There is a lot of confusion when it comes to patchwork and quilting. More often than not, people assume that it is the same thing. In fact, nothing can be farther from the truth as they two entirely different crafting techniques. To be clear, patchwork can be part of quilting but is an art form in its own right. This is because the craft entails putting together different fragments of fabric which will ultimately form a distinct pattern. These patterns can then be used for different types of projects including quilting.
Basic Patchwork Kit
Like with any other art form, you will need a basic set of equipment before you can get started. Listed below are the necessary components of your patchwork kit:
- Rotary cutter
- Self-healing mat
- Quilting ruler
- Mechanical pencil
Once you have these basic tools in your possession, you can now start working on different kinds of fabric. The best thing about this art form is that you don’t have to spend much on the materials. In fact, it would be preferable if you used older materials for your project. So, consider recycling some of your shirts and give it new life.
Like with any other hobby, getting good at quilting takes time, effort, and practice. That said, you may need to start slow and learn the ropes. That said, here are a couple of tips to remember while you are starting out:
- Start with simple quilt patterns – For your first projects, you should consider starting with simple quilt patterns. This means following quilt patterns with large pieces. These are incredibly easy and will teach you the fundamentals well enough as there is less room for error. Moreover, quilts with larger pieces can be finished much more quickly.
- Start with squares and rectangles – This may seem like oddly specific advice but it makes sense. This is because square and rectangular pieces are much simpler and easier to put together. You’ll find that more complex shapes like triangles will make everything that much harder.
- Use Pre-cut pieces – There is no shame in using pre-cut pieces for your quilt. In fact, you are doing yourself a favor.
These are just a couple of tips to remember for beginners. Take your time and get used to the process. Keep in mind that rushing into overly-complex projects may ultimately leave you overwhelmed and frustrated.