Have you seen my latest patterns? This is one of them – a simple folding technique that textures fabric beautifully.
But how to quilt these textured blocks?
First thing first: always think about the size of the block, how the piece will be used, who will use it, how often, in what way, and how often it will be washed.
If you want to preserve the look above, then you should do a minimal quilting and the piece could be finished as a wall hanging. You don’t touch it often, you don’t wash it, so the blocks will stay in good shape for a long time.
I finished my blocks into a pillow that will be used and washed a lot; so I stitched this quilting. Someone on Facebook commented that the excessive quilting kills the 3D effect of the block.
In this case, it kills SOME of the 3D effect, but there are other advantages that I consider more important: the blocks stay safely in place, you can easily wash and press the piece and the blocks will not end up distorted. Plus- the quilting is beautiful.
How about these pretty little bags? I made them for my nieces – 4 and 7 years old.
Look at the unquilted and quilted piece. A busy mother of two probably prefers the second panel.
One of my testers, a friend of mine, made this pouch. I loved it and I thought that will make one, but…
… using faux leather instead of quilt weight cotton- more durable and easier to take care of.
Here is my (short) experience with textured faux leather.
I stitched those seams to keep the folds in place but I forgot that when working with faux leather you can’t press the seams open.
So when I joined the blocks, I had to stitch the seam allowances down and I ended up with doubled seams …
Otherwise, texturing faux leather is absolutely fabulous!
You have to use a faux leather that is easily pliable, is flexible, and not too thick.
This technique has so much potential, I will work more on it!
But first I have to finish this – made with the second Textured Bliss pattern.
Do you have any experience with textured blocks? How would you quilt your blocks?