Can I purchase quilting books at Spotlight?
Yes, you can. Quilting is an exciting and very satisfying hobby and a wonderful way to use small pieces of fabric to create stunning blankets, quilts and a variety of other projects including clothing and home objects. Quilting involves using several layers of fabric and can be done by hand or by machine depending on your preference.
How will I know which quilting book is right for me?
Spotlight offers a range of quilting books, and when you click on a particular product title, you will see a short description of the contents of the book. This will give you an idea of the types of projects that are included in the book, and the level of expertise the book is aimed at. There are books that focus on the ‘how to’ aspects of making a quilt, including handy tips and tricks, and others that offer inspiration and ideas, but which assume that you already know the basic techniques to use.
What are the most popular styles of quilting?
There are many different styles of quilting, but these are some of the most popular:
Pieced or Patchwork Quilts: Pieced, or patchwork, quilting is the most basic and common type of quilting. As its name suggests, these quilts are constructed by sewing pieces of fabric together.
Patchwork quilts can use any type of block and any construction technique. From triangles to strips, half-squares, hexagons and everything in-between, pieced quilts are the most suitable style of quilting if you are a novice, and many people stick with this style forever. You have the freedom of choosing colours, patterns and fabrics to suit your mood, the area where you want to use or display your quilted item, or the taste of the person you are making it for if your quilt is intended as a gift.
Applique Quilts: With the applique style of quilting, shapes are sewn onto a background either by hand or using a machine. The great thing about this style is that you have complete creative freedom. Simply draw the shape you want on your fabric of choice, cut out the shape, and sew it onto the background. Backgrounds are often solid and light in colour, but as you get more experience, you may decide to use darker or even printed background fabrics.
As well as these popular quilting styles, there are many more techniques and traditional patterns that are used to create quilts for special occasions, such as weddings, births and as heirlooms. You can also make a memory quilt, a great way to preserve your family’s history, remember a loved one or celebrate an important moment.
Can I give a quilting book as a gift?
Yes, if you have relatives or friends who are quilting enthusiasts, giving them a quilting book as a gift is a great idea. They will enjoy the beautiful illustrations and handy tips will most probably be inspired to start on a new quilting project. Add to your gift by enclosing some colourful pieces of fabric or fat flats as a start for a new quilt or have a look at our many quilting tools and gadgets on offer.