Quilt Me!: Using inspirational fabrics to create over 20 beautiful quilts
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An exciting new title from the leading quilt author, Quilt Me! celebrates Jane Brockets liberated, joyous, colourful approach to quilting using wonderful fabrics and simple shapes and patterns to create stunning effects. Taking inspirational fabrics as its starting point, the book explores not only the designs available in cotton, made-for-the-market quilt/patchwork fabrics, but also moves into a new realm of alternative fabrics that can be used to make beautiful, practical, usable quilts. It is as if a quilt-maker has walked into the haberdashers of her dreams and has explored the many possibilities that traditional fabrics offer, fabrics such as ticking, linen, gingham, tweed, tartan, suiting, shirting, velvet, silk and calico. With clear instructions for a fantastic variety of quilts, Quilt Me! recreates the excitement, known to all quilters, of rummaging through a new stash of fabrics. The author describes the joy to be found in a wonderful colour scheme, design or pattern, as well as the aesthetic and practical advantages of making the most of what we find in traditional fabric shops and in our textile heritage, finding alternatives to quilt cottons, and casting a new eye over fabrics made for other purposes such as clothes, curtains, upholstery and interior decoration.
cent cotton quilting thread, or cotton perlé 8 (I used cotton perlé 8 in gunmetal grey). A suitable needle for hand-quilting (I used a sashiko needle). Finished measurements 60 × 80in (150 × 200cm) DIRECTIONS Notes: all seam allowances are �in (5mm) unless otherwise stated. Cut out the fabrics across the width of the quilt so that you get the design to show as it would on a bolt. Cut out as you go: don’t cut out all the strips at once until you see what is working well and what is less
with the backing fabric and that picks out details or blocks of colour in the top. As this is tough fabric to stitch, use a strong, sharp needle, and make each knot separately. 9 Trim the backing so that it is 2½in (6cm) larger all round than the quilt top. Trim the wadding so that it is 1in (2.5cm) larger all round than the quilt top. 10 Working along each edge of the quilt top in turn, fold the backing fabric over the outer edge of the quilt top, then turn under the raw edge. Pin in place as
quite enough. It would be a lazy rather than a decisive way of buying fabrics, and I knew I would later regret many such purchases. Instead, my collection is actually more of a holding place for fabrics that I know I shall definitely use. Some quilters do have wonderful, enormous stashes that they manage and use cleverly, but you should never be pressurised or deceived into thinking that a huge stash automatically produces lovely quilts. It is the way you use your stash that counts. As for
contains only the places I buy from and am happy to recommend. SHOPS AND WEBSITES IN LONDON London is still an amazing place to buy fabric, especially if you are looking to go beyond lightweight quilting cottons. Many specialist fabric shops are still managing to survive and there is a brilliant mix of traditional shops that have been catering to specific trades for years and years, and new, modern places that have been set up to meet the needs of creative stitchers, quilters, sewers and crafty
of six to eight ‘fillers’ and ‘solids’ (fabrics with very small patterns or no pattern at all). Or, if you are making the whole quilt with an assortment of fabrics, you will need a total of 3½yd (3.25m) of fabrics, 42in (110cm) wide (see Fabric suggestions). Backing: you will need 3½yd (3.25m) of fabric, 42in (110cm) wide. Binding: you will need 15in (38cm) of fabric, 42in (110cm) wide. You will also need A piece of wadding 3–4in (8–10cm) larger all round than the quilt top; I used 100 per