In today’s Art Nook at Home, we’re taking inspiration from our current staircase feature: the St. Albert Quilters Guild’s 40th Anniversary Quilt. Here we’ll show you how to make a decorative or functional quilt of any size without needing a long-arm quilting machine. A quilt is usually composed of 2 layers of fabric with padding in between, joined together with rows of stitching.
What you’ll need:
- 2 pieces of woven fabric
- A padding layer (fleece works great, or reuse an old sweater, blanket, or towel)
- Sharp scissors or shears
- Needle and thread or a sewing machine
- A large sewing needle
- Embroidery thread or yarn
- Your choice of embellishments like ribbon, beads, buttons, fabric scraps, pockets from old shirts
- Cut the fabric and padding to the same size. Layer the two woven pieces face to face, with the padding underneath.
- Stitch all three layers together around the edges, keeping a few inches unstitched on one side. Clip all four corners outside of the stitching.
- Use the unstitched gap to turn the fabric inside out so that the two woven pieces face outward. Stitch the open section closed.
- For a decorative quilt, add any embellishments you’d like. Be sure to stitch through all 3 layers of fabric to create a quilted texture.
For a functional quilt, try hand-tying:
- Using embroidery thread or yarn with a large sewing needle, choose a spot to stitch through all 3 layers of fabric. Keep 1-2 inches of thread as a tail, stitch a tack into the fabric, then tie the two thread ends together into a knot. Repeat several times across the quilt surface.
- Add decorative elements: Consider stitching knots on the corners or around the edges of your quilt to create fringe. Add decorative stitching around the edges, sew on a fun ribbon or any embellishments you’d like.
Your quilt is complete! Share photos of your finished projects with us, tagging @artgalleryofstalbert