Patchwork quilting on a fabric base is a very wide-spread technique of needlework. It’s broadly applied in quilting. Patchwork quilting on a fabric base originated from the ancient times. There are a few classic patterns which are currently popular with needlewomen.
These patterns are called “Crazy rags”, “A well,” and “Turn and sew”.
Patchwork quilting on the fabric base: “Crazy rags”
For this pattern, we are going to need: thick fabric for the base, the same size as the block of our pattern plus the seam margins. Fabric rags of various shapes, sizes and colors, which are coordinated according to the color palette of the pattern.
The sequence of work:
1. Sort rags according to the order (from the center to the edges).
2. The central fabric rag is put in the center. The 2ndrag is put level with the edge of the 1strag, with the right side of the cloth down. Make a seam along the required edge of the rags.
3. To make the seam look neat, trim it. Fold the 2ndrag back so that its right side is up, and iron well.
4. Go on placing and sewing together all the remaining rags in turns according to the chosen sequence and their location. Trim the seams, fold back, and iron every rag.
5. When all the rags are sewn, trim the edges of the block to prevent them from jutting out of the fabric base.
In this way, you can make plenty of blocks, which can then be joined afterwards in the main motif.
Patchwork quilting on the fabric base: “A well”
To make patchwork quilting “A well,” we are going to need: thick fabric for the base, the same size as the block. The central detail of the well is a square or a rectangle, depending on the pattern. Many fabric strips of a certain width with seam margins for each side of the strip. Read about a quick fabric cutout.
The sequence of work:
1. Sort the strips according to the well’s pattern.
2. On the fabric base, line 2 diagonals. In their intersection, we should have the block’s center. Match the block’s center with the center of the 1strag-square. It’s helpful to mark the well’s pattern on the fabric base with a special marker or to make the pattern on paper to put under the work. It’s very convenient to use glass, lit from beneath, in order to see the pattern through fabric layers.
3. Take the 1ststrip and put it, according to the pattern, with the right side of the cloth down, leveling it off with the edge of the 1strag-square. Stitch together. Iron the seam out.
4. Then, turn the work 90o. Put the 2ndstrip of the well according to the pattern. Stitch and iron the seam out. Make the 3rdand the 4thstrip the same way to finish the 1stcircle of the well.
5. Next, continue stitching over and ironing out the strips one by one. Don’t forget that the length of the strips increases for the strip’s width with every new circle.
Patchwork quilting on the fabric base: “Turn and sew”
Patchwork quilting “Turn and sew” is great for the creation of various geometric patterns. We are going to need: thick fabric for the base, the same size as the block plus seam margins, thin paper with the pattern of the rag sewing drawn. The rags, which are coordinated according to the pattern with seam margins.
The sequence of work
1. Fix the pattern on paper to the fabric base. Turn the fabric base so that the pattern is on the wrong side of the cloth.
2. Put the 1strag-strip, the 2ndrag-strip is put on top, right side of the cloth inside. Pin everything together.
3. Turn the work to the other side where the pattern is visible. Stitch the strips and the fabric base together along according to the pattern from the required side.
4. Turn the work to the right side of the cloth, smooth the strips out, and iron the seam out carefully.
5. Place strip 3 and pin it to strip 2. Turn the work and stitch according to the pattern. In this way, step by step, we are putting together the whole pattern of the block.
Patchwork quilting is frequently applied for making covers, blankets, pillows, and other items which require such needlework as quilting.