Patchwork Quilt New World Symphony Patchwork Quilt New World Symphony Courtesy of Ricky Tims


Patchwork, also refered to as piecing, is the process of joining strips, squares or any shape of fabric together by hand or machine to create Quilt blocks, designs or Quilt tops. As a general term, patchwork refers to a composition of a variety pieces. Globally for Quiters, Patchwork is the primary quilt construction technique that encompasses creating a quilt top.

Patchwork involves sewing smaller pieces of fabric into a larger piece, such as a Block or a Top.

Patchwork also describes sewing "patches" on top of torn or worn areas of a quilt.

Benefits of Patchwork

  • Patchwork allows the maker to use small, leftover pieces of fabric to create simple or intricate designs for a quilt.
  • When sewn by hand, Patchwork can be portable, allowing the maker to accomplish sewing away from home.
  • When sewn by machine, Patchwork can be a quick method of creating Quilt Blocks.

Supplies and Tools of Patchwork 

You'll need the following if you want to try your hand at Patchwork:

  • Basic Sewing Supplies include: Fabric
  • Needles and Thread
  • Patterns or Templates
  • Rotary Cutting Ruler, Mat and Cutter
  • Sewing Machine, if desired
What I Wished I Knew When I Started Patchwork

PATCHWORK is an addictive activity that can easily fill endless hours with joy and a sense of accomplishment.

Patchwork Resources

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