Making Antique Quilts
Main focus is creating my own pictorial patterns for realistic
appliqued quilts and wall hangings.
The Better Quilt-Related Books
Quiltmaking is an art which is being practised from ancient times, and I am trying to make sure that this art stays to live another day. We have access to some of the best books which will allow you to learn more about quilt, designs and the meaning behind it.
The quilt that I order was one of the most beautiful quilt I have owned. It has a yellow pattern with orange detailing which matches perfectly with my room. I would recommend Betty Alofs to everyone!
Carmela A. Dudley
Bento Box quilt
Bento Box quit is a uniquely designed quilt where different shapes are arranged to form a meaning pattern.
Hunter’s Star Quilt
One of our customer’s favourites quits, which is unique due to the star shape pattern that forms from the Centre moving outwards.
Star Crossing Quilt
A unique pattern which was adorned in ancient times and was appreciated for its uniqueness.
Patterns from New Designers
We want to give opportunities to young new designers who have made us grow. We want to make that these designers have access to unique ideas which will allow them to grow.
Free Quilting Tips
Quick & Easy Rag Quilt
There wouldn’t be a cozier place to be at than under your quilt, sleeping comfortably on the bed. The fluffy setup sucks you right into the paradigm of paradise that you would never to let go of. Purchasing the quilts and pushing yourself into its cozy insides is one thing, but making one for your needs adds more joy to it. Having to make a quilt for yourself may not be the favorite activity of everyone. But there surely are people who have the urge to create beautiful and comfy quilts to slide beneath it at nights. It could also be a great way of expressing love for others by gifting one such handmade quilt.
Plenty of such benefits come with making a quilt, including the proper utilization of the cloth scraps and fabric remnants that you have been storing for a long time. You might have wondered how difficult it is to make these quilts, but it is, indeed, a cinch.
If you are that person who has procrastinated the entire process of getting the quilts done for the complexity that you thought it entails, you don’t need to do that anymore. It is much easier than you have conceptualized it to be. To make it seem more doable, let us have a look at some patterns that are magnificent but easy to make.
1. Nine Patch Bento Box Quilt
This variation to the popular design of Bento Box has a nine-patch block at the center, which would be a good start for you at quilting. Proper placement of the patchwork and its size can be ensured by following the instructions to get the strip-pieced quilt done within a few hours.
2. Dancing Nine Patch Quilt
No normal pattern can be found on this quilt. You will surely fall in love with it if you are that person who adores eccentric and vibrant designs. The nine patch quilt blocks in the pattern are surrounded by a scrappy combination of colorful squares on both sides. Flip-flopping these squares then create the layout of the quilt pattern. This stands as the best choice for the people who want to fall into an illusion with the patterns made out of scraps.
3. Easy Hunter’s Star Quilt
At the very first glance of the hunter’s quilt star pattern, you could be intimidated by the complex style. But it is, indeed, a simple one to construct. Before sewing the pattern onto the quilt, it would be better to look through the basics of how to get it done. You must gain enough skills prior to quilting since the designs have to be proportionate.
4. Kaleidoscope Quilt
This is yet another pattern that looks complicated at a glimpse. The beginners often avoid the on-point method of sewing the quilt blocks, but you don’t need to fear it. Start doing it with the kaleidoscope quilt, and you are surely going to excel at on-point sewing.
5. Contemporary Baby Quilt
If you wish to begin with easy patterns and at a smaller scale, you could go for baby-sized quilts. The contemporary pattern used here is so appealing with the various shades it holds. All beginners can easily make this quilt since the blocks used for this is simple to construct.
All crafts that you see in your daily life will have been made using some fine tools by a dexterous set of hands. You will need brushes and paints to get the abstract concepts on the canvas. Likewise, a tool kit is essential to make the best handmade quilts. A certain amount of cutting and sewing comes with the task of quilting, which you need to be proficient at to get your product without the slightest of imperfections. Learn the basics of quilting and develop the skills to handle the needles and other tools with ease.
You might be confused about what tools to use when you are inexperienced in quilting and have only started with it. If you visit a nearby quilt shop or online stores, you are sure to discover the wide range of quilting tools; that would leave you baffled. Check this list to find out the best tools for beginners so that you find it easy to purchase without having to look through the specs of every product available product in the stores.
1. Rotary Cutter
A wide variety of rotary cutters are available in the stores; to select the best one from them would depend on the quality that the brand offers. Test drive the cutters in stores and see which one of them is easy to handle. Pick the right one for you and start cutting the material for your quilt since using rotary cutter takes you way ahead in the game. Quick-piecing your quilts and cutting patchwork shapes can be easily done using rotary cutters.
2. Rotary Cutting Mat and Rulers
When you want to protect the surface you are cutting, use rotary mats since they are made of hard material which also keeps the sharpness of cutter blade intact. Buy the rotary rules that are transparent so that you can cut the fabric accurately by maintaining a better grip over it. If you are sewing it at home, go for the mat of size 24”x 36,” whereas if you have more space to spare for the activity, larger mats can serve your purpose well. Use portable mats when taking quilting classes with which you can travel distances.
3. Sewing Machine
If you are into hand sewing, you could carry on with that practice since you will learn to handle the other tools by doing it all by yourself. Otherwise, buy a sewing machine. You wouldn’t need the expensive machines that sew the unconventional stitches and patterns. Go for the basic versions that stitch the old straight patterns, and also look for the walking foot feature as it helps in straight machine quilting.
4. Iron and Ironing Board
You can use the one that you have at home. If you don’t have it, make sure to buy an iron that is moderately heavy since the press would be effective only when a perfect combination of heat and weight works. When purchasing an ironing board, go for the one that is bespoke for quilters. It is easier for you to press the quilts on the rectangular board since the shape eliminates the effect of the narrow leg.