While a potato chip quilt is not a new thing, my way of creating the quilt introduces some different aspects which make the finished quilt unique. I like to encourage students to work with a palette of colour, and to overdye fabrics which perhaps do not fit directly into this palette, to achieve an exciting and colour co-ordinated quilt that is a little different from the normal potato chip.
I have also developed some ways of calculating certain aspects of the quilt in order to make something which is the size you require, rather than the size it ends up!
This quilt is not based on a jelly roll, but on having a range of plain, patterned and possibly hand printed fabrics that can be combined because they will be overdyed to create a harmonious colour combination.
The videos - there are quite a few of these - take you through the whole planning and making process including how to machine quilt.
Access to 10 downloadable videos
Closed FB group with tutorial contact through the group
• The amount of fabric required for the quilt top, very much depends on the size of quilt you decide to make and help is given in one of the videos in calculating this. Generally though, for every metre of quilt top, you will need approximately 120cm (or 1.2m) of fabric as we lose a lot in seams.
You will need a mix of printed and hand dyed fabrics, commercials and plains, and possibly some white or pale as well. Sizes of pieces don’t really matter as long as they are larger than 12” (30cm) square. All fabrics should be cotton, though if you are experienced, you can add in silk if you handle it carefully! Please read the notes in the booklet for approximate amounts.
• Backing fabric – once you have decided on your quilt size, you will need a piece of backing fabric which is approximately 4” or 20cm larger in both directions. If this is larger than any piece that you have, you can always put together some larger pieces to make a pieced back. This fabric can be white and can be overdyed at the same time as the rest of the overdyeing, or it can be a co-ordinating colour
• Wadding – you will need the same size in wadding as you do for the backing fabric
• Rubber gloves and clothes/apron suitable for working wet
• Bucket or possibly 2-3 buckets for dyeing and overdyeing
• Procion MX dyes in your colour choice – I can advise on colours needed if you want a mixed colour rather than a primary
• Teaspoon and jug for dissolving dyes
• Particle mask if you have a chronic lung condition (asthma/COPD/Emphysema)
• Rotary cutting equipment – mat/ruler/cutter
• Sewing machine – with a patchwork foot
• Spare machine needles – size 80 is a good all round size
• General sewing equipment
• Ordinary sewing cotton to match your colour theme
• Machine quilting thread – either plain or variegated – to blend or contrast with your theme.
• Equipment for your preferred method of making a quilt sandwich – though I will take you through tacking the sandwich together
This course is taught online