Fresh Flowers fabric by Moda

I make one-of-a kind, individually designed quilts. There’s no set of patterns I use and I rarely make the same quilt twice. So there are a few things you need to think about before we get started.

The first thing to think about is how you want the quilt to be used. Do you want the quilt to be functional or decorative?

  • Functional quilts are hard-wearing and able
    to be dragged around as a favourite blanket, chewed, rolled on and thrown in the wash frequently.
  • Decorative quilts are more along the lines of
    a wall hanging to brighten up the
    room and provide visual stimulation.  Decorative quilts are stunning but use some different techniques and are not intended for regular washing. Heavy quilting also means they are stiffer and less ‘snuggly’. They typically take a lot more effort to make and are therefore more expensive.

You also need to think style (e.g. modern, traditional) or theme (e.g. year of the dragon, environment, fantasy, fishing, cars, travel…). There may be a book or a hobby that someone in the family adores that could provide inspiration for a quilt.

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Peak Hour

One way of keeping things simple is to use feature fabrics based on an
interest, hobby or theme. Feature fabrics can be branded (e.g. Dr Seuss) or themed (see Peak Hour quilt). There are plenty of amazing modern fabrics which can provide inspiration for a quilt. Good places to start are:

 

Cost depends on:

  • size – larger quilts take more fabric and
    time

    The Rabbit Tree was individually designed and was published in Australian Patchwork and Quilting in March 2012. There are hours of decorative quilting involved, and the density of the quilting makes it
    quite a stiff (rather than snuggly) quilt. Best suited to a wall hanging.

  • materials – fabric and batting alone can cost
    $80 or more
  • complexity – an individually designed, highly
    decorative quilt that involves a lot of applique and a lot of
    decorative quilting (like The Rabbit Tree – right) is gorgeous, but
    costly.

Have a look at the quilts below to get an idea of what is involved and what is possible. Alternately, if you’d like to make one yourself but don’t know where to start, drop me a line and we’ll talk!

Simple and functional

Peter Rabbit

(approx $120-200 – crib size)

This Peter Rabbit Quilt is a fairly simple quilt based on feature fabric. Baby’s name could be added in bold applique
letters to personalise a simpler quilt.

The Lorax


 

 

The Lorax uses a feature fabric in
a wonky, improvisational style. It’s a full twin-size quilt as opposed to a smaller baby quilt.

Moderate but functional

(approx $150-$250)

These quilts involved a fair amount of
work. They are not simple to construct, but they look clean, neat, and will wear well. Water for Elephants is a good example of the modern fabrics, modern, improvised, asymmetrical look. Plenty of white and/or grey.

ABC quilt – modern ‘wonky’ quilt style, traditional colours and fabrics. Feature fabric.

Complex, borderline decorative/functional

(around $300 crib size)

These quilts are hand or machine appliqued and pieced and involve a lot of detailed work. The Noah’s Ark Quilt (designed by KidsQuilts.com) features handstitched applique and hand quilting.

Highly decorative

($300-$500) Highly decorative quilts such as The Rabbit Tree (see above) or Year of the Dragon (below) are individually designed and involve a lot of decorative stitching. They are not designed to be washed frequently and are quite stiff due to the amount of quilting.

Year of the Dragon

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