We know the New Year comes with resolutions that we tend not to keep *cough* the diet *cough* but we have an addicting yet fulfilling solution to that, patchwork quilting!
Patchwork quilting is the perfect hobby to begin if you would like to take some time out for yourself and forget about every day struggles that you may face in life. It can be as simple or as challenging as you would like it to be but the end result is always worth it. The great thing about patchwork quilting is that you don’t have to necessarily have a lot of sewing skills to start. It’s perfect for all abilities.
What we love about quilting here at From Rags to Stitches is that it’s yours and no one elses. Right from the get go, that project is exclusive to you which immediately adds sentimental value to it as no one else will have a quilt just like it. Unlike shopping on the high street, you can feel immense pride in your creation knowing that it is yours and yours only.
Along with the individuality of the quilt, the process is satisfying and therapeutic. Day to day life throws many stresses at us that we usually can’t avoid. However patchwork quilting is relaxing and allows you to have some much needed me time. However you don’t have to fly solo when quilting as it’s a nice activity to do with a group of like minded people. We offer weekly workshops which allow you to do just this. Some of our ladies have made life long friends with one another through our classes.
To start patchwork quilting you will need:
- A sewing machine which has a variable stitch length
- 1/4 inch foot
- Walking foot
- Rotary cutter
- Cutting mat
- Fabric (we suggest 100% cotton as it’s far nicer)
If you have never made a patchwork quilt before then don’t be disappointed if the project isn’t as accurate as you would’ve liked it to be. The whole process is about learning a new skill and like anything in life practice makes perfect. We would suggest to start simple if you haven’t done it before as there’s nothing worse than being overly adventurous and getting frustrated with a project because you can’t finish it. However if you start simple you can then work your way up to making something more complicated once you have built your skill set up.