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The Quilt Coat Quiltalong- How to make a quilt coat- (Part 1)

The Quilt Coat Quilt-Along is coming!

 How amazing are quilt coats? A gorgeous quilt made into a snuggly coat – it’s one of a kind and super cosy. I’ve made three so far and they are such a fun and satisfying project that I want to make more- so now it’s your turn to make one for yourself!

Join the Quilt Coat Quilt Along!

 Starting on 13th March, we will quilt/ sew along together to create our own quilt coats. And if you haven’t sewed a garment before, don’t worry! As much as I love quilt sewing, I really hate garment sewing - and the few (very simple) garments I have sewn were a disaster. But never fear! There is something about turning a quilt (or quilt pieces) into a coat that makes it so much more fun, and dare I even say easier!

The Quilt Coat Along will go for seven weeks with a bonus catch up week at the end. There will be week by week prompts but if you want to go faster, of course you can! Don’t have much time? Go slower 😊

There is quite a bit of information to cover so here is what we are covering today!

  1. Timing
  2. Types of Quilt Coats
  3. Quilt Coat Pattern Suggestions
  4. Fabric Requirements
  5. Frequently Asked Questions

Timing

Given everyone will be making different quilt coats with different levels complexity, the below is a rough guide only- those that are making a quilt using an existing quilt or just using one fabric will obviously get done much quicker ! 

Week 1:     Making a practice coat out of Muslin to ensure you are happy with the sizing fit (optional) + pre wash your fabrics. Get started on cutting your fabrics!

Week 2:     Cutting your fabrics (and starting to piece for those making a “Party all over” quilt)

Week 3-4:
  Piecing your fabrics 

Week 5:     Quilt sandwich and quilting (NB: I have tips for how you can do this even with a small machine- long arming or a large throated machine isn’t necessary!) 

Week 6:     Assemble Quilt coat

Week 7:     Binding and Finishing

Week 8:     Catch-up week or show off your quilt coat

I’m sending this email now to give you plenty of time to choose what sort of quilt coat you make get your fabrics and pattern sorted. Maybe you want to even get a head start? 😊

During each week of the quilt along, I will release a more detailed tutorial on the various steps to construct your quilt coat and if I can get over my video stage fright maybe even some videos to help.

Types of Quilt Coats

 Here are the types of quilt coats there will be tutorials for:

  • “All Business”

One fabric on the outside and one fabric as the lining.

For fabric requirements for the "All Business", click here

  • “The Mullet”

Party on the back, business on the front and arms. The “Party” could be any design of your choice, but I will include some tutorials for using half square triangles (HSTs), squares and flying geese on the back. You can also use an existing quilt (one you have made or a vintage one) or a quilt pattern

For fabric requirements for "The Mullet", click here.

  • “All Party”

Pattern all over. You can use any design or quilt pattern you like (assuming it is big enough for each of your quilt coat pieces) but I will also include some tutorials for using half square triangles or squares.

For this coat, I used Penelope Handmade's Ebb and Flow Quilt pattern in throw size but added some extra rows to make it fit my coat pattern. 

For fabric requirements for the "All Party", click here

  • “A little Bedazzling”

This is the slightly fancier version of the “All Business”- it is mainly one fabric on the outside with a few extra “bedazzled bits” thrown in.  I will include a tutorial on how to do this!

For fabric requirements for the "A Little Bedazzling", click here

  1. Quilt Coat Pattern suggestions

In theory, you should be able to use any / most quilt coat patterns but because it’s a quilt coat they will not have the same drape as a normal coat so keep that in mind when choosing.

Here are some pattern suggestions:

  • New Look 6536
  • New Look 6585
  • Simplicity 8467 (this is the one I used as a base for both my quilt coats but did hack it somewhat)
  • Simplicity 8298
  • Wiksten Haori
  • Tamarack Jacket (NB: If you are using this pattern, it is already for a quilted coat so you can use these fabric requirements) 
  1. Fabric Requirements

I think this might be the hardest part of the whole quilt coat process! But bear with me- I promise it’s not as hard as it seems. 

A little disclaimer: I have tried to be as generic as possible to take into account the various sizing/ types of quilt coats etc, which is why recommendations are quite wide ranging!

General tips:

  • If there are any requirements for lining fabric or interfacing you can usually disregard these given we are effectively using a quilt (or quilt pieces)
  • You can either use the 45” or 60” WOF- there are pros and cons to using either one
    1. Using 45” will mean you are making a very thin long quilt
    2. 60” will mean your quilt you are making will be a bit more square/ even

Directions for determining the amount of fabric you need can be found here:

All quilt coats need binding- you can make your own with the existing fabric to match what you have  OR for a pop of contrasting print or colour,  Bessie Pearl Textiles makes absolutely STUNNING bias binding - and you can use the code quiltcoat to het 15% off all full price bias tape and quilt binding here.

  1. Frequently Asked Questions

I will continue to add questions and answers here so check back frequently! 

  • How do I join? You don’t need to do anything officially, but feel free to post to your stories or posts with #quiltcoatquiltalong
  • Do I have to use fabrics from your Scribbly Gum Quilt Co shop to join? Absolutely not! But if you do want to, you can get 5% off any quilt coat supplies with QUILTCOAT5. Please feel free to contact me if you would like a custom quilt coat kit made, or you can see fabric suggestions in each quilt coat post. 
  • Should I prewash my fabrics? Yes! I don't prewash fabrics usually when making a normal quilt but because we will be wearing this, we don't need any shrinkage- so this step is highly recommended! 
  • What sort of tools do I need to make a quilt coat? I have used the following to make my quilt coats (I have added alternatives where possible)
    • Rotary cutter, ruler and cutting mat
    • A good pair of fabric scissors (if you are a quilter and don't have these, you can use your rotary cutter but the scissors do make things easier!)
    • Pins to attach your pattern to your fabric (I love these Sohmo glass head pins or entomology pins and bonus, they come in a gorgeous metal tin!) (you can also use fabric weights if you have these)
    • Needle and thread if you decide to hand bind your quilt coat

 


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