Quilt without seams.....
I've heard about quilts that don't have a lot of matching seams and are easy to make. Do any of you seasoned quilters have a picture you could post to give me an idea of how this is possible. I've been quilting a while, but this has got me stumped.
* whole cloth quilt?
* printed panel?
I've seen a new technique recently for a quilt that doesn't have any stitching until it's quilted. It looked pretty interesting.
Here's one. Cut strips of fabric. Layer backing fabric and batting (I would heavily starch the backing fabric first). Draw a straight line down the center of the quilt (or snap a chalk line). Line up two strips of fabric right sides together with raw edges along the line. Sew a 1/4" inch seam on that side. Open up (and maybe iron) so that both strips are right sides up. Add another strip and sew that down, flip right side up, add another strip, etc. This has no matching seams, and the quilting is done at the same time as the sewing.
A jelly roll quilt would also be an easy one with no matching seams. I just saw one at the quilt guild that was *fabulous*, made from leftovers of tractor and boy fabrics on the right side. What was unusual was that the quilter sewed *all* of the jelly roll seams before ironing any of them! Turned out great!
Here's a jelly roll quilt variation that includes a border and still doesn't have any matching seams:
Edit: I just want to add that it makes a big difference if (1) the quilt has no seams, or (2) the quilt has no matching of seams!
This is how I make my string quilts except my backing is usually 6 inc squares..my strings are all different widths, and even uneven too...I press as I go, before I add the next string..I should try it with the batting already in...
Originally Posted by Prism99
The Bricks pattern comes to mind. Very simple, but can make an interesting quilt if you select the right fabrics. It can be completely scrappy, or you can make strip sets/tubes that create a stairstep pattern. And, no seams to match.
I think you may mean quilt blocks with off set seams. Instead of all four corners of a 4 patch coming together and meeting, you off set their positions like the running bound joints of a brick wall. You can do this with most quilt blocks but you end up having to do half blocks at the ends of the row.
I agree with the wonky idea - make the seams mismatch on purpose. Here's one link to such a quilt:
Here's another one, it DOES have seams that match, but since they're all in black fabric, if you mis-match them no one will notice! :thumbup: