• Sharon Prigan

Not so classical quilting

One of the annual projects that my young sewing students have is to sew a bed sized patchwork quilt for themselves.





They get to choose fabric squares, stitch them together, back, topstitch quilted lines and then bind into a quilt which they take home and keep.



Choosing fabrics
Choosing fabrics


I provide most of the fabrics, upcycled sheets and clothing but they have to bring a few personal pieces to incorporate into the quilt.


They have 2 options, they can either stich a rag quilt with flannel batting, or a squares quilt with a fleece or flannel backing.



Working on her rag quilt
Working on her rag quilt


I find that some of the older students prefer the rag quilts and the younger ones, the squares quilts.



Laying over fleece backing
Laying over fleece backing

Pinning the binding corners


Quilt binding
Binding

Top stitching the binding down


Top stitching the binding
Top stitching the binding


I think they choose the squares because there are no hard and fast rules, they don't have to line the corners up and can join the quilt in a random manner, as wild as that gets. The top is then backed, quilting lines run over it, some do more and some do less, then it is squared up before backing and binding.



Wavy quilting lines
Wavy quilting lines


Happy with her pastel quilt
Happy with her pastel quilt

Some of them make many random magic squares and then add those to their chosen color mix.



Abstract color mix
Abstract color mix

Cleaning threads before backing and quilting.


Cleaning threads
Cleaning threads


Quilted and bound
Quilted and bound

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