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How to create functional and good looking quilts

Quilting is a creative and fun pastime that has been enjoyed for hundreds of years. If you are looking to design and make a quilt then you want it to be both functional and beautiful. If you are very experienced then you can choose to sew your quilt by hand but it is far more common to use a sewing machine to achieve the perfect good looking quilt. There are various factors that need to be considered in order to create your beautiful quilt.

Choosing the right fabrics

One of the most crucial things to consider is the fabrics you want to use. You may need to consider the existing colour schemes and decor within the room where the quilt will be used as the worst thing you could do is choose colours that don’t complement each other. However, you can choose a selection of fabric colours that harmonise with your decor and accent your existing style. The colours do not have to be exactly the same as this wouldn’t add anything to the room and your quilt may become lost in the decor.

As well as the colour of your fabric, you also need to consider the textures of the materials you use as well as the prints. The fabric style may really depend on what kind of design you are going for. Are you trying to create something glamorous and sensual for your boudoir? If this is the case then choose materials such as satin, velvety and velour type materials that shine and give off the impression you are looking for. However, if you are looking to create a quilt that is quite classic, pretty and very typically English then flowery prints in clean cotton fabrics are popular. Go for very clean and crisp materials.

Functionality

By planning the fabrics and colours you want to use, you are sure to create yourself a quilt that is functional to use. Quilting can be great fun but if you don’t think out the design before hand, you could end up with a quilt that is unattractive and remains unused by yourself or the person you are designing it for. Creating your own quilt design can be incredibly satisfying and can add a real touch of personalisation to your home.

Quilts are generally made by joining layers of fabrics together and the thickness of the quilt will be dependent upon the wadding you choose to use. Before you decide on the thickness of your quilt, you need to think about the function of your quilt. Is it more for aesthetics purposes to be placed at the end of a bed to add charm to your bedding or is it going to be used as your quilt.

Above all, as long as you consider the fabric style, colours, size and functionality, you should end up with a quilt that you can be proud of and get enjoyment from for many years to come.

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