Ideas for Quilts
Gathered from the QuiltNet &rec.crafts.quilting
Date: Mon, 6 Jun 1994 19:12:37
Subject: teeny tiny scraps
Another idea for those who cna not stand to throw away even the most
minute scrap(like me).
1) There was a quilt at the Mid Atlantic Quilt show in Williamsburg VA.
The technique used was to iron fusible web to a foundation of
material. Then take all those scraps and cover the foundatinon. Iron
and those that stay stay. Then I beleive she also did lots of machine
stiching with diff threads in crazy patterns. The effect was really
neat. She (I think it was a she) used all types of scraps in many
colors. The quilt it self was some sort of jungle or forest scene and
the scraps were in the lower foreground of the quilt.
2) I also like to take those 3/4" or less strips and weave them into
cloth using the method in the one of the latest American QUilter mags.
You iron fusible webbing onto a foundation then lay out strips in a row.
Then taking other strips you weave them(remember elementary school
placemats). When down iron to secure the weaving. I have made some pins
this way. I bet you could use this 'woven cloth'in blocks like a nine
patch etc.. It is also a nice effect
Date: Wed, 13 Jul 1994 08:19:38 MDT
Subject: Quilt with a bunch of squares
I was surprised at everyone's negative reaction to the quilt with
a bunch of random squares. I was glad when people started posting
positive ideas for the project. I think that with a little planning
and imagination, the quilt could be beautiful.
If you just can't bring yourself to do it, try a 9-patch. Have you
ever seen a radiant 9patch? You make a zillion (or more :-))
fairly small 9patch squares (two colors per square of the same
value/color) - the 9patches I made are about 4.5 inches square
That make each individual square about 1.5 inches.
You use as many fabrics as you can find (mine has 52 fabrics - 26
different squares and it's only a lap quilt). Make about 20% light
colored 9 patches, 30% medium, and 50% dark/very dark. You need a
lot more dark than light. The hardest part is picking the fabrics.
You pretty much need to visit every fabric source in your area and
always take the fabrics you've already chosen with you.
When the patches are done, you lay them out with light fabrics just
off center, put medium around them, then the dark. You don't do
this in lines/patterns. The progression from light to dark should
look random. It's not easy - took me two weeks to get the squares
where I wanted them. My family had to give up the living room floor.
The result is a beautiful quilt - random yet coordinated/organized.
There are tricks to it's construction (strip quilting/piecing/ironing)
that make it come together better. I took a class. There was a book
but I can't find it. The book calls for 1/2" seams, but we used
quarter inch seams.
The only drawback (IMO) is that the quilt will probably need to be
machine quilted - I can't imagine hand quilting through all those
Simulating the Sky in a Quilt
Date: Mon, 18 Jul 1994 10:44:10 PDT
Subject: Sky Fabric Summary
The responses to the sky fabric suggestions fell into roughly 3 categories:
1. Randomly piece 2" squares of blue fabric
2. Strip piece, adjusting to your satisfaction for shading
3. Bargello piece with blues to create a "moving" feeling to the sky
1. Graduated Whole Fabric ( Slowly feed fabric into a dye bath a
section at a time. When complete, you should end up with a piece of fabric in
graduated shades of blue from light to dark)
2. Spray Bottle Dyeing
a. Use colored dyes in spray bottles on white or light blue to
achieve the desired result.
b. Use bleach or other color remover to lighten or whiten blue
3. Paint with white on blue to shade and create clouds
1. Use a solid blue and quilt in texture (clouds, etc)
2. Use a solid blue (timesaver)
3. Several suggestions for "sky colored" fabrics already on the market.
By far the most popular fabric suggested was "painted desert" by Hoffman.
Date: Wed, 13 Jul 1994 14:18:27 EDT
Subject: making those dreaded ruffles
Here is a suggestion for making ruffles. A method which I have used in
I use 'invisable' elastic. Cut the elastic the length of the finished piece
[the length of the quilt]. Do some quartering of both the elastic and the
ruffle fabric - mark the center, quarters, eights whatever. Pin the elastic
and ruffle fabric at the marks. Put the needle in, through both, and STRETCH
to the next pin; stitch [I use a zig zag stitch here]. This should result in
an evenly ruffled piece.
If you are into clothing construction, this works well for gathering sleeves
etc. especially on 'rabbit and bear cloths!
Hope this hint helps eliminate your hatred of ruffles.
Quick Log Cabin Quilt
Date: Thu, 21 Jul 1994 18:35:44
Subject: batting foundation quilt
I made my daughter a log cabin quilt using the technique of piecing it directly
to the batting, but not the backing. She wanted something fast, to take away
to college and I wanted it to be "sturdy". Each block was pieced to a square of
bonded batting that was about 2" bigger than the block because as was noted
before they do get a bit off kilter, but you can trim the excess batting and
they are fine. I drew a diagonal line from corner to corner on each batting
piece to find the center where I began the flip and sew process. When the
blocks were done I sewed them in vertical strips. I cut the backing in one
piece and lay the first strip face up along one edge of the backing, then the
second strip face down on the first strip and pinned through all layers, then
stitched along the inside edge of the strips through all layers, flipped the
second strip over and sewed the third strip on top of it as I had the second.
I continued to flip and sew the strips of blocks until the thing was together,
then went back and sewed in the ditch through all layers along the horizontal
seams. So, the front was completely quilted down to the batting and the back
was quilted around the blocks, which works pretty well. I had been skeptical
of this method, but it worked *great* for what I needed for that quilt. My
daughter loves it and I think it looks awfully good for a "quickie". Oh, one
more thing--you do need to be able to lay the quilt out flat and smooth each
time you add another strip of blocks to the backing and pin, pin, pin!
Date: 94-07-24 12:52:40 EDT
I learned a technique in a class called Origami Stars. We sewed
light interfacing to the back of a circle, adhesive side facing the fabric,
slashed the back of the interfacing,
turned it and brought 4 edges of the circle toward the center to make a diamond.
Attach the diamnds together to make a star. Magic! the front AND back of the star
is ready to attach to another star for a summer quilt, etc. This technique was
taught to me by Anna Marie Tucker of the Haybarn in Summit, NY. I love it :-)