10 Tips for Designing Quilts

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These days I’ve been drawn to the art of quilt making. Something about the slow and steady process has been soothing during this busy time of life. While many think the process starts at the cutting table, I actually like to focus on the design aspect. From sketch to stitch, every detail is important and it is easier than you think. To help others turn their creative ideas to life, I’ve put together a list of 10 tips for designing quilts.

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  1. Inspiration

Inspiration is everywhere including at your fingertips. From your smartphone to your latest adventure you just have to be open to finding it. For those that want to hunker down and scroll through a cornucopia of visual eye candy, Pinterest is your friend. With just one search you can find many fantastic ideas. I suggest you step outside the quilt-box for your searches. Consider looking at wallpaper, rugs, tile and more.  You can find/follow other boards that inspire you and even create a dedicated board for your designs.


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2. Finished Size

Quilts come in all different shapes and sizes but it is best to consider the end use for your quilt from the start. Here is the ultimate guide on quilt sizes.


Here are 10 tips for designing quilts at home. From sketch to stitch, every detail is important and it is easier than you think.

3. Designing with Graph Paper

Pick up that pencil and just start drawing. To keep things on scale, I suggest using graph paper. Graph paper comes in all different sizes and shapes. Depending on your design, you may want to consider branching beyond the basic square. Here is a printable bundle pack to get you started.


Here are 10 tips for designing quilts at home. From sketch to stitch, every detail is important and it is easier than you think.

4. Setting

Switching the direction of a standard quilt block can change the overall look and feel of any design. A few common layouts include:

  • Horizontal
  • On-Point
  • Variable Point
  • Horizontal or Vertical Stripe
  • Custom Set

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5. Borders & Sashing

If you’re looking for a way to frame your design, borders & sashing is the way to go! I like to think of these as a mat inside a picture frame. Not only does it help draw your attention to the design but it can also extend the size of your work.


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6. Backing

Quilts are double sided yet so many stitchers only focus the front and use a wide back fabric for the backside. If time allows, I encourage you to consider piecing your quilt back or adding an extra quilt block from the front design. This will really allow you to use the quilt on either side.


Here are 10 tips for designing quilts at home. From sketch to stitch, every detail is important and it is easier than you think.

7. Quilting

From hand tied knots to intricate long arming details, quilting is achievable at every skill level. The stitching of the sandwich layers is what holds everything together, adds dimension and an additional layer of artistic style. This layer of needlework can be done on a domestic machine or a special long-arm machine with frame.


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8. Binding Matters

After all of your layers are stitched together, it’s time to finish off your edges. Binding can be cut on straight grain or bias. This is determined by the shape of your quilt. For example: the natural stretch provided by the bias binding is typically used along a curved edge. Learn more about binding basics here.


From wall hangings to big quilts, it's important to label your work. The Sewing Loft9. Label

Your in the home stretch and ready to wrap up your quilt but before you do, I highly recommend you add a label to your quilt. Labeling your quilt is especially important if it is being given as a gift.


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10. Storing

You’ve designed this amazing quilt, stitched it to perfection and now, it’s time to think about where it will live when not in use. Here are some creative quilt storage ideas to help showcase your work for all to enjoy.

10 Tips for Designing Quilts

Now that you’ve got the basics of designing quilts down, it’s time to jump right in and get started. I suggest you download this free printable, grab your colored pencils and just start playing. It’s super fun and it you’re not careful might just become your next creative passion!

Here are 10 tips for designing quilts at home. From sketch to stitch, every detail is important and it is easier than you think.

 

 

 

 

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