Quilting is a wonderful way to explore and use different fabrics to create unique pieces. A memory quilt is a lovely project which allows you to enjoy the memories of clothes and textiles that you might not be using anymore. Instead of throwing away these precious fabrics, you can incorporate them into a quilt and get more use out of them in a different way. As well as providing a way to keep all your memorable pieces in one place, your finished quilt will take you on a journey of reminiscence and is sure to become a family heirloom.
What Types of Fabrics Should You Use in a Memory Quilt?
Most memory quilts use a combination of old and new fabrics. It will depend on the types of materials you have already, the amount, and the size of the quilt you would want to make. Typically you start off with your memory fabrics and then choose complementary fabrics to go with and to finish off your piece. You will also need materials such as quilt wadding and of course matching thread.
When choosing the fabrics, you might be surprised how many pieces of clothing, blankets and other textiles hold nostalgia for you. Baby clothes, uniforms and home decor are all popular sources for sections. A good rule of thumb is to stick to cotton fabrics as these will be easiest to sew and using pieces that have the same level of stretch will help your quilt keep its shape. Make sure when you are cutting the patches to use that you get a memorable part of the item. For example, if a patterned piece of clothing, find a section that is representative of the overall pattern. Sections with embroidery, text and embellishments are all good to include as they will take your mind back to the treasured piece. Make sure to wash and iron all these pieces before you start so they’re fresh and ready to work on! Continue reading
The much anticipated 2019 series of The Great British Sewing Bee concluded last month and it’s been received as the best series so far. We loved seeing the ten sewers grow in confidence each week and stitch together some amazing creations.
The last challenge of the series gave the three finalists the task of creating a strapless ballgown. The three gowns were each stunning and unique in their own way. At Doughty’s we appreciate fabric, and have created some quilt ideas that are inspired by the Great British Sewing Bee Finale, so that you can take the excitement of the sewing bee into your next project.
Bright and Summery
Leah produced a fresh, floaty gown in a vibrant yellow. For a bright, lively quilt, we would recommend Dashwood Studios Emi and the Birds collection. These designs also have a natural focus and though keeping yellow as a dominant factor, are as playful as Leah’s gown with their charming prints. Continue reading
In this cold month of February, you may be staying inside and snuggling under your homemade patchwork quilts. However it’s time to lighten the mood as in preparation for Valentine’s day, we have picked out a brand from our online store that is sure to awaken a feeling of romance and excitement: Liberty Fabrics.
What are Liberty Fabrics?
Liberty Fabrics are a brand with rich heritage, dating back to 1875 when it was founded by Arthur Liberty. Immediately recognisable with colourful prints and carefully thought out compositions, these fabrics make great use of colour and shape in repeating patterns.
The high quality of the print and the premium fabric sets Liberty fabrics apart and makes them extremely desirable, especially for clothing, though the prints are versatile enough to add charm to almost any piece.
Liberty Fabrics at Doughtys
Doughty’s are proud of our diverse range of quality fabrics to suit every quilter, every project and every budget. We talk here about three of our favourite Liberty collections. They are all made from 100% ‘Lasenby’ cotton and printed using traditional techniques that allow deep penetration of the rich and vibrant inks. Continue reading
Christmas is over but there are still several months of cold winter weather before we head into spring. If you’ve been working on a quilt, the long nights at this time of year give a great opportunity to finish and get some use out of it before the temperatures start to rise.
Quilt wadding can often be overlooked in the face of beautiful patterned fabrics and bright threads, but it’s a crucial part of finishing your quilt and choosing the right wadding will make a big different to the overall project.
What is Quilt Wadding?
Wadding is the material that goes in between the two layers of your quilt, bulking it out, providing shape and of course warmth. When choosing wadding you need to consider the type of quilt you are making. How warm does it need to be? Are you using a sewing machine for your quilt, or making it by hand? How do you intend to wash you finished quilt? Once you’ve answered these questions, you are well on your way to choosing the best material for your project. Continue reading
With Christmas just around the corner, deciding what to buy for the quilter in your life can be difficult. Fortunately, at Doughty’s Online, we have just the thing – fat quarters.
What are fat quarters?
Fat quarters are pre-cut swatches of quilting fabric. They are taken from a single yard of fabric, which is cut in half along its length, and then again along its width. These pieces end up measuring around 50cm x 55cm apiece.
Why do quilters love fat quarters so much?
A quarter yard of material cut from a bolt of linen fabric normally measures 112cm x 23cm, because of the width of a standard bolt. By cutting a yard of fabric into quarters, you get a more uniform shape: one that is almost square, and therefore offers more applications to the dedicated quilter. Whether they prefer patchwork or appliqué, fat quarters are the ideal size for any number of quilting projects.
Taking place at the beginning of November, Diwali spans five days and is celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains all around the world.
Celebrations include lighting lamps, decorating the house and giving gifts. Sweets and incense are ever-popular gifts, however as Diwali coincides with the onset of colder weather and longer evenings for cosy nights in, why not give a handmade gift blanket? Doughty’s has a fantastic range of quilting fabric for a unique and quirky present your friends and family will love.
Since the festival celebrates the triumph of light over darkness, bright colours are essential for any Diwali craft project. Doughty’s Bali Batiks range, with bright and bold prints, are an excellent option to create an eye-catching quilt that will look fantastic thrown over the back of a sofa, as well as cosy to snuggle under as the temperature drops. Continue reading
As the wails of ghosts and the cackling of witches echo over the horizon, there’s no better time to order the perfect fabrics for your Halloween craft projects.
With the exception of Christmas, there is no time of year better suited to crafting than Halloween. Whether you’re making a child’s costume from scratch, decorating a Halloween party, or creating cute and creepy plushies for the occasion, there are dozens of projects you can be starting as the dark nights start closing in.
No Halloween party is complete without decorations. Why not make stylish and spooky wall hangings or table decorations featuring those three Halloween must-haves – witches, pumpkins, and bats – picked out in silver on black? Alternatively, for a more colourful, but equally festive effect, you can’t go wrong with a witch design in the traditional Halloween colours of orange and black. Continue reading
When it comes to blender fabrics, Makower are the market leaders – and with good reason. Made of 100% cotton, the Makower range is both elegant and durable, combining superior cloth with striking patterns and designs. With a standard width of 44”, this line of fabrics is ideal for a whole range of craft projects, and with so many varieties, the only limit is your own imagination.
Here are just some of the ranges we have in our extensive Makower collection.
The latest Makower line is a genuine delight. Combining intricate and detailed floral prints with neutral tones of grey, cream, and bluish pinks, these fabrics make for a calming (not to mention charming) material for quilts, pillowcases, and all manner of bedroom accessories.
If subtle tones and natural prints are not really your thing, why not try the bright geometric patterns of the Makower Uptown line? Eye-catching pinks and purples contrast well against grey backgrounds, resulting in a cheerful collection of fabrics. Continue reading