During the month of March, we start to notice the appearance of new life and new hues. It is the beginning of springtime! Who among those who work with their hands wouldn’t be motivated by the new life, new colours, and fresh air that March ushers in? It should come as no surprise that March is designated as National Crafting Month.
You might devote all of your time and energy to quilting, but a lot of people who quilt also enjoy doing other kinds of crafty things. In several of their quilting endeavours, they incorporate their experiences from other types of crafts. Sometimes they incorporate methods from other crafts into their quilting, such as embroidery, crochet or knitting. Therefore, being skilled in more than one craft can be beneficial to your quilting in many ways.
People who enjoy painting in addition to quilting, for instance, might combine the two hobbies to develop a new technique known as thread painting, which combines the two crafts. In the technique known as “thread painting,” a quilter uses thread in the same way that a painter would use pigments. Instead of the stroke of the brush and the colour of the paint, the thread painter is concerned with the length and width of the stitches, in addition to the colour of the thread.
Quilting presents a wealth of opportunities for creative individuals who have an interest in the visual arts. You may, for instance, paint straight into your fabric. To make a mosaic quilt, you would first need to cut very little pieces of fabric. As an alternative to traditional “sketching,” you may consider employing an embroidery method such as redwork in the quilt blocks that you create.
In order to create the illusion of depth and dimension, many quilt blocks are made with colours that contrast with one another. The use of three-dimensional effects in movies and television shows is becoming increasingly popular. The fact that you don’t need any special glasses to view three-dimensional quilts is easily the nicest feature of these quilts.
If you also happen to be into scrapbooking, you probably have some interesting items you can likewise use in your quilting hobby. Use die-cut shapes to trace onto fabric to make appliques. You can do the same thing with stamps. Large stamps with simple shapes make the best appliques. Try using your scrapbook stamps with water-soluble ink to stamp embroidery designs onto your quilt blocks. Use your favorite embroidery stitches to complete the design. By using a water-soluble pen, it is possible to ink isolated elements of the stamp.
Is doll housing your hobby? Make tiny quilts for your rooms. Use scraps to braid matching rugs for the tiny floors.
A lot of crafters enjoy repurposing items for household use. It would be fun to incorporate a repurposing hobby with quilting because the foundations of quilting have roots in repurposing anyway. We are all familiar with stories of pioneer women who used scraps to make family covers or Civil War quilters who used scraps of old clothing to send the men off to war. Today’s repurposing can be much more fun though. For instance, piece together quilt blocks and use them to cover a plain lampshade.
Cut strips of quilt blocks and zig-zag stitch them to the edge of pillowcases to liven up your bedding. Coordinate with the master bathroom by adding more of the same strips to bath towels.
Do you enjoy cross-stitching for your other hobby? Make a medallion quilt with a large cross-stitched image in the center.
Is photography your hobby? Why not take photos of the quilts you have made? You could even make a collection of photos depicting quilts that belong to family members. It would become a visual family tree – in quilt form of course. Turn the photo collection into a digital or printed journal by adding a brief description of each quilt, who made it, whether or not it was a gift, etc. If making a printed version, make book covers from old quilt blocks.
There are so many ways to incorporate different hobbies into your quilting. Adding something new can breathe new life into your quilting.
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