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Quilting can refer
either to the process of
creating a quilt or to the
sewing of two or more
layers of material
together to make a
thicker padded material.
"Quilting" as the process
of creating a quilt uses
"quilting" as the joining
of layers as one of its
steps, often along with
designing, piecing,
appliqué, binding and
other steps. A quilter
is the name given to
someone who works at
quilting. Quilting can be
done by hand, by
sewing machine, or by a
specialist longarm
quilting system.
The process of quilting
uses a needle and
thread to join two or
more layers of material
to make a quilt. Typical
quilting is done with 3
layers: the top fabric or
quilt top, batting or
insulating material and
backing material. The
quilter's hand or sewing
machine passes the
needle and thread
through all layers and
then brings the needle
back up. The process is
repeated across the
entire area where
quilting is wanted. A
rocking, straight or
running stitch is
commonly used and
these stitches can be
purely functional or
decorative and
elaborate. Quilting is
done to create bed
spreads, art quilt wall
hangings, clothing, and a
variety of textile
products. Quilting can
make a project thick, or
with dense quilting, can
raise one area so that
another stands out.
Quilt stores often sell
fabric, thread, patterns
and other goods that
are used for quilting.
They often have group
sewing and quilting
classes, where one can
learn how to sew or
quilt and work with
others to exchange
skills. Quilt stores often
have quilting machines
that can be rented out
for use, or customers
can drop off their quilts
and have them
professionally quilted.

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