How to Make Snippet Quilts

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Make Snippet Quilts
Make Snippet Quilts (Image: alpinequiltclub from Flickr)

Snippet quilts are decorative fabric pictures. They are usually made as small hanging quilts that are displayed as mosaic-type pictures. A photo, painting or any picture can be used to pattern your snippet quilt after. However, there are also free-form snippet quilts made in abstract designs. These works of art should be attempted by the intermediate or advanced quilter. It's the perfect project for the person who loves detail work and has saved all their bits and pieces of fabric scraps.

Things You'll Need

  • Fabric
  • Fabric snippets
  • Fusible webbing
  • Craft paper
  • Scissors
  • Iron

Choose a picture to use as a reference for your snippet quilt. Gather snippets of fabric that are the right colors and patterns for your project. Purchase a yard of fusible webbing. This product allows you to iron it onto the back of fabric. When the top layer is pulled off, it leaves a residue that allows the piece to be ironed onto another piece of fabric and stick.

Cut a piece of muslin, or other plain, colored cotton, the size of your quilt. This will be your backdrop for your picture.

Draw out your design on a piece of paper. Using craft paper or butcher paper will allow you to cut a piece the size of your quilt.

Iron fusible webbing onto the backs of your fabrics. Cut your largest shapes. Pull the layer of paper from the fabrics. Place the fabric shapes onto the sheet of muslin and iron.

Repeat the process in Step 4 with your smaller pieces or more detailed pieces of fabric.

Sandwich your layers together: quilt backing, batting and quilt top). Using large safety pins, pin the three layers together. Hand quilt as desired. Finish edges as desired. Remove the safety pins.

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