I have the solid conviction that the world would be a better place if more people picked up needle and thread to make a quilt. This would solve two things:
- Quilting is very calming and gives such a sense of accomplishment that nobody will feel the urge to fight each other anymore.
- You can use scraps of fabric, which will greatly diminish the amount of waste, which is good for the environment.
So why don’t you pick up the needle and threat to try out quilting for yourself with this tutorial? If I turn out to be wrong about its problem-solving powers, you will not have lost anything, but rather have gained a nice piece of work to put on your wall. And that’s never a bad thing.
If anything is unclear or if you want to show what you came up with leave a comment and I’ll help/applaud, depending on appropriateness. I’d love to see what people come up with!
Quilt tutorial: how to quilt your own awesome star*
This tutorial is originally written for a project at Deviantart. I am a member of a group called ‘project educate‘ which’ aim it is to spread knowledge of all the different aspect of art and being an artist you can think of. This tutorial was my contribution to the artisan craft week. I want to share the tutorial here as well because the more people start quilting the better. I’ve rewritten and shortened it a bit, so if you want to read the whole thing you’ll have to go to my Deviantart account. There is much more artwork, especially WIP photos, there anyway so it’s worth a visit nonetheless.
The tutorial is meant for absolute beginners. I suggest that the experienced quilters go out and find an ignorant family member and make them read this article to learn. Another article I contributed to that week was ‘an interview with a quilter’. My job for that one was coming up with the questions. Check it out! The interviewee, ChaosFay is very talented and deserves more attention. Here is her website: ChaosFay website.
*and become a quilt star!
The quilt tutorial
The star in this tutorial is made with the patchwork technique. That is one of the basic and easiest techniques. The technique is very accessible and has served me well for many years. And you’ll see: once you get the hang of the basic patchwork technique, a whole new world full of fabric and sewing possibilities will open up to you!
Quilting materials needed
- Graph paper + pen
- Fabric scissors
- Thread, ideally a colour matching one of the fabrics
- Teaspoon or iron
Basic information about the pattern
- The pattern I’ve given is 16 x 16 centimetre. However, because it’s drawn on graph paper you can make it as big or small as you want (bigger is easier). Also, people who work with inches will be able to draw out the pattern on their own graph paper. To make that easier there are some distance markers on the pattern. Turn your head to the left to read them.
- For fabric, you can use any two fabrics that match well together. Contrasting fabrics are best. For beginners, I recommend something non-stretchy and cotton. I’ve used obvious colours for a star, but go as crazy as you want!
- Yellow in my drawing is the ‘star fabric’ and the light blue is the ‘background fabric’.
- 0.5 centimetre is not the same as 1/4 inch. However, both numbers are used, so go with what works for you. You are fine when it doesn’t get much smaller than 0.5 centimetres. When I say 0.5, the inch people can simply think 1/4 inch.
- Have fun! That’s what it’s all about!
The ten steps to quilt
- 8 x A on your star fabric
- 8x B on your background fabric
- 4 x C on the background fabric
- 1 x D on the star fabric.
What to do with the finished quilt block?
- It’s your first quilt, and that is never a failure! So go and experiment and do what feels good.
- Perfection is only for people who have been in this business for 30 + years and quilt for the queen, but even then I would argue that point.
- Post a picture of your star!
- Have fun!
Would you like to know more?
Now, my lovely people, I’ve got nothing left to say. Go out into the world and quilt!
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