Iris’s Quilt (ongoing) Project

May it begin!


Thought I’d make a page here, so that everyone can stay updated if they fancy and so that I can add stuff as we go along with the project.



Square in thicker paper.

You can download the square template at the bottom.

I’ve been working with 3 templates. I use lighter paper when I pin the square with fabric and cut around it. I use a thicker paper as a matrix to trace around on paper for sketches. The third square is the blue one you see in the following photo. I never use that on fabric, because it doesn’t have seam allowance.

The blue Square is the area of the embroidery



1. If transferring text: always use the carbon paper method.

2. If transferring from paper to fabric: trace it on tracing paper first, then use the design on tracing paper to transfer it to fabric with either the tissue paper method or the carbon paper method.

Your square too can be traced with tracing paper.  I did this, because I wanted to laxily have multiple squares ready in my sketchbook. Use a soft pencil if you’re trasferring from tracing paper to normal paper.(2B)

Every now and then, after cutting fabric squares, my paper template ends up with too many pin holes. If I need to make another one, I use my cutting board, stanley knife and thicker paper matrix to quickly cut myself another one. To be fair, if you’ve got a working printer, you only need that. My printer doesn’t love me, so I go super old -fashioned.

This transfer method works for any design you like: text, newspapers, magazines etc. that you might want to transfer with carbon paper onto your fabric.

Here I’m using my matrix, pinning it to my fabric, so that I can use scissors to cut around it. Pins help because scissors are chunky and annoying most of the times. If you pin your fabric to the square, then the fabric can’t move too much.



Coming next: I’ll be adding a template for the whole quilt. I think I have worked out a plan for it. It’s taken me a little while.

And I will upload some design templates too, if any of you has spare time to obsess over embroidery and quilting.




Fabric Requirements

I believe some of you have not used cotton from shirts, maybe? But that’s ok. If it happened that the fabric was wrong we can save the embroidery by turning your design into a patchwork. In fact, it might look super cool. Honestly.

Another source of fabric could be old bedsheets and pillow cases.

Iris’s Square with hem