Quilts come in all shapes and sizes. The formula for corner triangles is: Queen Size flat sheet. There are so many good ones out there too.
However, the idea that I had no heritage would still resurface occasionally and weigh on my little adolescent heart. Originally, these pieces started simply and were the result of a functional approach to saving old scraps of discarded fabric.
The evolution of the patchwork quilt began with the first settlers and continued to grow as colonization expanded in the s. Quiltmakers broadened their designs from simple scraps to geometric patterns created through a series of blocks, giving this new type of quilt a distinctly American expression.
In the years between and thousands of quilts were pieced, patched and sewn together. Thankfully for us, some of those quilts are still preserved today. These early quilts provide a glimpse into the history of quilting as well as a story of what life was like during the inception of the United States. Much has changed in the textiles industry over the last few centuries.
The fabrics we use in modern quilts have most definitely evolved, but a lot of the same quilt patterns we now see came from those early quiltmakers.
Immigrants to America brought framed medallion style quiltmaking techniques with them. These quilts were popular in the late 18th century. However, quiltmakers in Europe and Britain continued to prefer making these quilts well beyond that time. Medallion quilts have made a modern resurgence — some even playing with A-symetry. The above quilt was made by Gwen Marston. See more of her quilts in her book, Liberated Medallion Quilts. It is a traditional medallion quilt using Civil War reproduction fabrics.
Below is a medallion quilt I created featuring unicorns, snails, birds and a tiny little 2" princess right in the middle. Check out The Modern Medallion Workbook for beautiful modern medallion patterns!
Quilting thrived during the Great Depression. Surprisingly, some of the brightest most cheerful quilts came from one of the darkest periods in American history. Quilting was an activity that allowed women to be creative and social while still making something practical for their families. Quilts from the are very distinct and recognizable.
Blocks typically used solid colors as background fabrics — creams, yellows, pinks and light blues. The quilting tradition in Gee's Bend went back to the 19th century, when the community was the site of a cotton plantation. Perhaps influenced in part by patterned African textiles, female slaves pieced together strips of cloth to make bedcovers. Throughout the years and into the 20th century, Gee's Bend women made quilts to keep themselves and their children warm in unheated shacks that lacked running water, telephones and electricity.
Pettway, Cotton 84" x 69". I would find myself googling it all the time! I also like your stories and grammar. I have made a quilt for each of our 8 children and used my own design and some from magazines and other ideas.
I have become the goto sewer for relatives near me to repair clothing and such. I have made table runners, wrist bands of key holders, Christmas tree folded napkins and other assorted items. I have my husband making machine embroidered items such as in the hoop projects. So your sewing straight stitches is impressive to me! Thanks for all the helpful information.
I want to make a handmade homemade quilt so bad. I will be a newbie for sure. Do you have any helpful information for me as a beginner in quilting. I have a queen sized bed and my son has a double bed. I have a brothers sewing machine. It has a quilters foot with the machine so it is quilt compatible.
Thanks for all your help in advance. Loved reading through it … I am from India and traditional Indian quilting is a very very old tradition here and different parts of India make distinctly different types of quilts. Thanks so much and I would love for you to guest post. Could you send me an email about what you would like to write about? Thank you for sharing with me on Pinterest!
I enjoyed reading and looking at what you have posted! I have been looking for a chart on the sizes of quilts for a long time. I really like what you have done. Were you an English major, by any chance? What a sweet compliment! Definitely not an English major; just an art major with a deep dread of all writing assignments. I come from a family of writers and spent most of my school days manipulating one family member or another into writing for me. Then what would you say? The commas get me every time.
My sister has an excellent grasp of grammar. Thanks for all the great information about quilting. I am a beginner and would like to make a rag quilt for a baby. Can you help me? To make a Suzy — Your suggestion to Eve is off by a bit. Your math forgot to include seam allowances if using a charm pack.
I am from India and traditional Indian quilting is a very very old tradition here and different parts of India make distinctly different types of quilts.. I, too, enjoyed reading something literate as well as interesting. Good use of photographs to illustrate your points, too. I hope your blog is monetized. You deserve to be paid for your hard work. Appreciate that and have just started dabbling in monetization.
If you have any tips, let me know! I look quite often as to quilt sizes, but the problem I have is I have a California king bed and I have never found quilt patterns for that size of bed maybe Cal King is just a west coast thing! Are you looking for an extra long twin size quilt pattern? If so, and since that is not a typical quilt size found in patterns, I would suggest using the dimensions found in this blog post and altering a quilt pattern to fit.
A simple way to do that is using a pattern that uses the same block as a repeat — eg. Good luck and happy sewing! I have a few longarm quilters that I recommend. Melissa of Sew Shabby Quilting is wonderful and so fast. Crinklelove is also wonderful for all-over patterns. And Mary of See Mary Quilt is a genius at custom quilting.
I made my husband a couch quilt which is a big hit. What size do you suggest I cut my squares? That really depends on how many squares you would like to cut — the larger the squares, the fewer to cut and sew.
How wide do you start with the fabric? I am asking for any advice on a quilting machine I can get. I am fairly new to quilting but would like to quilt my own. I am not interested in having a long arm as mt space is really limited. But I do not know how to investigate other options. I would really appreciate any advice or suggestions I can get.
A lot of domestic sewing machines have an extra long throat space and really great quilting stitch options. This amazing free motion feature regulates tension and stitch width with such amazing accuracy, you can feel like a free-motion pro without really being one.
You may want to check it out — https: Let me know if you have any more questions and feel free to email — suzy suzyquilts. Very useful information, many thanks for sharing….! Love the quilts, btw — fabulous…. I have to chuckle about you story on your heritage.
I went through the same thing. I never could figure out why the adults would burst I to laughter when I told them that. I have a question if someone could please help me. My aunt and I are making a baby quilt for my baby girl coming in November.
The batting for the quilt is 45in x 60in. I have 4 different fabrics to make the patches. My question is what measurements should each patch be? Thank you for your help. Unless you want the quilt to just be four rectangles, I would suggest picking a quilt pattern and using those fabrics according to the pattern. As an example, you could make with the Fishing Net pattern or Triangle Jitters pattern with that many fabrics. The Medallion quilt in your post was made by international quilt designer, author, educator Gwen Marston.
Credit for this masterpiece should be noted for the readers. Hi Suzy-Q, Excellent website. Have you made a T-shirt quilt? I have found sites that will make one for you but too expensive for me. I have lots of time but no experience quilting. Any tips or knowledge you can pass along would be greatly appreciated.
When it comes to T-shirt quilts I have a couple tips. Next, some of those shirts may be jersey or a combination of jersey and cotton.
For more info on sewing with stretchier fabrics, check out this post on quilting with jersey. I looked up a pattern and their Queen size was 88 x 88? I love your Triangle Jitters and for some crazy reason your largest size is Twin where clearly the pattern is screaming it needs to be on my Queen size.
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