How To Make A Quilt

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Are you ready for an awesome journey in quilting??? This is such a wonderful pastime to be involved in – not only to create beautiful things for our homes but to give as gifts to cherished friends & bless those around us who have been through tragedy or tough times. What a wonderful way to let everyone know that we care! There are so many worthy causes out there right now to donate fabric or other supplies, finished quilts, your time…the list is only limited by what you are willing to give! Why not check out a guild or quilt shop in your area & see if you can make a difference in the life of someone who would really appreciate your quilts?

In the meantime, let’s get started on how to make your first quilt - whether you decide to keep it or not is up to you!

Choosing fabric (my favorite part):

Start with a pattern. This design may be from a book, magazine, or a pattern purchased from a quilt shop. FYI - the fabrics used in the pattern will likely no longer be available. More fun for you! You get to make your own, unique version. Instead of making an exact replica, look at the VALUE of the fabrics chosen – light, medium & dark. It may help to make a photocopy of your pattern photograph to determine this. Now go to your local Quilt Shop & find a print that has lots of colour that you absolutely LOVE! This will be your focus fabric. How many fabrics do you need to complete the project? Note what the supply list recommends then assign each fabric listed with a fabric #1, 2, 3, etc. in order to use the colours you will choose based on your focus fabric (which may not be the same as the pattern). Use the selvage edge information to help make your selections. Remember to stack the fabrics in a mock up of how much each will be used to get a better idea of how they work together. Look at the stack from a distance. Discard what isn’t working & add more. Keep on until you have the right combination of values to give your project interest & depth. Buy a little extra of each fabric – just in case you decide to make the project bigger! Go home, hide the bill & get ready for another adventure!

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4 Responses to How To Make A Quilt

  1. Judy Borton says:

    I would love to do this.

  2. Laurel says:

    I’ve never quilted but just received a wonderful handmade quilt for a wedding present, which will be treasured for years to come.

  3. My favourite part too – hence the closet full of fabric!!! However, no quilt yet – I’m inspired now, though. Love your blog!

  4. Claire says:

    Love your blog! I really want to make a quilt, a few more posts and I’ll be out buying fabric!