Patchwork Throws In Focus

original_patchwork-quiltFor patchwork quilt and throws, gather together all your patchwork fabric pieces. Try to have them of the same weight if possible. Thick and thin fabrics will not work well together and can give you problems when the quilt needs washing. If using a cotton fabric, it would be an idea to wash the cotton fabric first. Not all cotton fabrics are pre-shrunk.

The best fabric for your first attempt would be a man made fabric, polyester is a very good fabric. It keeps its freshness and doesn’t shrink in the wash. If you intend to have the quilt dry cleaned, the above will not apply.

Patchwork throws are throws with an upper layer of fabric, which is comprised of numerous small pieces of material. These pieces are sewn together in an interconnecting design. Throws like these are popular with people the world over, and textile museums have lots of historical examples of patchwork designs. In the old days, patchwork throws were hand pieced, usually by teams of women, and many throw makers still hand sew to this day. Nonetheless, most modern throws are made using sewing machines.

To make patchwork throws, you have to gather scraps of material. You can get these from old clothes, other sewing projects, or use material supplied from friends and relatives. Based on your preferences, you could include various shapes and sizes, or keep all the pieces the same size. To avoid any problems with the shape/symmetry of the throw, consider how you will form the pieces into a coherent design.

Ideally, you should have a minimum of six patterns. Search craft books and the web for patterns that fit your tastes. Alternatively, invent your own by visualizing how your throw will look.

To make a simple pillow quilt, cut five inch squares that are serged up three sides. Then, lightly stuff these and lay the side of one square over the side of another, before sewing down that edge. Keep adding more squares until a strip is formed. Lie the strip on your bed to gauge how many you require, depending on your bed’s size. Afterwards, create additional strips and sew these together. Remember to blow your machine out periodically, otherwise the machine could become clogged up with lint.

To make a handmade garden flower throw, cut hexagon shapes out for different coloured flowers, then string these on a thread in small stacks. This will keep the bits for every block together. You can add embroidered flower designs, once the layers are basted. It is best to use quilting stitch stencils and mark the design on the middle hexagon. You can complete the throw by hand sewing a quarter inch outline stitch round each of the partial and full hexagons. It is only necessary to use a machine for sewing when you attach the binding.