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For some, quilting runs in the blood: their knowledge is built on generations of quilters passing along their traditions. For others, it's a new hobby with much to learn. Are you a quilting novice or a stitching sage? Find out when you take this quiz!

Quilts are often made for what reason?

Quilts can be used or displayed, and the reasons for making them are many. Some make and donate them as a hobby, others make them for family, and some make quilting their life's work.

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Many quilts have what kind of pattern?

Quilts usually have a recognizable pattern. Some are geometric, others are less linear, but almost every quilt will show some repetition in its design.

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How many layers does a typical quilt have?

While it's possible to make a quilt with more than three layers, most quilters would agree a quilt is formed with three layers. The outer layers are then embellished with patterns, stitching and other eye-catching additions.

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Putting parts of different fabrics together for the final product is called what?

Putting together and sewing pieces of fabric destined for a quilt or other sewn masterpiece is called "piecing." It's the stage at which your quilt moves from concept to reality.

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What might be used in a scrap quilt?

A scrap quilt can be made from all kinds of old material, as long as the fabric is in good enough condition for sewing. For example, a quilt can be made from a child's outgrown baby clothes.

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If a quilter says, "I just can't seem to find my notions," that means she lost what?

"Notions" is a term for miscellaneous items useful in sewing and making quilts. That could be anything from scissors to thimbles and thread.

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When it comes to thread, what is "tex"?

Tex is one measure of thread thickness. It's the weight, in grams, of 1,000 meters of thread. The bigger the tex, the thicker and heavier the thread.

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What is the middle layer of a quilt called?

Batting is the material that gives heft and warmth to the quilt: thicker batting makes for a warmer quilt. Many quilts have some combination of cotton, wool or bamboo.

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It's common to cut an extra ____ when preparing fabric squares for quilting.

The extra 1/2 inch allows 1/4 inch for stitching on each edge of the fabric. The space between the fabric edge and the stitching line is called the seam allowance.

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A quilt made from non-uniform cloth pieces in varying colors is called what?

Crazy quilts became popular in the Victorian area. They took a significant amount of fabric and were carefully stitched to show off the quilter's talent.

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In the 1800s in America, what was it called when women gathered together with neighbors to finish quilts?

Quilting bees served a double role in rural society: they presented an opportunity for the community's women to socialize, but they were also an important means of finishing the quilts that would keep their families warm. Work that would take one woman several months could be knocked out in a single day!

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During blocking, what is primarily used to stretch fabric to the right dimensions?

If a quilt doesn't quite lay flat, moistening the fabric, steaming it and ironing it will typically do the trick.

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A quilter will wash fabrics to be used ahead of time to avoid what?

Using unwashed fabric in a quilt is a gamble, since the fabric could bleed or shrink during the first wash. Having your hard work ruined in the washing machine is no fun, so quilters usually wash their fabric ahead of time to be safe.

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What is the name for an embellishment that is stitched or fused to fabric?

Fancy quilts make use of applique. Applique often consists of carefully cut shapes, which are then stitched into an exciting pattern on top of the quilt, but other materials can be used as well.

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What is the underside of a quilt called?

The underside of a quilt is called the backing. It's often much less fancy than the front of the quilt, which is what people will see and admire.

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What does a seam ripper do?

As the name implies, a seam ripper is a tool used to pull out stitches. You might use it when correcting a mistake, taking fabric from an old item or making alterations.

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What is a plastic or metal planar tool, used for marking shapes on quilts before sewing?

Stencils come in all shapes and sizes and can be placed directly onto the fabric that needs to be marked. Many stencils also come with ruler markings on the sides, so the quilter can double-check measurements.

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Quilts are an interesting ______ resource because people would their names and the date embroidered into the quilt.

In some eras, people would donate money to have their names embroidered into a quilt. Then, the piece would be auctioned off for charity. Others enjoyed commemorating friendships or marking family lineage.

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What is continuous line quilting?

While many complex quilt patterns require sewing one portion at a time, continuous line quilting allows the same stitching to continue throughout the whole quilt. That doesn't mean the patterns aren't complex or beautiful - there are hundreds of popular continuous line patterns available!

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What is a walking foot?

The walking foot is a device connected to a sewing machine that helps prevent fabric puckering and allows quilters to sew several layers of fabric at the same time.

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Some teachers use quilting patterns in what sorts of demonstrations?

Quilts offer excellent examples of geometrical patterns, measuring common shapes, and congruence vs. similarity. They're interesting enough to make an engaging supplement to geometry lessons!

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Which of the following is an important concept in quilting, art in general, and even PowerPoints?

Negative space is the space in between major design elements. A pattern usually benefits from some neutral areas that make viewing the art easier on the eye.

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Jamming the needle from top to bottom, and then returning it from bottom to top, is called ______ stitching.

"Stab stitching" is pretty straightforward: stab the needle all the way through the quilt, and then stab it back through again. Repeat until quilt is complete!

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What word do quilters use to describe how thick a quilt is?

A quilt with a lot of loft is a quilt with a thick layer of material in the center. That doesn't mean it's warm: a thin, heavy material can provide more warmth than a light, fluffy quilt with considerable loft.

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When young girls first learned sewing, what kind of quilts did they often make?

Nine-patch quilt blocks feature nine square blocks stitched together. They are small, simple and easy - perfect for beginners.

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Which of the following math-based patterns has been used for quilts?

Fractals (patterns that look the same whether you view the whole or a part), tessellations (closely fitted geometric shapes), and the golden spiral (a spiral that follows a specific logarithmic ratio) have all been used to create fascinating quilts!

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What is a quilting frame?

Since quilts are composed of multiple layers, they need to be pinned down and held together while they're quilted. A quilting frame keeps everything where it's supposed to be while the quilter gets to work.

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What term, also used to describe alien vessels, do quilters use to describe a quilt in progress or abandoned?

In this case, "UFO" stands for "unfinished object." As many seamstresses and quilters know, it's easy to have several projects going at the same time. The ones left hanging around your sewing area are the UFOs.

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The word "quilt" comes from the Latin word ______.

"Culcita" is a Latin word meaning "stuffed pillow" or "mattress." While quilts weren't typically used for sleeping on top of, their many layers inspired a word derivation from another sleeping accessory with multiple layers.

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Most fabric has an edge with information about the manufacturing company, also meant to protect the fabric from fraying. What is this edge is called?

Selvage originates from a Middle English term describing something's edge. In quilting, one normally cuts off the selvage before using the fabric.

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When you add some polyester to a cotton batting, it's called _______.

Scrim keeps the cotton batting in better condition over time, since cotton has a tendency to clump without extra help. The polyester helps keep the cotton batting smooth.

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What is stippling?

Stippling involves making stitches that meander, swirl, curve around, or otherwise create more texture. The result is fascinating to view and can make the neutral areas of a quilt more interesting.

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What story is depicted on one of the world's oldest quilts?

The Tristan quilt is an artifact held in the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum in London. Because the story of Tristan and Isolde was so well known and enjoyed in the late 1300s, it made its way onto a quilt top.

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Which of these quilt styles would have been displayed in a well-to-do household in the early 1800s?

Whole cloth and patchwork quilts were in use in most households, but only wealthy families had the resources to import luxurious fabrics and have them made into functional art worthy of display.

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In "whole-cloth" quilts, the top is _______.

Whole-cloth quilts are made with one piece of fabric forming the top of the quilt. The fabric may or may not be embroidered for additional effect.

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