Follow these simple rules to create your own perfect patchwork quilt.
If you have ever contemplated making a patchwork quilt the following tips will help you achieve a more professional finish.
A quilt is a combination of three or four layers of fabric filled with cotton or fibre which is a great way to keep you warm in the winter.
Each patchwork quilt is unique to the individual pattern. Traditionally patchwork quilts were made by cutting pieces of material to required sizes and then sewing them together.
Nowadays there are companies who specialise in creating bespoke patchwork quilts and quilt kits that you can buy complete with all the materials you need.
It is essential that when you start to create your patchwork quilt that you cut the material with care. To avoid any kind of imperfection in the quilt pattern, always cut edges straight when you start cutting strips of a cloth. When you are working with a ruler to make a patchwork pattern, ensure that you measure the edges with folds. This avoids any unnecessary folds.
Ironing is an important part of the project when it comes to quilting and planning a patchwork pattern. Make sure that you iron the fabric before joining any piece to your patchwork. This helps to keep the seam straight and avoids wrinkles in the fabric.
Also it is important to press the seams of your patchwork quilt. This will ensure a more professional finish and mean there is less pressure on the joins in the fabric.
Make sure the seams are ironed in the opposite direction. This will make the work of stitching them together easier as all the edges and seams will fall in line and thus it won’t affect the patchwork pattern. Be especially careful while stitching the border of the quilt, as having properly stitched border can hide any flaws in the patchwork.
If you are machine quilting straight lines, always use a walking foot. This draws the top fabric through the machine at the same rate as the bottom fabric so there is no warping or wrinkling of the fabric. Always start quilting from the centre of the quilt and work towards the outside. As the patchwork quilt gets bigger you will then have more flexibility when you get to the edge of the quilt. This also avoids being left with awkward little areas to quilt that are also more likely to be puffy and wrinkled.
Use a slightly larger stitch length when quilting to accommodate the batting and backing fabric. This will make your patchwork patterns look perfect.
Binding can be cut on the straight grain of the fabric – you only have to cut it on the bias if you are binding curves or wavy edges. However, when making continuous binding, sew your pieces together on the bias, not perpendicular. This will make your patchwork pattern align properly and it will fall in a place where you expected it to fall.