RIBBON: A QUILTER’S NEW BEST FRIEND
The very nature of quilt-making began out of necessity: how
to create warm bedding in the most efficient, and economical way possible.
layers that sandwiched a filler layer of carded wool or cotton then stitched
through to keep the filler, or batting, in place.
ways to enhance the quilt top’s design.
Using ribbons is a logical and lovely added means to this end. They have two finished edges, come in a
variety of widths and an endless array of designs and colors.
ribbons as SASHING, BORDERS and DECORATIVE EDGING. Ribbons can be top-stitched onto the existing
design, or treated as another fabric and stitched into seams.
AND PEARS (size: 35” X 25”)
- May Arts #333-38 is used as:
a. sashing between the pear blocks and
b. a thin outer border
- May Arts # FJ25 is used as the
quilt’s 1.5” border.
VALENTINES (size: 35” X 26”)
- May Arts # ER14 – 1.5” ric rac in
red provides a cheerful wavy edge around the quilt’s perimeter. It is first basted in place, then the second
- May Arts #XA36 –
1.5” is stitched on, overlapping the ric rac.
WREATH (size: 17” X 16”)
- May Arts #BK36 – 1.5” striped grosgrain is
top-stitched ¼” from the bound edge of the quilt.
These are just a few examples of
what ribbons can do for quilters and their quilts.
Blog Posted By: Ellen Highsmith