September Sun Quilt

During the U.S. War of Independence, the appeared many quilts with patriotic motifs and symbols related to the revolution. Starting in 1795, patchwork blocks and “shattered” borders appeared, but still around a central medallion. In 1800, at the beginning of the pioneer era, Nine Patch and Grandmother’s Basket blocks appeared. In 1806, they began working the quilts entirely in blocks, in what became known as the Irish chain pattern. Patchwork was formerly known from our grandmothers’ quilts in which several squares of fabric were sewn together. This technique arose from the need to make use of leftover fabrics. Therefore, there was not much technique in joining the fabrics. Used a lot for decoration and in handicraft techniques, patchwork has also come to be seen in fashion.

In every sewing project, they are always there: the patches. No matter how much you measure, calculate, and optimize your sewing, there will always be a few pieces of fabric left over. And these scraps can end up saving the day and become beautiful pieces. To optimize your work when creating using these scraps, it is important to know how to manage your scraps. To help you with this, Gizoca’s blog has prepared a great post to teach you how to take care of it. Managing fabric scraps: We start a job separating the pattern, choosing the fabrics, ironing, cutting and sewing each one of them for a long time… In the end, besides a beautiful finished piece, we have some more fabric scraps for the “collection”. We are sure that in every workshop this happens! And it is precisely on this subject that Jeni Baker wrote in her Stitching Notes column for the latest issue (#9) of Love Patchwork & Quilting magazine (Future). She starts like this: “Time to face facts…you need a course in patchwork management!”. Many of you will certainly identify with this, so we decided to make an uncompromising translation of the text and share it here with the intention of bringing you some more precious tips and suggestions from those who understand the subject.

September Sun Quilt Pattern – Jinny Beyer Studio

“Fabric scraps – we all go through this inevitable part of the sewing process. When you start sewing you may not even be thinking about the possibility of the scraps, but the more you sew the more important it is to have a system for managing them. They can very quickly get a giant volume and take up a surprising amount of space! Storing fabric scraps is an issue that can be solved in many different ways. Many do a little bit of everything, from sorting by color and size to type of print. Lately, what has worked well for many is to simply separate them by print type: solid all together and the other prints stored together. However, the best way to store them depends on how you’re planning to use them, and that’s where a management system comes into play.

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!


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