Patchwork quilts are a favorite quilting design made for generations as a way to use up scraps of fabric that would otherwise go to waste.
Sure, the quilts we make today with our Juki quilting machines are usually a little more planned; however, the basic idea is still the same.
As simple as this design is to work up using a machine like the Juki TL2010Q, it’s important to know which fabrics, whether actual scraps or charms, you should cut and use for your quilt.
Not every fabric scrap or type of fabric should make it into even a patchwork quilt, as some are just not suitable for this project.
Best Fabric Types for Patchwork Quilting
Although the best fabric for any quilting project sewn on a Juki quilting machine will always be cotton, there are still others you can use for this type of project to help you get that true patchwork look.
Generally speaking, natural fibers of any kind work best for quiltmaking.
Ideally, the fabric you choose should be durable, washable, colorfast, shrink-proof, and easy to work with.
Suitable fabrics that possess these different qualities and will make a good patchwork quilt include:
- Various Types of Cotton - While cotton is the fabric of choice for quilters, you don’t have to use the same type for your entire project. Look into different kinds of cotton such as cotton chintz, cotton lawn, cotton voile, flannel, and other types that are made from cotton fiber but use different processing and weaving techniques.
- Linen - A runner up to cotton is linen as its natural fibers are as strong as cotton but with a bit more texture. Linen starts out a bit stiff but softens more with use and after each washing.
- Batik - Batik is a unique cotton fabric that is designed specifically to take dye so it has a much higher thread count. It’s ideal for patchwork quilting with a Juki TL2010Q as it shrinks less than other fabrics and is available in countless amazing patterns and designs that can add real beauty to these projects.
- Silk - As expensive as silk can be, it’s perfect for quilting because it’s strong, durable, and looks fancy, Soft, shiny silk is a great option for adding a few special squares to a patchwork design or creating a focal piece.
Worst Fabric Types for Patchwork Quilting
Since the main qualities that are important for fabric used to make patchwork quilts are durability, washability, and low shrinkage after the initial pre-wash, here are some types that you’ll definitely want to avoid:
- Synthetic Fabrics - Synthetic fabrics can melt and are easily damaged by pressing, something you will be doing a lot of when sewing a patchwork quilt with a sewing machine like the versatile Juki TL2010Q.
- Knits - Knits stretch a lot, resulting in a project that can get stretched out of shape. If you want to use knits like jersey, do so by adding a fusible backing to all the pieces.
- Looser Weaves - Another important quality of all the fabrics listed above is that they have a fairly tight weave that holds them together and keeps them durable. Any fabric with a looser weave like burlap, barkcloth, looser cotton, linen weaves, and anything else that can be easily frayed or pulled apart should be avoided as the quilt squares are likely to fall apart.
Many Fabric Options for Great Patchwork Quilts
Making a patchwork quilt with a Juki quilting machine can be a lot of fun, no matter if you are cutting squares from new fabric, using scraps, or even using pieces of old clothing to make a very memorable project.
When selecting fabric to use, just keep in mind the desired qualities for patchworking so the hard work you put in sitting at your Juki TL2010Q results in a durable, useable quilt that will last for generations!