QUILTING GETS MODERN
Cool new looks give this traditional handicraft a makeover.
IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR an instant update for your living room, grab a couple of quilted cushions for your sofa. A resurgence in handcrafted materials and finishes has seen the humble art of quilting dance back into the spotlight.
Quilting’s soft, textured appearance and tactile appeal sees it popping up in all sorts of soft furnishings and furniture, from the living room through to the bedroom and beyond. Instead of the traditional patchwork quilt concept of using leftover material or sentimental fabric offcuts, a more modern approach combines beautiful textiles quilted in geometric patterns or organic free-form motifs. The finish is textural, tactile, comfy and more than a little luxurious.
Quilted covers or “quilts” have always been popular, so it seems a natural progression that this finish has morphed into pillow covers, cushions, coverlets and throws. As its popularity in the home has continued to rise, so has the number of applications. Quilting can now be found on bedheads, sofas, armchairs, ottomans and more. The addition of pattern and texture to these pieces creates more interest without having to increase the colour or printed pattern in fabric. Quilting can add a richness to the feel and look of a material, giving an otherwise ordinary piece luxe appeal.
The age-old craft of quilting is very 2017. Here, a quilted coverlet adds softness and texture in a simple way.
VELVET FEEL Kew cushion in Wine, $39.95, from Linen House. LOVELY LINEN Abbotson European pillowcase in Flax, $79.95, from Sheridan. QUILTED JERSEY French Bazaar throw, $349.50, from Hard to Find.
DECORATIVE TOUCH Linnea armchair in Natural Wood/ Yellow, $319, from Apex.
Baxter dining chair in Grey, $209, from Interiors Online.
Pages rectangle cushion in Tan, $149, from Amigos de Hoy. STITCH PATTERN Quilted Geo cushion, $8, from Kmart.
Nova armchair in Charcoal, $249, from Fantastic Furniture.
COSY AND WARM Quilted pram blanket in Grey, $10, from Kmart.