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Begin Quilting

05 June 2014 09:00

When I attended the Knitting and Stitching Show back in March, I saw a demonstration by Elizabeth Betts of a quick and simple way of making a quilt. She used a rotary cutter and acrylic ruler to cut same-sized square patches very quickly. Then she arranged the patches to her satisfaction, before sewing them together, first each row, then sewing the rows together.


As it happened, some of the fabric I'd just been printing was in co-ordinating colours, so I decided to have a go. I cut nine 5” patches and stitched them together, following Liz's instructions. (Did you know that you can buy a foot for your sewing machine which incorporates a seam guide, making it easier to sew identical seams, when making a quilt?)  In no time at all, I had a cushion cover top. Now I just need to get some wadding, so that I can quilt the top! I might try one of Liz's quick suggestions – use buttons to hold the different layers together, like the quilt on the front of her book. 

You can get full instructions for this, and other, quilts in her book 'Beginner's Guide to Quilting'


One of the advantages of designing your own fabric is being able to choose your colours, and co-ordinate your designs. Great for quilt-making! You could also use a photo or special design as a centre-piece for a quilt.

If you haven't tried quilt-making before, a cushion cover, or mug rug is a good, small project to start with.  There are lots of gorgeous designs to choose from.  I've put a selection on my Pinterest board 'Crafty Sewing Ideas'.