SOLID FABRICS MAKE A SPLASH IN THIS CHEERFUL QUILT, GIVE THIS QUILT YOUR OWN FLAIR WITH VIVID COLORS OR SMALL PRINTS! A jelly roll of solid pastel fabrics and one of white stitch up quickly into this playful quilt. It’s so simple to make that even beginning quilters with good basic skills can successfully complete this quilt. Designer Crystal Hendrix used yardage of the same pastel fabrics to create an interesting back for the quilt. Stipple quilting, a straight stitch quilting design or even fancy free motion quilting will all work with this quilt. The pastel solid fabrics are wonderful, but small print fabrics would be lovely too. More vivid colors would give the quilt greater impact. In other words, use your imagination and have fun with the possibilities for this design! The finished quilt is about 65.5″ x 70.5″.
You must have seen some work! Like crochet, this technique is a classic craft, indoors in patchwork rags or patchwork blankets, and outdoors in the form of patchwork bags and details on T-shirts. Literally translated, “patchwork” is the use of patches in Portuguese. In other words, in this technique, you use cuts of different fabrics and connect them in a harmonious way. Finally, patchwork is a way to make interesting, colorful, and most importantly, unique pieces. By putting it together, you can make the most diverse products. We have already mentioned some more classic products, but in addition, we can also produce pillowcases, rugs, curtains, wallets, laptop covers, and so on. See how to put them together and start making! How to do patchwork? If you are thinking of starting to make patchwork but are afraid, you should know that it is not as complicated as it might seem. Patchwork is composed of three layers that are superimposed:
- Top – the top, made with the scraps;
- Filling – in the middle, it is what gives the patchwork its volume;
- Lining – the fabric, usually one-piece, that is at the bottom of the patchwork to give it a nice finish.
With these materials in hand, let’s go step by step on how to do patchwork: Separate the patches you will use and cut them into the shapes and sizes you prefer;
- Join two patches at a time, sewing them together by hand or machine;
- Sew the patches together until they are the size you planned;
- Cut the filling and the lining with 3 or 4 centimeters more than the size of the top;
- Finally, sew all the layers together.
To make the seam, you can do a simple seam or something more elaborate, with arabesques, colored threads, etc. Patchwork fabric tips: Whether you are making patchwork tea towels, patchwork bags, or any other patchwork piece, it is essential to know what fabrics to use. The fabrics recommended for patchwork are 100% cotton. They do not unravel much, are firmer than synthetics, and have a huge variety of prints. It is a good idea to wash patchwork fabrics for patchwork before you start. That way you will find out if they shrink or shed dye. The most suitable patchwork fabrics for the lining are percale if the piece is large, and unbleached cotton or tricoline for smaller sizes. And to make patchwork bags you can use canvas, tarpaulin, velvet, denim, jeans without elastane, serge, raw cotton, among others. With all these tips, getting started in the world of patchwork will be much easier! And to give you even more inspiration, check out more examples of pieces made with this technique on the internet!
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