What is Patchwork Quilting ?

 

 

 Quilting has been increasingly popular in recent times as one of the hottest DIY craft today. Quilting is not a new trend, in fact, women has been quilting since centuries ago. Quilting is an immensely satisfying past time which is addictive too!

 A patchwork quilt is an item of bedding made of three basic elements. The quilt top, the middle layer of wadding or batting and the quilt back. These three elements are then quilted or stitched together so that the inner layer stays in place.

 The quilt top is the most decorative and is made up of different pieces or patches of fabric that form intricate patterns.

 

 

 Once upon a time quilts were created for necessity but today creating quilts has become an art form and gifted quilters are known as Fabric Artists. Not only bed quilts, but quilted clothes and wall hangings as well.

    The materials required are available from hundreds of 'Patchwork Quilt Shops' nationwide by both visiting or mail order. If you can best visit to see the large range of colours and patterns available.

If you keep checking you magazine and the internet you can get a list of big exhibitions which are a great day out and often organized by clubs giving you the oppotunity to go at a bargain price.

When working on your patchwork projects you need a good flat surface so an ideal place is the dining room table. Best location is with pleanty of natural light to help when working with colours and fine threads.

The techniques required can be found from monthly magazines, web sites, and DVD but by far the best way to learn is to join a local Patchwork club which can be found on the internet or from your local supplier.  Some shops even run their own classes so always ask around when next in you local shop.

The basic way of joining the patches together is to add 1/4 inch all around the 'patch' to the finished size required and this 1/4 inch is where the pieces are sew together. It is them ironed flat with the flap of material folded back under the material. see below

 

 

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