A "stained glass" quilt can be made in several different styles and techniques. While it is possible to piece a stained glass quilt (especially if the shapes in the quilt are straight-edged) the more common technique is to use applique.
Designing your own stained glass quilt can start with actual photos of real windows or from many patterns available in books and on the Web for making real stained glass. The same patterns can be used for making quilts. There are quilt books specifically for making stained glass quilts, too. The dark lines around the shapes in the quilt replace the "leading" (actually strips of lead or copper) which are found in real stained glass.
Applique techniques can be of several types:
a traditionally cut and sewn applique style, hand or machine stitched around each section
to fasten it to a background, and then a dark bias tube is appliqued around each
piece to form the "leading" lines.
= a reverse applique technique of layering fabrics and cutting through to show the shapes with outlines as is done with San Blas' Cuna Indian Molas.
= a quicker cut-and-fuse technique with contrasting bias leading lines stitched or also fused with a recently available "fusible binding tape".
= a quick technique of placing the applique shapes (whether fused or sewn) onto a background of black or other dark color with a constant space between all the shapes so that the look of leading is actually seeing the background showing between the pieces.
A portion of stained glass
Pieced techniques could be:
a traditional pieced style with black bias binding appliqued after piecing
separating the sections.
= a quick "crazy piecing" technique done by cutting pieces of fabric with a rotary cutter and attaching black cut strips, then attaching the cut-away section back to build up the look of glass and leading.
= a paper pieced approach using foundation piecing patterns
Web sites with How-to free patterns:
How to Make a Stained Glass Quilt - by Mary Graham
As-You-Go Stained Glass from Quilters' Newsletter Mag.
Web sites with patterns, kits or books for sale:
Bearpaw - quilt as you go style patterns for stained glass quilts
Katie Lane - Katie's stained glass patterns
Quilters' Basket - stained glass patterns using fusible tape and a book of patterns
A piece of stained glass
Web sites for real stained glass patterns also useful for quilters:
Warner-Crivellaro - free stained glass patterns, even a quilt block here
Spectrum Glass - huge collection of free patterns, for personal use
Alpine Glass - free patterns
Art Glass World - free patterns
Technicow Stained Glass pattern list - extensive listing
Gallery of Stained Glass Quilts on the Web:
Brenda's Gallery - Images of Brenda's stained glass block
PLUS - see the Gallery
here, too (and if you have a stained glass quilt to add, please send
a digital attachment and comments to post with your photo.)
Email to quilting -at- equilters.com
Sew Precise Collection 4 - with Stained Glass patterns
A CD from Electric Quilt in the Sew Precise! series has stained glass patterns
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