Most quilters create quilts with themes. This is because having a theme is a great way to integrate certain elements into your quilt. Themes help give quilts character, build stories, and make the entire project more personal. Plus, it’s a good way to bring out your creativity since you will have to find ways to convey your theme.
Themes can be conveyed several ways. The most obvious way is by sewing the images of certain objects and having those images take up different blocks in your quilt. You can also create a quilt that contains just one one large object (a house, for example) using several patches of fabric. Colors are also a great way to convey a theme, especially when artistically done or when also trying to create a contemporary quilt.
Perhaps the trickiest part of creating quilts with themes is coming up with the theme. When you think about it, there are so many topics, life events, hobbies, and interests that you can turn into themes for quilts. In fact, if you just stuck to creating quilts with themes, you may never run out of quilt ideas! There will be so many quilts for you to create!
Here are some common themes you can try for your first few projects:
A pre-school theme makes an adorable quilt for a child. It is also a good way to introduce children to letters and numbers, which are the first things they learn. Other great themes for children are dolls, robots, video games, books, and so much more!
Any holiday can be turned into a quilt, but Halloween is always the most fun one to start with. Creating pumpkins, witches, candy, ghosts, and other monsters can be a challenge, but a good challenge for a beginner! It may even double as Halloween decoration!
Any hobby or interest makes for a great theme. Say you like playing polo, you can create a horse themed quilt. Say you love dogs, you can create a quilt with dogs all over it. The possibilities are endless!
A great way to remember a trip, creating a quilt with the elements of a country you’ve visited can be a lot of fun. You can include notable places, food you tried, things you did, and maybe even add some fabric from any souvenirs you may have picked up along the way!
If you don’t know where to begin creating quilts with themes, then check out your local quilting store or some online stores for quilt kits that already have themes. Plenty of stores sell this kind of kit. They’re also great ways for beginners to start quilting because each kit comes with patterns and instructions you can follow.