Hello, 2019! Like many years do, 2018 flew by quickly. Maybe that’s thanks to the number of amazing projects we and others have worked on this past year. While we can’t wait to start diving into new ideas, it’s important to take a step back and reflect on some of the creations that got us to where we are now. After all, the past is a great learning tool for the future. Read on for some of our favorite quilting patterns and projects of 2018, and learn why they help motivate us to celebrate quilting.
Reason 1: Quilts Feed the Fabric Addict's Heart (and Budget!)
No doubt about it, quilting requires a lot of fabric. While it’s a costly piece of the process, it’s also one of the best places to show off your own style and interests. Some quilt blocks and patterns up the opportunity to include even more prints and colors. Take, for example, the GO! Big Crazy Quilt Die. Not only does it have a ton of shapes for various prints, it completely embraces a little busy-ness. No fabric scrap will go to waste with this quilt pattern.
See what we mean with Gina Gempesaw’s 2018 GO! Big Crazy Quilt Spotlights!
Reason 2: Quilts Create an Inviting Space
Quilts have a way of making a living space feel cozy. The right combination of colors or prints with the perfect block pattern can easily fit with any year-round home décor or seasonal feel.
As one of our amazing quilters said:
“I showed my daughter the table topper I was making with Cleopatra’s Fan (it was my practice piece) and told her how much I love it. Let’s face it – it can be homey or modern or art deco, my favorite, depending on what fabric one uses.”
Want to give the project your own flair? Here is the free downloadable Cleopatra's Fan Table Runner Pattern.
Reason 3: Quilting Creates and Preserves Memories
Can you remember the first quilt you received? How about the first one you made? Chances are you have some sort of memory tied to quilting, whether it was a craft passed down through family or something you share with your own loved ones. Quilts can be the creators of positive moments and the preservation of them. T-shirt quilts are a perfect example of how to bring both of those together in one beautiful design.
Look at this tutorial from last year and learn how to make a T-shirt quilt in 4 easy steps.
Reason 4: Quilting Gives Us a Chance to Celebrate Holidays in Style
This one speaks for itself. There are infinite ways to make the quilt perfect for any holiday or seasonal celebration. Nicole Daksiewicz creates the cutest patchwork quilt stockings in this tutorial, but quilting isn't exclusive to winter holidays. While you're at it, check out Bea Lee's red, white and blue scrappy quilt pattern perfect for July's fireworks.
Reason 5: Quilting Doesn’t Have a Peak Season
Like a good friend, quilting is in it for the long haul. Whether it’s time for a summer picnic, fall campfire or winter chill, there is a quilt for the occasion. Plus, these treasures are hardy, no matter how delicate or intricate the pattern makes it look. They are made to be around for years to come. Bea Lee’s tutorial, How to Create a Pineapple Quilt in Less Time, is made for summer days.
Reason 6: Quilts Make Amazing and Meaningful Gifts
Who doesn’t love something handmade? Especially when it’s a handmade gift that marks an important life event like graduations, house warmings or births.
Take a look at these 5 free baby quilt patterns which are a wonderful example of flexible designs that mark big celebrations.
Reason 7: Quilting Skills Open Many Doors
While a quilter will always hold quilts near and dear, there’s so much more that can be done with the skills and tools. Think: office accessories, table runners, placemats, bags, stockings and even mug rugs. Check out Carolyn Beam’s tutorial and learn to make a trendy notebook cover using the AccuQuilt GO! Me fabric cutter.
Reason 8: Quilting is Creative Expression
There is nothing more exciting than finding a way to show off your own creativity. There is no limit to the things you can do in a quilt. Even the most basic shapes can create something out of the ordinary. For example, take a look at Mona Phelp’s explanation on the power of embellishments and how to add pop to your projects.
Reason 9: Quilting is About Community
Quilters form tight, but welcoming communities with each other. They share tips and ideas, advice and examples all the time. Often, quilters are known to share their talents with those who need it most, offering up their skills to charities. Check out Bea Lee’s Linked Up Quilt tutorial to build some connections, and while you’re at it, connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest or Instagram to keep up with latest in the community.
Reason 10: Quilting Simply Rocks
And isn’t that reason enough? Instead of searching for more reasons, just look at Alex Anderson’s tutorial on how to make Swag Borders quick and easy.
Last year gave us amazing creations but we can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store. Like we said above, quilting is a community. Subscribe to our email newsletter and you’ll be the first to see our latest projects and know when we’re adding new patterns to our site and products to our line.