June 26, 2011
HOW TO create a signature quilt
Signature quilts begin with an inspiration
and desire to share a theme ,
a landmark celebration,
or a beloved collection .
Once you have a purpose , then you need to a group of participants.
How many are willing to make a square ?
Can anyone sew ?
Does anyone have time to sew or learn?
Will you do the majority of the assembly ?
Or can you hire someone whose passion is quilting ?
Take the time to look though some books.
Many talented quilt authors have assembled
ideas and examples in books and on the web ,
that might spark you.
maybe with scrap sashing , with or without
Consider using precuts charm squares to save time.
Confident quilters can consider a traditional friendship block,
or a simple paper pieced block.
Most important is ensuring that there are enough squares for the quilt
and that they are all the same size.
Distributed your squares, fabric or blocks with very clear instructions.
Mark “no write” seam allowance
or provide frames to center and trace .
For less stretch and tug when drawing , iron on
freezer paper .
Mention NOT to write on the paper side, but the fabric side.
“Do not underestimate how your carefully crafted instructions will get misinterpreted!”
For more fun, and control, assemble a party and create together .
encourage practice of signatures and quotes
with Y&C FabricMate fabric pens
or our favourite
Fabrico pens .
Try Lumiere for printing or painting
They are the easiest to use…we highly recommend them !
Signatures or further embellishment can be done with with Lecien floss,
and new Sparkles thread.
Use a hoop and try a simple
Colour and symbols can be added with
basically a fabric collage using Steam a Seam ,
or needle and thread.
The more complex the embellishment and construction of individual squares,
the greater the challenges when piecing together.
Blocks may need some sorting
Once your squares are consistent
make your plan
and sew your top, block to block ,
and row by row, to assemble the top.
Sandwich together the layers,
then tie ,
or machine quilt .
Bind the edges,
and enjoy !