It is a good idea not to be too ambitious if this is your first patchwork project. Apart
from being daunting if you are faced with an enormous heap of fabric to prepare and piece,
it is also cheaper and easier to make a wall hanging, cushion or lap quilt than a king
size bed quilt.
A popular project is to make a childs quilt. This does not have to be for a bed
it may be a smaller lap quilt that can be used as a comforter or general play mat.
Children enjoy and respond to colour and shapes. In our Novelty fabric category there is
plenty to choose from. Be bold children thrive on primary colours.
Plan you project before you start. Think about your colours and if the end product is for
you, is it going to co-ordinate with your existing decor? If you are making a patchwork as
a gift, will the colours work for the recipient?
Try and work with colours you like. If you are comfortable with the colours, you should
enjoy sewing with them. Colours have an effect on mood and if a colour makes you happy,
this is the colour to work with.
If you are planning a new project it is sensible, and saves a great deal of heartache
later on, for you to purchase sufficient fabric to make your project. Craft fabric designs
are an ever-changing range and there can be no guarantee that six months down the line the
same designs will be available.
Cotton craft fabric is easy to use and being all cotton a natural fibre it
is far more forgiving than a synthetic fabric. Synthetic fabrics can be far tougher to sew
and may show every little wrinkle compared with natural fabric.
When you choose your first patchwork design try to keep the shapes reasonably
simple. The key to patchwork success is to cut accurately and stitch accurately. Following
both these maxims makes patchwork far more fun. If you get one wrong it is a problem. If
both are wrong, you may find your project a bit difficult!