Warm & Fuzzy Chenille

Posted by Judy Taylor on

Hand-cutting chenille quilts is a technique that has been around a long time, but it’s starting to experience some resurgence as modern quilters are rediscovering traditional designs.

Chenille quilts feature three layers of fabric (or 3 quilt panels) plus a fabric backing on the back side.  And then the fun begins!  Chenille quilts are perfect for quilting small projects, like lap throws and baby gifts. The best part? No batting required!

Making chenille looks complicated, but with a walking foot and one special tool called a chenille cutter, it’s actually an easier and cheaper way to craft a quilt.

Last weekend, we held a 'LET'S CHENILLE, BABY!" workshop here at Lonesome Pine Quilts.  We had 20 ladies in attendance and we had a great time!  The workshop was taught by Sheila Wood and she demonstrated how to make chenille applique from layers of fabric sewn on muslin.  After it is chenilled and washed, you simply draw your balloon, or rabbit, or whatever design you wish to applique on the muslin and cut it out.  Then simply applique it onto your project.

Also, you can make quick and easy chenille pillows that accent the holiday, and are also great for gifts.

On this pillow project, we just chenilled the front stripe fabric.....

...and then just put a blue stars fabric on the back (do not chenille).

Here is a Stonehenge Mount Rushmore throw that one of the ladies in the class chenilled.  Beautiful!!

This is a picture of the Alicorn panel that I chenilled for my granddaughter who loves unicorns and alicorns.

For more information on chenille quilting, just contract us at lonesome.pine@earthlink.net or drop by the shop.  

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