Do Spotlight have quilting patterns and books?
Absolutely! Pop into your local Spotlight store, take a seat and browse our huge supply of books, magazines and paper patterns featuring many different quilting items you can have endless fun making.
Brand favourites Simplicity have gorgeous paper patterns for quilted bags in three sizes and varied styles.
For a simply adorable children’s pillow pattern try the Quilted Animal Pillows, and make a beautiful, soft, cotton butterfly, frog, penguin or bird your little ones will love to cuddle and sleep with.
To make a simple quilt try McCall’s Dimensional Quilt pattern which has contrast backing, binding, borders and appliqued blocks. As a special keepsake gift for a new baby consider making the super-cute play mat featured in McCalls Play Quilt and Mats pattern, with contrasting coloured blocks and sweet little appliques. A special feature of these quilt patterns is the sewn ribbon loops for attaching toys.
If you don’t have a specific quilting item in mind, scroll through our online store to find lots of ideas from experts like Kathy Doughty. Her book ‘Making Quilts’ has twenty-one quilting projects to inspire and excite you.
‘Brave New Quilts’ is a book by author and blogger Kathreen Ricketson and provides twelve quilting projects inspired by 20th century art movements. Expert tips, designs, illustrations and information will help you create these amazing quilt designs.
‘Quilts Made Modern’ has patterns, design tips, step-by-step instructions and lots of useful information for all your contemporary quilt making projects. With patterns ranging from very simple to more involved, this is a book you can refer to as your quilting skills progress. It will help you with both machine and hand quilting techniques along with tips on paper piercing.
What does the quilting term ‘paper piercing’ mean?
The quilting term ‘paper piercing’ generally refers to the use of a paper template used to sew a foundation pieced quilt. Broadly speaking it involves sewing your fabric pieces directly onto the paper template to ensure the blocks are perfect every time.
Fabric is pinned to the unprinted side of a foundation paper while the edges overlap the drawn lines. Seams are sewn on the front of the foundation paper template along on the printed lines. The overlapped edges then become seam allowances on the back. Sewing along the lines ensures your blocks are perfect so that there is no misalignment as your quilt grows.
Using proper quilting paper enables the paper to be cleanly and easily torn away once the quilt is finished, without tearing your stitches.
Do Spotlight sell paper pieces?
Yes, along with all your other quilting essentials, Spotlight sell a variety of paper pieces for quilting. One option is the Paper Pieces Pre-Cut Diamonds, conveniently pre-cut to specific measurements of either 1, 1.5, 2 or 2.5 inches, also available in pre-cut hexagon shapes in a variety of measurements.
Another handy item for your quilting craft supply kit is a pack of the Sew Easy Imperial Quilting Graph Paper, which contains full 12 inch, 8 inch and 4 inch square paper sheets for drawing quilt blocks.
Visit your nearest Spotlight store or browse Spotlight’s extensive online shopping options for all your quilting needs at the lowest price guaranteed.