When most people think about DIY projects, quilting usually isn’t at the top of their lists.
That’s unfortunate, because there are few DIY projects that allow for more creativity and can improve the look of a room for so little money. Next time, instead of tearing up your garden to put in a cobblestone path or repainting your living room for the eleventh time, consider trying one of these great quilting ideas.
Get your Zentangle on. Do you know what Zentangle art is? It’s kind of like freeform art where you don’t know what the final result will be. The idea is that you engage in a series of repetitive steps such as drawing lines or geometric shapes and connecting them together until you create something unexpected. Making a quilt completely out of Zentangle art is a bit more complicated, but at the end you’ll have something truly unique.
Kaleido-quilt. Few things are more visually stimulating than the first time you look through a kaleidoscope at all of the different colors and shapes. Well, one quilt-blogger has put together a tutorial so that people can transfer this experience to their bed by making a kaleidoscope quilt. The result is just about as gorgeous and amazing as you would imagine. Envelope quilt. This one takes the traditional square-tile style and turns it on its head a bit by creating a design that looks like rows of envelopes. Each envelope is a solid color on the outside, but inside the open paper flap you’ll discover a world to colors and designs any quilter would be proud of.
Add a Welsh influence. The typical idea of a quilt is a piece of cloth full of squares of all different colors and designs but that doesn’t have to be the case. Welsh quilts feature a single geometric pattern that flows throughout the entire design. Often there is a central image or “picture” that is bordered with a frame on the outside of the quilt. Rather than a patchwork piece of cloth, these quilts look like beautiful pieces of geometric art.
Tetris quilt. Technically this quilt isn’t quite a Tetris quilt (not all of the familiar shapes are represented), but it does to a good job of helping you imagine what a full-on Tetris quilt might look like. With the simple geometric shapes added to bold, contrasting colors, Tetris actually seems like it was made to be quilted.
Leaves of grass. This beautiful autumn design is currently set up as a table runner but simply lengthen it and repeat the pattern to make it wider to transform it into a stunning bed quilt.
Use specific cultural scenes and fabric. If you want your quilt to match a particular style or theme, choose artwork and fabrics that support that. One popular subsection of quilters likes to add Asian elements to their work, such as artwork that looks like it was taken straight from mahjong tiles, and fabric that comes from real kimonos.
T-shirt quilt. High school and college grads especially will appreciate this one. You take their favorite shirts (that they are willing to part with), cut out the designs, and make them into a quilt. Obviously, you know it’s a lot more complicated than that, but I’ll leave the tutorials in better hands. This one is a standard t-shirt quilt with no ribbon, this one has a ribbon, and this one has squares of various sizes.
As you can see, there are lots of cool and unique quilting ideas out there. Part of the fun is figuring out which ones fit your personality and sense of style best.
About our guest…
Michelle Lim is a writer for Chicago Luxury Beds’ website. Michelle enjoys writing about DIY projects and about luxury bedding and sleeping solutions.