Art Nook at Home: Creative Quilting

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
  1. Cut the fabric and padding to the same size. Layer the two woven pieces face to face, with the padding underneath.
  2. Stitch all three layers together around the edges, keeping a few inches unstitched on one side. Clip all four corners outside of the stitching.
  3. Use the unstitched gap to turn the fabric inside out so that the two woven pieces face outward. Stitch the open section closed.
  4. 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