want to choose a fabric that is durable and can withstand the wear and tear of being used on a bed. Second, you will want to select a fabric that is easy to care for and can be washed without fear of damage. Third, you should consider the overall aesthetic of the quilt and choose fabrics that will complement each other.

Fifi's Fabricology is an online fabric store that has over 10,000 products available to customers. We have Australia's most diverse range of colours, textures and styles, so you can spend less time looking for fabrics and more time quilting! For more information on our products and services, please visit our website or call us on (07) 5520 3609.