Patterns and Templates

Quilting and Sewing Patterns help get the perfect cut with many templates to choose from.

american quilt flagDepending on your experience with Quilting/Patchwork there are many patterns to choose from and I found it overwhelming as all patterns looked difficult when I first started. I found a pattern that I liked and used for many projects. I started off making small projects until I felt more confident and then started making my own patterns and doing larger projects and started getting compliments over my designs. It gave me such confidence to do more complex designs and create my own patterns. We will guide you through pattern choices where to go to acquire them, and give instructions on color and fabric choices and much more.

When first starting it can become overwhelming on what to choose.  I was advised to start on a small project first and work up from there. There are many things that the beginner can start off with for example place mats, runners, and small pot mats. My family all got my placemats with all the mistakes and loved them. There are no rules when it comes to pattern/designs on quilting.  It is your choice and be bold with patterns and colors unless you are following a pattern go for it or then you follow the design.

Copyright Rules

I do not know a lot about copyright rules and have heard and read many versions of this.  This is a paragraph I found from the Studio Art Quilt Associates. 

 

A copyright is a form of legal protection granted by the legal system to protect the original work of individuals. According to the Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA), “Works eligible for protection under copyright include patterns, diagrams and instructions for making quilts, written materials that talk about quilts and the making of quilts, and quilt designs, regardless of whether those designs appear in a pattern or diagram for the quilt, in a software program that lets the user make the quilt, or in the quilt itself.”

 

Choosing your project

quilting patterns

Just remember we are all individuals and have our own ideas on what we like. I asked myself what will be the best thing about this quilt. It could be a color or fabric.  Before starting on your project you need to know what the quilt will be used for.  If it is for a student who is going away to college then you will want it to be practical and not spend too much time on it and use more sturdier fabrics. Doing one for your bed or wall hanging you would spend more time on.

There are many books out there to assist you in making your own designs but I have met many quilters who make their own designs by mixing and matching fabrics. Remember do not use big patterns if you are going to be doing smaller squares as you will lose the look of the pattern.

Deciding on Patterns

patterns for quilting and patchworkThere is no right or wrong when it comes to patterns. We are all individuals and have our like and dislikes in patterns. When starting out it is easier to use big squares and as you become more confident bring in smaller squares with different patterns and designs. Do not use big patterns for small squares as you lose the content of the pattern.  It can become overwhelming deciding on a pattern but there are many books out there to assist you. Going to a craft class and using  You tube also has a lot to offer and I must say I have learned a lot of new skills with this 

Today you can use a selection of patterns that you like and marry them together with solid colors and applique.  It is what you want, just remember to keep the pattern appropriate to the size of the square that you are using.

I remember reading about how you can look around your home for ideas and designs and she said find different shape of boxes and bring them into your design

Fabric cuts

fabric cuts for quiltingThere are many cuts in quilting listed below is some of them.

Basic straight cut.  Press fabric with hand to ensure all creases are out if need be, use an iron. Place an edge on a line on your cutting board and using a rotary cutter and ruler cut along the line and do this on all side and you will have straight edges. I remember a quilting tutor saying every quilter should do this even just for the experience.

Fussy cut.  Using one pattern fabric and cutting out a square as big as you want and sewing in into another square as that you have the same design all over the quilt. Eg cutting a doll and sewing it on each square in the quilt. I loved doing this but it did take me a long time.

Cutting your own template. Decide on what design you want and trace it onto paper. Trace it on to harder paper to cut around or on to transfer paper (make sure that all lines are straight) that you will be able to iron onto the fabric. I have made many of my own templated but you can buy a large selection of templates if you are not confident to do your own. 

I save all my scraps of fabric and cut small squares to make baby quilts or small bags or pouches.  The designs are that there is nothing matching in pattern and it looks good.

Whether Sewing Machine or Hand Quilting remember, it is to have fun. You can learn a lot from the experience of others whether it be in books, on you tube or attending workshops and listening to experienced quilters. I went to many workshops and found each one different and learned a lot of different methods in quilting.