A great way to make your patchwork stand out is by using a bright vibrant colours! Here is an example below, the bright blue, red and yellow makes this patchwork eye-catching and wonderful. Struggling to choose colours? A great way of making your mind up about what colours you want to incorporate into your patchwork design is to lay out small pieces of the coloured fabrics you like. Leave them there for about a week and make changes as you walk by. By the end of the week you’ll have a colour palette that you love!
A quick and easy way to make a piece of patchwork is to use pre-cuts, for example Jelly Rolls. Jelly rolls pieces of fabric two and a half inches wide by the full width of the fabric. They usually come in rolls of 40 different but toning pieces and are a great way to get different patterned fabrics. Here is an example of a patchwork quilt made from pieces of Jelly Roll. It gives the patchwork a fantastic professional look.
MAKE IT PERSONAL TO YOU
Make your patchwork personal to you by incorporating fabrics that have a meaning or recycle your old cotton dresses to design your own original piece. This would also be a great idea if you are creating a patchwork piece for a present. Below is an example of how using a personal fabric even in a simple pattern can give it so much more meaning.
A way of making a quirky looking patchwork piece is by not sticking to the pattern – don’t be scared. Going off course and not measuring your fabric pieces can give the patchwork a exciting look. See the example below made by one of our students. Remember, your patchwork doesn’t have to have neat straight lines to look good.
JOIN US ON OUR MIXED MEDIA COURSE IN NOVEMBER
We regularly run courses such as Mixed Media with Annette Morgan (former President of the Patchwork Guild) at various venues. This, and other similar courses, are about creating your own original designs and patterns that can be incorporated into all kinds of disciplines including patchwork and art quilts.