Posted 27th Jul 2016
Have you ever considered giving patchwork quilt making a go? We've spoken to Rachel, of Rachel's Patchwork Works, who tells us exactly why this could be just the thing for you...
"From a young child I always loved patchwork quilts. The intricate patterns and gorgeous colours appealed hugely to me and I never lost my love for them.
However, I assumed that making patchwork quilts would be costly, time consuming and I would not be able to achieve a good result.
Then one day I enrolled on a quilting course at a fantastic local haberdashery and discovered an amazing secret, that patchwork can be incredibly simple. Like any craft it can also be incredibly complicated, but I was stunned at the great results that could be achieved with nothing more than straight line sewing. Instantly a passion for the craft was born and I immediately started making quilts for myself and for my friends. All my friends loved them and they really do make the most beautiful, thoughtful and unique gifts.
My favourite thing to do is to make what I call ‘cuddle’ quilts for newborns. All cotton and natural, every parent is delighted to receive one and know that it is a true one off and a future heirloom. So many crafts can result in items that, let’s be frank, have little utility and a tendency to gather dust. Quilts are different. They’re warm, practical, pretty, colourful and most of all, forgiving! For that’s another great thing about patchwork, it’s not perfectwork! A small slip up, a seam in the wrong direction, a patch sewed upside down, a wonky border, all add to the charm.
Cuddle quilts also don’t take long to make, especially if you buy one of my kits. After you’ve made your first one, I guarantee you’ll want to make bigger and more and your friends will be hounding you for them. And there’s always an occasion to make one. Christmas quilts, Easter quilts, spooky Halloween quilts as well as birthdays, new seasons, redecoration – the list goes on.
So give quilting a try and make beautiful, useful items you’ll love and use for years to come. And send me photos of your completed project, I can’t wait to see them."
Fancy trying this yourself? Rachel is offering LandLove readers an exclusive 15% discount when you buy a quilt making kit - simply use the code COMP15 when purchasing from Rachel's Patchwork Works (http://rachelspatchworkworks.com/). Happy patchwork quilt making!