An Enduring Art Form
Quilting has been around for many thousands of years. In that time, they have have been used for a variety of functions, from decorative floor and wall coverings to practical, utilitarian bedcovers. Today, quilting has a new appreciation as an art form, with incredible pieces displayed in galleries, museums and art festivals around the world. Still, the most enduring and beloved quilts, both old and new, have one thing in common: heritage. What’s your favorite quilt design? Here’s a collection of 5 favorite quilt designs that just may inspire you to start a new quilt project!
5 Favorite Quilt Designs
1) Applique Quilts
An Applique Quilt features smaller fabric pieces stitched onto the quilt fabric to create a design. Often, it is accented with decorative stitching, embroidery or other accents such as buttons. The use of appliques is very common in quilting. It can sometimes be confused with patchwork quilting, in which pieces are joined together, rather than sewn on top of the main fabric.
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2) Rag Quilts
One of the hottest looks in quilting today, Rag Quilts are fast and fun to make. They can be used to re-purpose favorite fabric scraps, Rag Quilts are especially popular to make as gifts, especially for baby showers.
3) Star Block Quilts
These quilts join attractive geometrically shaped stars of contrasting colors in a large variety of different patterns and configurations. The example above is beautifully finished with an allover trapunto top stitch.
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4) Watercolor Quilts
A highly artistic form of patchwork quilting, Watercolor Quilts incorporate smaller pieces of fabric, carefully arranged and joined together to create a painted, or color washed effect. They typically depict a special image, although this style of quilting design is also well-suited for abstract patterns as well.
5) Wedding Ring Quilts
The Wedding Ring Quilt is a well-loved tradition across many generations and cultures. It is an example of generally made to be given as a wedding gift. Named for its design, the quilt features a pattern of interlocking rings based on a popular 4th century Roman motif used to decorate goblets. The wonderfully vibrant example shown above is by an anonymous African-American quilt maker. Traditional Americana versions tend toward softer, more muted hues. Both are lovely choices.
Check Out Creative Textile Works
Whether you want a custom contemporary quilt with designer fabric or a more traditional American Folk style, Creative Textile Works is for you. In their own words, “You dream it, we can quilt it.” Prefer to do it yourself but don’t quite have the space? Check out their downtown Nashville workroom at 490 Craighead Street. For more information, call Creative Textile Works today at (615) 255-0477, or just stop in and take a look around. You’re going to love it!