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Utilizing Quilt Blocks for Wearable Style – Diary of a Quilter


Wearable Quilts have develop into a giant vogue assertion over the previous years. And so they’ve been worn and admired not simply by quilters. On this submit visitor contributor Jess of Cottage Laine is sharing some concepts for including a quilt blocks to a sweatshirt to create a easy possibility for wearable quilt artwork! It’s additionally an excellent mission for utilizing an orphan – or unused – quilt block to personalize a clothes merchandise you would possibly have already got readily available.

Take it away Jess:

Hello! I’m Jess, the face behind Cottage Laine. I’ve seen quilt coats popping up rather a lot on Instagram and I beloved the thought of wearable quilts! As we speak I’ll present 2 of my favourite methods so as to add quilting into my wearable vogue.

The Quilty Sweatshirt

This concept took place for two causes. First, the climate is beginning to heat up and it’s lastly sweatshirt climate! My favourite! Second, I do know I communicate for all quilters after I say the quantity of orphan blocks laying round is usually comical! Let’s use these single blocks or a set of blocks to create one thing wearable that reveals off who we’re.

Provides Wanted to DIY Quilted Attire

For this Quilted Sweatshirt Mission you have to:

  • A sweatshirt
  • Single quilt block. I used a 12” block for mine however any measurement will work. Mess around with measurement…even sew a pair smaller ones collectively! I’m considering Liza Taylor’s new paper pieced flower assortment must be on a sweatshirt!
  • Pins
  • Marking software
  • Hand quilting provides…until you quilt by machine!

Getting ready The Block:

Getting ready the block is easy, as is the entire course of. You’ll want to have your block pressed and freed from wrinkles. You’ll then press ¼” on all 4 sides so you’ve got a pleasant completed edge.

I like utilizing Flatter spray to assist my seams and edges lay very flat so there aren’t any waves in my completed block! I lately tried the pineapple scent and I believe it’s my new go to.

Pinning It To The Sweatshirt:

Now it’s time to lay it on the sweatshirt. I spend a while on this half ensuring to line it up correctly on the sweatshirt. You will have to put your sweatshirt out flat ensuring the seams on the facet are laying flat that can assist you obtain one of the best placement.

After you get your sweatshirt proper the place you need it, pin it in place till we connect it within the subsequent step. 

Stitching Down the Quilt Block:

Take it to your machine now and stitch proper alongside the surface edge on all 4 sides to carry it in place. (Ensure you are solely stitching via the entrance layer of the sweatshirt.)

The primary time I did this, I quilted it whereas the pins have been in and after getting poked I hand stitched the perimeters down (hand quilter over right here).

Though it seems to be nice I needed to attempt machine stitching and I like how this stitching disappears into the material and doesn’t stand out and interrupt the hand quilting.

Marking Your Quilt Block

Now that you’ve got your quilt block connected to your sweatshirt it’s time for the enjoyable half… quilting it!! If you recognize me in any respect you recognize I’ll hand quilt something and this was no exception. If you happen to select to machine quilt it that’s nice and it’ll end up splendidly.

In case you have been serious about wanting to start out hand quilting, or wanting to offer it a attempt that is the proper mission! It’s small and an ideal place so that you can begin your hand quilting journey. 

Lay your sweatshirt out flat and determine how you will quilt your block. I needed to play with shade and likewise go a little bit lighter than I usually do readily available quilting. I went with three traces in every part and I knew I used to be going to alternate thread colours.

My favourite method to mark quilts is with a Hera Marker, however any marking software will work.


Now, it’s lastly the final step. Seize a drink, activate podcast or audiobook and get to quilting. Let your character present up in your quilting! That is the place you get to be experimental.

Be taught Hand Quilting Ideas

If you wish to be taught extra about hand-quilting, I’ve simply launched a free-printable Information to Hand Quilting. I’m additionally internet hosting a Hand Quilting Workshop beginning Might 1.

I’ve additionally acquired a video tutorial on my YouTube channel the place I speak concerning the provides I exploit for hand-quilting. (Needles, thread-weights, and so on.)

That’s it! That is the proper weekend or afternoon mission. You now get to put on your sweatshirt proudly!

Right here’s one other quilted block sweatshirt instance to get your inventive juices flowing.

The Solis Purse

I did promise one other method to put on your quilt blocks out of the home. That is the place my sample, the Solis Purse is available in! You’ll be able to both take two extra orphan blocks OR make the blocks within the sample and create a handbag to hold together with you wherever you go! The sample contains directions for the picket handles you see on the sample cowl in addition to this material deal with you see right here. This purse was made by considered one of my testers, Robyn of @robynandthestitches

You should buy this sample HERE. I’m additionally working a sale for you. You’re going to get 25% off with code SOLIS

I hope this all helped you understand you are able to do a lot along with your orphan blocks to offer them new life! I can’t wait to see you carrying your whole new quilty issues out! You’ll find me on Instagram@Cottage.Laine or on my web site at Cottage Laine.

I hope to see you there!

Chat quickly, Jess

Thanks a lot, Jess!

I like that that is such a enjoyable, do-able mission. And a good way to personalize an merchandise of clothes AND give a quilt block a house on the similar time!

You should definitely pin this picture so that you could discover it later or share it with pals!


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